Soundtrack: American Gangster

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Note: Below is a complete playlist of all 14 songs that can be heard in the movie “American Gangster”. Some of these commercial songs are not included on the official soundtrack album but are used in the movie.

All 14 songs featured in “American Gangster”:

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Why Don't We Do It In The Road - Lewel Fulson
Timestamp: 0:07 | Scene: Richie (Russell Crowe) and Javier serve a guy with a subpoena by throwing it through the door then they break in with a sledgehammer.
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Only The Strong Survive - Jerry Butler
Timestamp: 0:17 | Scene: Frank (Denzel Washington) eats breakfast in a cafe as Tango (Idris Elba) enters and tells him he'll need to pay 20% because he's the landlord now.
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Hold On I'm Comin' - Sam Moore & Dave Prater Jr.
Timestamp: 0:37 | Scene: After Frank finds out his drugs are 100% pure they start production. His employees unwrap the drugs and cut them. Frank watches the drugs changing hands outside from his car.
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Guess Things Happen That Way - Johnny Cash
Timestamp: 0:40 | Scene: Richie has sex with his lawyer in his apartment and answers the phone.
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No Shoes - John Lee Hooker
Timestamp: 0:44 | Scene: Greensboro, N.C. Frank calls his family in Greensboro. They all drive out to Frank's new house.
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I'll Take You There - The Staple Singers
Timestamp: 0:50 | Scene: Frank shows his brothers the production facility. They ask why the girls are naked.
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Stone, Cold - Anthony Hamilton
Timestamp: 0:55 | Scene: Frank sees Miss Puerto Rico for the first time on the dancefloor. He talks to his brother about his suit being too loud.
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Do You Feel Me - Anthony Hamilton
Timestamp: 0:57 | Scene: 2nd song at the club. Couples slow dance on the dancefloor. Frank talks to Joe and gives him a gift. Frank talks to Eva (Miss Puerto Rico).
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Across 110th Street - Bobby Womack
Timestamp: 1:17 | Scene: Frank calls Vietnam. The drugs are picked up at Fort Bragg. Following the drugs journey.
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Winter Wonderland - Louis Armstrong
Timestamp: 1:53 | Scene: Christmas time. Detective Trupo and his partner watch Frank from the car and are given Chirstmas gifts. Vietnam war on the TV.
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Only The Lonely (Know the Way I Feel) - Roy Orbison
Timestamp: 2:05 | Scene: Frank in a Vietnamese bar calls home as a lady performs live. The police listen in.
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How Great Thou Art
Timestamp: 2:19 | Scene: Frank arrives at the church as the choir are singing inside.
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Amazing Grace
Timestamp: 2:25 | Scene: Frank leaves church to find the police waiting for him. The police simultaneously take down the other places in Frank's empire.
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Can't Truss It - Public Enemy
Timestamp: 2:37 | Scene: Frank leaves custody after serving his sentence. Plays again in end credits.
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What’s the movie about?
An outcast New York cop is tasked with taking down Harlem drug lord Frank Lucas, whose real life inspired this partly biographical film.

2 thoughts on “Soundtrack: American Gangster”

  1. That is NOT the version of Amazing Grace that is sung in American Gangster. The one in the movie has a richer tone to it. This version is nice AND very close to it but it’s not it.

  2. I can’t find the theme when Richie is gathering his belongings at the end of the movie. I can’t find that tune and I don’t know what it is.


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