Based on a true story, War Dogs (2016) is definitely one of the best and most fun movies of 2016. It tells the story of two young men who get involved in international arms dealing during the war in Afghanistan. But if you have already seen it and loved it, here are fifteen more movies like War Dogs that I highly recommend.
The 15 movies listed below have been chosen because they share similarities with War Dogs, including being about war, having the main character who’s a criminal, being based on actual events, and containing multiple layers of drama.
Here are 15 More Movies Like War Dogs That I Highly Recommend
1. Lord of War (2005)
Lord of War is a 2005 USA crime drama film written, produced, and directed by Andrew Niccol. The movie features Nicolas Cage in the lead role, who plays an illegal arms dealer named Yuri Orlov who makes money selling weapons illegally to various world conflicts.
He expands his business empire across Southeast Asia, North America, the Middle East, and Africa.
2. American Made (2017)
American Made is a 2017 USA crime biographical film that follows the life of an airline pilot and drug trafficker named Barry Seal, who was recruited by the CIA to provide reconnaissance on The Sandinistas and Pablo Escobar, among other things.
American Made stars Tom Cruise in the lead role, with Sarah Wright, Domhnall Gleeson, and Jesse Plemons playing supporting roles.
3. The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
The Wolf of Wall Street is a 2013 USA crime black comedy film written by Terence Winter and directed by Martin Scorsese.
Based on Jordan Belfort’s memoir about his career as a stockbroker, the movie stars Leonardo DiCaprio as Jordan Belfort, who lived an extravagant lifestyle involving using drugs and having fun with women daily.
In addition, he works to pay back debts owed to his boss’ partner, who gives him chances for illicit stock market trading opportunities.
4. American Hustle (2013)
American Hustle is a 2013 USA crime comedy written and directed by David O. Russel. The film was inspired by the FBI ABSCAM operation during the 1970s and 1980s, where several political figures were investigated for corruption.
American Hustle features an ensemble cast consisting of Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Renner, and Jennifer Lawrence. The movie was criticized for being too long but still went on to become a box office success.
5. A Perfect World (1993)
A Perfect World is a 1993 USA crime drama film directed by Clint Eastwood and written by John Lee Hancock. The movie stars Kevin Costner as an escaped convict named Butch Haynes, who kidnaps young Phillip Wlay, played by the late T.J. Lowther, after escaping from prison with two other inmates.
A Perfect World begins with the escape of three convicts, including Butch, while they hijack a correctional officer’s car and force him to drive. Phillip tells them he’s heading home to see his father, who is dying, but their car gets stuck in the mud. They steal another vehicle and take Phillip with them.
6. Blow (2001)
Blow is a 2001 USA crime biographical film that follows the life and career of George Jung, played by Johnny Depp, who was one of the significant drug suppliers to the 1970s and 1980s American cocaine trade.
Blow is based on Bruce Porter’s 1993 book titled Blow: How a Small Town Boy Made $100 Million with the Medellín Cocaine Cartel and Lost It All. The movie was directed by Ted Demme who died from a heart attack six months before the film’s release which makes it his final work.
7. Hustle & Flow (2005)
Hustle & Flow is a 2005 USA crime drama film written, produced, and directed by Craig Brewer. The movie tells the story of a Memphis pimp who participates in an amateur rap contest. As a result, his song becomes extremely popular on the radio waves and soon gets offered by a music label for him to make an album.
The movie features Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson in the lead roles while Taryn Manning, Anthony Anderson, and DJ Qualls play supporting characters.
8. The Usual Suspects (1995)
The Usual Suspects is a 1995 USA crime mystery thriller written by Christopher McQuarrie and directed by Bryan Singer.
The movie stars Kevin Spacey, Gabriel Byrne, Chazz Palminteri, Stephen Baldwin, Benicio del Toro, and Kevin Pollak. The Usual Suspects tells the story of five criminals arrested for a failed robbery attempt but soon realize that they’re all wanted for different crimes. They meet David Kujan, played by Chazz Palminteri, who believes that one of them is behind it all.
9. Catch Me If You Can (2002)
Catch Me If You Can is a 2002 USA biographical crime film based on the life of Frank Abagnale, Jr., who impersonated several people and cashed more than $2.5 million worth of bad checks across 26 countries between the ages of 15 and 21.
In the movie, Frank is played by Leonardo DiCaprio while Tom Hanks plays Carl Hanratty, the FBI agent who tries to catch Frank. Catch Me If You Can mainly receive positive reviews from critics, and it went on to become one of Steven Spielberg’s biggest box office successes in the 2000s.
10. New Jack City (1991)
New Jack City is a 1991 USA crime drama film directed by Mario Van Peebles and written by Barry Michael Cooper. The movie features Wesley Snipes, Ice-T, Allen Payne, and Chris Rock in the leading roles, while Mario Van Peebles plays the role of Scotty Appleton.
In New Jack City, a man named Nino Brown does drugs and runs a drug ring. An undercover cop, Nick, is assigned to investigate these crimes. The movie is about him investigating. It was successful and got good reviews from critics.
11. The Fast and the Furious (2001)
The Fast and the Furious is a 2001 USA crime action film that Rob Cohen directed. The movie stars Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Rick Yune, Chad Lindberg, Johnny Strong, and Ted Levine.
In my opinion, it’s one of the best car racing movies of all time. In the movie, Brian O’Conner, played by Paul Walker, is an undercover cop who tries to catch a group of unknown hijackers. The Fast and the Furious was released on June 22, 2001, and received mostly negative reviews from critics but was a commercial success as it went on to earn more than $200 million at the box office.
12. American Gangster (2007)
American Gangster is a 2007 USA crime biographical thriller film directed by Ridley Scott and written by Steven Zaillian.
The movie features Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Ted Levine, RZA, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Ruby Dee, John Ortiz, and Cuba Gooding, Jr. in the lead roles. In the movie, Denzel Washington plays Frank Lucas, a real-life gangster from America, while Russel Crowe portrays Richie Roberts, a cop from the NYPD.
13. Snatch (2000)
Snatch is a 2000 UK crime comedy film directed by Guy Ritchie and features an ensemble cast that includes Brad Pitt, Jason Statham, and Benicio del Toro. The movie follows a group of twenty-something men who travel across Southeast Asia to retrieve a stolen diamond.
They get involved in a conflict with a local gangster during their journey, which forces them to join forces with an Irish gypsy mob. Snatch was a commercial success and received mostly positive reviews from critics.
14. Training Day (2001)
Training Day is a 2001 USA crime thriller directed by Antoine Fuqua and stars Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke.
The movie tells the story of Jake Hoyt, played by Ethan Hawke, an idealistic rookie cop from L. A County Sheriff’s department decides to go on a 24-hour patrol with a rogue detective from narcotics named Alonzo Harris, played by Denzel Washington.
During his patrol duty, Jake gets exposed to the dirty underworld of drugs and police corruption that he’s forced to uncover due to Alonzo.
15. Heat (1995)
Heat is a 1995 USA crime drama film directed by Michael Mann and stars Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Val Kilmer, Diane Venora, Amy Brenneman, Ashley Judd, and Jon Voight. In the movie, Lt. Vincent Hanna from the L. A Police Department’s robbery-homicide division is obsessed with hunting down a professional thief named Neil McCauley from the Chicago mob.
After a risky bank heist that goes wrong, McCauley realizes that Lt. Hanna is on his tail and tries to hunt him down for revenge before the situation turns desperate. The heat was released on December 15, 1995, and received mostly positive reviews from critics.