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List Rules Vote up your favorite gangster films that were released in the 1940s.

With the days of speakeasies and rumrunners long passed, you’d think that gangster movies would have gone the way of anti-alcohol laws. The best '40s gangster movies, however, show nostalgia for the Prohibition Era, and the crimes committed therein.

Some of the best '40s gangster movies include timeless classics, like Key Largo, High Sierra, and White Heat. Also notable is the 1945 gangster-biography Dillinger, which tells the story of John Dillinger, one of the most prolific and dangerous gangsters of the decade. Add to that two delightful gangster-comedies, Brother Orchid and Ball of Fire and you have an awesome collection of badass 1940s gangster movies.

Vote up the best '40s gangster movies below, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section!

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Key Largo Lauren Bacall, Humphrey Bogart, Edward G. Robinson

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High Sierra Humphrey Bogart, Joan Leslie, Ida Lupino

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Brother Orchid Humphrey Bogart, Edward G. Robinson, Ralph Bellamy

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White Heat James Cagney, Edmond O'Brien, Virginia Mayo

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The Gangster Harry Morgan, Barry Sullivan, Akim Tamiroff

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Ball of Fire Barbara Stanwyck, Gary Cooper, Dana Andrews

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The Glass Key Veronica Lake, Alan Ladd, William Bendix

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Dillinger Anne Jeffreys, Marc Lawrence, Jack Mulhall

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The Golden Fleecing William Demarest, Lew Ayres, Marc Lawrence

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The Face Behind the Mask Peter Lorre, Evelyn Keyes, Don Beddoe

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Alias Nick Beal Ray Milland, Thomas Mitchell, George Macready

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The Chase Peter Lorre, Robert Cummings, Bess Flowers

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Kiss of Death Richard Widmark, Karl Malden, Coleen Gray

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Force of Evil John Garfield, Paul Fix, Marie Windsor

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The House Across the Bay Joan Bennett, Walter Pidgeon, George Raft - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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Hollow Triumph Joan Bennett, Paul Henreid, John Qualen - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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Larceny, Inc. Jane Wyman, Anthony Quinn, Edward G. Robinson

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Ride the Pink Horse Robert Montgomery, Fred Clark, Andrea King