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Nightcrawler sees Jake Gyllenhaal take on a fantastic role of an aspiring (and all round psychopathic) anti hero, namely Louis Bloom, he works his way up from petty theft all the way to running TV Production news company. He stops at pretty much ‘nothing’ to get where he wants to be, increasingly crawling over the ethical line time and time again. An all round fantastic movie that pretty much has you gripped from start to finish.
Here we are going to explore movies like Nightcrawler, that have a leading anti-hero where you end up questioning yourself for rooting for them. Some of the movies combine the aspect of entrepreneurialism that is evident in Louis Bloom and all the out nature to go and get what he wants.
Movies Similar to Nightcrawler
An overview of the films that are similar to Nightcrawler that we are going to be discussing. Let’s take a look a them below:
- American Gangster
- There Will Be Blood
- Taxi Driver
- The Founder
- The Social Network
- Fight Club
- Law Abiding Citizen
- The Talented Mr Ripley
American Gangster is a classic movie that shows concentrated power of will. It’s a movie that stars Denzel Washington breaking out from an apprenticeship mob boss to become one of the most successful gangsters (surpassing the mob families that already reside in the city). It’s a movie of ambition and discipline with a ruthless business mind set to setting up a successful (albeit corrupt operation), very much along the lines of the movie Nigthcrawler.
Drive reknowned for its fantastic soundtrack is a movie that is very similar to Nightcrawler for the same eerie undertones and backsettings of ‘night’ and ‘roads’. Again, the main anti-hero protagonist (played by Rygan Gosling) overcomes a series of challenges although it can be said, he’s not quite as selfish as Louis but perhaps even more determined and violent.
There Will Be Blood is a great movie that runs along very similar themes to Nightcrawler apart from there’s a few exceptions. Instead of Los Angeles, the movies takes place in old Wild West and instead of videography, the main protagonist is in the oil business. A great movie that is well worth the watch if you enjoyed Nightcrawler and certainly should be on your list ‘to watch’ if you haven’t already seen it.
Taxi Driver is an absolute cult classic and goes along similar themes as Nightcrawler with the consistent driving and a likeable yet ‘not all there’ anti hero. This is a movie that is a must watch of Robert De Niro’s insomniac — Travis Brickle slowly losing his mind, becoming fanatic on several different objectives (from assassination to salvation).
How McDonald’s all started. This certainly leans on the more business aspects that Louis was getting at but the ruthlessness and determination to overcome every single object that is thrown in the way of Mr Kroc is evident. Rejection after rejection, his determination and ambition is unquestionable. What is questionable though is his morality and ‘willing’ to help the initial McDonald’s brothers. A great movie for those who are inspiring entrepreneurs or those who want to see how pure grit pervails.
Where Facebook all began. Harvard computer science drop out Mark Zuckerberg back in 2003 goes on to create the Facebook. Of course, it’s covered in array of personal and business complications and leaves you questioning some of the decisions that was made. A movie that has a great pace to it, interesting stories and great to see Justin Timberlake as Sean Parker makes a feature too.
If you have actually seen The Social Network and you really enjoyed the film, I recommend checking our similar movie list for this movie as well.
The last two movies have shown the founders of two of the most successful companies in the US. Now a movie for arguably ‘the’ most successful company that broke the trillion dollar market cap. Steve Jobs is played by Michael Fassbender and shows the nature of Jobs’ ruthlessness for perfection. The pursuit to create the perfect product was Jobs’ main goal and like Louis, it came across as though nothing could stand in the way of that pursuit.
Fight Club is one you have probably already seen (and if you haven’t, this is the one to watch). It follows the insomniac depressant) played by Edward Norton who goes on to a meet a particular soap seller, Tyler Durden (who is played by Brad Pitt). Before you know it, the two guys set up their own special ‘Fight Club’ that mimick the violent and dirty nature that we see in Nightcrawler, with a motionless protagonist who has a clear objective that he sets out to achieve.
A film that starts with a bang and sets the scene for a clever story and plot play that sees Gerard Butler go on a tactical rampage to deliver an all round beating of justice. A great movie that has similar tones to Nightcrawler, in that we have a man who doesn’t posses the same level or morality, an intelligent fellow who won’t stop at anything to achieve the goal that he has set out to achieve.
A classic take on an anti-hero that you can’t help but admiring and loving, Jordan Belfort (played by Leonardo Di Caprio) shows the same ruthlessness (although in a much more charming manner) to get to a point of ‘success’ that Louis takes. He is willing to sell worthless stocks, break the law, just to enjoy the money and success. A fantastic movie that should be watched more than once.
Are there are any other movies like Nightcrawler that we might have missed that you think should have made it? Let us know in the comments section below and we will be sure to firstly give it a watch (if we haven’t seen it before) and then of course decide whether it gets to feature on the list. So what movie are you going to watch next?
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Jacqueline G Rozell on December 07, 2019:
Of the ones on your list, I have seen The Talented Mr. Ripley. Of all of these it's likely I would enjoy Drive the best. Most of the time I am not a fan of these types of movies. In spite of glaring character and moral flaws I become invested in wanting them to overcome all odds and live, and it's my soapbox peeve that so many movies over the last three decades or so have the major characters dying at the end. Don't know how these turn out, but there you are. Very good reviews, by the way. I may be one of the few people in America who has never watched Taxi, and one of the only people, besides other classic Western lovers, who know it was really Alan Ladd in the movie Shane, who turned to a killer in a bar and said, "You talkin' to ME?"