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10 More Dark And Gritty Movies

You love gritty, unsettling films that showcase the seedy underbelly of society. Movies like Taxi Driver, with Robert De Niro at his most unhinged and unpredictable. If you’re looking to dive into more films that capture that same raw, visceral intensity, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve put together a killer list of 10 movies sure to satisfy that craving for the dark and disturbing.

Fair warning, you’re going to want to take a long, hot shower after watching some of these. But we know that’s exactly what you’re after. So grab some popcorn, turn off the lights, and get ready to take a wild ride into the night with some of the grittiest films ever made.


Movies like Taxi Driver 

You Were Never Really Here (2017)

Joaquin Phoenix stars as a troubled military veteran turned hitman in this dark and gritty psychological thriller. If you enjoyed Taxi Driver, you’ll appreciate the moody atmosphere and Phoenix’s intense performance.

As Joe, a former FBI agent, Phoenix rescues kidnapped children for a living. But his brutal methods haunt him, causing hallucinations of a tragic past he’s trying to forget. When his next job goes awry, Joe spirals into a violent rage and struggles between right and wrong.


Movies like Taxi Driver

Drive (2011)

If you’re craving another gritty, psychological thriller after watching Taxi Driver, check out the 2011 film Drive.

You’ll follow Ryan Gosling’s character, simply called Driver, as he navigates a dangerous underworld in LA. By day, he’s a Hollywood stunt driver, but by night he works as a getaway driver for criminals. Drive is an intelligent work of art that fuses the thriller-formula with a genuine love story.


Movies like Taxi Driver

Nightcrawler (2014)

Nightcrawler is a neo-noir crime thriller that would appeal to any Taxi Driver fan. Directed by Dan Gilroy, the film stars Jake Gyllenhaal as Lou Bloom, a drifter who stumbles into the underground world of freelance crime journalism in Los Angeles.

Lou is a morally ambiguous and manipulative antihero, much like Travis Bickle. He sinks deeper into the sinister underbelly of L.A. as he pursues increasingly grisly car crash and murder scenes to film and sell to local TV news stations. His ambition and disregard for ethics evoke Travis’s dark and unhinged mindset.


Movies like Taxi Driver

Uncut Gems (2019)

Uncut Gems is a gritty crime thriller that will leave you on the edge of your seat. Much like Taxi Driver, it provides a glimpse into New York City’s underbelly. The story follows Howard Ratner, a jeweller in New York’s Diamond District with a gambling addiction and growing debt. In a desperate attempt to repay what he owes, Howard makes a high-stakes bet that puts everything on the line.

The film has a dark and unsettling tone that channels the same mood as Taxi Driver. Directors Josh and Benny Safdie create feelings of anxiety and dread that intensify with each scene. The grimy cinematography and synth-heavy score add to the movie’s grittiness. Adam Sandler delivers a powerhouse performance as the unlikable yet compelling Howard Ratner. Viewers can’t help but be drawn into his chaotic world of risk and reward.


Movies like Taxi Driver

Good Time (2017)

Good Time follows a man named Constantine “Connie” Nikas as he scrambles around New York City trying to rescue his brother after a bank robbery goes wrong. Like Taxi Driver, it provides a gritty glimpse into some of the seedier parts of NYC.

Connie is devoted to his brother Nick, who has an intellectual disability and takes him along for a bank job. When the heist goes awry and Nick is arrested, Connie is determined to get him out of jail. He tries multiple schemes to raise bail money, eventually turning to an eccentric wealthy acquaintance. However, his plans keep unravelling, forcing Connie into increasingly desperate measures.


Goodfellas - Robert De Niro

Goodfellas (1990)

Goodfellas is another gritty crime film from Martin Scorsese. Like Taxi Driver, it provides a glimpse into New York’s criminal underworld, this time focusing on the Italian mafia.

Based on the true story of Henry Hill, a New York mobster who turns informant, the film follows 30 years of Hill’s life in the mafia family. You’ll see Hill’s transformation from a starry-eyed kid enamoured with the glamorous life of a gangster to a strung-out coke addict constantly watching his back. Hill is played brilliantly by Ray Liotta, and supported by Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci.


Raging Bull - Robert De Niro

Raging Bull (1980)

Martin Scorsese’s Raging Bull is another gritty film classic that Taxi Driver fans will surely appreciate. Robert De Niro stars as real-life middleweight boxer Jake LaMotta in this biographical sports drama.

Like Taxi Driver, Raging Bull is a character study of a violent and self-destructive man. Jake LaMotta is prone to fits of rage and jealousy, destroying relationships with friends and family along the way. The boxing scenes are brutally realistic, much like the violence in Taxi Driver. De Niro delivers an explosive performance, capturing LaMotta’s intensity, aggression and complexity.


Movies like Taxi Driver

Panic Room (2002)

Panic Room is a tense thriller from David Fincher, the director of Fight Club and Seven. If you enjoyed the gritty tone and themes of moral ambiguity in Taxi Driver, Panic Room should be right up your alley.

In the film, a recently divorced woman named Meg Altman (Jodie Foster) and her daughter Sarah (Kristen Stewart) move into a brownstone in New York City. The previous owner had installed an impenetrable panic room in the house, which Meg and Sarah have to take refuge in when three burglars break in. The intruders are after millions of dollars in bearer bonds left hidden in the panic room by the previous owner.


Movies like Taxi Driver

Léon: The Professional (1994)

One of the grittiest films of the 1990s, Léon: The Professional stars Jean Reno as a hitman who takes in 12-year-old Mathilda after her family is murdered by corrupt DEA agents. Léon teaches Mathilda the tricks of his trade, but she also helps humanize him and brings out his compassionate side. Like Taxi Driver, Léon explores themes of alienation and morality in a darkly stylized New York City.

Director Luc Besson crafts a compelling story of an unlikely duo bonding under extreme circumstances. Reno and a young Natalie Portman have fantastic chemistry, with Mathilda proving herself Léon’s equal in her determination and grit. The film is also noted for its hyper-stylized action sequences, including a climactic shootout that pulls no punches.


 

American Psycho (2000)

American Psycho (2000)

American Psycho follows Patrick Bateman, a wealthy investment banker living in 1980s New York City. By day, Bateman works on Wall Street and spends his nights partying at clubs with his equally vapid and materialistic friends. However, Bateman also has a sinister secret life characterized by twisted fantasies and brutal bloodlust. Will he stop or will he continue to chop?


There we have it, our list 0f 10 best movies like Taxi Driver. What do you think about our picks? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below:

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