1. Lawless (2012)
In Franklin County, Virginia, in 1931, Forrest Bondurant has become a folk hero as a result of his wartime survival. The Bondurant family distillery and bootlegging business is run by Howard and Jack, two of Howard’s brothers. When the corrupt District Attorney Mason Wardell arrives in Franklin with the unscrupulous Special Deputy Charles Rakes, the Bondurant family refuses to pay the required bribe to the authorities. Rakes pursues the brothers and makes a valiant effort to locate their distillery, but is ultimately unsuccessful.
Meanwhile, Forrest hires Maggie, a waitress from Chicago with a mysterious past, and the two end up falling in love. Jack is in love with Bertha Minnix, the preacher’s daughter, and he does a lot of business with the notorious gangster Floyd Banner. As a result of Jack’s antics in Franklin, Rakes, the owner of their distillery, has been drawn to him. Following his murder of Cricket Pete, the residents of the area band together to take on the corrupt officials.
2. Gangster Squad (2013)
In the year 1949, gangster Mickey Cohen has settled in Los Angeles with the goal of eradicating all criminal activity. He has bought local judges and police, and no one is willing to cross him or testify against him. Only former World War II soldier, Sergeant John O’Mara, wants to settle down in a peaceful Los Angeles with his family.
A special task force led by police chief William Parker is created, and O’Mara is selected as its commander. O’Mara selects four officers and asks veteran officer Jerry Wooters to join him, but Wooters declines. However, after he sees Cohen’s followers murder a young boy, he joins them and they decide to dismantle Cohen’s organization. Cohen wonders if a rival is going after him, but eventually he realizes it’s the cops.
3. Live By Night (2016)
New York City, 1924. The roaring ’20s are upon us.. There’s booze pouring, bullets are whizzing by, and one man is determined to leave his mark. As a result of Prohibition, there is a vast underground network of distilleries, speakeasies, gangs, and dishonest law enforcement that continues today. Joe Coughlin, the eldest son of a well-known Boston police captain, has long since abandoned his strict upbringing.
Having made the leap from petty theft as a child to working for the city’s most feared gangsters, Joe now relishes the rewards, thrills, and notoriety that come with being an outlaw. However, there is a steep price to pay for living in the shadows. There is no one who can be trusted in an era where ruthless men with ambition, cash, illegal booze, and guns are engaged in a power struggle for control.
For men like Joe, despite their wealth, power, and even the threat of prison, one thing seems certain: they will die young. But until then, he and his pals are going to make the most of the time they have left. To get to the top of the criminal food chain, Joe must travel from Jazz Age Boston to Tampa’s Latin Quarter and then to the sizzling streets of Cuba.
In Live by Night, there is a diverse cast of loyal friends and callous enemies, tough rumrunners and sultry femme fatales, Bible-quoting evangelists and cruel KKK members who are all fighting for survival and their piece of the American dream. They are all in it for the money. It’s both a heartwarming love story and a blood-curdling revenge saga.
4. Last Man Standing (1996)
During the Prohibition era, John Smith is a ruthless gunslinger. He stumbles upon Jericho, Texas, while fleeing his most recent (as yet unspecified) misadventures. It’d be a misnomer to describe Jericho as a town; it’s more like a ghost town now that two gangs at war have ‘driven off all the decent folk.’ In Smith’s eyes, this is an opportunity to play both sides against each other and make some money as a hired gun in the process. Though he’s a self-proclaimed mercenary, he finds himself willing to put his life on the line to uphold his skewed sense of honor, even if it means killing innocent people.
5. The Last Stand (2013)
The Sheriff of Sommerton Junction, Owens, is a man who has given up on the LAPD after a botched operation left him feeling defeated and unable to help his partner, who is now paralyzed. One of the world’s most notorious drug lords has made a spectacular escape from an FBI prisoner convoy, and he’s on the run with his hostage and an army of gangsters in a specially outfitted car.
According to the latest information, he’s on a course to Summerton Junction, where all of the United States’ law enforcement agencies will have one final chance to intervene and stop him from crossing the border forever. After initially refusing to get involved and then being written off due to the perceived incompetence of his small-town police force, Owens finally relents and agrees to take part.
6. Kiss Of The Dragon (2001)
In order to apprehend a Chinese drug lord and his unidentified French connection, the vice squad enlists the help of a Chinese police officer named Liu Jian. Violent crime chief Richard plans to assassinate the drug lord and then frame Jian, according to sources. Jian avoids being shot and makes off with a videotape documenting the events of the previous night. Jian, by chance, seeks help from Richard’s hooker Jessica, a US farm girl.
The fact that Richard has Jessica’s daughter locked up in an orphanage to keep Jessica off the streets and quiet about his activities is just one of many problems she faces. Will Jian be able to protect Jessica, save her daughter, and give Richard the dragon’s kiss while also protecting Jessica and her daughter?
7. The Raid 2: Berandal (2014)
He had the impression that everything was done. After battling his way out of a gangster-infested building, where the bodies of both police officers and gang members piled high, rookie Jakarta cop Rama believed his mission was complete and that he could return to his normal life. There’s no way he was right. While Rama’s foes in that building were formidable, the pond he was swimming in was far larger than anything Rama could have imagined. As a result of his victory over the fry, predators at the top of the food chain have begun to pay attention to him.
With his infant son and wife in danger, Rama has no choice but to go undercover to enter the criminal underworld and rise through the ranks until he reaches the corrupt politicians and police officers at the top of the food chain. The journey will force him to put his own life and history aside and assume the identity of the violent offender “Yuda,” and so Rama embarks on a new odyssey of violence. A desperate all-or-nothing gambit to put an end to the corrupt enterprise necessitates him winning the trust of Uco — the son of a well-known gang kingpin — in prison.
8. The Devil’s Rejects (2005)
Firefly family (a.k.a. The Devil’s Reject) house in Ruggsville, Texas is attacked by the police under Sheriff John Quincy Wydell and they arrest mother Firefly, but Otis B. Driftwood and Baby Firefly manage to escape the siege. Tiny is stumbling around outside the house and manages to get away. Otis and Baby contact their paternal grandfather, the psychotic clown Captain Spaulding, and make plans to meet up at a deserted motel.
The arrival of Otis and Baby results in the kidnapping of two singing families, who are subjected to brutality and cruelty at the hands of the criminals. As a result of the death of his brother, Deputy George Wydell, Sheriff Wydell vows to find and kill the runaways.
9. Public Enemies (2009)
This is the story of John Dillinger’s final years as a bank robber. He was passionate about his work and could not imagine doing anything else. In Chicago in the 1930s, he was free to roam the city without fear of retribution from the authorities because he was living openly. There, he meets Billie Frechette and develops a strong romantic attachment to her. While this is going on, we’re introduced to Melvin Purvis, the FBI agent tasked with finding John Dillinger.
It was the early days of the FBI, and Director J. Edgar Hoover wanted to promote the organization’s clean cut image, which would come to define it throughout his tenure. To catch Dillinger, Purvis must use street tactics, so he recruits men with police training from outside the country. A friend of Dillinger’s eventually turns on him, telling the authorities where he can be found at any given time.
10. Sabotage (2014)
A highly skilled DEA team infiltrates a drug cartel’s safe house and steals $10 million in cash hidden in the plumbing. They return to get the money, but it’s gone. The $10 million is missing, and the team is being investigated. After a few months, the case is closed. After reuniting at a gym, the group goes to a strip club to celebrate. After that, one of the members of the team is assassinated. He awakens in his RV, which is parked right next to some railroad tracks. After that, a third member of the team is nailed to the rafters. His remote cabin is attacked and he is shot to death, killing the third member of the team. The murders are being investigated by a female City of Atlanta detective. The twisted truth is revealed after looking into the cartel angle.