film The Best Gang Movies  

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List Rules 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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Boyz n the Hood Ice Cube, Angela Bassett, Cuba Gooding Jr.

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The Warriors Mercedes Ruehl, Robert Townsend, James Remar

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American History X Edward Norton, Edward Furlong, Beverly DAngelo

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Colors Sean Penn, Robert Duvall, Don Cheadle

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Blood In, Blood Out is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Gang Movies

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American Me Edward James Olmos, William Forsythe, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa

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Menace II Society Samuel L. Jackson, Jada Pinkett Smith, Charles S. Dutton

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The Outsiders Tom Cruise, Nicolas Cage, Diane Lane

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

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

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Friday Ice Cube, Meagan Good, Nia Long

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City of God Alice Braga, Seu Jorge, Matheus Nachtergaele

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South Central Glenn Plummer, Carl Lumbly, Byron Minns

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End of Watch Anna Kendrick, Jake Gyllenhaal, America Ferrera

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The Wanderers Karen Allen, Olympia Dukakis, Ken Wahl

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Gangs of New York Cameron Diaz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Liam Neeson

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Juice Tupac Shakur, Samuel L. Jackson, Queen Latifah

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

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One Eight Seven Samuel L. Jackson, Method Man, Clifton Collins

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Dead Presidents is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Gang Movies
Dead Presidents Martin Sheen, Terrence Howard, Chris Tucker

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Sin Nombre is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Gang Movies
Sin Nombre Hector Jimenez, Diana Garcia, Tenoch Huerta

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Green Street is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Gang Movies
Green Street Elijah Wood, Charlie Hunnam, Claire Forlani

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West Side Story Natalie Wood, Rita Moreno, John Astin

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Trespass Ice Cube, Ice-T, Bill Paxton

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

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Clockers Spike Lee, Harvey Keitel, John Turturro

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

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Romper Stomper Russell Crowe, Jacqueline McKenzie, Daniel Wyllie

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Rumble Fish Nicolas Cage, Mickey Rourke, Diane Lane

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Gladiator Cuba Gooding Jr., Brian Dennehy, Ossie Davis

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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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Poetic Justice Janet Jackson, Keanu Reeves, Tupac Shakur

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Bullet Mickey Rourke, Tupac Shakur, Peter Dinklage

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Deuces Wild James Franco, Debbie Harry, Matt Dillon

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Summer of Sam Mira Sorvino, Jennifer Esposito, Adrien Brody

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Strapped Michael Biehn, Bokeem Woodbine, Craig Wasson

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Tuff Turf Robert Downey Jr., James Spader, Kim Richards

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The New Kids James Spader, Lori Loughlin, Eric Stoltz

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3:15 Adam Baldwin, Rene Auberjonois, Wayne Crawford

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China Girl David Caruso, James Russo, Russell Wong

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