Martin Scorsese’s 2002 hit, “Gangs of New York,” is undoubtedly an enthralling, bloody, melodramatic epic movie. Starring Daniel Day-Lewis and Leonardo DiCaprio in the lead, this movie is at the topmost tier of the historical crime drama genre. Also providing great historical insights, the film briefly covers the war between American nativists and Irish immigrants in 1800s New York City.
This movie is a classic production that traces the history of America’s birth, through bloody brawls and crime sequences. To get a similar taste, here’s a list of 10 movies you should definitely watch.
Martin Scorsese brings you another great classic. With an all-star cast, this action thriller movie takes you to the town of Boston. Where it is the state police versus the dangerous yet charismatic crime ring of the city. Moreover, this movie is a remake of the 2002 film, Internal Affairs and stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Matt Damon in the lead role.
Another Martin Scorsese movie for you. The emotional gravitas that The Aviator offers against a thrilling backdrop is all you need. Leonardo DiCaprio, the shining star in Scorcese’s film, plays Howard Hughes in this 2005 movie. He is the tycoon whose genius mind knows no bounds. But, the looming mental illness threatens to bring him down. Watch this biopic of Hughes to explore how his life is caught up between brilliance and darkness.
State of Grace
Phil Joanou and Michael Lee Baron direct this 1990 neo-noir crime/drama movie. With a stellar cast, the film presents an account of a real gang called the Westies. Therefore, this movie is a significant part of the cinematic gangster lore.
Spike Lee’s 2006 movie, Inside Man, is a brilliant bank heist film. A brainy and galvanizing film, the movie features an incredibly talented cast, including Denzel Washington, Jodie Foster, and Clive Owen. The heist takes place in Wall Street over a period of one day.
Michael Mann’s 2009 movie, Public Enemies, stars Johnny Depp as John Dillinger. As a Depression-era robber, Depp’s performance is overwhelming. Dillinger pairs up with Baby Face Nelson and Pretty Boy Floyd to terrorize the city, and the police agents give their best shot to bring them down.
Mike Newell’s 1997 movie presents you with a loose account of a true narrative involving gangster families and federal agents. Another chase, which departs from the usual crime drama genre, meets your favorite actors Al Pacino, Johnny Depp, and Michael Madsen, in this movie. An FBI agent infiltrates the gangster family as the eponymous character, which sets the events rolling.
Michael Mann’s 2004 movie, Collateral is a masterpiece of American cinema. A mild action movie stars Mark Ruffalo, Peter Berg, and Bruce McGill as police detectives against the assassin Vincent, played by Tom Cruise.
Edward Zwick 2006 movie Blood Diamond is a movie packed with action and emotion in equal parts. This movie shone light into the violence brought about by conflict diamonds. Solomon Vandy (Djimon Hounsou) is an abducted laborer who works in a mine where he discovers diamonds. Danny, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, learns of his discovery. He promises to take Solomon back to his family in exchange for the diamonds.
Sam Mendes directs the movie Revolutionary Road in a suburban setting. An intense and thought-provoking film, the theme of dissatisfaction with life and a yearning for a change drive the life of April and Frank, portrayed by Kate Winslet and Leonardo Dicaprio, respectively. This movie is a precursor to the American Dream awakened by the nightmare.
Michael Bay’s Pearl Harbor brings you a narrative of the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor. To clarify, this sweeping drama is based on real historical events.
What’s relevant to all of these films is that you will encounter the American vision ranging through historical, social, and political events in all of them. A curated list of the film will help you expand your knowledge while entertaining you with a superb cinematic experience.