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What to Watch If You Love 'The Wire'

Updated September 8, 2020 781 votes 86 voters 6.4k views41 items

List RulesVote 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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