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Gangs of New York (2002)

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In 1862, Amsterdam Vallon returns to the Five Points area of New York City seeking revenge against Bill the Butcher, his father's killer.


Martin Scorsese


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Nominated for 10 Oscars. Another 50 wins & 125 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Leonardo DiCaprio ... Amsterdam Vallon
Daniel Day-Lewis ... Bill 'The Butcher' Cutting
Cameron Diaz ... Jenny Everdeane
Jim Broadbent ... Boss Tweed
John C. Reilly ... Happy Jack
Henry Thomas ... Johnny Sirocco
Liam Neeson ... 'Priest' Vallon
Brendan Gleeson ... Walter 'Monk' McGinn
Gary Lewis ... McGloin
Stephen Graham ... Shang
Eddie Marsan ... Killoran
Alec McCowen ... Reverend Raleigh (as Alec Mccowen)
David Hemmings ... Mr. Schermerhorn
Lawrence Gilliard Jr. ... Jimmy Spoils (as Larry Gilliard Jr.)
Cara Seymour ... Hell-Cat Maggie


In the god-forsaken district of early-1860s Lower Manhattan known as the Five Points, the vicious Nativist, Bill "The Butcher" Cutting, is the supreme overlord of an area riddled with crime, prostitution, theft and murder, as the American Civil War still rages on. Sixteen whole years after the brutal murder of his father from Bill's blood-stained hands, an orphaned Irish-American, Amsterdam Vallon, returns to this melting pot of corruption to avenge his untimely death; however, a lot has changed since then. Who can remember the once-innocent boy and now a young man bent on revenge, who works his way up to the hierarchy of Five Points? Will Amsterdam ever taste the dangerous but sweet fruit of retribution? Written by Nick Riganas

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Freedom was born in the streets. See more »


Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for intense strong violence, sexuality/nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Bill the Butcher is a rabid opponent of Abraham Lincoln. In one scene he throws a knife at a picture of the president. Daniel Day-Lewis would play Lincoln in Lincoln (2012) ten years later. Coincidentally Gangs of New York co-star Liam Neeson was originally cast to play Lincoln before Day-Lewis replaced him. See more »


When Tweed and Bill the Butcher first talk in Tammany Hall, Tweed is feeding his birds as he confronts Bill's abuse of the Irish. The line beginning, "You may or may not know, Bill...", clearly does not match his lip movements. See more »


Bill: He was the only man I ever killed worth remembering.
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Crazy Credits

Aside from the altered studio logos, there are no opening credits and title, except for the beginning of the movie saying "Miramax Films Presents". The rest of the credits and the title are at the end of the movie. The title of the film is made up of pieces of type that would have been used in the 19th Century to print newsletters, posters, and flyers like the ones seen throughout the film. See more »

Alternate Versions

Scorsese's original cut of the film was 216 minutes (3 hours & 36 minutes) long. See more »


Spoofed in Gangbangs of New York (2003) See more »


Guide Me, O Thou Great Redeemer
Music by John Hughes
Lyrics by William Williams
Arranged by George Spangler and Congregation of Thornton Regular Baptist Church
Sung by Ike Caudill and Congregation of the Mt. Olivet Old Regular Baptist Church
Produced and Recorded by Alan Lomax
Courtesy of The Alan Lomax Archives/Rounder Records
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User Reviews

Powerful performance by Daniel Day-Lewis
1 April 2020 | by sauravjoshi85See all my reviews

Gangs of New York was is an epic historical crime movie directed by Martin Scorsese and stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Daniel Day-Lewis, Cameron Diaz, Jim Broadbent, John C. Reilly, Henry Thomas, Brendon Gleeson, Stephen Graham and Liam Neeson in a special appearance.

The movie is a must watch classic which displays the birth of America and yes through bloody violence and brawls.

The movie displays the greatnesses of Martin Scorsese and his imagination and scope to take out the best from a simple revenge plot.

Acting should be appreciated by all the characters but Daniel Day-Lewis steals the show by his brutal violence in a gentle way.

The screenplay of the movie is slow but captivating and hold the viewers. Location of 1840 America is amazing and background music is good. It wouldn't be wrong to say that this is one of the finest piece of work by Martin Scorsese and a must watch for the viewers who like periodic movies.

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Release Date:

20 December 2002 (USA) See more »

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Box Office


$100,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,100,000, 22 December 2002

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