American Gangster

Lists: Drama

Brief Synopsis: "Following the death of his employer and mentor, Bumpy Johnson, Frank Lucas establishes himself as the number one importer of heroin in the Harlem district of Manhattan. He does so by buying heroin directly from the source in South East Asia and he comes up with a unique way of importing the drugs into the United States. Based on a true story."

Overall Ranking: 754 (Rank from 2007: # 16)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 42.86%
Regular 57.14%
Half-Popped 0%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%


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Reviewer Rating Review Secondary Ratings
David Baruffi97
Jim Carrier86Comedy: 2
Sex Appeal: 2
Scary: 0
Rewatch: 6
Rob from GuysFilmQuest85Comedy: 2
Sex Appeal: 3
Scary: 1
Rewatch: 6
Bryan Lienesch82 - A marathon of a movie, but worth at least one viewing. Russell Crowe and Denzel Washington were phenomenal.
Comedy: 2
Sex Appeal: 5
Scary: 1
Rewatch: 6
CinemaVisitor Erik80
Dan O'Neill70 - The performances are great from all over the spectrum, and the direction from Ridley Scott makes this film a gritty but entertaining crime thriller, but never goes anywhere we havenít seen before, and almost seems like a drag to get to the last scene that we all see coming.
(full review)
Comedy: 4
Sex Appeal: 4
Scary: 1
Rewatch: 5
Lisa Marie Bowman65 - Denzel Washington gives a great performance but the film itself is nothing special.

People Involved

  • Russell Crowe (Richie Roberts)
  • Denzel Washington (Frank Lucas)
  • Chiwetel Ejiofor (Huey Lucas)
  • Josh Brolin (Detectice Trupo)
  • Lymari Nadal (Eva)
  • Ted Levine (Lou Toback)
  • Roger Guenveur Smith (Nate)
  • John Hawkes (Freddie Spearman)
  • RZA (Moses Jones)
  • Carla Gugino (Laurie Roberts)
  • Common (Turner Lucas)
  • T.I. (Stevie Lucas)
  • Cuba Gooding Jr. (Nicky Barnes)
  • Yul Vazquez (Alfonso Abruzzo)
  • Malcolm Goodwin (Jimmy Zee)
  • Ruby Dee (Mama Lucas)
  • Ruben Santiago-Hudson (Doc)
  • Ridley Scott (Director)

  • Included in Achievement Trios...

  • Ridley Scott On Organized Crime