Underrated Denzel Washington movies come to Netflix

Safe house, a crime thriller starring Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds, has recently found a fantastic second life on Netflix, delivering solid streaming numbers and reaching new viewers nearly a decade after its theatrical debut. This week, another of Washington’s films is on its way to Netflix, and there’s a good chance it’s experiencing a similar type of popularity with viewers thanks to Denzel’s star power.

That movie is American gangster, and it’s coming to Netflix on Monday, November 1st. On the first day of the month, quite a few movies are always added to Netflix’s range, and November is no exception. American gangster highlights a number of new films that, among other things 21 Jump Street, Dracula, It follows, Last action hero, Moneyball, Snakes on a plane, and other.

If you are not familiar with the movie, American gangster was released in theaters back in 2007 by Universal Pictures. From acclaimed director Ridley Scott, American gangster is based on the life of career criminal Frank Lucas, a Harlem gangster who smuggled heroin into the United States. Lucas was the right hand of the legendary crime boss Ellsworth “Bumpy” Johnson and took over after Johnson died of a heart attack.

Washington stars in the film as Frank Lucas, and is joined by Russell Crowe, who plays Richie Roberts, the leader of a task force aimed at combating Lucas’ drug trafficking. The showdown between these two megastars (who previously worked together in the 1995s Virtuosity) was one of the main selling points for American Gangster prior to release.

Despite being a fairly long film (157 minutes in total), American gangster was a solid success at the box office. It did not set the world on fire or set a lot of records, but it earned more than $ 266 million globally on a budget of about $ 100 million. It received critical acclaim in addition to its financial success, and currently holds 81% Rotten tomatoes and received two Oscar nominations. One nomination was for Best Performance in Art Direction, and the other went to the late actress Ruby Dee, for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role.

Washington, Crowe and Dee were joined in the film’s cast by Josh Brolin, Lymari Nadal, Ted Levine, RZA, John Hawkes, Carla Gugino, John Ortiz and Cuba Gooding Jr. Screenwriter Steven Zaillian based the screenplay on “The Return of Superfly,” an article written by Mark Jacobson.


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