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The Best '80s Gangster Movies

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List RulesVote up your favorite gangster films that were released in the 1980s.

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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    Scarface

    Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer
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    The Untouchables

    Robert De Niro, Sean Connery
    The Untouchables is a 1987 American drama film directed by Brian De Palma and written by David...  more

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    Once Upon a Time in America

    Jennifer Connelly, Robert De Niro
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    City Heat

    Clint Eastwood, Burt Reynolds
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    The Long Good Friday

    Pierce Brosnan, Helen Mirren
    The Long Good Friday is a British film starring Bob Hoskins and Helen Mirren. It was completed...  more
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    Black Rain

    Michael Douglas, Andy Garcia
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    Married to the Mob

    Michelle Pfeiffer, Alec Baldwin
    Married to the Mob is a 1988 American comedy film directed by Jonathan Demme, starring...  more

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    Prizzi's Honor

    Jack Nicholson, Kathleen Turner
    Prizzi's Honor is a 1985 American film directed by John Huston. It stars Jack Nicholson,...  more

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    The Killer

    Chow Yun-Fat, Kenneth Tsang
    This film is a 1989 Hong Kong action film written and directed by John Woo, and starring Chow...  more

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    The Pope of Greenwich Village

    Mickey Rourke, Daryl Hannah
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    The Cotton Club

    Nicolas Cage, Diane Lane
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    Johnny Dangerously

    Danny DeVito, Dick Butkus
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    Harlem Nights

    Eddie Murphy, Richard Pryor
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    Wise Guys

    Danny DeVito, Harvey Keitel
    Wise Guys is a 1986 feature film directed by Brian De Palma and starring Danny DeVito and Joe...  more
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    A Better Tomorrow

    Chow Yun-Fat, Stephen Chow
    A Better Tomorrow is a cult 1986 Hong Kong crime film directed by John Woo and starring Ti...  more

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    Gloria

    Gena Rowlands, Buck Henry
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    Cookie

    Jerry Lewis, Joy Behar
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    Choice of Arms

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

    Jackie Chan, Anita Mui
    Miracles is a 1989 Hong Kong action comedy film directed and written by Jackie Chan, who also...  more
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    City on Fire

    Chow Yun-Fat, Roy Cheung
    City on Fire is a 1987 Hong Kong crime film written, produced and directed by Ringo Lam, and...  more

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    The Gunrunner

    Kevin Costner, Ron Lea
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    Sailor Suit and Machine Gun

    Akira Emoto, Hiroko Yakushimaru
    Sailor Suit and Machine Gun is a 1981 Japanese film written by Yozo Tanaka and Jiro Akagawa...  more
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    Deadbeat at Dawn

    Jim Van Bebber
    Deadbeat at Dawn is a low-budget film written and directed by Jim Van Bebber and starring Paul...  more
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    As Tears Go By

    Maggie Cheung, Andy Lau
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    Onimasa

    Tatsuya Nakadai, Masako Natsume
    Onimasa is a 1982 Japanese film directed by Hideo Gosha. It was Japan's submission to the 55th...  more