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What to Watch If You Love 'The Wire' 

Updated November 22, 2019 259 votes 27 voters 1.1k views 40 items

List Rules Vote up the films and series you know other fans of 'The Wire' will love. Please don’t vote if you haven’t seen 'The Wire'.

The Wire kept viewers on the edge of their seats with storylines intersecting the lives of members of the Baltimore Police Department and the criminals they investigate, so it's no surprise that you’d be on the hunt for similar shows to watch after bingeing the entire series. Well, search no more, because this list has some of the best recommendations for movies and TV shows similar to The Wire.

Deciding what to watch after The Wire really depends on your mood, but if you’re looking for more compelling drama compliments of HBO, The Sopranos is a family crime series that you’ll almost certainly love if you like The Wire.

Some other movies and TV shows like The Wire in this list are movies like The Departed, which blurs the line between cops and criminals. Oz is another good TV series that follows the personal lives of lawbreakers. Other good TV and movies recommended for The Wire fans include Deadwood, Goodfellas, and Boardwalk Empire.

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The Sopranos is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list What to Watch If You Love 'The Wire'
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The Sopranos is an American drama television series created by David Chase. Revolving around the fictional New Jersey-based Italian-American Tony Soprano, the show portrays the difficulties he faces as he tries to balance the conflicting requirements of his home life and his organization. These are often highlighted during his therapy sessions with psychiatrist Jennifer Melfi. The series features Tony's family members and colleagues and rivals in prominent roles and story arcs, most notably his wife Carmela and protégé Christopher Moltisanti. ...more on Wikipedia

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Band of Brothers is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list What to Watch If You Love 'The Wire'
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Band of Brothers is a 2001 American WWII drama miniseries based on historian Stephen E. Ambrose's 1992 non-fiction book of the same name. The executive producers were Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks, who had collaborated on the 1998 WWII film Saving Private Ryan. The episodes first aired in 2001 on HBO. The series dramatizes the history of the "Easy" Company from jump training in the U.S. through its participation in major actions in Europe, and up until Japan's capitulation and WWII end's. ...more on Wikipedia

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The Departed is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list What to Watch If You Love 'The Wire'
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The Departed is a 2006 American crime drama film directed by Martin Scorsese, and a remake of the 2002 Hong Kong film Infernal Affairs. Irish Mob boss Francis "Frank" Costello (Jack Nicholson) plants Colin Sullivan (Matt Damon) as a mole within the Massachusetts State Police, while the police assign undercover state trooper William "Billy" Costigan (Leonardo DiCaprio) to infiltrate Costello's crew. ...more on Wikipedia

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The Shield is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list What to Watch If You Love 'The Wire'
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The Shield is an American drama television series starring Michael Chiklis that premiered on March 12, 2002, on FX, in the United States, and concluded on November 25, 2008, after seven seasons. Known for its portrayal of bad police officers, it was originally advertised as Rampart in reference to the true life Rampart Division police scandal, on which the show's Strike Team was loosely based. The series was created by Shawn Ryan and The Barn Productions for Fox Television Studios and Sony Pictures Television. ...more on Wikipedia

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