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1. Once Upon a Time in America (1984)

R | 229 min | Crime, Drama

8.4
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A former Prohibition-era Jewish gangster returns to the Lower East Side of Manhattan over thirty years later, where he once again must confront the ghosts and regrets of his old life.

Director: Sergio Leone | Stars: Robert De Niro, James Woods, Elizabeth McGovern, Treat Williams

Votes: 281,452 | Gross: $5.32M

2. Boardwalk Empire (2010–2014)

TV-MA | 55 min | Crime, Drama, History

8.6
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An Atlantic City, New Jersey politician plays both sides of the law, conspiring with gangsters during the Prohibition era.

Stars: Steve Buscemi, Kelly Macdonald, Michael Shannon, Shea Whigham

Votes: 161,239

3. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016)

PG-13 | 132 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

7.3
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66 Metascore

The adventures of writer Newt Scamander in New York's secret community of witches and wizards seventy years before Harry Potter reads his book in school.

Director: David Yates | Stars: Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol, Dan Fogler

Votes: 370,892 | Gross: $234.04M

4. Murder on the Orient Express (2017)

PG-13 | 114 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.5
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52 Metascore

When a murder occurs on the train on which he's travelling, celebrated detective Hercule Poirot is recruited to solve the case.

Director: Kenneth Branagh | Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Penélope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench

Votes: 181,898 | Gross: $102.83M

5. Road to Perdition (2002)

R | 117 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.7
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72 Metascore

A mob enforcer's son witnesses a murder, forcing him and his father to take to the road, and his father down a path of redemption and revenge.

Director: Sam Mendes | Stars: Tom Hanks, Tyler Hoechlin, Rob Maxey, Liam Aiken

Votes: 229,748 | Gross: $104.45M

6. Legends of the Fall (1994)

R | 133 min | Drama, Romance, War

7.5
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45 Metascore

In the early 1900s, three brothers and their father living in the remote wilderness of Montana are affected by betrayal, history, love, nature, and war.

Director: Edward Zwick | Stars: Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins, Aidan Quinn, Julia Ormond

Votes: 134,664 | Gross: $66.64M

7. Lawless (2012)

R | 116 min | Crime, Drama

7.3
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58 Metascore

Set in Depression-era Franklin County, Virginia, a trio of bootlegging brothers are threatened by a new special deputy and other authorities angling for a cut of their profits.

Director: John Hillcoat | Stars: Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf, Guy Pearce, Jason Clarke

Votes: 215,372 | Gross: $37.40M

8. King Kong (2005)

PG-13 | 187 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.2
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81 Metascore

A greedy film producer assembles a team of moviemakers and sets out for the infamous Skull Island, where they find more than just cannibalistic natives.

Director: Peter Jackson | Stars: Naomi Watts, Jack Black, Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann

Votes: 370,039 | Gross: $218.08M

9. The Untouchables (1987)

R | 119 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.9
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79 Metascore

During the era of Prohibition in the United States, Federal Agent Eliot Ness sets out to stop ruthless Chicago gangster Al Capone, and because of rampant corruption, assembles a small, hand-picked team to help him.

Director: Brian De Palma | Stars: Kevin Costner, Sean Connery, Robert De Niro, Charles Martin Smith

Votes: 258,159 | Gross: $76.27M

10. Some Like It Hot (1959)

Not Rated | 121 min | Comedy, Music, Romance

8.2
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97 Metascore

When two male musicians witness a mob hit, they flee the state in an all-female band disguised as women, but further complications set in.

Director: Billy Wilder | Stars: Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, George Raft

Votes: 223,500 | Gross: $25.00M

11. Public Enemies (2009)

R | 140 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.0
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70 Metascore

The Feds try to take down notorious American gangsters John Dillinger, Baby Face Nelson and Pretty Boy Floyd during a booming crime wave in the 1930s.

Director: Michael Mann | Stars: Christian Bale, Johnny Depp, Christian Stolte, Jason Clarke

Votes: 263,257 | Gross: $97.10M

12. Al Capone (1959)

Approved | 104 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

6.8
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A chronicle of the rise and fall of Chicago crime boss Al Capone during the Prohibition era.

Director: Richard Wilson | Stars: Rod Steiger, Martin Balsam, Fay Spain, James Gregory

Votes: 1,328

13. Live by Night (2016)

R | 129 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.4
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49 Metascore

A group of Boston-bred gangsters set up shop in balmy Florida during the Prohibition era, facing off against the competition and the Ku Klux Klan.

Director: Ben Affleck | Stars: Ben Affleck, Elle Fanning, Brendan Gleeson, Chris Messina

Votes: 47,757 | Gross: $10.38M

14. Miller's Crossing (1990)

R | 115 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.8
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66 Metascore

Tom Regan, an advisor to a Prohibition-era crime boss, tries to keep the peace between warring mobs but gets caught in divided loyalties.

Directors: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen | Stars: Gabriel Byrne, Albert Finney, John Turturro, Marcia Gay Harden

Votes: 119,000 | Gross: $5.08M

15. The Immigrant (2013)

R | 120 min | Drama, Romance

6.6
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77 Metascore

1921. An innocent immigrant woman is tricked into a life of burlesque and vaudeville until a dazzling magician tries to save her and reunite her with her sister who is being held in the confines of Ellis Island.

Director: James Gray | Stars: Marion Cotillard, Joaquin Phoenix, Jeremy Renner, Dagmara Dominczyk

Votes: 26,924 | Gross: $2.01M

16. Ip Man 2 (2010)

R | 108 min | Action, Biography, Drama

7.5
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67 Metascore

Centering on Ip Man's migration to Hong Kong in 1949 as he attempts to propagate his discipline of Wing Chun martial arts.

Director: Wilson Yip | Stars: Donnie Yen, Xiaoming Huang, Sammo Kam-Bo Hung, Lynn Xiong

Votes: 87,543 | Gross: $0.21M

17. Seabiscuit (2003)

PG-13 | 140 min | Drama, History, Sport

7.3
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72 Metascore

True story of the undersized Depression-era racehorse whose victories lifted not only the spirits of the team behind it but also those of their nation.

Director: Gary Ross | Stars: Tobey Maguire, Jeff Bridges, Elizabeth Banks, Chris Cooper

Votes: 63,513 | Gross: $120.28M

18. The Cotton Club (1984)

R | 127 min | Crime, Drama, Music

6.5
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68 Metascore

The Cotton Club was a famous night club in Harlem. The story follows the people who visited the club, those who ran it, and is peppered with the Jazz music that made it so famous.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: Richard Gere, Gregory Hines, Diane Lane, Lonette McKee

Votes: 15,014 | Gross: $25.93M

19. Pocketful of Miracles (1961)

Approved | 136 min | Comedy, Drama

7.2
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A New York gangster and his girlfriend attempt to turn street beggar Apple Annie into a society lady when the peddler learns her daughter is marrying royalty.

Director: Frank Capra | Stars: Glenn Ford, Bette Davis, Hope Lange, Arthur O'Connell

Votes: 5,451

20. L.A. Noire (2011 Video Game)

M | Action, Crime, Drama

8.7
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Cole Phelps, a war hero and rookie cop, moves up the ranks and solves dark cases in 1940s Los Angeles.

Director: Brendan McNamara | Stars: Aaron Staton, Michael McGrady, Adam J. Harrington, Sean McGowan

Votes: 13,018

21. Scarface (1932)

PG | 93 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.8
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An ambitious and nearly insane violent gangster climbs the ladder of success in the mob, but his weaknesses prove to be his downfall.

Directors: Howard Hawks, Richard Rosson | Stars: Paul Muni, Ann Dvorak, Karen Morley, Osgood Perkins

Votes: 23,070

22. Last Man Standing (1996)

R | 101 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.4
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A drifting gunslinger-for-hire finds himself in the middle of an ongoing war between the Irish and Italian mafia in a Prohibition era ghost town.

Director: Walter Hill | Stars: Bruce Willis, Bruce Dern, William Sanderson, Christopher Walken

Votes: 50,493 | Gross: $17.60M

23. Leatherheads (2008)

PG-13 | 114 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.0
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56 Metascore

In 1925, an enterprising pro football player convinces America's too-good-to-be-true college football hero to play for his team and keep the league from going under.

Director: George Clooney | Stars: George Clooney, Renée Zellweger, John Krasinski, David de Vries

Votes: 29,974 | Gross: $31.20M

24. Raees (2017)

Not Rated | 143 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.8
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A bootlegger sets out to improve his community as a promising leader but falls in a political trap.

Director: Rahul Dholakia | Stars: Raj Arjun, Shubham Chintamani, Shubham Tukaram, Dhanveer

Votes: 37,160 | Gross: $3.26M

25. Bullets Over Broadway (1994)

R | 98 min | Comedy, Crime

7.4
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In New York in 1928, a struggling playwright is forced to cast a mobster's talentless girlfriend in his latest drama in order to get it produced.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: John Cusack, Dianne Wiest, Jennifer Tilly, Chazz Palminteri

Votes: 33,363 | Gross: $13.38M

26. Elmer Gantry (1960)

Approved | 146 min | Drama

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A fast-talking traveling salesman with a charming, loquacious manner convinces a sincere evangelist that he can be an effective preacher for her cause.

Director: Richard Brooks | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Jean Simmons, Arthur Kennedy, Dean Jagger

Votes: 9,358 | Gross: $11.34M

27. Mobsters (1991)

R | 104 min | Crime, Drama

6.0
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From start to finish, it's a story of friendship between 4 street-wise males who don't mind using violence to achieve the lives that they want. They trust no one but each other which is vital to their success as mobsters.

Director: Michael Karbelnikoff | Stars: Christian Slater, Patrick Dempsey, Rodney Eastman, Costas Mandylor

Votes: 7,875 | Gross: $20.25M

28. Big Bad Mama (1974)

R | 84 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

5.8
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Mama and daughters get forced by circumstances into bootlegging and bank robbing, and travel across the country trailed by the law.

Director: Steve Carver | Stars: Angie Dickinson, William Shatner, Tom Skerritt, Susan Sennett

Votes: 1,971

29. Capone (1975)

R | 101 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

5.7
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The story of the rise and fall of the infamous Chicago gangster Al Capone and the control he exhibited over the city during the prohibition years. Unusually, briefly covering the years ... See full summary »

Director: Steve Carver | Stars: Ben Gazzara, Susan Blakely, Harry Guardino, Sylvester Stallone

Votes: 2,433

30. The Public Enemy (1931)

Not Rated | 83 min | Crime, Drama

7.7
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A young hoodlum rises up through the ranks of the Chicago underworld, even as a gangster's accidental death threatens to spark a bloody mob war.

Director: William A. Wellman | Stars: James Cagney, Jean Harlow, Edward Woods, Joan Blondell

Votes: 16,238

31. The Front Page (1974)

PG | 105 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.3
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As a tabloid newspaper editor tries to prevent his top reporter from retiring, an escaped death row convict shows up at the office trying to convey his innocence.

Director: Billy Wilder | Stars: Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Susan Sarandon, Vincent Gardenia

Votes: 11,189 | Gross: $17.30M

32. American Pop (1981)

R | 96 min | Animation, Drama, History

7.3
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57 Metascore

The story of four generations of a Russian Jewish immigrant family of musicians whose careers parallel the history of American popular music in the 20th century.

Director: Ralph Bakshi | Stars: Mews Small, Ron Thompson, Jerry Holland, Lisa Jane Persky

Votes: 3,938 | Gross: $6.00M

33. City Heat (1984)

PG | 93 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

5.5
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A slick private eye and tough police lieutenant--once partners, now bitter enemies--reluctantly team up to investigate a murder.

Director: Richard Benjamin | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Burt Reynolds, Jane Alexander, Madeline Kahn

Votes: 8,378 | Gross: $38.35M

34. The Roaring Twenties (1939)

Not Rated | 106 min | Action, Crime, Drama

8.0
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Three men attempt to make a living in Prohibitionist America after returning home from fighting together in World War I.

Director: Raoul Walsh | Stars: James Cagney, Humphrey Bogart, Priscilla Lane, Gladys George

Votes: 11,517

35. Bessie (2015 TV Movie)

TV-MA | 115 min | Biography, Drama, Music

6.6
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The story of legendary blues performer Bessie Smith, who rose to fame during the 1920s and '30s.

Director: Dee Rees | Stars: Michael Kenneth Williams, Tika Sumpter, Queen Latifah, Oliver Platt

Votes: 3,628

36. Prohibition (2011– )

360 min | Documentary, History

8.2
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The story of the American activist struggle against the influence of alcohol, climaxing in the failed early 20th century nationwide era when it was banned.

Stars: Peter Coyote, Pete Hamill, Catherine Gilbert Murdock, Michael Lerner

Votes: 2,356

37. Guinea Pig: Flower of Flesh and Blood (1985 Video)

42 min | Short, Horror

5.0
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Late at night, a woman is kidnapped by an unknown assailant and taken back to his blood-spattered dungeon, where he turns her into a "flower of blood and flesh" through a series of dismemberment and evisceration.

Director: Hideshi Hino | Stars: Hiroshi Tamura, Kirara Yûgao

Votes: 3,329

38. Idlewild (2006)

R | 121 min | Crime, Drama, Musical

6.2
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55 Metascore

A musical set in the Prohibition-era American South, where a speakeasy performer and club manager Rooster must contend with gangsters who have their eyes on the club while his piano player ... See full summary »

Director: Bryan Barber | Stars: André Benjamin, Big Boi, Terrence Howard, Paula Patton

Votes: 5,004 | Gross: $12.55M

39. The Cat's Meow (2001)

PG-13 | 114 min | Drama, Romance

6.3
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63 Metascore

Semi-true story of the Hollywood murder that occurred at a star-studded gathering aboard William Randolph Hearst's yacht in 1924.

Director: Peter Bogdanovich | Stars: Kirsten Dunst, Cary Elwes, Edward Herrmann, Eddie Izzard

Votes: 7,374 | Gross: $3.21M

40. Love Me or Leave Me (1955)

Passed | 122 min | Biography, Drama, Music

7.1
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A fictionalized account of the career of jazz singer Ruth Etting and her tempestuous marriage to gangster Marty Snyder, who helped propel her to stardom.

Director: Charles Vidor | Stars: Doris Day, James Cagney, Cameron Mitchell, Robert Keith

Votes: 3,415

41. Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle (1994)

R | 125 min | Biography, Drama

6.4
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66 Metascore

Dorothy Parker remembers the heyday of the Algonquin Round Table, a circle of friends whose barbed wit, like hers, was fueled by alcohol and flirted with despair.

Director: Alan Rudolph | Stars: Jennifer Jason Leigh, Campbell Scott, Matthew Broderick, Peter Gallagher

Votes: 4,061 | Gross: $2.14M

42. Izzy & Moe (1985 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 92 min | Comedy, Crime

6.3
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The adventures of two retired vaudeville performers, who become two of the best prohibition Agents in the 1920s.

Director: Jackie Cooper | Stars: Jackie Gleason, Art Carney, Cynthia Harris, Zohra Lampert

Votes: 171

43. Ziegfeld Girl (1941)

Passed | 132 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

6.8
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Discovery by Flo Ziegfeld changes a girl's life but not necessarily for the better, as three beautiful women find out when they join the spectacle on Broadway: Susan, the singer who must ... See full summary »

Directors: Robert Z. Leonard, Busby Berkeley | Stars: James Stewart, Judy Garland, Hedy Lamarr, Lana Turner

Votes: 2,275

44. Call Northside 777 (1948)

Approved | 112 min | Drama, Film-Noir

7.4
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Chicago reporter P.J. McNeal re-opens a ten year old murder case.

Director: Henry Hathaway | Stars: James Stewart, Richard Conte, Lee J. Cobb, Helen Walker

Votes: 7,305

45. Kitty Foyle (1940)

Approved | 108 min | Drama, Romance

7.0
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A hard-working, white-collar girl from a middle-class family meets and falls in love with a young socialite, but she soon clashes with his family.

Director: Sam Wood | Stars: Ginger Rogers, Dennis Morgan, James Craig, Eduardo Ciannelli

Votes: 2,911

46. The Saddest Music in the World (2003)

R | 100 min | Comedy, Musical

7.2
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78 Metascore

A musical of sorts set in Winnipeg during the Great Depression, where a beer baroness organizes a contest to find the saddest music in the world. Musicians from around the world descend on the city to try and win the $25,000 prize.

Director: Guy Maddin | Stars: Isabella Rossellini, Mark McKinney, Maria de Medeiros, David Fox

Votes: 5,563 | Gross: $0.67M

47. Three on a Match (1932)

Passed | 63 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

7.2
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Although Vivian Revere is seemingly the most successful of a trio of reunited schoolmates, she throws it away by descending into a life of debauchery and drugs.

Director: Mervyn LeRoy | Stars: Joan Blondell, Warren William, Ann Dvorak, Bette Davis

Votes: 2,905

48. The Untouchables (1993–1994)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.8
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In 1930s Chicago, the seemingly invincible crime boss Al Capone is opposed by a team of incorruptible U.S. Treasury Agents, led by the indefatigable Eliot Ness.

Stars: Tom Amandes, Paul Regina, John Newton, David James Elliott

Votes: 349

49. Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius (2004)

PG | 120 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

6.7
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45 Metascore

Jim Caviezel stars as golf legend Bobby Jones, the icon who retired from competition at the tender age of 28.

Director: Rowdy Herrington | Stars: Jim Caviezel, Claire Forlani, Jeremy Northam, Malcolm McDowell

Votes: 3,567 | Gross: $2.69M

50. Lucky Lady (1975)

PG | 118 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

5.3
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A trio of rum-runners during prohibition in the 1930s engage in a menage-a-trois after business hours.

Director: Stanley Donen | Stars: Gene Hackman, Liza Minnelli, Burt Reynolds, Geoffrey Lewis

Votes: 1,013 | Gross: $12.00M



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