80s Movies The Best '80s Gangster Movies  

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In the 1980s, the gangster film genre resurfaced, bringing with it top directors like Brian DePalma, John Huston, Francis Ford Coppola, and more. The best '80s gangster films also feature amazing actors, like Jack Nicholson, Richard Gere, and Kevin Costner. One of the top '80s gangster movies is Gloria, John Cassavettes's collaboration with his wife, Gena Rowlands, which tells the story of an aging gangster’s moll who goes up against the mob to save a young boy. Also featured on this 1980s gangster film list are an over-the-top Al Pacino in the remake of Scarface, Angelica Huston’s Oscar turn in Prizzi’s Honor and a British-take on the gangster flick, The Long Good Friday.
 

So which 80s gangsters movie do you like best? Leave a comment below and vote up the 80s gangster movies you enjoyed most.

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Michelle Pfeiffer, Al Pacino, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio Scarface is a 1983 American crime drama film directed by Brian De Palma and written by Oliver Stone. A remake of the 1932 film of the same name, Scarface tells the story of Cuban refugee Tony ...more

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Robert De Niro, Sean Connery, Kevin Costner The Untouchables is a 1987 American crime drama film directed by Brian De Palma and written by David Mamet. Based on the book The Untouchables, the film stars Kevin Costner as government agent ...more

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Jennifer Connelly, Robert De Niro, James Woods Once Upon a Time in America is a 1984 Italian epic crime drama film co-written and directed by Sergio Leone and starring Robert De Niro and James Woods. It chronicles the lives of Jewish ghetto ...more

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Eddie Murphy, Richard Pryor, Arsenio Hall Harlem Nights is a 1989 crime comedy film starring Eddie Murphy and Richard Pryor and directed by Murphy. The film featured Michael Lerner, Danny Aiello, Redd Foxx, Della Reese and Murphy's ...more

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Michael Douglas, Andy Garcia, Luis Guzmán Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Black Rain is a 1989 American action thriller film directed by Ridley Scott, starring Michael Douglas, Andy García, Ken Takakura, Kate Capshaw and Yusaku Matsuda. The story centers on two ...more

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Chow Yun-Fat, Kenneth Tsang, Danny Lee The Killer is a 1989 Hong Kong action film written and directed by John Woo, and starring Chow Yun-fat, Danny Lee and Sally Yeh. Chow plays the assassin Ah Jong, who accidentally damages the ...more

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Danny DeVito, Dick Butkus, Michael Keaton Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Johnny Dangerously is a 1984 American parody of 1930s' crime/gangster movies. It was directed by Amy Heckerling; its four screenwriters included Bernie Kukoff and Jeff Harris. The film stars ...more

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Clint Eastwood, Burt Reynolds, Madeline Kahn City Heat is a 1984 American crime film starring Clint Eastwood and Burt Reynolds, and directed by Richard Benjamin. The film was released in North America on December 1984. The pairing of ...more

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Nicolas Cage, Diane Lane, Richard Gere The Cotton Club is a 1984 crime drama music film written by William Kennedy, Francis Ford Coppola, Mario Puzo and Jim Haskins and directed by Francis Ford Coppola.

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Pierce Brosnan, Helen Mirren, Bob Hoskins The Long Good Friday is a British gangster film starring Bob Hoskins and Helen Mirren. It was completed in 1979 but, because of release delays, it is generally credited as a 1980 film. It was ...more

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Jack Nicholson, Kathleen Turner, Anjelica Huston Prizzi's Honor is a 1985 American film directed by John Huston. It stars Jack Nicholson, Kathleen Turner, Robert Loggia and, in an Academy Award-winning performance, the director's daughter ...more

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Michelle Pfeiffer, Alec Baldwin, Lisa Kudrow Married to the Mob is a 1988 American comedy film directed by Jonathan Demme, starring Michelle Pfeiffer and Matthew Modine. Michelle Pfeiffer, in something of a departure from her previous ...more

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Mickey Rourke, Daryl Hannah, Eric Roberts The Pope of Greenwich Village is a 1984 American crime black comedy film directed by Stuart Rosenberg and starring Mickey Rourke, Eric Roberts, Daryl Hannah, Geraldine Page, Kenneth McMillan and ...more

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Chow Yun-Fat, Stephen Chow, John Woo A Better Tomorrow is a cult 1986 Hong Kong crime film directed by John Woo and starring Ti Lung, Leslie Cheung and Chow Yun-fat. The film had a profound influence on the Hong Kong film-making ...more

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Gena Rowlands, Buck Henry, Tom Noonan Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Gloria is a 1980 American crime thriller film written and directed by John Cassavetes. It tells the story of a gangster's girlfriend who goes on the run with a young boy who is being hunted by ...more

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Danny DeVito, Harvey Keitel, Patti LuPone Wise Guys is a 1986 feature film directed by Brian De Palma and starring Danny DeVito and Joe Piscopo. A comedy revolving around two small-time mobsters from Newark, New Jersey, it also features ...more

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Chow Yun-Fat, Roy Cheung, Danny Lee City on Fire is a 1987 Hong Kong crime film written, produced and directed by Ringo Lam, and starring Chow Yun-fat, Danny Lee and Sun Yueh. Following A Better Tomorrow, it helped establish ...more

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Jackie Chan, Anita Mui, Jacky Cheung Hok-yau Miracles is a 1989 Hong Kong action comedy film directed and written by Jackie Chan, who also starred in the lead role and worked as stunt co-ordinator. The film is set in 1930s Hong Kong and is ...more

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Jerry Lewis, Joy Behar, Dianne Wiest Cookie is a 1989 comedy film released on August 23, 1989 by Warner Brothers.

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Gérard Depardieu Choice of Arms is a 1981 crime drama film written and directed by Alain Corneau and co-written by Michel Grisolia.

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Kevin Costner, Ron Lea, Paul Soles

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Maggie Cheung, Andy Lau, Jacky Cheung Hok-yau As Tears Go By is a 1988 Hong Kong action drama film that was the directorial debut of Wong Kar-wai that starred Andy Lau, Maggie Cheung and Jacky Cheung. Critics have compared the film to ...more

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Jim Van Bebber Deadbeat at Dawn is a low-budget film written and directed by Jim Van Bebber and starring Paul Harper, Megan Murphy, and Marc Pitman. The film depicts a street gang leader setting out for ...more

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Akira Emoto, Hiroko Yakushimaru, Rentarō Mikuni Sailor Suit and Machine Gun is a 1981 Japanese film written by Yozo Tanaka and Jiro Akagawa (novel), and directed by Shinji Somai.

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Tatsuya Nakadai, Masako Natsume, Tetsurō Tamba Onimasa is a 1982 Japanese film directed by Hideo Gosha. It was Japan's submission to the 55th Academy Awards for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, but was not accepted as a