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

    Boyz n the Hood 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

    The Warriors 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

    Menace II Society 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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    The Outsiders is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Gang Movies

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    The Outsiders Tom Cruise, Nicolas Cage, Diane Lane

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

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    American History X Edward Norton, Edward Furlong, Beverly DAngelo

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

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    A Bronx Tale Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Chazz Palminteri

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    Blood In, Blood Out is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Gang Movies

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    Blood In, Blood Out

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

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    New Jack City Chris Rock, Ice-T, Judd Nelson

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

    Friday 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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    End of Watch 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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    City of God Alice Braga, Seu Jorge, Matheus Nachtergaele

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

    The Wanderers Karen Allen, Olympia Dukakis, Ken Wahl

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

    South Central Glenn Plummer, Carl Lumbly, Byron Minns

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    Sin Nombre is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Gang Movies

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    Sin Nombre Hector Jimenez, Diana Garcia, Tenoch Huerta

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    One Eight Seven is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Gang Movies

    Samuel L. Jackson, Method Man, Clifton Collins

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    Juice is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Gang Movies

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    Juice Tupac Shakur, Samuel L. Jackson, Queen Latifah

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    Don't Be a Menace to South Cen... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Gang Movies

    Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood Vivica A. Fox, Bernie Mac, Damon Wayans

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    West Side Story is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Gang Movies

    West Side Story Natalie Wood, Rita Moreno, John Astin

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    Four Brothers is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Gang Movies

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    Four Brothers Sofía Vergara, Mark Wahlberg, Taraji P. Henson

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    Green Street is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Gang Movies

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    Green Street Elijah Wood, Charlie Hunnam, Claire Forlani

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    Poetic Justice is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Gang Movies

    Janet Jackson, Keanu Reeves, Tupac Shakur

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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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    Martin Sheen, Terrence Howard, Chris Tucker

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

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    Assault on Precinct 13 Austin Stoker, Charles Cyphers, Tony Burton

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    Deuces Wild is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Gang Movies

    Deuces Wild James Franco, Debbie Harry, Matt Dillon

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    Bound by Honor is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Gang Movies

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    Bound by Honor Billy Bob Thornton, Ving Rhames, Benjamin Bratt

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

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    Rumble Fish Nicolas Cage, Mickey Rourke, Diane Lane

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

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    Mickey Rourke, Tupac Shakur, Peter Dinklage

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

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    Clockers Spike Lee, Harvey Keitel, John Turturro

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

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    Cuba Gooding Jr., Brian Dennehy, Ossie Davis

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    Romper Stomper is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Gang Movies

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    Romper Stomper Russell Crowe, Jacqueline McKenzie, Daniel Wyllie

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    Streets of Fire is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Gang Movies

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

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

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

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    James Spader, Lori Loughlin, Eric Stoltz

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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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    Tuff Turf is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Gang Movies

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    Robert Downey Jr., James Spader, Kim Richards

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

    Class of 1984 Michael J. Fox, Roddy McDowall, Perry King

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