6 Great American Crime Thriller Movies Like The Town

by | Sep 22, 2021 | Movies | 0 comments

If you haven’t seen the movie The Town, stop reading this article and go watch it! Seriously. You won’t regret it. Now that we have that out of the way, let’s talk about movies similar to The Town. There are many crime thriller movies like The Town but there is just something about Ben Affleck’s directing style that makes it stand out among the others. Here are 11 great American crime thriller movies similar to The Town.

The French Connection (1971) 

Movies like the town - The French Connection (1971)

This film came out and it is considered one of the best movies similar to The Town. It won Academy Awards for Best Film Editing and Best Actor in a Leading Role for Gene Hackman’s role as “Popeye Johnson”. It was directed by William Friedkin and it is a crime thriller film about the police detective, “Jimmy ‘Popeye’ Doyle” (portrayed by Gene Hackman), who tries to stop two French drug smugglers from importing heroin into New York.

What are the Similarities Between the French Connection and The Town?

The main similarity is the relationship between a cop and criminals. Both films convey how dangerous it can be to get involved with criminals, as they will try their best to use your good side against you by telling you that there’s more than what meets the eye or that even though bad things might happen, everything ends up for good (revenge).

The Getaway 

The Getaway movie poster

The Getaway is a 1972 film adaptation of the Jim Thompson novel, starring Steve McQueen and Ali MacGraw. It’s an action crime thriller film directed by Sam Peckinpah about two criminals who try to go straight in San Antonio but are forced into one last heist across the Mexican border. The movie has received mixed reviews from critics with Roger Ebert commenting that it was “not as bad” as his previous collaboration with McQueen on “The Magnificent Seven”, however also stating that it wasn’t particularly good either.

What are the Similarities Between the Getaway and The Town?

Both movies have a similar concept about thieves and cops. The main difference is that the movie “The Getaway” focuses more on making it seem like love can change people to become better (to be honest, I haven’t seen the film but from what I’ve understood, this happens). On another note, if you watch both films back to back then there’s not much of a big deal as they’re so alike in many ways.

A Prophet (2009)

A Prophet movie poster

A Prophet is a 2009 French crime thriller film about an imprisoned young Corsican man who rises in the criminal underworld after learning to kill for a ruthless drug lord.

The movie won two awards at Cannes Film Festival, Best Actor Award and Grand Prix award, as well as six César Awards including best director and best picture from eight nominations. It was nominated for nine BAFTA Awards winning one for Best Direction which went to Jacques Audiard. The film also received ten Genie Award nominations at the 30th Genie Awards but only won four of those: Best Director (Jacques Audiard), Best Adapted Screenplay (Thomas Bidegain & Jacques Audiard), Achievement in Production Design/Art Direction (François Séguin & Hélène Dubreuil) and Achievement in Cinematography (Mathieu Plainfosse).

What are the Similarities Between A Prophet and The Town?

They both have similar concepts about crime and criminals. The main difference is that the movie “A Prophet” focuses on how life can be hard in prison without anyone to help you out whereas The Town shows more of a focus on revenge – so if I had to choose between one or another, then it would definitely be The Town! Also they both have an action genre feel to them.

Point Break (1991)

movie like the town - Point Break

Point Break is a 1991 American action crime thriller film directed by Kathryn Bigelow and written by W. Peter Iliff. The original story came from the fact that Johnny Utah, who was played by Keanu Reeves, was an undercover FBI agent pretending to be a surfer looking for robbers in order to infiltrate the criminal underworld.

The film was a commercial success earning over $83 million against the budget of only about twelve million dollars. It received mixed reviews during its release in 1991 but has since then, became popular amongst fans and movie critics alike for its thrilling scenes that portray surfing as well as sky-diving – making it one of the most iconic American movies of all time.

# What are the Similarities Between Point Break and The Town?

Both movies have an action genre feel to them and both focus on crime. The main difference is that the movie “Point Break” focuses less on revenge as it shows more of a turning point for Johnny Utah (Keanu Reeves’ character) when he wants to help out people in need but also decides not to lose himself along the way.

Training Day (2001)

Training Day poster

Training Day is a 2001 American crime thriller film directed by Antoine Fuqua in his directorial debut and written by David Ayer. It stars Denzel Washington as Detective Alonzo Harris, one of the most notorious narcotics officers that ever served in Los Angeles Police Department who starts out on a day when he sets out to take down a gang leader but ends up having everything go wrong from there – including being given the promotion for another officer’s murder instead of him.

The movie received positive reviews from critics with Rotten Tomatoes rating it at 81% certified fresh while also saying “It delivers stylish action — and treats its subject seriously.” Roger Ebert gave an average review claiming “I know what makes this cop tick, because I’ve seen many like him. I know what makes Denzel Washington tick, too.”

The movie earned three nominations at the Academy Awards including Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Ethan Hawke who played Detective Jake Hoyt in the film and Best Sound Mixing which went to Lora Hirschberg, Gary A. Rizzo and Ed Novick.

It was also nominated for four Golden Globe Awards claiming one win with Antoine Fuqua winning for Best Director – Motion Picture but received six more nominations out of eight including  Best Motion Picture (Drama) ,  Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture for Tom Berenger,  Best Screenplay – Motion Picture ,  and Best Director – Motion Picture.

What are the Similarities Between Training Day and The Town?

Both movies are crime thrillers that focus on criminals and revenge. The main difference is the setting which makes them stand out from each other – “Training Day” takes place in Los Angeles while “The Town” mostly focuses on Boston. Also, there’s a lot of action scenes along with some romance thrown into Training Day whereas The Town has more dramatic elements to it without any major romance occurring within its plot line.

The Usual Suspects (1995)

The Usual Suspects movie poster

The Usual Suspects is a 1995 American neo-noir mystery film written by Christopher McQuarrie and directed by Bryan Singer. It tells the story of Roger “Verbal” Kint who tries to explain how he and his partners in crime were involved in a massacre that lead him being interrogated by an investigator (portrayed by Kevin Spacey) – but what unfolds through this interrogation proves more than just one man’s word against another as it uncovers information about everyone included on the boat where all crimes took place during which they found themselves involved with.

The movie received mostly positive reviews from critics, earning a rating of 85% certified fresh while Rotten Tomatoes claims over 70 out of 100 reviewers gave it their vote of approval. Roger Ebert claimed “The film is a collection of plot strands, and not all the strings are neatly tied together at the end,” but also said that it was “so cleverly constructed — like a Swiss watch — that we don’t mind if some parts wind up in the wrong place”.

What are the similarities between The usual suspects and The Town?

Both movies are mystery films that focus on criminals, crime and their aftermaths. The main difference is the time periods they were written in – The Usual Suspects was published in 1995 while “The Town” came out later into theaters during 2010. Also, there’s a lot of action scenes along with some romance thrown into The Usual Suspects whereas The Town has more dramatic elements to it without any major romance occurring within its plot line.

Conclusion

If you’re looking for a crime thriller that will keep your heart racing and get the adrenaline pumping, then check out these 6 great American cinematic gems. From Boston to LA, we’ve got options from all across the country for you to explore on Netflix or Amazon Prime Video. Which of these movies would be your favorite?

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