27 Movies Like Heat That You Need to Watch

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27 Movies Like Heat
Movies Like Heat (Credits: Netflix)

If you are fond of detective movies, then you must have already watched Michael Mann’s “Heat.” It has meticulous detective cat and mouse, action scenes, and authentic relationships with character development in place. Then this list is surely for you; it explores 27 movies like Heat that will surely keep you up for your next binge. 

‘Heat’ was directed by Michael Mann, one of the most stylish and consistent directors in the game. The movie is a remake of the 1989 LA Takedown, which was penned by him for an NBC show, but later it got passed to a movie.

The plot of the movie focuses on Lieutenant Hanna, played by Al Pacino, an honest and fierce cop who is following a proficient criminal, Neil McCauley, played by Robert de Niro, and his gang members. The movie is filled with tedious mind battles, but as the movie progresses, we see that both of them have a lot in common. They even begin to respect each other but still are motivated by their motives. 

If you like these types of movies, then the list has some of the movies like Heat that are filled with cops, robberies, gun fights, gangs taking on each other, casinos, and other mob high stake mob activities. Find your favorites, call your gang, and go for it.

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Inside Job

Inside Job came out in 2010, and it was so good that it won the Oscars and. It is safe to assume that it is not an ordinary movie. The movie is beautifully crafted, and even the soundtracks backing each scene are melodious, making the scene alive.

The plot is delivered in a very crisp manner, and it almost feels like you’re living the movie and feeling exactly what it is, making you go ‘these aholes’ and that ‘ motherf.’

Inside Job
Inside Job (Credits: Apple TV)

Other than all this, Inside Job is a perfect picturization of what actually happens in a financial meltdown. Now you may think it is a complex thing to understand this theme, but it is not.

The film uses very simple graphs and charts for all the laymen out there. The movie is exciting, and you will surely enjoy it. It shows the details and what is going on behind the big corporate world.

  • Released in: 2010
  • Runtime: 1 hour 48 minutes
  • IMDB Score: 8.2
  • Cast: Matt Damon, David McCormick, Barney Frank, Jonathan Alpert, Bill Ackman, Robert Gnaizda, Andrew Sheng, Satyajit Das, Raghuram Rajan, Glenn Hubbard, Gylfi Zoega, Frank Partnoy, Nouriel Roubini, and many others
  • Directed By: Charles Ferguson
  • Streaming Platform: Apple TV

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

If you liked Robert Downey Jr’s performance in Ironman, then you will love him in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, which is a more subtle representation. This movie is a witty take on detective movies and film noir in a casual manner.

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (Credits: Amazon Prime Videos)

The screen to and fro of Gay Perry (private detective), played by Val Kilmer, and RDJ’s character Harry Lockhart, previously robber, now actor. His character is witty, hysterical, and smart, and he delivers the plot just the way it is intended!

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang was directed by the same guy who gave us Lethal Weapon, Richard Donner, so you can be assured that all the fun action is also blended adequately. It was shocking to see that it gained very few fans in the halls when it initially came out, but as time has passed, this movie has grown in fans. This a solid recommendation if you’re an RDJ fan.

  • Released in: 2005
  • Runtime: 1 hour 43 minutes
  • IMDB Score: 7.5
  • Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Val Kilmer, Michelle Monaghan, Indio Falconer Downey, Corbin Bernsen, Bobby Tuttle, Brian Simpson, Angela Lindvall, and many others
  • Directed By: Shane Black
  • Streaming Platform: Amazon Prime Videos

True Romance

If you liked the work of Tony Scott in Top Gun, then definitely check out True Romance, written by Quentin Tarantino. This is a crime flick that is twisted and entertaining. The movie features Christian Slater’s Clarence, who is a nerdy employee in a comic book store.

He falls in love with a prostitute named Alabama, played by Patricia Arquette, and then there is Drexel, played by Gary Oldman. Christian makes a plan to get rid of Drexel for Patricia.

True Romance
True Romance (Credits: Amazon Prime Videos)

The story moves forward, and all these characters find themselves in California with a bag full of cocaine and plan to sell all that to a Hollywood bigshot for money and use it to fuel their dreams and lifestyle. The movie has a good main and supporting cast like Christopher Walken, Brad Pitt, and Val Kilmer as Elvis’s ghost.

True Romance is one of the 90s classics, and it is a real showcase of Quentin’s trademark funny conversations blended with savage wit and jarring action sequences that he is famous for. You can check it out if you love Tarantino movies and his style of narration.

  • Released in: 1993
  • Runtime: 2 hours
  • IMDB Score: 7.9
  • Cast: Christian Slater, Val Kilmer, Gary Oldman, Patricia Arquette, Dennis Hopper, Samuel L. Jackson, Christopher Walken, Michael Rapaport, Brad Pitt, James Gandolfini, and many others
  • Directed By: Tony Scott
  • Streaming Platform: Amazon Prime Videos

Sin Nombre

Sin Nombre came out in 2009, and it is on the same slate as City of God, and it is taking forward its legacy of natural on-screen skills and crude plot. Sin Nombre will take you on a journey filled with blood-filled violence, losses, and endless thrilling suspense.

Sin Nombre
Sin Nombre (Credits: Netflix)

It is definitely a tough watch for anyone. It has the quirks of immigration with a positive outlook. The plot and the profound screenplay will keep you thoughtful for days after watching the movie.

  • Released in: 2009
  • Runtime: 1 hour 36 minutes
  • IMDB Score: 7.5
  • Cast: Tenoch Huerta, Paulina Gaitán, Édgar Flores, Christian Ferré, Luis Fernando Peña, Diana Garcia Soto, Guillermo Villegas, Gabino Rodriguez, Gerardo Taracena, Lilibeth Flores, Héctor Jiménez, Harold Torres and many others
  • Directed By: Cary Joji Fukunaga
  • Streaming Platform: Netflix


If you have watched Local Heroes and Gregory’s Girl by Bill Forsyth, who is a famous Scottish Director. He was the one who directed the drama, Housekeeping in 1987. The movie is adapted from a novel authored by Marilyn Robinson.

The plot revolves around two sisters, Lucille and Ruthie, who are orphans and are raised by Sylvie, their peculiar aunt. As time passes, the sisters grow distant, and Ruthie gravitates more toward Aunt Sylvie.

Housekeeping (Credits: Apple TV)

The idea of the movie does not fit into a whole daily life situation, life outside the modern surroundings. Sylvie shows Ruthie that there is life, a big and more to this life than outside the town of Thunderbone. There is a whole thing out there calling just the people like them.

It is an ideal direction by Bill, balancing both tragedy and humor. The portrayal of Christine is best for her. She does it well to convey her emotions and urges to just go out there. A must-watch for people who are stuck somewhere and want to get out.

  • Released in: 1987
  • Runtime: 1 hour 56 minutes
  • IMDB Score: 7.2
  • Cast: Christine Lahti, Andrea Burchill, Barbara Reese, Tonya Tanner, Sara Walker, Anne Pitoniak, Margot Pinvidic, Wayne Robson, Dolores Drake, Betty Phillips, Bill Smillie, Sheila Paterson, Karen Elizabeth Austin, Georgie Collins, Antony Holland, Karen Austin, Sarah Walker, and many others
  • Directed By: Bill Forsyth
  • Streaming Platform: Apple TV

Wonder Boys

Grady Tripp is an English professor who is finding it difficult to write a follow-up to his first successful novel. Tripp’s character is played by Michael Douglas, and for the last seven years, he has struggled to produce a follow-up to his novel, which is a metaphor for his sad life.

Wonder Boys
Wonder Boys (Credits: Amazon Prime Videos)

The character explores the tragic daily life dilemmas, and the movie is filled with a supporting cast, including Tobey Maguire, Katie Holmes, and Frances McDormand. His nemesis is Rip Torn, and his editor is Robert Downey Jr, and Bob Dylan gave the music to this movie.

It is very hard not to like this movie, and it is very cozy and warm with an apt mix of drama and humor. All in all a decent flick filled with life and problems.

  • Released in: 2020
  • Runtime: 1 hour 51 minutes
  • IMDB Score: 7.2
  • Cast:  Michael Douglas, Tobey Maguire, Robert Downey Jr., Curtis Hanson, Frances McDormand, Richard Knox, Katie Holmes, Michael Cavadias, Richard Thomas, Rip Torn, Philip Bosco, Jane Adams, and many others
  • Directed By: Curtis Hanson
  • Streaming Platform: Amazon Prime Videos

Touching the Void

Touching the Void is a documentary about two pals who love climbing, and in the movie, they attempted to climb Siula Grande in the Peruvian Andes in 1985.

They are climbing friends as both of them are egotistical and like to take adventurous risks, and both have common interests. Nevertheless, they both are crazy about adventures and climbing.

Touching The Void
Touching The Void (Credits: Netflix)

In the movie, while climbing, a storm appears, and one of the climber’s friends gets injured. It is pretty clear to both of them that this injury will be fatal, and it is thrilling to see what happens in the movie from this point.

The movie is filled with adrenaline. Even if you’re not a climber, the plot is represented in such a manner that it will talk to any adventurer who likes to take risks on a journey and is prepared for the worst situation out there.

  • Released in: 2003
  • Runtime: 1 hour 46 minutes
  • IMDB Score: 8.0
  • Cast:  Joe Simpson, Brendan Mackey, Simon Yates, Richard Hawking, Ollie Ryall, Nicholas Aaron, Susie Figgis, Justine Wright, Ричард Хаукинг, Richard, and many others
  • Directed By: Kevin Macdonald
  • Streaming Platform: Netflix


Matt Damon stars in Rounders as a law student and a poker player who is forced to get back to the game in order to aid and pay the gambling debts of his best friend, played by Edward Norton, who is on parole.

This movie is enjoyable. It takes you inside the world of poker and betting with an adrenaline rush, and it shows the mindset behind poker, the strategy, and the narrative behind the human psychology whole participating in poker games.

Rounders (Credits: Amazon Prime Videos)

Norton and Damon are well are ideal casting for their characters, especially Edward plays an iffy ‘Worm.’ The storytelling is as sober as it can be. Still, it is surprisingly enjoyable from the first scene to the last.

Rounders will be liked by the fans of sports and gambling and even the audience who likes modern noir movies that have an ample amount of drama in them.

  • Released in: 1998
  • Runtime: 2 hours 1 minute
  • IMDB Score: 7.3
  • Cast: Matt Damon, Edward Norton, John Malkovich, John Turturro, Gretchen Mol, Famke Janssen, Martin Landau, Chris Messina, Paul Cicero, Michael Rispoli, Josh Mostel, Melina Kanakaredes, and many others
  • Directed By: John Dahl
  • Streaming: Amazon Prime Videos

Maria Full of Grace

Maria is a hard-working and modest girl residing in Columbia. It is a small town, and her only choice is to work in a floral plant factory that packs and distributes flowers. She has no choice but to do anything else.

Even her job is not very appealing, and her boss is a typical boss who is not very friendly. She only does it for money, and she has to work until her choices become less than whatever they already are.

Maria Full of Grace
Maria Full of Grace (Credits: Amazon Prime Videos)

By chance, she becomes friends with a boy who can take her out of the situation she is in. But it is not very friendly as she has to become a drug mule by planting drugs into her stomach and crossing the border to get into American soil. This is a dangerous stunt, it can be fatal for her, but it has good money.

Maria plans to take the job as it may be her only chance to get out of town. This movie is about choices one makes to get out of seemingly lost situations. It’s about taking that one shot from your mind and soul with all the hope that will either give you everything or take everything away from you.

If everything goes bad, then you have to stand tall and face the situation that has presented itself. This type of story usually is shown in a documentary-style video, but it is not a documentary. It is a masterpiece in the genre, and you’ll get the urge to watch the movie just by looking at the movie poster.

  • Released in: 2004
  • Runtime: 1 hour 41 minutes
  • IMDB Score: 7.4
  • Cast: Catalina Sandino Moreno, Yenny Paola Vega, Guilied Lopez, Wilson Guerrero, Rodrigo Sanchez Borhorquez, Orlando Tobón, Jaime Osorio Gómez, Virgina Ariza, Mateo Suarez, Charles Albert Patiño, Patricia Rae, John Álex Toro, Selenis Leyva, Ed Trucco, Juana Guarderas, Patrick Rameau, Monique Gabriela Curnen, and many others
  • Directed By: Joshua Marston
  • Streaming Platform: Amazon Prime Videos

Things We Lost in the Fire

This 2007 is a touching drama starring Halle Berry, her character Audrey is a mother of 2 kids and their father Brian, played by David Duchovny, has been killed in a random act.

Things We Lost in the Fire
Things We Lost in the Fire (Credits: Amazon Prime Videos)

In all the grief, she comes in contact with Jerry, played by Benicio Del Toro, who is Brian’s friend and is residing life in an isolated place as a druggie, and she invites him to live with her and her kids. It may look like a very systematic plot, two lost and broken souls looking to fix themselves by coming together.

It is directed by Susanne Bier, and she has elevated the overall writing. She gives the audience a narrative about human connections and loss in the worse of times. The cast, both Del Toro and Berry, took it to another level with their on-screen skills. It is a movie that will surely surprise you with its compassion, tenderness, and screenplay!

  • Released in: 2007
  • Runtime: 1 hour 58 minutes
  • IMDB Score: 7.1
  • Cast: Halle Berry, Benicio Del Toro, David Duchovny, Micah Berry, Alison Lohman, John Carroll Lynch, Omar Benson Miller, Alexis Llewellyn, Robin Weigert, Paula Newsome, Sarah Dubrovsky, V.J. Foster, and many others
  • Directed By: Susanne Bier
  • Streaming Platform: Amazon Prime Videos


The movie is based on Richard Price’s novel adopted by Spike Lee. The novel is less fancy and not his best job, but Spike managed to pull the last of the pages in an electric manner.

Clockers (Credits: Apple TV)

The movie is piled by the cast, including John Turturro, Isaiah Washington, Harvey Keitel, and Delroy Lindo. The plot is based on small drug dealers during the shortage of drugs, which is very similar to The Wire.

This scarcity puts a colorful lens on the plot and its characters. Spike’s emphatic and on-point directing skills put the drama on an elevator. Performances by all the cast fuel the emotions and provide the required backing to the plot.

  • Released in: 1995
  • Runtime: 2 hours 8 minutes
  • IMDB Score: 6.9
  • Cast: Spike Lee, Mekhi Phifer, Harvey Keitel, Delroy Lindo, John Turturro, Pee Wee Love, Keith David, Thomas Jefferson Byrd, Harry Lennix, Isaiah Washington, Michael Imperioli, Hassan Johnson, and many others
  • Directed By: Spike Lee
  • Streaming Platform: Apple TV


It is an ideal movie for every type of viewer. The movie balances multiple plots with the help of a very capable star cast and makes it a very deserving thriller. The movie stars Brad Pitt and Jason Statham, they play as each other’s friends, and both of their characters play a very physical role.

Snatch (Credits: Apple TV)

The main thing about this movie is the plot, action-packed sequences, and fast camera, the movie shines in the aforementioned things, and it is a surety that it will keep you hooked and thrilled.

  • Released in: 2000
  • Runtime: 1h 42m
  • IMDB Score: 8.2
  • Cast: Brad Pitt, Jason Statham, Vinnie Jones, Benicio Del Toro, Alan Ford, Stephen Graham, Jason Flemyng, Dennis Farina, Robbie Gee, Mickey Dee, Andy Beckwith, Lennie James, Ewen Bremner, Mike Reid, William Beck, many others
  • Directed By: Guy Ritchie
  • Streaming Platform: Apple TV

The Word’s Fastest Indian

You must have seen Anthony Hopkins in many movies, but he got famous as Hannibal Lecter. On the contrary, he gives a soothing and warming performance by playing Burt Munro, who was a real-life motorcycle legend. He set a record in 1967 on land by using a handmade 1920 Indian motorcycle.

The Word’s Fastest Indian
The Word’s Fastest Indian (Credits: Amazon Prime Videos)

It is a motivational movie and pushes you to never give up on your dreams, even if it looks a far cry. Anthony has always done a good job, and he always turns a bland story into an alive on-screen display by turning it into pure gold. By the end of the movie, you will be cheering for Burt on his motorcycle.

  • Released in: 2005
  • Runtime: 2h 7m
  • IMDB Score: 7.8
  • Cast: Anthony Hopkins, Aaron James Murphy, Annie Whittle, Paul Rodriguez, Diane Ladd, Christopher Lawford, Chris Williams, Jessica Cauffiel, Patrick Flueger, Antony Starr, Iain Rea, and many others
  • Directed By: Roger Donaldson
  • Streaming Platform: Amazon Prime Videos

Beautiful Girls

Beautiful Girls came out in 1996, and we see a young Natalie Portman and a decent Uma Thurman directed by Ted Demme. She created a real-life mindset of someone who is a working-class woman stuck in Massachusetts, which is a small town.

Beautiful Girls
Beautiful Girls (Credits: Apple TV)

The movie is chirpy, quirky, and filled with diamonds, and this movie will make you recall all the friends that you ever had and those who are actually present in your life.

  • Released in: 1996
  • Runtime: 1h 53m
  • IMDB Score: 7.1
  • Cast: Matt Dillon, Uma Thurman, Natalie Portman, Timothy Hutton, Rosie O’Donnell, Michael Rapaport, Lauren Holly, Mira Sorvino, Martha Plimpton, Annabeth Gish, Max Perlich, Noah Emmerich, and many others
  • Directed By: Ted Demme
  • Streaming Platform: Apple TV

A Bronx Tale

If you love gangster movies, A Bronx Tale will hit you right home. If you like method acting and love, Robert de Niro, then this movie is perfect for your taste.

The movie was based in 1960, and things were pretty hard for Lorenzo, De Niro’s character, who has a conflicted son, Calogero, played by Lillo Brancato. He has become friends with Lorenzo’s big man, Sonny, played by Chazz Palminteri.

A Bronx Tale
A Bronx Tale (Credit: Amazon Prime Videos)

The kid has choices to make now as he is stretched between his moral self and other life decisions, all in a world of gangsters and monsters. The plot of the movie will not get more real than this.

Admiration and the tragic plot will make you feel a lot of emotions and then will last with you even after the movie has ended and will hit you with profound afterthoughts.

  • Released in: 1993
  • Runtime: 2h 1m
  • IMDB Score: 7.8
  • Cast: Chazz Palminteri, Robert De Niro, Lillo Brancato, Francis Capra, Taral Hicks, Joe Pesci, Kathrine Narducci, Domenick Lombardozzi, Clem Caserta, Eddie Montanaro, and many others
  • Directed By: Robert De Niro
  • Streaming Platform: Amazon Prime Videos


It is one of those movies from Tom Cruise that can be revisited again and again. Michael Mann delivers a plot in the best manner with some new hooks also h the way. If we compare Heat to Collateral, it is a bit less pondering and smaller.

The movie happens in a cab that is claustrophobic; the driver, played by Jamie Fox, is a limousine driver who is aspiring. The lifting of the suspense is done by Tom Cruise’s intense character, who is a contract killer and pushes Fox across LA for a hell-bent night filled with rampage.

Collateral (Credits: Apple TV)

The name ‘Collateral’ may give you the idea that it is a heist movie, but it is not. It was Michael Mann’s sight when he loved adding soundtracks to the scenes. Even to this day, the movie feels relevant and works in a heavy viewing by including the director’s flair of being middle staged.

The movie came out in 2004, and back then, blending the first gen digital cameras with old styles of film stocks was not possible. But when you see the frames in the movie, you will see digital grain with soap-style delivery, which gives an unsettling vibe to the whole movie and, given that the full movie was shot in the dark, makes it more somber for the viewers.

After directing Heat, Michael got more into cinema verite with more close hand-held video shots. That can be seen in his 1999 movie The Insider, and you already know what he does when the sun goes down in LA.

  • Released in: 2004
  • Runtime: 2 Hours
  • IMDB Score: 7.5
  • Cast: Tom Cruise, Jamie Foxx, Jada Pinkett Smith, Mark Ruffalo, Peter Berg, Bruce McGill, and many others
  • Directed By: Michael Mann
  • Streaming Platform: Apple TV


Ronin, directed by John Frankenheimer, is the closes alternative to Heat. The movie stars Robert De Niro, a thief who is an expert, and Sam, played by Bobby D, who is a corrupt ex-officer. He uses his spyware but is not familiar with all that sense of honor thing as he is planning a crime with a team of crooks.

This makes the audience support Sam even more. The first scene in the movie tells the meaning of “Ronin,” and they are forced to work as a hired swordsman.  The story of Ronin will make you feel like an anti-hero. They have lost their purpose in American Empire but not their honor as a knight.

Ronin (Credits: Apple TV)

As the film is filled with spy elements, there is plenty of backstabbing, and Sam, even under pressure, plays cool, which makes him more likable. When the movie came out in 1998, the critics did not find it, and you will agree with them if you have seen the previous work of Michael Mann.

It may feel that it lacks the stylish approach, and even the plot of the movie will feel rushed, but it gives you a taste of what Heat does.

  • Released in: 1998
  • Runtime: 2h 1m
  • IMDB Score: 7.2
  • Cast: Robert De Niro, Jean Reno, Natascha McElhone, Sean Bean, Katarina Witt, Stellan Skarsgård, Jonathan Pryce, Michael Lonsdale, Skipp Sudduth, Jan Tříska, Féodor Atkine, Amidou, Laurent Spielvogel, and many others
  • Directed By: John Frankenheimer
  • Streaming Platform: Apple TV

The Thomas Crown Affair

If Heat was gritty, The Thomas Crown Affair was fancy. The movie stars James Bond, and I mean the charismatic spy Pierce Brosnan in the remake of a 1968 movie. Pierce plays a wealthy Englishmen who is a thief and steals expensive set pieces for fun.

The Charm is very similar to James Bond, the movie is categorized under the Neo-noir category, but there is not anything dark about the movie.

The Thomas Crown Affair
The Thomas Crown Affair (Credits: Apple TV)

The Thomas Crown Affair is a twisting and bending of plot mechanics rather than plain old stylishness, and the screenplay is constructed in a manner that gives you a sense of belief that whatever they’re showing is actually possible.

For some, it has a romantic angle to it. Rene Russo tries to locate the crown in more than one way. But as always, it is not easy to catch an expert thief who loves art and knows how to steal it. It was an underrated flick, but it is a good entertainer, which should definitely be checked out.

  • Released in: 1999
  • Runtime: 1h 53m
  • IMDB Score: 6.8
  • Cast: Faye Dunaway, Pierce Brosnan, Rene Russo, Ben Gazzara, Denis Leary, Fritz Weaver, Charles Keating, Frankie Faison, Mark Margolis, Pat Friedlander, Cynthia Darlow, Melissa Maxwell, and many others
  • Directed By: John McTiernan
  • Streaming Platform: Apple TV

The Town

We know Ben Affleck is a good actor, but when it comes to directing, he is one of the best out there. 2010’s The Town is directed by Ben Affleck. He plays the same character that Robert De Niro played in The Heat. John Hamm is the good FBI guy in the movie.

 This movie will feel authentic if you have not watched Heat. Of course, the character of a loose canon is played aptly by Jeremy Renner.

The Town
The Town (Credits: Apple TV)

He is Affleck’s bestie who rides or dies, who looks out for him during the heist just in case of anything goes awry. Renner is loyal but a sociopath and cannot be relied upon. He is the only nail in the best-laid-out plans.

You will surely forget about Heat while watching this one. By now, Mann has preferred the vision of heist movies, and Ben also deserves big credit for this one.

He directed the movie, but he also wrote the script along with Peter Craig and Aaron Stockard. Because of all three of them plot is a melody with no loose ends and a satisfying ending.

  • Released in: 2010
  • Runtime: 2h 4m
  • IMDB Score: 7.5
  • Cast: Ben Affleck, Rebecca Hall, Jeremy Renner, Blake Lively, Pete Postlethwaite, Jon Hamm, Titus Welliver, Chris Cooper, Owen Burke, and many others
  • Directed By: Ben Affleck
  • Streaming Platform: Apple TV


It is also a heist movie that explores how the mob once made its fortunes. Ace Rothstein’s character is played by Robert De Niro, who is a Jewish Gambler and makes up the picture with his professionalism.

It is Scorsese’s area of expertise in illustrating the action behind mob mechanics and real-life casino work. The flick is an authentic experience for someone who likes to see what actually happens and how to run a crooked Casino.

Casino (Credits: Apple TV)

The narration by the cast is ideal, and it explains the scams behind those close door rooms filled with cash in Sin City.

Martin Scorsese is an artist, and we have seen his other work, like Goodfellas and The Godfather, but in Casino, he put it all together meticulously. The bland but shaded cinematography, unique editing, a granular script, and skilled performances by the actors. It is one of his best movies in Hollywood, a definite recommendation.

  • Released in: 1995
  • Runtime: 2h 58m
  • IMDB Score: 8.2
  • Cast: Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Sharon Stone, Frank Vincent, John Manca, James Woods, Philip Suriano, Joe Bob Briggs, Cathy Scorsese, Kevin Pollak, Erika von Tagen, Don Rickles, and many others
  • Directed By: Martin Scorsese
  • Streaming Platform: Apple TV

Carlito’s Way

Among the four friends (Francis Ford Coppola, George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, and Brian De Palma), Brian has always been a rouge in filmmaking. Maybe because of this, he has fewer hits and no Oscars.

For many, he is an alpha among the four. Carlito’s Way is on power with Heat when it comes to the list of movies that can be revisited again, a grainy flick that checks many of the major boxes for a crime-heist movie.

Carlito’s Way
Carlito’s Way (Credits: Amazon Prime Videos)

The brain has already told me that it is one of his best works. Just like Heat, we see Al Pacino as a Puerto Rican ex-con who is on parole with the help of his crooked lawyer, Sean Penn, with fake receding hair.

Carlito only wants to have a straight life, get his girlfriend back and live happily in the sunset, but it is not as easy as it sounds. Watch the movie to find out what actually happens in the movie.

  • Released in: 1993
  • Runtime: 2h 24m
  • IMDB Score: 7.9
  • Cast:  Al Pacino, Sean Penn, Luis Guzmán, Penelope Ann Miller, John Leguizamo, Viggo Mortensen, Ingrid Rogers, Jorge Porcel, James Rebhorn, Joseph Siravo, Frank Minucci, John Ortiz, and many others
  • Directed By: Brian De Palma
  • Streaming Platform: Amazon Prime Videos

The Usual Suspects

When The Usual Suspects came out in 1995, it felt like something out of this world. The noir flick is flawless from start to end and gives you constant punches of thrill and satisfaction. The plot is tight, but still, it provides fresh air to the characters.

The hook story is a bedtime take for the terrifying underworld thugs about a crime Don so legendary that the mere call of his name can make their pants piss.

The Usual Suspects
The Usual Suspects (Credits: Amazon Prime Videos)

The finesse at which the story is being told and Singer’s vision is all very streamlined. The aura of the characters takes away all the primitive thoughts a viewer has and sets them up for a suspending finish.

The star of the movie Kevin Spacey got an Oscar for his mind-twisting games in the movie. Just watch the movie. You’ll know what I am talking about.

  • Released in: 1995
  • Runtime: 1h 46m
  • IMDB Score: 8.5
  • Cast: Kevin Spacey, Benicio Del Toro, Gabriel Byrne, Stephen Baldwin, Chazz Palminteri, Kevin Pollak, Pete Postlethwaite, Giancarlo Esposito, Dan Hedaya, Suzy Amis Cameron, Carl Bressler, and many others
  • Directed By: Bryan Singer
  • Streaming Platform: Amazon Prime Videos

Training Day

Most of Michael Mann’s movies are manly. Look at Heat and Collateral. Both of the movies are about the fight between two cool dudes. The same goes for Training Day; Ethan Hawke and Denzel Washington are very much capable of portraying the same thing in a good cop, bad cop vibe.

Training Day
Training Day (Credits: Apple TV)

The movie is penned by serious David Ayer, and we have seen his excellent writing skills in 2012’s End of Watch. He wants to explore the lows of the streets and cartels, places so profound that even the cops do not wish to enter.

Training Day ideally puts the whole plot into a noir visualization. It’s a fantasy where one man likes to take the law into his own hands and can go to any measure to fulfill that.

  • Released in: 2001
  • Runtime: 2h 2m
  • IMDB Score: 7.7
  • Cast: Denzel Washington, Ethan Hawke, Antoine Fuqua, Eva Mendes, Cliff Curtis, Tom Berenger, Dr. Dre, Noel Gugliemi, Snoop Dogg, Scott Glenn, and many others
  • Directed By: Antoine Fuqua
  • Streaming Platform: Apple TV


The neo-noir classic “Drive” by Nicolas Winding Refn replaces the practical reality of “Heat” with a more poetic portrayal of organized criminal violence. However, “Drive” is arguably the most overtly romantic movie of this type, in contrast to Michael Mann’s movie with its slightly undeveloped love storylines.

In his role as a stuntman as a getaway driver for criminals who don’t want to be caught off guard, Ryan Gosling portrays a part-time stuntman. Without the aux connection and mint box, he’s like Uber Black for bank robbers.

Drive (Credits: Netflix)

Gosling’s character is so reclusive that he doesn’t even have a name; the credits just refer to him as “Driver.” This is quite the noir-type reversal, especially in light of the motormouthed protagonists who invented the genre.

In the middle of complete chaos, Ryan Gosling courted Carey Mulligan’s heartfelt single mother. To further enhance the atmosphere of this laconic love affair, the players even worked together to edit their own lines.

‘Drive’ is a good entertainer, it puts Ryan Gosling on the radar, and his character goes to lengths to protect the one whom he loves. Things we do for love, right? This a definite recommendation.

  • Released in: 2011
  • Runtime: 1h 40m
  • IMDB Score: 7.8
  • Cast: Ryan Gosling, Bryan Cranston, Carey Mulligan, Oscar Isaac, Albert Brooks, Christina Hendricks, Ron Perlman, James Biberi, Kaden Leos, Jeff Wolfe, and many others
  • Directed By: Nicolas Winding Refn
  • Streaming Platform: Netflix

Hell or High Water

The only true distinction between an “anti-western” like “Hell or High Water” and a neo-noir like Michael Mann’s “Heat” is similar to that between Taylor Swift, the pop singer, and Taylor Swift, the country star: Cowboy boots are worn by one.

However, filmmaker David Mackenzie’s outstanding anti-western two steps into area “Heat” and its clones don’t broach: politics. Modern Westerns are basically just noirs with a twang.

Hell or High Water
Hell or High Water (Credits: Apple TV)

If you need a refresher, that was the time when large banks made so many home loans that the whole economy collapsed when common people were buried by their own risky investments.

The movie focuses on Chris Pine and Ben Foster portray siblings attempting to level the playing field and rescue the family farm by taking on those allegedly exploitative banks against that bigger backdrop, basically stealing to look out for the mortgage. The grizzled sheriff sent to stop them is portrayed by Jeff Bridges.

Even though this movie is explicitly political, it adheres to the most humanist “Heat” convention: you support everyone, regardless of what color hat they wear.

  • Released in: 2016
  • Runtime: 1h 42m
  • IMDB Score: 7.6
  • Cast: Chris Pine, Jeff Bridges, Ben Foster, Taylor Sheridan, Gil Birmingham, Katy Mixon, Dale Dickey, Kim Gleason, Melanie Papalia, Marin Ireland, Alma Sisneros, and many others
  • Directed By: David Mackenzie
  • Streaming Platform: Apple TV

L.A. Confidential

This contemporary film masquerading as a noir from the golden age of flat-foots and private d#ks could also be your cup of tea if you enjoy hard-boiled detective stories featuring a large ensemble cast of iconic Hollywood actors and a twisting L.A.-based criminal narrative.

The plot is not just about good vs. evil; it also has many other components, like passion, insight, avarice, friendship, and, of course, love. These components combined to make the movie more than entertaining to watch.

L.A. Confedential
L.A. Confidential (Credit: Amazon Prime Videos)

The plot involves three detectives from LAPD who are investigating numerous homicides. While they are looking for clues and getting closer slowly, they get to know all the corruption in their own department. 

The photography is bold and fashionable, and it is ideally suited to the plot and genre. A strong musical soundtrack is also helpful, and one of the greatest cinema composers of all time has provided one that is appropriately eerie.

He hasn’t created a finer movie, and in my opinion, Curtis Hansen’s greatest direction of his whole career. The picture has a lot of style, and the way it balances everything is so beautifully done. It is superb filmmaking that deserves a watch.

  • Released in: 1997
  • Runtime: 2h 18m
  • IMDB Score: 8.2
  • Cast: Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce, Curtis Hanson, Kevin Spacey, Kim Basinger, James Cromwell, Danny DeVito, David Strathairn, Simon Baker, Matt McCoy, Ron Rifkin, and many others
  • Directed By: Curtis Hanson
  • Streaming Platform: Amazon Prime Videos

Public Enemies

Public Enemies like The Untouchables crossed with Heat, Michael Mann’s 1995. The plot has Johnny Depp portrays renowned 1930s bank robber John Dillinger, who led his band of thieves known as the “public enemies” to loot banks throughout the nation.

Depp is once again in a serious role. He robs banks and distributes the cash to the underprivileged. Christian Bale, who recently starred in one of the greatest action pictures of all time, does a great job as FBI agent Melvin Pervis on the opposite side of the law.

Public Enemies
Public Enemies (Credits: Apple TV)

This one is a great watch, with excellent acting, clever dialogue, and superb direction by Michael Mann. Even supporting characters like Pretty Boy Floyd are allowed to stand out, along with Depp, Bale, and Cotillard, who all excel in their own parts. Even well-known criminals like Frank Nitti occasionally appear in Chicago.

It was not well received by the critics and by the fans when it got released. But it is one of the best cop and criminal movies, a good thrilling watch.

  • Released in: 2009
  • Runtime: 2h 20m
  • IMDB Score: 7
  • Cast: John Dillinger, Marion Cotillard, Christian Bale, Melvin Purvis, Jason Clarke, Channing Tatum, Stephen Lang, Don Frye, Leelee Sobieski, Billy Crudup, Stephen Graham, Carey Mulligan, John Ortiz, and many others
  • Directed By: Michael Mann
  • Streaming Platform: Apple TV

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About The Author

  • Ritik Katiyar

    Ritik Katiyar is pursuing a post-graduate degree in Pharmaceutics. Currently, he lives in Srinagar, Uttarakhand, India. You can find him writing about all sorts of listicle topics. A pharmaceutical postgrad by day, and a content writer by night. You can write to him at ritik.katiyar3@gmail.com

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