1. Molly’s Game (2017)
When Molly Bloom, a young skier and former Olympic hopeful, starts a high-stakes international poker game, she becomes a successful entrepreneur (and the subject of an FBI investigation).
2. Black Mass (2015)
According to real-life events, FBI informant James “Whitey” Bulger struck a “secret trading” deal with his brother, Massachusetts state senator William “Billy” Bulger, a prominent Boston figure, and fellow FBI agent John Connolly. Things went horribly wrong when their plans for bringing down the Boston Italian Mafia and the Mafia in general went horribly wrong. The FBI Boston office had to confirm that Whitey Bulger was one of the most notorious criminals in US history, as well as one of the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List criminals, when credibility for each other began to fade.
3. Donnie Brasco (1997)
Following FBI agent Joe Pistone as he infiltrates the New York Mafia, this true story is based on his experiences. Pistone (posing as Donnie Brasco) is able to join the mafia under the leadership of Sonny Black thanks to his friendship with Lefty Ruggiero. While collecting money for ‘the bosses,’ Ruggiero and Pistone grow closer. When Black rises to power as a boss, the group will be well-known. Meanwhile, Pistone is gathering evidence. As a result, Pistone can no longer handle the pressures of his covert mission. His marriage falls apart, and the mafia suspects him of harboring a mole within their ranks. For Pistone, the problem is that if he leaves the mafia, Ruggiero will be the one to suffer.
4. American Hustle (2013)
It’s a fictional movie about a brilliant con man named Irving Rosenfeld (played by actor ‘Christian Bale’ (qv)), and his equally cunning and seductive British partner Sydney Prosser (played by actress ‘Amy Adams (III)’ (qv)), who are forced to work for a wild FBI agent named Richie DiMaso (played by actor ‘Bradley Cooper I’). To make matters more complicated, DiMaso plunges them into a world of Jersey mafia and power brokers. Renner (qv) plays Carmine Polito, a passionate and volatile politician from New Jersey who finds himself in the middle of a con-artists-versus-federalists struggle. Rosalyn (‘Jennifer Lawrence (III)’ (qv)), Irving’s erratic wife, may be the one to pull the thread that brings the entire world to a halt.
5. Michael Clayton (2007)
An expensive fixer named Michael Clayton is called to drive to Westchester from a late-night poker game and witnesses the explosion of his car while taking an early morning walk through a field in the early hours of the morning. Take a trip back in time for a few days.
Micheal owes an unscrupulous lender money to pay off his brother’s debts (his gambling addiction has left him bankrupt). In the middle of a high-stakes merger negotiation, his firm’s six-year defense of a conglomerate’s pesticide use is in jeopardy when one of the firm’s best litigators goes off his meds. Somebody decides to kill Michael while he’s trying to fix things. Who? While this is going on, his teenage son is giving a plot summary of a dark fantasy novel.
6. Middle Men (2009)
They’re both high on drugs and full of ideas, but Wayne Beering and Buck Dolby just can’t seem to get their act together. A pornographic site that charges a fee (the first ever) may prove too lucrative for them to ignore when they come up with the concept. An experienced entrepreneur named Jack Harris is brought in to help turn their profitable business idea into a reality. Staying true to yourself in the midst of so much wealth, luxury, sex, crime, and temptation in the pornography industry is much harder than making money there.
7. King Of New York (1990)
Having served his time, former drug lord Frank White returns to New York determined to reestablish his empire and bring things back to the way they were before he went away. Others have, of course, taken over the company while he was away, but White isn’t going to let that stop him. While he’s out there taking out the bad guys, he decides to donate the money he makes to help modernize the hospital in his hometown. However, he has to worry about more than just the drug dealers: a gang of disgruntled cops has made up their minds to eliminate him.
8. Paranoia (2013)
We go deep behind the scenes of global success in Paranoia to a deadly world of greed and deception, in this high-stakes thriller. Harrison Ford (I) and Gary Oldman (I), the world’s two most powerful tech billionaires, are bitter rivals with a complicated past who will stop at nothing to destroy each other. “Harrison Ford (I)” When a young superstar (‘Liam Hemsworth’ (qv)) is swayed by the promise of unlimited wealth and power, he gets caught in the crossfire of their high-stakes corporate espionage game. Even though he is now in grave danger, he has already dug himself into a hole so deep and knows so much that it would be impossible for them to just let him go.
9. The Departed (2006)
The state police are fighting Irish-American organized crime in South Boston. Billy Costigan, a rookie cop with the LAPD, has been tasked with infiltrating the gangland boss Frank Costello’s syndicate. Though Colin Sullivan quickly wins over Costello’s trust, Billy quickly rises to power in the Special Investigations Unit thanks to an informer he has infiltrated as an informant for the syndicate.
Eventually, each man’s secret lives consume him, and he learns about the operations’ strategies and counterstrategies. Billy and Colin are suddenly in danger of being caught and exposed to the enemy when it becomes apparent to both the mob and the police that there is a mole in their midst. Each must race to uncover the identity of the other man in time to save themselves. Is either of them ready to betray the relationships they’ve built while working undercover?
10. Casino (1995)
This Martin Scorsese film portrays Las Vegas as having a dual face, one that is glitzy and glamorous and the other that is brutal and cruel. It’s a paradoxical world for mobsters like Ace Rothstein and Nicky Santoro, who move to Las Vegas to make a name for themselves. When the details of the mob’s involvement in the casinos of the 1970s and 1980s are seen through their eyes, they act as a counterpoint to one another. Nicky, his childhood friend and tough strongman, robs and shakes down the locals in the Tangiers casino, while Ace is the smooth operator. Ace falls in love with a hustler named Ginger, while Nicky spirals downward into a life of drugs and violence.
11. The Family (2013)
One of the most powerful mafia families in France is placed under the witness protection program after turning state’s evidence against the gangsters. Amidst all of their troubles, Fred Manzoni (Robert De Niro), his wife Maggie (Michelle Pfeiffer), and their children Belle (Dianna Agron), Warren, and John D’Leo, can’t help but revert to old habits and blow their cover by dealing with their problems the “family” way. This allows their former mafia cronies to find them and bring them to justice. As old scores are finally settled in the most unlikely of places, mayhem ensues.
12. Live By Night (2016)
It’s 1926 in Boston. The Roaring ’20s are in full swing. There’s booze pouring, bullets are whizzing by, and one man is determined to leave his mark. Because of prohibition, there is a vast underground network of distilleries, speakeasies, gangs, and dishonest law enforcement. Joe Coughlin, the eldest son of a well-known Boston police captain, has long since abandoned his strict upbringing. Joe now enjoys the rewards, thrills, and notoriety that come with being an outlaw, having progressed from petty theft as a child to working for the city’s most feared mobsters.
But life on the dark side carries a heavy price. 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 intend to enjoy themselves to the fullest. From Jazz Age Boston’s flash to Tampa’s sensual shimmer to Cuba’s sizzling streets, Joe begins a dizzying ascent up the ladder of organized crime.
13. Takers (2010)
With Gordon Jennings (Idris Elba), John Rahway (Paul Walker), A.J. (Hayden Christensen), and Jake and Jesse (Michael Ealy) Attica leading the way, the seasoned bank robbers pull off their latest heist and enjoy life in luxury while plotting their next conquest. Ghost (Tip T.I. Harris), a former member of their team, convinces them to attack a $20 million armored car after being released from prison. A bumbling cop (Matt Dillon) is getting closer and closer to apprehending the “takers” as they plan their strategy and prepare to commit the grand heist.
14. The Heat (2013)
Sarah Ashburn, an FBI agent, is driven by ambition and dreams of advancement, but she has a strained relationship with the people around her. She’s been sent to Boston to track down a fugitive drug lord’s stooge, Rojas, and is told that if she can find Larkin, she’ll be in line for a promotion. Arriving in Boston, she discovers that Larkin has been systematically eliminating his competitors and acquiring their business.
When she finds out that Rojas is being held by the Boston Police Department, she decides to go see him and find out what he knows about Larkin. However, she is warned that the officer who arrested Rojas, Shannon Mullins, is extremely territorial and not very sociable, so she decides against going to see her. When they finally meet, they have a tense exchange of words. The reason Ashburn has come to Boston intrigues Mullins, and she sets out to find Larkin on her own. Despite her boss’s insistence, Ashburn finds working with Mullins difficult because she follows the rules strictly while Mullins insists on having her way.