Movies like Public Enemies 2009

Depression-era bank robber John Dillinger's charm and audacity endear him to much of America's downtrodden public, but he's also a thorn in the side of J. Edgar Hoover and the fledgling FBI. Desperate to capture the elusive outlaw, Hoover makes Dillinger his first Public Enemy Number One and assigns his top agent, Melvin Purvis, the task of bringing him in dead or alive.

If you already watched and love Public Enemies, you will love these. Below is the list of movies similar to Public Enemies.

1 Gran Torino 2008

Widower Walt Kowalski is a grumpy, prejudiced, tough-minded, unhappy, old, Korean War veteran who can't get along with either his kids or his neighbours. His prize possession is a 1972 Gran Torino he keeps in mint condition. When his neighbour, Thao—a young Hmong teenager under pressure from his gang member cousin—tries to steal his Gran Torino, Walt sets out to reform the youth and takes steps to protect Thao and his family from the gangs that infest their neighborhood.

Genre:

Drama

Director:

Clint Eastwood

Writers:

Nick Schenk (screenplay), Dave Johannson (story) | 1 more credit »

Countries:

United States of America, Germany
8.1

2 Shutter Island 2010

World War II soldier-turned-U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels investigates the disappearance of a patient from a hospital for the criminally insane, but his efforts are compromised by his troubling visions and also by a mysterious doctor.

Genres:

Drama, Thriller, Mystery

Director:

Martin Scorsese

Writers:

Laeta Kalogridis (screenplay), Dennis Lehane (novel)

Country:

United States of America
8.1

3 The Book Of Eli 2010

A post-apocalyptic tale, in which a lone man fights his way across America in order to protect a sacred book that holds the secrets to saving humankind.

Genres:

Action, Thriller, Science Fiction

Directors:

Albert Hughes (as The Hughes Brothers), Allen Hughes (as The Hughes Brothers)

Writer:

Gary Whitta

Country:

United States of America
6.9

4 The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo 2011

This English-language adaptation of the Swedish novel by Stieg Larsson follows a disgraced journalist, Mikael Blomkvist, as he investigates the disappearance of a weary patriarch's niece from 40 years ago. He is aided by the pierced, tattooed, punk computer hacker named Lisbeth Salander. As they work together in the investigation, Blomkvist and Salander uncover immense corruption beyond anything they have ever imagined.

Genres:

Thriller, Crime, Mystery, Drama

Director:

David Fincher

Writers:

Steven Zaillian (screenplay by), Stieg Larsson (novel)

Countries:

United States of America, Norway, Sweden
7.8

5 Gangs Of New York 2002

It's 1863. America was born in the streets. Amsterdam Vallon returns to the Five Points of America to seek vengeance against the psychotic gangland kingpin, Bill the Butcher, who murdered his father years earlier. With an eager pickpocket by his side and a whole new army, Vallon fights his way to seek vengeance on the Butcher and restore peace in the area.

Genres:

Drama, History, Crime

Director:

Martin Scorsese

Writers:

Jay Cocks (story), Jay Cocks (screenplay) | 2 more credits »

Countries:

United States of America, Italy
7.5

6 The Way Back 2010

At the dawn of WWII, several men escape from a Russian gulag—to take a perilous and uncertain journey to freedom as they cross deserts, mountains and several nations.

Genres:

Drama, Adventure, History

Director:

Peter Weir

Writers:

Slavomir Rawicz (novel), Peter Weir (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

Countries:

Poland, United Arab Emirates, United States of America
7.3

7 3:10 To Yuma 2007

In Arizona in the late 1800s, infamous outlaw Ben Wade and his vicious gang of thieves and murderers have plagued the Southern Railroad. When Wade is captured, Civil War veteran Dan Evans, struggling to survive on his drought-plagued ranch, volunteers to deliver him alive to the "3:10 to Yuma", a train that will take the killer to trial.

Genre:

Western

Director:

James Mangold

Writers:

Halsted Welles (screenplay), Michael Brandt (screenplay) | 2 more credits »

Country:

United States of America
7.7

8 Death Proof 2007

Austin's hottest DJ, Jungle Julia, sets out into the night to unwind with her two friends Shanna and Arlene. Covertly tracking their moves is Stuntman Mike, a scarred rebel leering from behind the wheel of his muscle car, revving just feet away.

Genres:

Action, Thriller

Director:

Quentin Tarantino

Country:

United States of America
7

9 Law Abiding Citizen 2009

A frustrated man decides to take justice into his own hands after a plea bargain sets one of his family's killers free. He targets not only the killer but also the district attorney and others involved in the deal.

Genres:

Drama, Crime, Thriller

Director:

F. Gary Gray

Writer:

Kurt Wimmer

Country:

United States of America
7.4

10 127 Hours 2010

The true story of mountain climber Aron Ralston's remarkable adventure to save himself after a fallen boulder crashes on his arm and traps him in an isolated canyon in Utah.

Genres:

Adventure, Drama, Thriller

Director:

Danny Boyle

Writers:

Danny Boyle (screenplay), Simon Beaufoy (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

Countries:

United Kingdom, United States of America
7.6

11 Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows 2011

There is a new criminal mastermind at large (Professor Moriarty) and not only is he Holmes’ intellectual equal, but his capacity for evil and lack of conscience may give him an advantage over the detective.

Genres:

Adventure, Action, Crime, Mystery

Director:

Guy Ritchie

Country:

United States of America
7.5

12 Limitless 2011

A paranoia-fueled action thriller about an unsuccessful writer whose life is transformed by a top-secret "smart drug" that allows him to use 100% of his brain and become a perfect version of himself. His enhanced abilities soon attract shadowy forces that threaten his new life in this darkly comic and provocative film.

Genres:

Thriller, Mystery, Science Fiction

Director:

Neil Burger

Writers:

Leslie Dixon (screenplay), Alan Glynn (novel)

Country:

United States of America
7.4

13 Bronson 2008

A young man who was sentenced to 7 years in prison for robbing a post office ends up spending 30 years in solitary confinement. During this time, his own personality is supplanted by his alter ego, Charles Bronson.

Genres:

Drama, Action, Crime

Writers:

Brock Norman Brock (screenplay), Nicolas Winding Refn (screenplay)

Country:

United Kingdom
7.1

14 Rocknrolla 2008

When a Russian mobster sets up a real estate scam that generates millions of pounds, various members of London's criminal underworld pursue their share of the fortune. Various shady characters, including Mr One-Two, Stella the accountant, and Johnny Quid, a druggie rock-star, try to claim their slice.

Genres:

Action, Crime, Thriller

Director:

Guy Ritchie

Writer:

Guy Ritchie

Country:

United Kingdom
7.3

15 Righteous Kill 2008

Two veteran New York City detectives work to identify the possible connection between a recent murder and a case they believe they solved years ago; is there a serial killer on the loose, and did they perhaps put the wrong person behind bars?

Genres:

Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Director:

Jon Avnet

Writer:

Russell Gewirtz

Country:

United States of America
6

16 The Lincoln Lawyer 2011

A lawyer conducts business from the back of his Lincoln town car while representing a high-profile client in Beverly Hills.

Genres:

Crime, Drama, Thriller

Director:

Brad Furman

Writers:

John Romano (screenplay), Michael Connelly (novel)

Country:

United States of America
7.3

17 Kill The Irishman 2011

Over the summer of 1976, thirty-six bombs detonate in the heart of Cleveland while a turf war raged between Irish mobster Danny Greene and the Italian mafia. Based on a true story, Kill the Irishman chronicles Greene's heroic rise from a tough Cleveland neighborhood to become an enforcer in the local mob.

Genres:

Action, Crime, Thriller, Drama

Director:

Jonathan Hensleigh

Writers:

Jonathan Hensleigh (screenplay), Jeremy Walters (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

Country:

United States of America
7.1

18 J. Edgar 2011

As the face of law enforcement in the United States for almost 50 years, J. Edgar Hoover was feared and admired, reviled and revered. But behind closed doors, he held secrets that would have destroyed his image, his career, and his life.

Genres:

Drama, Crime, History

Director:

Clint Eastwood

Country:

United States of America
6.5

19 Moneyball 2011

The story of Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane's successful attempt to put together a baseball team on a budget, by employing computer-generated analysis to draft his players.

Genre:

Drama

Director:

Bennett Miller

Writers:

Steven Zaillian (screenplay), Aaron Sorkin (screenplay) | 2 more credits »

Country:

United States of America
7.6

20 The Expendables 2010

Barney Ross leads a band of highly skilled mercenaries including knife enthusiast Lee Christmas, a martial arts expert, heavy weapons specialist, demolitionist, and a loose-cannon sniper. When the group is commissioned by the mysterious Mr. Church to assassinate the dictator of a small South American island, Barney and Lee visit the remote locale to scout out their opposition and discover the true nature of the conflict engulfing the city.

Genres:

Thriller, Adventure, Action

Director:

Sylvester Stallone

Writers:

Dave Callaham (screenplay) (as David Callaham), Sylvester Stallone (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

Country:

United States of America
6.5

21 The Taking Of Pelham 123 2009

Armed men hijack a New York City subway train, holding the passengers hostage in return for a ransom, and turning an ordinary day's work for dispatcher Walter Garber into a face-off with the mastermind behind the crime.

Genres:

Thriller, Crime, Action

Director:

Tony Scott

Writers:

Brian Helgeland (screenplay), John Godey (novel)

Country:

United States of America
6.4

22 From Paris With Love 2010

James Reese has a good job as an ambassador's aid in France, but his real passion is a side gig—working in a minor role in the CIA. He would love to be a full-fledged agent and can't believe his luck when he lands an assignment with Charlie Wax. Trigger-happy Charlie soon has James crying for his desk job, but when he learns that the same guys they're trying to catch are after him, James realises that Charlie may be his only hope of survival.

Genres:

Action, Crime, Thriller

Director:

Pierre Morel

Writers:

Adi Hasak (screenplay), Luc Besson (story)

Countries:

United Kingdom, France
6.5

23 Edge Of Darkness 2010

As a seasoned homicide detective, Thomas Craven has seen the bleakest side of humanity. But nothing prepares him for the toughest investigation of his life: the search for his only daughter Emma's killer. Now, he is on a personal mission to uncover the disturbing secrets surrounding her murder, including corporate corruption, government collusion and Emma's own mysterious life.

Genres:

Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Director:

Martin Campbell

Writers:

William Monahan (screenplay), Andrew Bovell (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

Countries:

United Kingdom, United States of America
6.6

24 True Grit 2010

Following the murder of her father by a hired hand, a 14-year-old farm girl sets out to capture the killer. To aid her, she hires the toughest U.S. Marshal she can find—a man with 'true grit'—Reuben J. 'Rooster' Cogburn.

Genres:

Drama, Adventure, Western

Directors:

Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

Writers:

Joel Coen (screenplay), Ethan Coen (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

Country:

United States of America
7.6