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2,368 Ratings

American Gangster

Directed by Ridley Scott
United States, 2007
Biography, Crime, Drama


When a black crime boss suddenly dies, his quiet and submissive driver Frank Lucas unleashes a ruthless ambition that sees him climbing the ranks to become a heroin kingpin.

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American Gangster Directed by Ridley Scott

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

2008 | 2 nominations including: Best Achievement in Art Direction

BAFTA Awards

2008 | 4 nominations including: Best Film

Screen Actors Guild Awards

2008 | Winner: Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role

2008 | Nominee: Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

Golden Globes (USA)

2008 | 3 nominations including: Best Director - Motion Picture

What are people saying?

  • msmichel's rating of the film American Gangster

    extended version Under appreciated crime epic from Ridley Scott with a rich script by Scott and Steve Zaillian. The film is a slow burner, much like Mann's 'Heat', with many rich moments in its' period capture. Performances are top notch from leads Washington and Crowe with solid turns from most of the cast especially the non-credited Clarence Williams III. It's no 'Prince of the City' mind you but what is?

  • Risya's rating of the film American Gangster

    This movie works in so many levels, it nicely portray the late 60's era to early of 70's Harlem and America, full of drugs and where the cops are dirtier than the rats. It also works as an interesting study of the characters involved. As far as the storytelling goes, it is downright captivating! May not be very original but there are many twists and subplots that keep everything going and give the characters depths.

  • Nick Schwab's rating of the film American Gangster

    Brainless and even not fun. There's not many 3 hour gangster epics that never-ever get out of neutral, nor are as badly melodramatc and hammy as this. The characters are thinly written and completely archetypal (Crowe's squeaky clean cop, Washington's family-man mobster,) and it's rarely entertaining and never dramatic. Scott's only knowledge of the subgenre is the length, making it one of the dullest of its type.

  • Mitchell Corner's rating of the film American Gangster

    Another one of those films people brush off too easily. An all encompassing crime epic with Ridley Scott's usual ease of technique and pacing. Few filmmakers can establish a time and place with such technical prowess. Brings together an ensemble narrative with two powerhouse movie stars in a great gritty gangster period piece. The director's cut is almost a Sir Ridley masterpiece and definitely worth seeing.

  • JCPJD's rating of the film American Gangster

    All the cliches, well executed. It zips along, the characters are fun, the period is dynamic and it does chart that moment when organised crime went from Goodfellas to the modern gang structure of today, which is an interesting shift. It's a light film, slick and entertaining for the most part. And that's fine.

  • CanonFiller's rating of the film American Gangster

    Another example of the embellishment of crime, how it provides a rags to riches story, glorifying the power and street-rep some asshole got from the offscreen misery it enabled. Denzel playing himself, as usual. American rappers getting to dress up like they were back in the 70's without having to make a music video.

  • Isaac Blaine Suttle's rating of the film American Gangster

    'American Gangster' is a great crime film with a commanding performance from Denzel Washington as true life Harlem drug-lord, Frank Lucas. Ridley Scott directs the film and its layered, tight script terrifically. If you want to watch an all-around solid gangster flick, this story of Frank Lucas and the cops looking to take him down is one definitely worth checking out.

  • lo0226's rating of the film American Gangster

    8,5/10 La vie de Franck Lucas. Certaines personnes en parlent, lui l'a fait. Un parrain de Harlem des années 60, qui a lui aussi eu les yeux plus gros que le ventre.

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