The Kool List

Drama, money, drugs, gambling, shady characters, tragedy, crime, Kool.
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1.
Happiness (1998)
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The lives of several individuals intertwine as they go about their lives in their own unique ways, engaging in acts society as a whole might find disturbing in a desperate search for human connection. (134 mins.)
Director: Todd Solondz
 
2.
Where the Day Takes You (1991)
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A group of teen-age runaways try to survive in the streets of Los Angeles. Drugs, prostitution, violence... (105 mins.)
Director: Marc Rocco
 
3.
Eastern Promises (2007)
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A Russian teenager living in London who dies during childbirth leaves clues to a midwife in her journal that could tie her child to a rape involving a violent Russian mob family. (100 mins.)
 
4.
The Rise and Fall of Their American Dream (2010)
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Violence consumed their destiny. (123 mins.)
Director: Nash Bhatt
 
5.
Days of Wine and Roses (1962)
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An alcoholic falls in love with and gets married to a young woman, whom he systematically addicts to booze so they can share his "passion" together. (117 mins.)
Director: Blake Edwards
 
6.
The Great Gatsby (1974)
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A Midwesterner becomes fascinated with his nouveau riche neighbor, who obsesses over his lost love. (144 mins.)
Director: Jack Clayton
 
7.
Man Push Cart (2005)
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A night in the life of a former Pakistani rock star who now sells coffee from his push cart on the streets of Manhattan. (87 mins.)
Director: Ramin Bahrani
 
8.
Matchstick Men (2003)
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A phobic con artist and his protg are on the verge of pulling off a lucrative swindle when the former's teenage daughter arrives unexpectedly. (116 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
“ Movie about con men 9/10 ” - paperboy99000
 
9.
The Last King of Scotland (2006)
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Based on the events of the brutal Ugandan dictator Idi Amin's regime as seen by his personal physician during the 1970's. (123 mins.)
Director: Kevin Macdonald
“ True story about a king from Uganda and how ignorant his black ass was. 7/10 ” - paperboy99000
 
10.
Lord of War (2005)
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An arms dealer confronts the morality of his work as he is being chased by an Interpol agent. (122 mins.)
Director: Andrew Niccol
“ Nicholas Cage flying around the world selling guns. 8/10 ” - paperboy99000
 
11.
Leaving Las Vegas (1995)
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Ben Sanderson, an alcoholic Hollywood screenwriter who lost everything because of his drinking, arrives in Las Vegas to drink himself to death. There, he meets and forms an uneasy friendship and non-interference pact with prostitute Sera. (111 mins.)
Director: Mike Figgis
“ This movie is about a true drunk. Drama 10/10 ” - paperboy99000
 
12.
Croupier (1998)
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An aspiring writer is hired as a croupier at a casino, where he realizes that his life as a croupier would make a great novel. (94 mins.)
Director: Mike Hodges
“ Realistic movie about a casino card dealer 8/10. ” - paperboy99000
 
13.
Crash (2004)
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Los Angeles citizens with vastly separate lives collide in interweaving stories of race, loss and redemption. (112 mins.)
Director: Paul Haggis
“ I haven't seen this in a while but I decided to add it to the list. ” - paperboy99000
 
14.
Seven Pounds (2008)
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A man with a fateful secret embarks on an extraordinary journey of redemption by forever changing the lives of seven strangers. (123 mins.)
“ He did something very very bad. Now he must fix things, even if it costs him, HIS LIFE! ” - paperboy99000
 
15.
Running Scared (2006)
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A low-ranking thug is entrusted by his crime boss to dispose of a gun that killed corrupt cops, but things get out of control when the gun ends up in wrong hands. (122 mins.)
Director: Wayne Kramer
“ Gangster movie like Training Day 8/10 ” - paperboy99000
 
16.
King of New York (1990)
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A former drug lord returns from prison determined to wipe out all his competition and distribute the profits of his operations to New York's poor and lower classes in this stylish and ultra violent modern twist on Robin Hood. (103 mins.)
Director: Abel Ferrara
 
17.
Carlito's Way (1993)
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A Puerto Rican former convict, just released from prison, pledges to stay away from drugs and violence despite the pressure around him and lead on to a better life outside of N.Y.C. (144 mins.)
Director: Brian De Palma
“ Gangster movie like Scarface 10/10 ” - paperboy99000
 
18.
Monster's Ball (2001)
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After a family tragedy, a racist prison guard reexamines his attitudes while falling in love with the African American wife of the last prisoner he executed. (111 mins.)
Director: Marc Forster
 
19.
Once Upon a Time in America (1984)
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A former Prohibition-era Jewish gangster returns to the Lower East Side of Manhattan over thirty years later, where he once again must confront the ghosts and regrets of his old life. (229 mins.)
Director: Sergio Leone
“ The story of Noodles the gangster. 10/10 ” - paperboy99000
 
20.
Casino (1995)
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Greed, deception, money, power, and murder occur between two best friends, a mafia underboss and a casino owner, for a trophy wife over a gambling empire. (178 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
“ Movie about old Las Vegas 10/10 ” - paperboy99000
 
21.
Little Children (2006)
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The lives of two lovelorn spouses from separate marriages, a registered sex offender, and a disgraced ex-police officer intersect as they struggle to resist their vulnerabilities and temptations in suburban Massachusetts. (136 mins.)
Director: Todd Field
 
22.
Clockers (1995)
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Young drug pushers in the projects of Brooklyn live hard dangerous lives, trapped between their drug bosses and the detectives out to stop them. (128 mins.)
Director: Spike Lee
“ Sellin drugs, murder goes down, police come lookin for the culprint, all kind of drama in this movie. 7/10 ” - paperboy99000