This year marks the 10th anniversary of Ben Affleck’s Boston crime-opus The Town. In honor of its release, we bring you 14 other movies that you should add to your watchlist if you enjoyed this iconic addition to the Irish-American crime-drama. While not all these movies are centered around Bostonians, or even take place there, they all share strong thematic and stylistic ties that can be grouped under the loose umbrella terms of “heist” or “crime movie”. Now, without further ado:
Next on our list is a classic period-piece from the ‘90s. L.A. Confidential is an episodic look at crime in mid-century Los Angeles—and namely, the intersecting avenues of police, crime, celebrity culture, and the media that were beginning to take shape. Working with a masterful script, Curtis Hanson delivers a knotty tale of corruption, lust, violence, and the burgeoning of the American media-industrial-complex’s obsession with true crime and police work.
The film picks up with clean-cut LAPD sergeant Edmund Exley (Guy Pearce), agreeing to testify against his fellow cops (who have been hit with a case of police brutality) in exchange for a promotion. This puts him directly at odds with his department and especially hard-nosed, roughhouse cop Bud White (Russel Crowe). White later develops a relationship with Kim Bassinger’s Lynn Bracken, a high-end prostitute and potential key witness in a mysterious café massacre, which has left White’s ex-partner murdered. Opposite them is Kevin Spacey’s smarmy sergeant Jack Vincennes, a narcotics officer who serves as an insider for TV networks and tabloid magazines to frame and bust high-profile public figures engaging in scandalous acts. Based on a James Ellroy novel, the film balances these multiple storylines in mesmerizing fashion, delivering a tense, tightly wound neo-noir thriller that explores the underworld of 1950’s Los Angeles in all its seedy glory.