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Gomorrah (2008)

Director: Matteo Garrone
Stars: Salvatore Abruzzese, Simone Sacchettino, Gianfelice Imparato

Goodfellas and The Godfather are amazing movies-there's no denying that. But that's the catch: Those are unavoidably viewed as just that, "movies," with known actors, showy set-pieces, and omnipresent soundtracks. Gomorrah, on the other hand, could very well pass for a documentary, even though it's just as much a cinematic production as anything shot by Martin Scorsese. Providing a brutally realistic look at organized crime in Naples, Italy, director Matteoo Garrone's pulverizing crime saga is as close to the real thing as we'd ever hope to get without having to pack an Uzi's clip.

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