I found both movies somewhat similar, but also quite different... in style and premise. The Wolf of Wall Street seemed very much a satire while American Hustle has more of a character study thing going on. Personally, I couldn't rate them very much apart from each other, they are similarly accomplished cinematic works, in my opinion. I think it's a matter of taste that dictates which one is prefered to most people. American Hustle is aesthetically more pleasing and less redundant for me. American Hustle is only loosely based on a true story, it's not trying to depict events as they truly happened, or as claimed to have happened, like The Wolf of Wall Street (which is largely based on a book written by Jordan Belfort himself where it is all claimed to be true), but it depicts much less extreme stuff. American Hustle might come across as a very boring or pointless movie for some.
Edited by kkl10 - 5/21/14 at 12:14pm