Gangs Of New York
Martin Scorsese’s dark, disturbing and highly violent drama tells the story of rival, Irish-American gangs in the Five Points section of New York during the Civil War era. Amsterdam Vallon (Leonardo DiCaprio) seeks to avenge the death of his father, who was the leader of the Dead Rabbits 16 years earlier. He joins the rival gang, the Natives, and rises through the ranks to become the right-hand man of its leader, Bill the Butcher (Daniel Day-Lewis). Amsterdam, his girlfriend (Cameron Diaz), and the Butcher thrive until Amsterdam’s identity is revealed and he must reassemble the Dead Rabbits. The final scene depicts the New York conscription riots of 1863 and the last gang battle in the slum.
The film is full of violence and excessively bloody killings. There are recurring spiritual and biblical overtones in the movie; the gang members pray for strength in their battles and make use of Scripture in the context of their violent behavior. Due to its graphic violence, nudity, illicit activity and foul language, Gangs of New York is not recommended as a family movie.