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'Gangs of New York' (2002)
Martin Scorsese struggled to get this made forever, and one of the reasons it appears to have been such a hard film to get made is because he never figured out what story to tell. Sure, it's an amazing world to set a movie in, and he spent a fortune recreating historical New York to a degree that is breathtaking, but again… this is a case of someone's passion blinding them to the actual movie. Scorsese famously battled Harvey Weinstein over the final cut of this film, but the problem wasn't in whether any particular scene made it into the final cut. Instead, it's a case of one amazing character and performance (and Daniel Day-Lewis as Bill The Butcher is indeed amazing) and this great backdrop, and no dramatic urgency to drive the entire thing.