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What to Watch If You Love Empire

Updated September 8, 2020 153 votes 43 voters 3.2k views23 items

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Are you on the lookout for more TV shows like Empire? Who could blame you? Empire stormed the airwaves in 2015 with a behind-the-scenes look at the world of hip hop and the drama that revolves around it. Even those who aren't fans of the musical genre found Empire to be a compelling tale of underworld business dealings centered around interesting characters. For those who've sat through all of the existing seasons and want something more in the meantime, this list compiles the best TV shows and movies like Empire fans can appreciate. 

If you're wondering what to watch after Empire, you may be surprised to see the many shows and movies with similarities. Movies like the the hit mafia films in the Godfather trilogy aren't as deeply rooted in music as Empire, but the tantalizing tale of a criminal underworld should certainly tickle your fancy. Other shows fans of Empire might enjoy include such offerings as Boss, which is all about the continued mental degradation of the titular character played by veteran actor, Kelsey Grammer. Of course, these are far from the only other shows like Empire. Whatever your interests, there are bound to be TV shows and movies fans of Empire are sure to enjoy.

For more Empire recommendations, browse this list and feel free to add any similar shows and movies you think are missing!

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    Boss is an American political drama television serial created by Farhad Safinia. The series stars Kelsey Grammer as Tom Kane, the mayor of Chicago, who has recently been diagnosed with dementia with Lewy bodies, a degenerative neurological disorder. The series was broadcast in the United States on the premium television service Starz and was produced by Category 5 Entertainment, Grammnet Productions, and Lionsgate Television. On September 27, 2011, before the series premiered, Starz announced that Boss had been renewed for a second season of ten episodes. The first season premiered on October 21, 2011, and the second season premiered on August 17, 2012. On November 20, 2012, it was...  more

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      The Butler is a 2013 American historical drama film directed and produced by Lee Daniels and written by Danny Strong. Loosely based on the real life of Eugene Allen, the film stars Forest Whitaker as Cecil Gaines, an African-American who eyewitnesses notable events of the 20th century during his 34-year tenure serving as a White House butler. The film also stars Oprah Winfrey, John Cusack, Jane Fonda, Cuba Gooding Jr., Terrence Howard, Lenny Kravitz, James Marsden, David Oyelowo, Vanessa Redgrave, Alan Rickman, Liev Schreiber, Robin Williams, and Clarence Williams III....  more
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      Ran is a 1985 Japanese-French jidaigeki epic film directed and co-written by Akira Kurosawa. The film stars Tatsuya Nakadai as Hidetora Ichimonji, an aging Sengoku-era warlord who decides to abdicate as ruler in favor of his three sons. The story is based on legends of the daimyo Mōri Motonari, as well as on the Shakespearean tragedy King Lear. Ran was Kurosawa's last epic. With a budget of $12 million, it was the most expensive Japanese film ever produced up to that time....  more
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