American Gangster (2007)

In 1970s America, a detective works to bring down the drug empire of Frank Lucas, a heroin kingpin from Manhattan, who is smuggling the drug into the country from the Far East. (IMDb)

Starts off feeling a little messy and uninspired as it introduces the main players, but it quickly evolves into a wonderfully gritty and captivating crime drama with top notch cinematography and a richly textured plot. Washington is great as the charismatic and violent Lucas, and Crowe is as equally competent as the determined Richie, and along with a strong supporting cast, they enact an intriguing cops vs. gangsters script that shows the interesting overlaps of their respective moral spectra.

8.3/10

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