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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
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    Scarface

    Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer

    Released1983

    Directed byBrian De Palma

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    The Untouchables
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    The Untouchables

    Robert De Niro, Sean Connery

    Released1987

    Directed byBrian De Palma

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    Once Upon a Time in America
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    Once Upon a Time in America

    Jennifer Connelly, Robert De Niro

    Released1984

    Directed bySergio Leone

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    Black Rain
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    Black Rain

    Michael Douglas, Andy Garcia

    Released1989

    Directed byRidley Scott

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    The Long Good Friday
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    The Long Good Friday

    Pierce Brosnan, Helen Mirren

    Released1980

    Directed byJohn Mackenzie

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    The Pope of Greenwich Village
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    The Pope of Greenwich Village

    Mickey Rourke, Daryl Hannah

    Released1984

    Directed byStuart Rosenberg

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    The Cotton Club
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    The Cotton Club

    Nicolas Cage, Diane Lane

    Released1984

    Directed byFrancis Ford Coppola

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    The Killer
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    The Killer

    Chow Yun-Fat, Kenneth Tsang

    Released1989

    Directed byJohn Woo

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    Prizzi's Honor
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    Prizzi's Honor

    Jack Nicholson, Kathleen Turner

    Released1985

    Directed byJohn Huston

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    City Heat
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    City Heat

    Clint Eastwood, Burt Reynolds

    Released1984

    Directed byBlake Edwards, Richard Benjamin

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    Married to the Mob
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    Married to the Mob

    Michelle Pfeiffer, Alec Baldwin

    Released1988

    Directed byJonathan Demme

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    Harlem Nights
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    Harlem Nights

    Eddie Murphy, Richard Pryor

    Released1989

    Directed byEddie Murphy

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    Johnny Dangerously
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    Johnny Dangerously

    Danny DeVito, Dick Butkus

    Released1984

    Directed byAmy Heckerling

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    A Better Tomorrow
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    A Better Tomorrow

    Chow Yun-Fat, Stephen Chow

    Released1986

    Directed byJohn Woo

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    Gloria
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    Gloria

    Gena Rowlands, Buck Henry

    Released1980

    Directed byJohn Cassavetes

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    Wise Guys
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    Wise Guys

    Danny DeVito, Harvey Keitel

    Released1986

    Directed byBrian De Palma

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    Choice of Arms
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    Choice of Arms

    Gérard Depardieu

    Released1981

    Directed byAlain Corneau

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    Cookie
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    Cookie

    Jerry Lewis, Joy Behar

    Released1989

    Directed bySusan Seidelman

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    Miracles
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    Miracles

    Jackie Chan, Anita Mui

    Released1989

    Directed byJackie Chan

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    City on Fire
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    City on Fire

    Chow Yun-Fat, Roy Cheung

    Released1987

    Directed byRingo Lam

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    Onimasa
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    Onimasa

    Tatsuya Nakadai, Masako Natsume

    Released1982

    Directed byHideo Gosha

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    The Gunrunner
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    The Gunrunner

    Kevin Costner, Ron Lea
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    Sailor Suit and Machine Gun
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    Sailor Suit and Machine Gun

    Akira Emoto, Hiroko Yakushimaru

    Released1981

    Directed byShinji Sōmai

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    As Tears Go By
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    As Tears Go By

    Maggie Cheung, Andy Lau

    Released1988

    Directed byWong Kar-wai

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    Deadbeat at Dawn
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    Deadbeat at Dawn

    Jim Van Bebber

    Released1988

    Directed byJim Van Bebber

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