The Best Gang Movies

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List Criteria: Movies must deal with gangs and gangland violence.

List of the best gang movies. These are films that focus on gangs, life as a gang member, and the conflicts between rival street gangs. This genre can also include hood movies, heist movies and various other sub-genres. Unlike hood movies, however, gang films can be much more stylized as well as take place during various decades and points in time. Life on the street can be difficult, to say the least. The conflict spawned be such an environment can make for great drama and storytelling.

What are the top street gang movies of all time? The movies on this list are some of the best thug-life films anywhere, but if you believe we've missed one please feel free to add it to the list yourself.
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    Boyz n the Hood is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Gang Movies

    Ice Cube, Angela Bassett, Cuba Gooding Jr.

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    The Warriors is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Gang Movies

    Mercedes Ruehl, Robert Townsend, James Remar

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    Menace II Society is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Gang Movies

    Samuel L. Jackson, Jada Pinkett Smith, Charles S. Dutton

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    Colors is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Gang Movies

    Sean Penn, Robert Duvall, Don Cheadle

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    American Me is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Gang Movies

    Edward James Olmos, William Forsythe, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa

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    American History X is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Gang Movies

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    Edward Norton, Edward Furlong, Beverly DAngelo

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    The Outsiders is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Gang Movies

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    Tom Cruise, Nicolas Cage, Diane Lane

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    A Bronx Tale is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Gang Movies

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    Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Chazz Palminteri

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    New Jack City is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Gang Movies

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    Chris Rock, Ice-T, Judd Nelson

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    Friday is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Gang Movies

    Ice Cube, Meagan Good, Nia Long

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    End of Watch is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Gang Movies

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    Anna Kendrick, Jake Gyllenhaal, America Ferrera

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    City of God is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Gang Movies

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    Alice Braga, Seu Jorge, Matheus Nachtergaele

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    South Central is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Gang Movies

    Glenn Plummer, Carl Lumbly, Byron Minns

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    The Wanderers is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Gang Movies

    Karen Allen, Olympia Dukakis, Ken Wahl

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    Hector Jimenez, Diana Garcia, Tenoch Huerta

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    Juice is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Gang Movies

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    Tupac Shakur, Samuel L. Jackson, Queen Latifah

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    One Eight Seven is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Gang Movies

    Samuel L. Jackson, Method Man, Clifton Collins

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    Four Brothers is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Gang Movies

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    Sofía Vergara, Mark Wahlberg, Taraji P. Henson

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    Don't Be a Menace to South Cen... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Gang Movies
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    West Side Story is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Gang Movies

    Natalie Wood, Rita Moreno, John Astin

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    Elijah Wood, Charlie Hunnam, Claire Forlani

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    Martin Sheen, Terrence Howard, Chris Tucker

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    Poetic Justice is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Gang Movies

    Janet Jackson, Keanu Reeves, Tupac Shakur

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    Trespass is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Gang Movies

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    Ice Cube, Ice-T, Bill Paxton

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    Assault on Precinct 13 is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Gang Movies

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    Austin Stoker, Charles Cyphers, Tony Burton

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    Bound by Honor is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Gang Movies

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    Billy Bob Thornton, Ving Rhames, Benjamin Bratt

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    Deuces Wild is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Gang Movies

    James Franco, Debbie Harry, Matt Dillon

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    Gladiator is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Gang Movies

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    Cuba Gooding Jr., Brian Dennehy, Ossie Davis

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    Clockers is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Gang Movies

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    Spike Lee, Harvey Keitel, John Turturro

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    Rumble Fish is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Gang Movies

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    Nicolas Cage, Mickey Rourke, Diane Lane

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    Bullet is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Gang Movies

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    Mickey Rourke, Tupac Shakur, Peter Dinklage

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    Willem Dafoe, Diane Lane, Kathy Griffin Dafoe's over the top portrayal of Raven is BadA$$

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    Russell Crowe, Jacqueline McKenzie, Daniel Wyllie

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    Summer of Sam is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Gang Movies

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    Mira Sorvino, Jennifer Esposito, Adrien Brody

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    Strapped is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Gang Movies

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    Michael Biehn, Bokeem Woodbine, Craig Wasson

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    Tuff Turf is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Gang Movies

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    Robert Downey Jr., James Spader, Kim Richards

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    China Girl is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Gang Movies

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    David Caruso, James Russo, Russell Wong

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    3:15 is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Gang Movies

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    Adam Baldwin, Rene Auberjonois, Wayne Crawford

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    The New Kids is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Gang Movies

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    James Spader, Lori Loughlin, Eric Stoltz

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    Class of 1984 is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Gang Movies

    Michael J. Fox, Roddy McDowall, Perry King

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