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The Best Gangster Movies of the 1990s 

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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 time, 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

Released: 1990

Directed by: Martin Scorsese

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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

Released: 1995

Directed by: Martin Scorsese

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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

Released: 1994

Directed by: Quentin Tarantino

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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

Released: 1997

Directed by: Mike Newell

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A Bronx Tale is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Gangster Movies of the 1990s
Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Chazz Palminteri

Released: 1993

Directed by: Robert De Niro

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Reservoir Dogs is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Gangster Movies of the 1990s
Quentin Tarantino, Steve Buscemi, Tim Roth

Released: 1992

Directed by: Quentin Tarantino

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Heat is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Gangster Movies of the 1990s
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Released: 1995

Directed by: Michael Mann

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The Usual Suspects is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Gangster Movies of the 1990s
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Released: 1995

Directed by: Bryan Singer

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Boyz n the Hood is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Gangster Movies of the 1990s
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Released: 1991

Directed by: John Singleton

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Carlito's Way is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Gangster Movies of the 1990s
Al Pacino, Sean Penn, Viggo Mortensen

Released: 1993

Directed by: Brian De Palma

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American History X is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Gangster Movies of the 1990s
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Released: 1998

Directed by: Tony Kaye

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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

Released: 1990

Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola

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New Jack City is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Gangster Movies of the 1990s
Chris Rock, Ice-T, Judd Nelson

Released: 1991

Directed by: Mario Van Peebles

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Jackie Brown is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Gangster Movies of the 1990s
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Released: 1997

Directed by: Quentin Tarantino

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The Boondock Saints is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Gangster Movies of the 1990s
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Miller's Crossing is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Gangster Movies of the 1990s
Steve Buscemi, Frances McDormand, Marcia Gay Harden

Released: 1990

Directed by: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

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King of New York is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Gangster Movies of the 1990s
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Released: 1990

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Desperado is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Gangster Movies of the 1990s
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Released: 1995

Directed by: Robert Rodriguez

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L.A. Confidential is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Gangster Movies of the 1990s
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Dead Presidents is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Gangster Movies of the 1990s
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Released: 1995

Directed by: Albert Hughes, Allen Hughes

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The Godfather is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Gangster Movies of the 1990s
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Released: 1972

Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola

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Menace II Society is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Gangster Movies of the 1990s
Samuel L. Jackson, Jada Pinkett Smith, Charles S. Dutton

Released: 1993

Directed by: Albert Hughes, Allen Hughes

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The Godfather Part II is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Gangster Movies of the 1990s
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Released: 1974

Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola

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Bugsy is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Gangster Movies of the 1990s
Annette Bening, Ben Kingsley, Warren Beatty

Released: 1991

Directed by: Barry Levinson

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