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

457 118
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wiabux added American History X Edward Norton, Edward Furlong, Beverly DAngelo

417 59
Blood In, Blood Out is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Gang Movies
christopher-ferrell added Blood In, Blood Out

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Colors Sean Penn, Robert Duvall, Don Cheadle

453 95
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American Me Edward James Olmos, William Forsythe, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa

579 133
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Menace II Society Samuel L. Jackson, Jada Pinkett Smith, Charles S. Dutton

377 99
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bojanthebest added The Outsiders Tom Cruise, Nicolas Cage, Diane Lane

328 85
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wiabux added A Bronx Tale Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Chazz Palminteri

292 86
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bojanthebest added New Jack City Chris Rock, Ice-T, Judd Nelson

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crowe added City of God Alice Braga, Seu Jorge, Matheus Nachtergaele

208 77
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South Central Glenn Plummer, Carl Lumbly, Byron Minns

305 123
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Friday Ice Cube, Meagan Good, Nia Long

229 84
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AlejandroCruz added End of Watch Anna Kendrick, Jake Gyllenhaal, America Ferrera

211 93
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The Wanderers Karen Allen, Olympia Dukakis, Ken Wahl

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Shamrock4444 added Gangs of New York Cameron Diaz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Liam Neeson

125 36
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CapoAssKickerMikey95 added Juice Tupac Shakur, Samuel L. Jackson, Queen Latifah

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CapoAssKickerMikey95 added Four Brothers SofĂ­a Vergara, Mark Wahlberg, Taraji P. Henson

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

82 32
Dead Presidents is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Gang Movies
CapoAssKickerMikey95 added Dead Presidents Martin Sheen, Terrence Howard, Chris Tucker

154 82
Sin Nombre is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Gang Movies
dwight007 added Sin Nombre Hector Jimenez, Diana Garcia, Tenoch Huerta

129 79
Green Street is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Gang Movies
wiabux added Green Street Elijah Wood, Charlie Hunnam, Claire Forlani

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West Side Story Natalie Wood, Rita Moreno, John Astin

165 106
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bojanthebest added Trespass Ice Cube, Ice-T, Bill Paxton

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Slap Shot77 added Assault on Precinct 13 Austin Stoker, Charles Cyphers, Tony Burton

57 36
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cjboyer added Bound by Honor Billy Bob Thornton, Ving Rhames, Benjamin Bratt

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CapoAssKickerMikey95 added Clockers Spike Lee, Harvey Keitel, John Turturro

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bojanthebest added Romper Stomper Russell Crowe, Jacqueline McKenzie, Daniel Wyllie

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wiabux added Rumble Fish Nicolas Cage, Mickey Rourke, Diane Lane

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CapoAssKickerMikey95 added Gladiator Cuba Gooding Jr., Brian Dennehy, Ossie Davis

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CapoAssKickerMikey95 added Bullet Mickey Rourke, Tupac Shakur, Peter Dinklage

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Scott Klingaman added 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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Deuces Wild James Franco, Debbie Harry, Matt Dillon

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CapoAssKickerMikey95 added Strapped Michael Biehn, Bokeem Woodbine, Craig Wasson

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CapoAssKickerMikey95 added Summer of Sam Mira Sorvino, Jennifer Esposito, Adrien Brody

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Slap Shot77 added Tuff Turf Robert Downey Jr., James Spader, Kim Richards

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Slap Shot77 added The New Kids James Spader, Lori Loughlin, Eric Stoltz

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Slap Shot77 added 3:15 Adam Baldwin, Rene Auberjonois, Wayne Crawford

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

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