For More Period Dramas, Here Are 9 Movies Like 'Gangs of New York'

For More Period Dramas, Here Are 9 Movies Like 'Gangs of New York' ...

Have you had enough of grumpy gangsters engaging in political corruption and deceitful violence? Are you looking for some period pieces that explore the turbulence of early America? Below are 9 films that will fill the gap left by that U2 song at the end.

Once Upon a Time in America (1984)

Once Upon A Time in America is a master of western cinema, but it's no less enthralling than witnessing Clint Eastwood scuffle in the American frontier. It's still a crowded, splintering, ruffle-shaded city filled with immigrants, corrupt officials, and a gangster population.

The Age of Innocence (1993)

The Age of Innocence depicts a wealthy man who appears to have everything he desires, but who runs away with a divorced woman whom polite society will not accept.

There Will Be Blood (2007)

Daniel Day-Lewis' performance in There Will Be Blood is a perfect companion to Gangs of New York. Plainview is surrounded by a strong sense of entitlement and entitlement that makes him seem like Bill the Butcher's child. We hate to watch what he does but cannot help but notice it.

The Godfather Part II (1974)

The Godfather Part II's Ellis Island scenes are probably the most memorable immigration images on film. The New World offers great opportunities for those who enter it, but it also presents a dangerous frontier, even in its biggest cities. Like Gangs of New York, The Godfather Part II is about an immigrant coming to America and finding that lawlessness can yield enormous profits while also causing enormous losses.

The Untouchables (1987)

Kevin Costner's Elliot Ness must bring order to chaos in Prohibition-era Chicago, rooting out corruption in his own ranks and battling evil without succumbing to evil himself. This film from Brian de Palma is equally as enthralling as Scorsese or Leone or Coppola. The Untouchablesallows us to see the other side of crime in early America and emphasizes how difficult it was to bring the Butchers and Corleones of the world to

Road to Perdition (2002)

Like Gangs of New York, Road to Perdition is an organized crime revenge story with a persistent theme of the father-son bond. The story follows Tom Hanks as a stoic mobster trying to save his son while avenging his family.

Public Enemies (2009)

Public Enemies, an underrated film directed by Michael Mann, stars Johnny Depp as legendary outlaw and bank robber John Dillinger, who is being hunted by an FBI agent (Christian Bale). Mann is a master of gunfights and heist sequences and his talents are on full display here. Much like Gangs of New York, Public Enemies investigates the mythology of criminals and how those beliefs shape our understanding of American history.

Lawless (2012)

Lawless is another underrated film that chronicles the struggle of a family of bootleggers in Virginia to keep their businesses (and alive). The performances by Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf, Jason Clarke, and Jessica Chastain are all outstanding throughout the film. In rural America, where the press is less likely to expose and mythologize illegal exploits, the stories of moonshine-producing bootleggers remain a fascinating part of America's history.

Tombstone (1993)

Wyatt Earp (Kurt Russell) and Doc Holliday (Val Kilmer) take center stage in Tombstone as they seek to exterminate a murderous gang. When seen together, Tombstone paints a more complete picture of early Americas' attempts to keep criminality under control.