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The Most Memorable Gangster Movie Quotes

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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
    Photo: Paramount Pictures

    "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
    • Released: 1972
    • Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola
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  • The Godfather Part II
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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
    • Released: 1974
    • Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola
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  • Scarface
    Photo: Universal Pictures

    “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
    • Released: 1983
    • Directed by: Brian De Palma
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  • The Untouchables
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    “I want you to find this Nancy boy Elliot Ness and I want him dead, I want his family dead, I want his house burned to the ground! I wanna go out in the middle o’ the night and piss on his ashes!”

    - Al Capone

    • Actors: Robert De Niro, Sean Connery, Kevin Costner, Andy Garcia, John Barrowman
    • Released: 1987
    • Directed by: Brian De Palma
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