Breaking Bad premiered on the AMC network in 2008 and ran for five wildly successful seasons until 2013. The series follows high school teacher, Walter White, struggling with a stage three lung cancer diagnosis and trying to ensure his family’s future without him will be financially stable.
When White teams up with a former student, Jesse Pinkman, played by Aaron Paul, the two begin dealing drugs, specifically meth, and Walter White’s clean, suburban, father-of-the-year image, fades to something darker and more dangerous. It’s almost as if Walter White was destined to be a drug lord, and fans tuned in week after week to see his transformation continue to unfold.
In a lot of ways, Breaking Bad, is a Cinderella story. Walter White goes from living a normal, mediocre life to living a life full of drama, suspense, and danger, and he honestly seems to enjoy his new life. The 1983 film, Scarface, has a lot of similarities to AMC’s hit series in that its main character, Tony Montana, played by Al Pacino, also works his way from the ground up to become one of the most feared and powerful drug lords in the business.
For fans who found themselves rooting for Hank as he unknowingly investigated his brother in law, Walter White’s crimes, the film Sicario, directed by Denis Villeneuve and starring Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin, and Benicio del Toro, should be number one on your watch list. This film follows an FBI agent, Kate Macer, played by Blunt, who is asked to join a special government task force to capture the leader of a dangerous Mexican drug cartel.
Bryan Cranston had been steadily working and making a name for himself in the industry in the years leading up to Breaking Bad, but garnered critical acclaim and a massive fan base after this series premiered.
Cranston has been recognized as one of the most versatile actors working today and can be seen in a variety of films and series. If you love the darker, more dangerous side of Cranston, than you’ll love his performance in the crime drama, The Infiltrator.
If you’re a big fan of Bryan Cranston, but want to watch something a little lighter that’s guaranteed to make you laugh, the comedy feature film, Why Him?, starring Bryan Cranston, James Franco, and Zoey Deutch should be on your queue. In this funny feature, Cranston plays Ned Fleming, the father of Deutch’s, Stephanie Fleming. Stephanie brings her new boyfriend, Laird Mayhew home to meet her parents, and it’s safe to say, it is not love at first sight for Ned.
The Last House On The Left
Aaron Paul has become one of the most in-demand and acclaimed actors of this generation, thanks to his incredible work on this series. Aaron Paul fans can watch his brilliance in a lot of different movies and television series. If you’re a fan looking for something darker and more twisted, 2009’s The Last House on the Left, which is a remake of the 1972 horror film by the same name, should be played at your next movie night.
Hank Schrader was one of the most complex characters in the hit series. Fans never knew whether to root for him or against him. Hank is Walter’s brother in law, but he’s also an agent for the DEA and frequently complicates things for Walter, Jess, and their operation.
Dean Norris who plays this character does a great job because he plays such a good guy in such an awful position. Hanks fans should watch Dean Norris in the 2014 feature, Small Time.
Bob Odenkirk has been a working actor and writer in this industry for decades, but really made a new for himself with this series and even managed to secure a spin-off series based on Saul, the character Odenkirk portrays on Breaking Bad. Odenkrik is the ultimate character actor and seems to be able to do anything. If you’re looking to see Odenkirk in a completely different light, you should see his performance in the Academy Award-nominated film, The Post, also starring Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks.
There’s a lot of comedy in this series, which as first seems surprising, but the laughs become more necessary as Walter and Jesse get deeper into the drug world and take more risks. There are plenty of funny moments, that usually involve Walter freaking out at Jesse in the middle of the New Mexico desert. The way Walter and Jesse feed off one another is similar to the dynamic between Robert Downey Jr and Zach Galifianakis in the comedy, Due Date.
The rise of Walter White as a respected and feared drug lord and his transformation from normal suburban dad to meth dealer is addicting to watch.
If you love seeing the changes Walter makes and the twists and turns his life takes because of his new ways, then you’ll love the crime drama, Blow. In this feature film Johnny Depp plays George Jung, who finds himself deep in the drug world when he becomes a cocaine smuggler.
El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie
Of course, fans of AMC’s hit series Breaking Bad have to watch the film follow up to the successful series, El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie. This film picks up right where the series left off and follows Jesse Pinkman as he deals with the aftermath of everything that unfolded in the series finale. The film premiered on Netflix in 2019 and was praised by critics and fans alike, with most noting how great Aaron Paul’s reprisal of his iconic role was.