Woody Harrelson as Charlie in the “Seven Psychopaths” | Jason Bateman as Rupert Reed in the “Smokin’ Aces” | Source: Blueprint Pictures | Relativity Media
Guy Ritchie’s exceptional film, “The Gentlemen,” has genuinely enchanted fans, and it’s not the only one. Other films like “The Gentlemen,” which portray action and comedy, have also seized the audience’s fascination.
Regarding keeping movie buffs entertained, two unbeatable ingredients stand out: comedy and action. These elements can either keep them on the edge of their seats or have them laughing heartily to their heart’s content.
Accomplished director and filmmaker Guy Ritchie is well-versed in crafting movies and seamlessly blending these elements, exemplified by his 2019 film “The Gentlemen.”
Guy Ritchie at the special screening of “The Gentleman” on December 3, 2019, in London, England. | Source: Getty Images
Why People Enjoy Watching ‘The Gentlemen’
In 2019, “The Gentlemen” premiered and quickly won viewers’ hearts with its captivating mix of timeless gangster rivalries, clever dialogue, stunning cinematic visuals, a touch of nostalgia, and a cast of complex characters.
The story revolves around Michael Pearson, an American expatriate played by McConaughey, who embarks on a journey to sell his highly profitable business in London. Unaware of the consequences, his choice sets off a storm of scheming, secret deals, and rivalries to control his business.
The 2008 film “RocknRolla” is one of Guy Ritchie’s earlier films, resembling his later work in “The Gentlemen.”
In the realm of movies, like “The Gentlemen,” there exists a plethora of fascinating films, from “Seven Psychopaths” to “Killing Zoe,” that promise an equally engaging experience for fans.
‘Seven Psychopaths’: Marty’s Misadventures with the Eccentrics
Marty is thrown into the unforgiving criminal underbelly of Los Angeles, all thanks to his eccentric friends’ audacious plot to abduct a gangster’s beloved Shih Tzu.
‘Layer Cake’: When Retirement Plans Gone Awry
The 2004 film “Layer Cake” is a crime thriller adapted from JJ Connelly’s novel. The movie is known for clever dialogue and a gripping plot, making it essential viewing for lovers of crime dramas.
The film centers around a man named XXX, a prosperous distributor portrayed by renowned actor Daniel Craig, who aims to retire from working in the criminal underworld.
However, XXX’s retirement plans get delayed after mob kingpin Jimmy Price entrusts him with two final missions: locating a disappeared associate’s daughter and supervising a transaction involving a million capsules.
‘Jackie Brown’: Crime, Loyalty, & Redemption
However, when the police caught her, Jackie found herself at a crucial crossroads: she had to choose between risking imprisonment or aiding the authorities in capturing Ordell. Talented actress Pam Grier plays the lead star in this flick.
‘RocknRolla’: London’s Chaotic Gangland
The 2008 film “RocknRolla” is one of Guy Ritchie’s earlier films, resembling his later work in “The Gentlemen.” The movie revolves around a relentless power struggle among London’s most formidable gangsters, all of whom find themselves unexpectedly outplayed.
Centering the story is a Russian mobster who pulls off a shady land deal worth millions, setting off a chain reaction that lures the city’s underworld into a chaotic frenzy. The film boasts twisted plotlines, action scenes, and an exceptional ensemble cast featuring talents like Gerard Butler, Idris Elba, and Tom Hardy.
‘Smokin’ Aces’: Deadly Alliances & Mob Secrets
In the 2006 action-packed crime comedy thriller “Smokin’ Aces,” a host of renowned actors, including Ryan Reynolds, Ray Liotta, Joseph Ruskin, Alex Rocco, Wayne Newton, and Jason Bateman, take center stage.
The captivating story follows former Las Vegas performer Buddy Israel, who turned mob informant and decided to testify against the mafia after being placed under the FBI’s protective custody.
Despite being under law enforcement’s protection, Buddy’s life is in great danger as many parties, including hitmen and opportunistic individuals, converge on a Lake Tahoe hotel to capture or eliminate him.
‘Snatch’: When Crime & Comedy Collide
Released in 2000, “Snatch” is Ritchie’s second film that featured a star-studded cast including actors Brad Pitt, Jason Statham, Stephen Graham, Vinnie Jones, William Beck, and Benicio Del Toro.
This comedy-crime thriller is an exhilarating tale that revolves around different men, mainly composed of hardened criminals — such as thieves, gangsters, and thieves — all in pursuit of a priceless missing diamond worth millions.
‘The Long Good Friday’: Harold Shand’s High-Stakes Game
Elements of crime, drama, and mystery are all combined in one of the most fascinating movies of the 1980s: “The Long Good Friday,” which stars Hollywood A-listers Bob Hoskins, Helen Mirren, and Paul Freeman.
The classic film follows Hoskins’s character, Harold Shand, an ambitious businessman who sees the potential for development in London’s neglected Docklands area and then seeks to strike a lucrative deal with his American counterpart.
However, a series of mysterious murders and bombings targeting his associates and businesses have disturbed Harold’s plans, raising questions about the culprits’ identities and motives.
‘Killing Zoe’: Bank Heist with a Twist
The 1993 film “Killing Zoe” marks the directorial debut of Roger Avary, who gained fame for his remarkable collaborations and writing prowess with Tarantino’s iconic film “Pulp Fiction.”
Actors Eric Stolz, Julie Delpy, and Jean-Hugues Anglade star as Zed, Zoe, and Eric, respectively. The story revolves around Zed, an expert safe-cracker, who receives an invitation from a long-time acquaintance to participate in a bank heist in Paris.
Upon arriving in Paris, Zed encounters Zoe, an art student who works as a sex worker. They quickly forge a profound connection. However, their lives take an unexpected twist.
Zed, accompanied by his friend Eric and their group, hatches a plan to rob a bank the following day. As the group infiltrates the bank, Zed is left stunned when he discovers that Zoe is an employee there, intensifying an already complex situation.