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Last updated August 13, 2022

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2000 | NR | 3.8 out of 5 Stars

Interlacing three disturbing snapshots of America's drug war, this Oscar-winning saga follows a U.S. drug czar who learns his daughter's an addict, a Mexican cop caught in a corrupt system and a housewife forced to take over the family drug business.
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Joy Road

2004 | NR | 3.8 out of 5 Stars

When he agrees to defend his sister's shady boyfriend against a murder charge, ambitious urban lawyer Tony Smalls finds himself sucked back into life in the 'hood -- and squaring off against a criminal justice system stacked against his client.
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Elite Squad: The Enemy Within

2010 | NR | 3.8 out of 5 Stars

Tenente-Coronel Nascimento, a hardened vet of Rio de Janeiro's drug wars, is now head of a special police unit. With his new title comes new responsibilities and dangers, which the captain navigates with brashness and resolve.
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Gangster's Paradise: Jerusalema

2008 | NR | 3.8 out of 5 Stars

With dreams of making enough to buy his seaside dream house, young Lucky Kunene (Rapulana Seiphemo) adopts a small-time criminal lifestyle that balloons into big-time crime, attracting the attention of local law enforcement and stoking the ire of a powerful drug lord. Writer Ralph Ziman also directs this gritty tale of desperation and blind ambition set in the shadow of apartheid-era South Africa and inspired by a true story.
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Family Sins

2004 | NR | 3.8 out of 5 Stars

Outwardly, suburban foster parent Brenda Geck is a pillar of her New Hampshire community. But her family's cheerful veneer masks a shocking reality that includes arson, theft, insurance fraud, rape and slavery in this unsettling made-for-TV drama.
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A Stoning in Fulham County

1988 | NR | 3.8 out of 5 Stars

Based on a true story, this thought-provoking drama profiles two fathers: an Amish man whose young child is killed by reckless teens, and the prosecutor who tries to bring the youths to justice despite the condemnation he faces from the community.
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King of Paper Chasin'

2010 | NR | 3.8 out of 5 Stars

This gritty, urban drama goes inside the world of gangsta rap with the story of Carter Blanche (Dwayne "DL" Clark), a notorious, ambitious drug dealer who wants to go straight by entering the music business, but both his enemies and friends impede his progress. Carter's girlfriend, Thalia (Piarry Oriol), cooperates with an FBI investigation into his criminal empire, while his best friend foments a violent betrayal upon being released from prison.
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Morning Glory

1993 | NR | 3.8 out of 5 Stars

When recently widowed Elly Dinsmore hires ex-con Will Parker to help out on her farm, the situation proves healing for both. But just as they're settling into a new rhythm of life, Will falls under suspicion for murder.
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Hard Lessons

1986 | NR | 3.8 out of 5 Stars

This drama based on a true story stars Denzel Washington as George McKenna, the tough, determined new principal of a notorious Los Angeles high school. Life is full of hard lessons for McKenna, who risks it all by going head-to-head with the drug-infested, gang-run war zone known as George Washington High.
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The Last Tycoon

2012 | NR | 3.8 out of 5 Stars

After becoming apprentice to a Shanghai crime boss, Cheng Daqi gets a taste for power in this story of a real-life gangster that spans 30 years. Thrust into the criminal world, Cheng gets involved in a murder plot as the city is on the brink of war.
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Snow on Tha Bluff

2011 | NR | 3.8 out of 5 Stars

Set in urban Atlanta, this hyperreal gangster drama centers on kinetic dope dealer Curtis Snow, who nabs a video camera off a pair of college kids, then begins recording the deals, deliveries and shoot-outs that comprise his daily operation.
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Unspeakable Acts

1990 | NR | 3.8 out of 5 Stars

The married couple Laurie and Joseph Braga are doctors specialized in interviewing sexual abused children. With a lot of energy they track down a pedophile who has abused many toddlers.
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1996 | NR | 3.8 out of 5 Stars

Police chief Marge Gunderson -- a serious sleuth who's sharper than her folksy accent suggests -- is hot on the trail of a Minneapolis car dealer conspiring with two kidnappers to snatch his wife so he can pocket part of the hefty ransom.
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Call Northside 777

1948 | NR | 3.8 out of 5 Stars

James Stewart stars in this documentary-style legal drama based on a true story. During Prohibition, Frank Wiecek (Richard Conte) is falsely accused and imprisoned for killing a cop in a speakeasy. His mother, Tillie (Kasia Orzazewski), has a fierce belief in her son's innocence, but it's only when reporter P.J. McNeal (Stewart) starts investigating the crime 11 years later that the truth comes to light. Lee J. Cobb costars as McNeal's editor.
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1991 | NR | 3.8 out of 5 Stars

Director Michael Karbelnikoff's blood-soaked crime saga traces the ascent of notorious street thugs Charlie "Lucky" Luciano, Meyer Lansky, Bugsy Siegel and Frank Costello to the top of the syndicate. Setting aside their ethnic differences, the quartet ultimately turns their small-time bootlegging enterprise into domination of the underworld. The high-powered cast includes Christian Slater, F. Murray Abraham, Lara Flynn Boyle and Anthony Quinn.
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The Devil's Double

2011 | NR | 3.8 out of 5 Stars

Dominic Cooper stars as Uday Hussein -- Saddam Hussein's depraved, decadent elder son -- and as Latif Yahia, the army lieutenant forcibly drafted to be his body double, in this drama based on Yahia's autobiographical novel.
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April Showers

2009 | NR | 3.7 out of 5 Stars

Following a horrible outburst of violence at their high school, students and teachers struggle to get their lives back on track. As reporters hound victims for stories, teenage Sean (Kelly Blatz) agonizes over the loss of his friend April (Ellen Woglom). Based on writer-director Andrew Robinson's personal experiences surviving the Columbine High School tragedy, this drama also stars Tom Arnold, Illeana Douglas and Daryl Sabara.
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The Accused

1988 | NR | 3.7 out of 5 Stars

Jodie Foster won an Oscar for her portrayal of Sarah Tobias in this fact-based drama. After being raped by three men in a local bar, Sarah, enraged at the light sentence her attackers receive, persuades attorney Kathryn Murphy (Kelly McGillis) to press charges against the men who cheered on the attack. But it won't be easy: Sarah has a shady past that could be used against her in court.
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1988 | NR | 3.7 out of 5 Stars

Veteran cop Bob Hodges has nothing but contempt for his new partner, fiery rookie Danny McGavin. But he gradually comes to appreciate Danny as they patrol the streets of East Los Angeles, where a gang war between the Crips and Bloods is escalating.
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Gang Related

1997 | NR | 3.7 out of 5 Stars

Not averse to stepping over the line, New York cops Divinci (James Belushi) and Rodriguez (Tupac Shakur) do what it takes to clean the hood of drug dealers. But when they accidentally kill an undercover DEA agent, they try to cover it up by framing a homeless man. The two soon find themselves drawn into even deeper deception, however, when they're tasked with solving the murder. Dennis Quaid and Lela Rochon co-star in this tense drama.
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Carlos: Miniseries

2010 | NR | 3.7 out of 5 Stars

Over the course of two decades, an elusive Venezuelan terrorist pulls off assassination plots, abductions and bombings across Europe and the Middle East and carries out devastating acts of politically motivated violence.
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2010 | NR | 3.7 out of 5 Stars

Ilich Ramírez Sánchez -- aka Carlos the Jackal -- is an elusive Venezuelan terrorist who executed scores of assassination plots, abductions and bombings across Europe and the Middle East. This biopic follows Carlos from 1973 to 1994.
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An American Crime

2007 | NR | 3.7 out of 5 Stars

Based on an appalling true story, this drama follows the grim fate of Sylvia Likens, a teenager who is left to live with Gertrude Baniszewski, a mentally unbalanced Indiana housewife who imprisons and tortures the girl in the basement.
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2010 | NR | 3.7 out of 5 Stars

In a desperate move to save his daughter's life, a New Mexico district attorney (Dermot Mulroney) crosses the border to look into an illegal lung transplant. But upon arrival, he learns the truth about where these "donated" organs really come from. Diane Kruger, Sam Shepard and Rosanna Arquette co-star in this gritty examination of ethics, immigration and innocent lives from director Baltasar Kormákur.
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Bad Boys

1983 | NR | 3.7 out of 5 Stars

On the mean streets of Chicago, Mick O'Brien (Sean Penn) plays by the rules -- the wrong rules. The only saving grace in his life of crime is his relationship with his girlfriend (Ally Sheedy). But when a heist ends in tragedy, O'Brien lands in jail with his worst enemy (Esai Morales). Both are bent on vengeance ... and the score must be settled in blood. Rick Rosenthal directs this thrilling crime drama depicting violence in juvenile prison.
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