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The Best Gangster Biopics

Updated May 12, 2020 4.1k votes 780 voters 22.8k views22 items

List RulesVote up the best true biographical movies about people in gangs and the mafia

The gangster holds a special place in the popular imagination, so it’s no surprise that gangster films are some of the most popular and oft-discussed movies in Hollywood history. Dating all the way back to the Pre-Code days of moviemaking, gangsters have appeared on the silver screen, pulling Tommy guns out of violin cases, terrorizing citizens, smuggling liquor, and otherwise dabbling in all manner of horribly thrilling criminal activity.

What are the best gangster biopics of all time? Many great actors have tried their hand at portraying famous gangsters. In American Gangster, Denzel Washington portrays New York City cocaine kingpin Frank Lucas, and Russell Crowe plays the cop out to take him down. Featuring original music by Jay-Z, the film went on win numerous awards and accolades. Also on this list of the greatest gangster biopics, you will find The Untouchables. Although the film follows the exploits of Elliott Ness, the Treasury Department agent tasked with taking down organized crime in Chicago, Brian de Palma’s classic picture portrays Al Capone, played by the always great Robert DeNiro.

One of the top gangster biopics ever is Martin Scorsese’s Goodfellas. The story of Henry Hill, a mobster involved in a 1970s airport heist, the movie stars heavyweights like Ray Liotta, Joe Peschi, and Robert DeNiro. Vote up the best gangster biopics below, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section. 

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