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.
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- 452High Sierra is a 1941 early heist film and film noir written by W.R. Burnett and John Huston... more
- 243Key Largo is a 1948 film noir directed by John Huston and starring Humphrey Bogart, Edward G.... more
- 235"Based on Daniel Fuchs’s novel Low Company. One of the most peculiar noirs of the 1940s stars... more
- 2811White Heat is a 1949 film noir starring James Cagney, Virginia Mayo and Edmond O'Brien and... more
- 2514Dillinger is a 1945 gangster film telling the story of John Dillinger. The film was directed... more
- 152The Face Behind the Mask is a crime-drama film released by Columbia Pictures in 1941. It stars... more
- 176Larceny, Inc. is an American film. Originally released on May 2, 1942 by Warner Brothers, the... more
- 132Kiss of Death is a 1947 film noir movie directed by Henry Hathaway and written by Ben Hecht... more
- 169The Glass Key is a 1942 film noir, directed by Stuart Heisler and based on the novel of the... more
- 104Brother Orchid is a 1940 American crime/comedy film directed by Lloyd Bacon and starring... more
- 52Force of Evil is a 1948 American film noir directed by Abraham Polonsky who had already... more
- 55Johnny Apollo is a 1940 crime film directed by Henry Hathaway. It stars Tyrone Power as a man... more
The Golden FleecingWilliam Demarest, Lew AyresThe Golden Fleecing is a 1940 film directed by Leslie Fenton.... more
- 25Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free TrialHollow Triumph is a 1948 American film noir directed by Steve Sekely and starring Paul Henreid... more
- 25Alias Nick Beal is a 1949 film retelling of the Faust myth directed by John Farrow and... more
- 95The Chase is a 1946 American black and white film noir directed by Arthur Ripley. The... more
- 02Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free TrialThe House Across the Bay is a 1940 film directed by Archie Mayo, produced by Walter Wanger,... more
- 54This film is a 1941 American screwball comedy film directed by Howard Hawks and starring Gary... more
- 28Ride the Pink Horse is a 1947 American crime film noir produced by Universal Studios. It was... more