The Best Gangster Movies

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List Criteria: Vote for your personal favorite Gangster films, regardless of how popular or successful they were at the box office.

A list of all the best gangster movies ever made, many of which are streaming on Netflix and Amazon Prime. This gangster movie list can be sorted by cast, year, director and more. This list of gangster films also contains gangster movie titles that can be clicked on for more information about the film. This gangster films list can also be copied to start your own. This list, though, contains the best gangster movies of all time, as voted on by fans of the films This gangster movie list can be sorted by alphabetically, by director, by year and more, but is currently ordered from best to worst. Downvote your least favorite movies because they deserve it.

List of gangster films includes gangster movie titles that can be clicked on for more information about the film. You can share this on Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook and more to see what your social network would vote to the top.

These are the top films in the gangster genre, meaning that each and every one of these is a movie with at least a single element of the gangster genre in it. Be it the motifs of the gangster genre or just some of the most common archetypes.

What's better, Pusher trilogy or Goodfellas? If we missed any gangster movies on this list, please add them to the list yourself, as this is an open list which means you can add any movies whenever you like (choices are subject to moderation). The films on this list cover the most famous gangster movies of all time and are voted on by people who really care about gangster movie lists.
You can find the release information for any of the films listed below. It's often available in the data set, so you can even find the cast of some of these by clicking on the names of the gangster movies. List includes photos and gangster movie trailers next to the names of the movies.

The list you're viewing is made up of movies like The Godfather and Mesrine.

Whether you're at home and want to watch these gangster movies on DVD, streaming Blu-ray or streaming, or if you're seeing them in theatres for the first time, this is a list of good gangster movies that can be helpful in either situation to see where they all stack up. So from the latest, to the greatest gangster movies, here is the full gangster movies list, ordered from best to worst.
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    Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall

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    Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson, Joe Pesci

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    Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall

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    Michelle Pfeiffer, Al Pacino, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio

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    Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson, Alec Baldwin

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    Robert De Niro, Sean Connery, Kevin Costner

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    John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Uma Thurman

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    Donnie Brasco is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Gangster Movies

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    Johnny Depp, Al Pacino, Paul Giamatti

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    Once Upon a Time in America is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Gangster Movies


    Jennifer Connelly, Robert De Niro, James Woods

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    A Bronx Tale is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Gangster Movies

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    Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Chazz Palminteri

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    American Gangster is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Gangster Movies


    Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Idris Elba

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    Tom Hanks, Daniel Craig, Paul Newman

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    Cameron Diaz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Liam Neeson

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    Al Pacino, Sean Penn, Viggo Mortensen

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    Bonnie and Clyde is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Gangster Movies

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    Gene Hackman, Faye Dunaway, Gene Wilder

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    Heat is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Gangster Movies

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    Natalie Portman, Al Pacino, Robert De Niro

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    Blow is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Gangster Movies

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    Johnny Depp, Penélope Cruz, Emma Roberts

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    The Public Enemy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Gangster Movies

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    Jean Harlow, James Cagney, Joan Blondell

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    Quentin Tarantino, Steve Buscemi, Tim Roth

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    Public Enemies is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Gangster Movies


    Johnny Depp, Christian Bale, Channing Tatum

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    Snatch is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Gangster Movies

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    Brad Pitt, Benicio del Toro, Vinnie Jones

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    Miller's Crossing is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Gangster Movies


    Steve Buscemi, Frances McDormand, Marcia Gay Harden

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    White Heat is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Gangster Movies

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    James Cagney, Edmond O'Brien, Virginia Mayo

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    The Godfather Part III is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Gangster Movies

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    Al Pacino, Diane Keaton, Bridget Fonda

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    Little Caesar is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Gangster Movies

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    Edward G. Robinson, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.

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    Mean Streets is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Gangster Movies


    Robert De Niro, Martin Scorsese, Harvey Keitel

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    Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Ba... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Gangster Movies


    Sting, Jason Statham, Vinnie Jones

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    Angels With Dirty Faces is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Gangster Movies

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    Angels With Dirty Faces

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    Leonardo DiCaprio, Matthew McConaughey, Margot Robbie

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    King of New York is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Gangster Movies


    Christopher Walken, Steve Buscemi, Laurence Fishburne

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    Bugsy is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Gangster Movies

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    Annette Bening, Ben Kingsley, Warren Beatty

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    New Jack City is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Gangster Movies


    Chris Rock, Ice-T, Judd Nelson

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    Cop Land is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Gangster Movies

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    Sylvester Stallone, Robert De Niro, Debbie Harry

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    The Town is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Gangster Movies


    Blake Lively, Ben Affleck, Jon Hamm

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    My Cousin Vinny is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Gangster Movies

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    Marisa Tomei, Joe Pesci, Ralph Macchio

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    The Italian Job is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Gangster Movies

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    Charlize Theron, Kelly Brook, Mark Wahlberg

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    Lawless is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Gangster Movies


    Jessica Chastain, Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf

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    Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Martin Scorsese

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    American Hustle is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Gangster Movies

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    Jennifer Lawrence, Amy Adams, Robert De Niro

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    Eastern Promises is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Gangster Movies


    Naomi Watts, Viggo Mortensen, Tatiana Maslany

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    Mobsters is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Gangster Movies

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    Patrick Dempsey, Christian Slater, Michael Gambon

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    The Iceman is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Gangster Movies

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    James Franco, Winona Ryder, Chris Evans

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    Jackie Brown is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Gangster Movies


    Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson, Quentin Tarantino

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    Black Mass is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Gangster Movies


    Kevin Bacon, Joel Edgerton, Jesse Plemons

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    Emma Stone, Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling

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    Analyze This is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Gangster Movies

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    Robert De Niro, Billy Crystal, Lisa Kudrow

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    Dick Tracy is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Gangster Movies

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    Madonna, Al Pacino, Dustin Hoffman

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    Layer Cake is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Gangster Movies

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    Sienna Miller, Tom Hardy, Daniel Craig

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    Sean Penn, Gary Oldman, Robin Wright

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