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List Rules Vote up your favorite gangster films that were released in the 1990s.

With so many critically acclaimed mob movies to choose from, this best '90s gangster movies will be tough to vote for. Do you have a favorite mob movie from the 1990s? There are the obvious choices, but true cinema fans will dive a little deeper to vote on this list.

Quentin Tarantino's gangster films of the '90s have definitely stood the test of time. Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs have received several awards and have become cult classics to the 1990s gangster film genre. Martin Scorsese is brilliant when it comes to amazing gangster movies and, in the '90s, Goodfellas certainly changed the game. It has been named as one of the top greatest gangster films of all time.

The '90s definitely delivered the greatest gangster movies of all, but which one is the best and which will be sleeping with the fishes? Vote for your top 1990s gangster movie and downvote any you don't think deserve to be with these other legends.

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Goodfellas is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Gangster Movies of the 1990s
Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson, Joe Pesci Goodfellas is a 1990 American crime film directed by Martin Scorsese. It is a film adaptation of the 1986 non-fiction book Wiseguy by Nicholas Pileggi, who co-wrote the screenplay with Scorsese. ...more

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Casino is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Gangster Movies of the 1990s
Steve Allen, Don Rickles, James Woods Casino is a 1995 American drama film directed by Martin Scorsese. It is based on the non-fiction book of the same name by Nicholas Pileggi, who also co-wrote the screenplay for the film with ...more

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Pulp Fiction is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Gangster Movies of the 1990s
John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Uma Thurman Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Pulp Fiction is a 1994 American black comedy thriller film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino, from a story by Tarantino and Roger Avary. The film is known for its eclectic dialogue, ...more

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Donnie Brasco is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Gangster Movies of the 1990s
Johnny Depp, Al Pacino, Paul Giamatti Donnie Brasco is a 1997 American film directed by Mike Newell and starring Al Pacino and Johnny Depp. Michael Madsen, Bruno Kirby, James Russo, and Anne Heche appeared in supporting roles. The ...more

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Reservoir Dogs is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Gangster Movies of the 1990s
Quentin Tarantino, Steve Buscemi, Tim Roth Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Reservoir Dogs is a 1992 American ensemble crime film that depicts the events before and after a botched diamond heist. The film was the debut of director and writer Quentin Tarantino, and stars ...more

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A Bronx Tale is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Gangster Movies of the 1990s
Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Chazz Palminteri A Bronx Tale is a 1993 American drama film set in the Bronx during the turbulent era of the 1960s. It was the directorial debut of Robert De Niro that follows a young Italian-American teenager ...more

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The Usual Suspects is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Gangster Movies of the 1990s
muybueno16 added Kevin Spacey, Benicio del Toro, Gabriel Byrne The Usual Suspects is a 1995 German-American neo-noir crime thriller film directed by Bryan Singer and written by Christopher McQuarrie. It stars Stephen Baldwin, Gabriel Byrne, Benicio del ...more

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Heat is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Gangster Movies of the 1990s
Mia W (SweetLilMzMia) added Robert De Niro, William Fichtner, Natalie Portman Heat is a 1995 American crime thriller film written, produced and directed by Michael Mann, and starring Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Val Kilmer. The film was released in the United States on ...more

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Carlito's Way is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Gangster Movies of the 1990s
Al Pacino, Sean Penn, Viggo Mortensen Carlito's Way is a 1993 American drama film directed by Brian De Palma, based on the novels Carlito's Way and After Hours by Judge Edwin Torres. The film adaptation was scripted by David Koepp. ...more

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American History X is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Gangster Movies of the 1990s
darthbare added Edward Norton, Edward Furlong, Beverly DAngelo American History X is a 1998 American drama film directed by Tony Kaye and written by David McKenna. It stars Edward Norton and Edward Furlong, and co-stars Fairuza Balk, Stacy Keach, Elliott ...more

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Boyz n the Hood is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Gangster Movies of the 1990s
muybueno16 added Ice Cube, Angela Bassett, Cuba Gooding Jr. Boyz n the Hood is a 1991 American hood drama written and directed by John Singleton in his directorial debut, and starring Ice Cube, Cuba Gooding Jr., Morris Chestnut, Laurence Fishburne, Nia ...more

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The Godfather Part III is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Gangster Movies of the 1990s
Al Pacino, Diane Keaton, Bridget Fonda The Godfather Part III is a 1990 American film written by Mario Puzo and Francis Ford Coppola, and directed by Coppola. It completes the story of Michael Corleone, a Mafia kingpin who tries to ...more

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Jackie Brown is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Gangster Movies of the 1990s
muybueno16 added Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson, Quentin Tarantino Jackie Brown is a 1997 drama film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino. It is an adaptation of Elmore Leonard's 1992 novel Rum Punch, the first adaptation from Tarantino, and stars Pam ...more

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The Boondock Saints is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Gangster Movies of the 1990s
muybueno16 added Willem Dafoe, Norman Reedus, Billy Connolly The Boondock Saints is a 1999 American film written and directed by Troy Duffy. The film stars Sean Patrick Flanery and Norman Reedus as fraternal twins, Connor and Murphy MacManus, who become ...more

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Miller's Crossing is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Gangster Movies of the 1990s
Steve Buscemi, Frances McDormand, Marcia Gay Harden Miller's Crossing is a 1990 American film by the Coen brothers and starring Gabriel Byrne, Marcia Gay Harden, John Turturro, Jon Polito, J. E. Freeman, and Albert Finney. The plot concerns a ...more

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The Godfather is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Gangster Movies of the 1990s
Herman0 added Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall The Godfather is a 1972 American crime film directed by Francis Ford Coppola and produced by Albert S. Ruddy from a screenplay by Mario Puzo and Coppola. Starring Marlon Brando and Al Pacino as ...more

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New Jack City is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Gangster Movies of the 1990s
Chris Rock, Ice-T, Judd Nelson New Jack City is a 1991 American thriller action film film directed by Mario Van Peebles in his directorial debut, who also co-stars in the film. The film stars Wesley Snipes, Ice-T, Allen ...more

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Menace II Society is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Gangster Movies of the 1990s
Samuel L. Jackson, Jada Pinkett Smith, Charles S. Dutton Menace II Society is a 1993 drama/hood film and the directorial debut of twin brothers Allen and Albert Hughes. Set in South Central Los Angeles, the film follows the life of a hoodlum named ...more

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King of New York is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Gangster Movies of the 1990s
Christopher Walken, Steve Buscemi, Laurence Fishburne King of New York is a 1990 crime thriller film, starring Christopher Walken, Laurence Fishburne, David Caruso, Wesley Snipes, Victor Argo, Giancarlo Esposito, and Steve Buscemi. It was directed ...more

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The Godfather Part II is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Gangster Movies of the 1990s
Herman0 added Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall The Godfather Part II is a 1974 American epic crime film produced and directed by Francis Ford Coppola from a screenplay co-written with Mario Puzo, starring Al Pacino and Robert De Niro. ...more

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Juice is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Gangster Movies of the 1990s
muybueno16 added Tupac Shakur, Samuel L. Jackson, Queen Latifah Juice is a 1992 American drama thriller directed by Ernest R. Dickerson, written by Ernest R. Dickerson and Gerard Brown. It stars rapper Tupac Shakur and Omar Epps. Additional cast members ...more

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True Romance is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Gangster Movies of the 1990s
muybueno16 added Brad Pitt, Val Kilmer, Samuel L. Jackson True Romance is a 1993 American film directed by Tony Scott and written by Quentin Tarantino. The film stars Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette with a supporting cast featuring Dennis ...more

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Dead Presidents is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Gangster Movies of the 1990s
muybueno16 added Martin Sheen, Terrence Howard, Chris Tucker This film is a 1995 American film written by Michael Henry Brown, also written, produced and directed by the Hughes brothers, starring Larenz Tate, Keith David, Chris Tucker, Freddy Rodriguez, ...more

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Blood In, Blood Out is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Gangster Movies of the 1990s
muybueno16 added Damian Chapa, Jesse Borrego, Benjamin Bratt

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Desperado is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Gangster Movies of the 1990s
Salma Hayek, Quentin Tarantino, Steve Buscemi Desperado is a 1995 American action film written, produced, and directed by Robert Rodriguez. A sequel to the 1992 film El Mariachi, it is the second installment in Robert Rodriguez's Mexico ...more

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Bugsy is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Gangster Movies of the 1990s
Annette Bening, Ben Kingsley, Warren Beatty Bugsy is a 1991 American drama film directed by Barry Levinson which tells the story of mobster Bugsy Siegel. It stars Warren Beatty, Annette Bening, Harvey Keitel, Ben Kingsley, Elliott Gould, ...more

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L.A. Confidential is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Gangster Movies of the 1990s
Daniel Csango added Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Kim Basinger L.A. Confidential is a 1997 neo-noir film based on James Ellroy's 1990 novel of the same title, the third book in his L.A. Quartet series. Like the book, the film tells the story of a group of ...more

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State of Grace is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Gangster Movies of the 1990s
Sean Penn, Gary Oldman, Robin Wright State of Grace is a 1990 neo-noir crime film starring Sean Penn, Ed Harris and Gary Oldman, also featuring Robin Wright, John Turturro and John C. Reilly. Written by Dennis McIntyre and directed ...more

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Analyze This is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Gangster Movies of the 1990s
muybueno16 added Robert De Niro, Billy Crystal, Lisa Kudrow Analyze This is a 1999 comedy film directed by Harold Ramis, who co-wrote the screenplay with playwright Kenneth Lonergan and Peter Tolan. The film stars Robert De Niro as a mafioso and Billy ...more

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American Me is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Gangster Movies of the 1990s
darthbare added Edward James Olmos, William Forsythe, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa American Me is a 1992 biographical crime drama film produced and directed by Edward James Olmos, his first film as a director, and written by Floyd Mutrux and Desmond Nakano. Olmos also stars as ...more

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South Central is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Gangster Movies of the 1990s
darthbare added Glenn Plummer, Carl Lumbly, Byron Minns South Central is a 1992 American crime drama film, written and directed by Stephen Milburn Anderson. This film is an adaptation of the 1987 novel Crips by Donald Bakeer, a former high school ...more

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Last Man Standing is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Gangster Movies of the 1990s
Bruce Willis, Christopher Walken, Leslie Mann Last Man Standing is a 1996 American action thriller film written and directed by Walter Hill and starring Bruce Willis, Christopher Walken and Bruce Dern. It is a credited remake of Akira ...more

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Set It Off is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Gangster Movies of the 1990s
muybueno16 added Queen Latifah, Dr. Dre, Jada Pinkett Smith Set It Off is a 1996 American action film directed by F. Gary Gray, and written by Kate Lanier and Takashi Bufford. The film stars Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah, Vivica A. Fox and Kimberly ...more

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Once Upon a Time in America is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Gangster Movies of the 1990s
stiggles added Jennifer Connelly, Robert De Niro, James Woods Once Upon a Time in America is a 1984 Italian epic drama film co-written and directed by Sergio Leone and starring Robert De Niro and James Woods. It chronicles the lives of Jewish ghetto youths ...more

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Clockers is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Gangster Movies of the 1990s
darthbare added Spike Lee, Harvey Keitel, John Turturro Clockers is a 1995 American crime drama film directed by Spike Lee. It is an adaptation of the eponymous 1992 novel by Richard Price, who also co-wrote the screenplay with Lee. The film stars ...more

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Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samu... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Gangster Movies of the 1990s
Forest Whitaker, Henry Silva, Victor Argo Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai is a 1999 American action film written and directed by Jim Jarmusch. Forest Whitaker stars as the title character, the mysterious "Ghost Dog" who ...more

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In Too Deep is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Gangster Movies of the 1990s
muybueno16 added LL Cool J, Nas, Nia Long In Too Deep is a 1999 American crime-thriller-drama film written by Michael Henry Brown and Paul Aaron, and directed by Michael Rymer and starring Omar Epps, LL Cool J, Stanley Tucci with Pam ...more

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Fresh is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Gangster Movies of the 1990s
muybueno16 added Samuel L. Jackson, Giancarlo Esposito, N'Bushe Wright Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Fresh is a 1994 crime film written and directed by Boaz Yakin in his film directorial debut, also produced by Randy Oslow and Lawrence Bender. It was scored by Stewart Copeland, a member of The ...more

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The Replacement Killers is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Gangster Movies of the 1990s
muybueno16 added Mira Sorvino, Danny Trejo, Chow Yun-Fat The Replacement Killers is a 1998 American action film directed by Antoine Fuqua in his feature film directorial debut, and starring Chow Yun-fat, Mira Sorvino, Michael Rooker and Kenneth Tsang. ...more

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Payback is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Gangster Movies of the 1990s
Mel Gibson, Lucy Liu, Maria Bello Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Payback is a 1999 American action crime film directed by Brian Helgeland and starring Mel Gibson, Gregg Henry, Maria Bello and David Paymer. It was based on the novel The Hunter by Donald E. ...more

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Suicide Kings is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Gangster Movies of the 1990s
muybueno16 added Christopher Walken, Denis Leary, Jay Mohr Suicide Kings is a 1997 American action comedy film, starring Christopher Walken as a mafia boss, Denis Leary as his driver, and Sean Patrick Flanery, Johnny Galecki, Jay Mohr, Jeremy Sisto, and ...more

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Gridlock'd is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Gangster Movies of the 1990s
muybueno16 added Lucy Liu, Tupac Shakur, Thandie Newton Gridlock'd is a 1997 comedy-drama film starring Tupac Shakur, Tim Roth, and Thandie Newton. It was the directorial debut of Vondie Curtis-Hall, who also wrote the story and screenplay, and had a ...more

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Hard Boiled is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Gangster Movies of the 1990s
muybueno16 added Chow Yun-Fat, Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Philip Kwok Hard Boiled is a 1992 Hong Kong action film written and directed by John Woo, and starring Chow Yun-fat as Inspector "Tequila" Yuen, Tony Leung Chiu-Wai as Tony an undercover cop, and ...more

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The Freshman is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Gangster Movies of the 1990s
Marlon Brando, Matthew Broderick, Penelope Ann Miller The Freshman is a 1990 American crime comedy film starring Marlon Brando and Matthew Broderick, in which Brando parodies his portrayal of Vito Corleone in The Godfather. It is written and ...more

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The Limey is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Gangster Movies of the 1990s
muybueno16 added Melissa George, Terence Stamp, Peter Fonda The Limey is a 1999 American crime film, directed by Steven Soderbergh and written by Lem Dobbs. The film features Terence Stamp, Lesley Ann Warren, Luis Guzmán, Barry Newman, and Peter ...more

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El Mariachi is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Gangster Movies of the 1990s
Carlos Gallardo, Juan García, María Castillo El Mariachi is a 1992 American action film and the first installment in the saga that came to be known as Robert Rodriguez's Mexico Trilogy. It marked the debut of Rodriguez as writer and ...more

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Dick Tracy is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Gangster Movies of the 1990s
Madonna, Al Pacino, Dustin Hoffman Dick Tracy is a 1990 American action film based on the 1930s comic strip character of the same name created by Chester Gould. Warren Beatty produced, directed, and starred in the film, which ...more

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New Jersey Drive is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Gangster Movies of the 1990s
darthbare added Christine Baranski, Heavy D, Donald Faison New Jersey Drive is a 1995 film about joy riding working class teenagers in 1990s Newark, New Jersey, the former "car theft capital of the world". Their favorite pastime is that of ...more

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Devil in a Blue Dress is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Gangster Movies of the 1990s
MauricioDurón added Denzel Washington, Poppy Montgomery, Don Cheadle Devil in a Blue Dress is a 1995 American neo-noir mystery film directed by Carl Franklin and photographed by Tak Fujimoto. The film is based on Walter Mosley's novel of the same name and ...more

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Things to Do in Denver When Yo... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Gangster Movies of the 1990s
rilke9 added Jenny McCarthy, Christopher Walken, Steve Buscemi Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead is a 1995 American neo-noir crime film directed by Gary Fleder from a screenplay written by Scott Rosenberg. The film features an ensemble cast that ...more