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The Most Memorable Gangster Movie Quotes 

Jason Bancroft
April 16, 2020 1.4k votes 203 voters 8.6k views 26 items

For as far back as we can remember, the best wiseguy gangster film quotes have always made us want to be a gangster. For decades now, American film has been fascinated with the mafia. There's almost a romantic idealization of what it means to be a gangster with all of the power and money it brings. However, as you watch many of these movies, you'll quickly learn that crime doesn't pay. Still, that doesn't mean we can't enjoy all of the cool quotes these films come with. 

Vote for the best gangster movie quotes of all time. Leave the gun, take the cannoli, and get ready for a walk through the best gangster movies ever made. 

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The Godfather is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Memorable Gangster Movie Quotes
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"I'm gonna make him an offer he can't refuse."

- Don Vito Corleone

Actors: Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton, James Caan, + more

Released: 1972

Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola

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The Godfather Part II is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Memorable Gangster Movie Quotes
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"Keep your friends close but your enemies closer."

- Michael Corleone

Actors: Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton, James Caan, + more

Released: 1974

Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola

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Scarface is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Memorable Gangster Movie Quotes
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“You wanna play rough? Okay. Say hello to my little friend.”

- Tony Montana

Actors: Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer, Steven Bauer, Robert Loggia, F. Murray Abraham, + more

Released: 1983

Directed by: Brian De Palma

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Goodfellas is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Memorable Gangster Movie Quotes
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“As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a gangster.”

- Henry Hill

Actors: Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson, Joe Pesci, Ray Liotta, Paul Sorvino, + more

Released: 1990

Directed by: Martin Scorsese

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