American Gangster: 8 out of 10.
In 2006 I was invited to a world premiere of a Ridley Scott directed film starring Russell Crowe. The film I saw that night couldn't hold a candle to this gem of a flick chronicling the rise and fall of Frank Lucas.
I saw this movie on DVD so I got to see the 176 minute unrated version. I had to break it up over two night, because that's just too long, but I was never bored and I was left wanting more. I didn't know much about Lucas going in and that made it all the sweeter.
Hey Ridley, avoid the romantic comedies.