The Best Gang Movies

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

Here is the list of the best gang movies of all time. 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.

Including Boyz n the Hood and The Warriors, this list of the best gang movies has all of your favorite movies about growing up gangsters, fighting over territories, and protecting street reputations. 

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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    The Warriors is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Gang Movies


    Mercedes Ruehl, Robert Townsend, James Remar

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    Boyz n the Hood is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Gang Movies


    Ice Cube, Angela Bassett, Cuba Gooding Jr.

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    American History X is listed (or ranked) 3 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) 4 on the list The Best Gang Movies

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    Tom Cruise, Nicolas Cage, Diane Lane

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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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    Colors is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Gang Movies


    Sean Penn, Robert Duvall, Don Cheadle

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    Menace II Society is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Gang Movies


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

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    A Bronx Tale is listed (or ranked) 8 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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    The Wanderers is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Gang Movies


    Karen Allen, Olympia Dukakis, Ken Wahl

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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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    End of Watch is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Gang Movies

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    Anna Kendrick, Jake Gyllenhaal, America Ferrera

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


    Glenn Plummer, Carl Lumbly, Byron Minns

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    Gangs of New York is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Gang Movies

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    Cameron Diaz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Liam Neeson

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    Hector Jimenez, Diana Garcia, Tenoch Huerta

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    West Side Story is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Gang Movies


    Natalie Wood, Rita Moreno, John Astin

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

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    Tupac Shakur, Samuel L. Jackson, Queen Latifah

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    Four Brothers is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Gang Movies

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    Sofía Vergara, Mark Wahlberg, Taraji P. Henson

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    One Eight Seven is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Gang Movies


    Samuel L. Jackson, Method Man, Clifton Collins

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    Martin Sheen, Terrence Howard, Chris Tucker

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    Elijah Wood, Charlie Hunnam, Claire Forlani

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

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    Ice Cube, Ice-T, Bill Paxton

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

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    Nicolas Cage, Mickey Rourke, Diane Lane

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    Don't Be a Menace to South Cen... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Gang Movies


    Vivica A. Fox, Bernie Mac, Damon Wayans

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

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    Cuba Gooding Jr., Brian Dennehy, Ossie Davis

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    Assault on Precinct 13 is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Gang Movies

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    Austin Stoker, Charles Cyphers, Tony Burton

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


    Janet Jackson, Keanu Reeves, Tupac Shakur

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

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    Spike Lee, Harvey Keitel, John Turturro

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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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    Streets of Fire is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Gang Movies

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

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    Romper Stomper is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Gang Movies

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    Russell Crowe, Jacqueline McKenzie, Daniel Wyllie

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    Deuces Wild is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Gang Movies


    James Franco, Debbie Harry, Matt Dillon

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    Summer of Sam is listed (or ranked) 36 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) 37 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) 38 on the list The Best Gang Movies

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    Robert Downey Jr., James Spader, Kim Richards

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    The New Kids is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Gang Movies

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    James Spader, Lori Loughlin, Eric Stoltz

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    3:15 is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Gang Movies

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    Adam Baldwin, Rene Auberjonois, Wayne Crawford

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    China Girl is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Gang Movies

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    David Caruso, James Russo, Russell Wong

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    Class of 1984 is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Gang Movies


    Michael J. Fox, Roddy McDowall, Perry King

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