Highest-Rated Movies about 'Gritty', Sort by Popularity


A Fistful of Dollars (1964), The Gangster, the Cop, the Devil (2019), Outback (1971), End of the Century (2003), The Shadow of Violence (2019), Drunken Angel (1948), For a Few Dollars More (1965), Circo (2010) ... Let's take a look at the ranked list of the best Gritty movies.


A Fistful of Dollars (1964)

Sergio Leone's classic about a mysterious drifter's involvement with warring factions in a Mexican border town.

mercenary, sheriff, criminal, brother, soldier, hostage, cool

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The Gangster, the Cop, the Devil (2019)

A vengeful crime boss forms an unlikely partnership with a detective to catch the elusive serial killer who viciously attacked him.

crime boss, police detective, serial killer, gang members, thrilling, gritty, dark

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Outback (1971)

After finishing up the school term in a remote outback town, teacher John Grant (Gary Bond) looks forward to spending his holiday with his girlfriend in Sydney. But John gets waylaid in a mining town where a gambling spree leaves him completely broke. He quickly falls in with the hard-drinking locals, who constantly ply him with alcohol and force him to participate in a gruesome kangaroo hunt. Disgusted, John tries to hitchhike out of town and, when that fails, begins to contemplate suicide.

schoolteacher, sheriff, doctor, alcoholic, frightful, gritty, school

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End of the Century (2003)

Joey, Johnny and Dee Dee -- better known as The Ramones -- changed the course of rock history with their rebellious punk ethos and minimalist approach to songwriting, and in the process became counterculture icons. "End of the Century" follows the Queens kids from their earliest underground gigs in the 1970s to their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002, featuring rare archive concert footage and candid interviews with the band members.

rock star, parent, audience, raw, gritty, queens, n.y., new york city

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The Shadow of Violence (2019)

A former boxer cares for his autistic son while working as an enforcer for a family of drug dealers in rural Ireland.

crime boss, enforcer, father, boxer, brooding, disheartening, dark

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Drunken Angel (1948)

Akira Kurosawa's postwar allegory focusing on an alcoholic doctor's determination to cure a gangster of tuberculosis.

doctor, gangster, criminal, victim, neighbor, gritty, tokyo

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For a Few Dollars More (1965)

A man with no name (Clint Eastwood) and a man with a mission (Lee Van Cleef) hunt a Mexican bandit (Gian Maria Volonte) for different reasons.

bounty hunter, rival, colonel, outlaw, woman, adult, gritty

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Circo (2010)

The Mexican owners of a traveling circus struggle to keep going in the face of dwindling audiences, mounting debt and family conflicts.

ringmaster, acrobat, circus performer, fascinating, gritty, emotional, offbeat

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Act of Violence (1949)

A crippled World War II veteran (Robert Ryan) stalks a contractor (Van Heflin) whose prison-camp betrayal caused a massacre.

veteran, prisoner of war, wife, girlfriend, prostitute, hit man, gritty

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The Italian (2005)

Abandoned by his mother, 6-year-old Vanya (Kolya Spiridonov) lives in an orphanage run by a greedy woman (Mariya Kuznetsova) and her cruel lover (Nikolai Reutov). Vanya decides to run away and find his mother after a wealthy Italian couple offer to buy him and after observing that the older children in the home survive by stealing or prostitution. He faces many dangers on his journey, including the pair at the orphanage who tried to sell him.

orphan, alcoholic, madam, driver, mother, friend, inspiring

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The Godfather: Part II (1974)

The early life and career of Vito Corleone in 1920s New York City is portrayed, while his son, Michael, expands and tightens his grip on the family crime syndicate.

gangster, murderer, brother, father, criminal, politician, dark

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Northwest (2013)

Casper lives in one of Copenhagen's most impoverished areas and does what it takes to survive. When organized crime moves into the community, Casper digs in to resist being run out.

young man, brother, gang member, friend, brooding, brutal, dark

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Shanghai Triad (1995)

Director Zhang Yimou's tale of a Chinese boy's eye-opening experiences during a week in the realm of organized crime.

teenager, criminal, singer, uncle, rival, striking, intense

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Black Friday (2004)

In March 1993, Islamic militants execute a series of devastating bomb blasts that rocks Mumbai, India, and kills more than 300 people.

police officer, terrorist, witness, investigator, prisoner, police chief, brutal

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Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo (1966)

A bounty hunting scam joins two men in an uneasy alliance against a third in a race to find a fortune in gold buried in a remote cemetery.

stranger, bandit, criminal, killer, union soldier, bounty hunter, amusing

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The Thief (1997)

A widowed Russian (Ekaterina Rednikova) with a young son (Misha Filipchuk) falls for a soldier (Vladimir Mashkov) who turns out to have another identity.

soldier, mother, child, dark, gritty, siberia, hospital

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Fight Club (1999)

An insomniac office worker and a devil-may-care soapmaker form an underground fight club that evolves into something much, much more.

salesman, rebel, boss, love interest, friend, traveling salesman, dark

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The Middleman (1976)

Directed by Satyajit Ray. An innocent youth takes a job in a profession where one must break the rules to succeed.

sister, best friend, businessman, taxi driver, college graduate, prostitute, emotional

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Odds Against Tomorrow (1959)

Racial tension flares up among an ex-cop, a bigot and a black entertainer who band together to rob a bank.

thief, ex-convict, entertainer, girlfriend, police chief, wife, dark

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Goodfellas (1990)

The story of Henry Hill and his life in the mob, covering his relationship with his wife Karen Hill and his mob partners Jimmy Conway and Tommy DeVito in the Italian-American crime syndicate.

mobster, gangster, thief, partner, agent, mob enforcer, gritty

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Saving Private Ryan (1998)

Following the Normandy Landings, a group of U.S. soldiers go behind enemy lines to retrieve a paratrooper whose brothers have been killed in action.

captain, soldier, brother, enemy, parachutist, mother, dark

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The True Story of Jesse James (1957)

Misfit Missouri brothers Jesse and Frank James (Robert Wagner, Jeffrey Hunter) turn to crime in the post-Civil War South.

brother, outlaw, bank robber, mother, confederate soldier, brooding, gritty

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The Interrogation (1982)

In Stalinist Poland, cabaret singer Tonia (Krystyna Janda) decides to spend the evening drinking with a group of friends. The next morning, she awakes to find that, for reasons unknown to her, she has been jailed as a political prisoner. As prison officials interrogate, torture and humiliate her, she fights for survival and to maintain her innocence by refusing to sign a false confession. As her years of imprisonment pass, her relationship with her captors grows more complicated.

singer, guard, government official, husband, dark, gritty, disheartening

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Noem My Skollie (2015)

A young man becomes a gifted storyteller while serving time in jail.

prisoner, prisoners, gangsters, concubine, loved one, love interest, criminal

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Star 80 (1983)

Sleazy hustler Paul Snider (Eric Roberts) marries, promotes and then kills sex symbol Dorothy Stratten (Mariel Hemingway).

model, director, hugh hefner, pornographer, husband, dark, disturbing

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The Departed (2006)

An undercover cop and a mole in the police attempt to identify each other while infiltrating an Irish gang in South Boston.

mobster, criminal, cop, informant, girlfriend, wife, dark

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Gladiator (2000)

A former Roman General sets out to exact vengeance against the corrupt emperor who murdered his family and sent him into slavery.

gladiator, prince, emperor, senator, gritty, thrilling, rome

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A Time for Drunken Horses (2000)

Kurdish orphans work odd jobs for food and to raise money so their severely handicapped brother can have surgery.

sister, child, kurd, refugee, brother, orphan, sad

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River (2015)

In the south of Laos, an American volunteer doctor becomes a fugitive after he intervenes in the sexual assault of a young woman.

volunteer, doctor, american man, gripping, dark, gritty, laos

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Billy Elliot (2000)

A working-class youngster (Jamie Bell) in 1984 England discovers a hidden talent for dance with the help of a hard-bitten teacher (Julie Walters).

dancer, miner, teacher, father, friend, inspiring, gritty

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