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The Best New Gangster Movies of the Last Few Years  

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List Rules Vote up your favorite gangster movies that were released on or after January, 1 2015.

Most gangsters are, by definition, bad people. They're criminals and lowlifes and killers. The best new gangster films take us deep into their worlds. Although these people do very bad things, it's hard not to be fascinated by them. We all like staring into the dark abyss every once in a while. Seeing a film that dramatizes what it's like to live and operate in the violent underworld of crime holds a certain you-can't-look-away appeal. Ever since Francis Ford Coppola's classic The Godfather rocked the world, movies about gangsters and the mafia of all varieties have been released with great consistency. Each year brings at least a few more modern gangster movies.

Actors love playing these characters, as many recent gangster movies can attest to. John Travolta played notorious mob boss John Gotti in Gotti, while Johnny Depp earned raves as organized crime boss Whitey Bulger in Black Mass. Across the pond, Tom Hardy played twin British gangsters Reggie and Ron Kray in Legend. Other A-list stars have played fictional gangsters or people who come into contact with gangsters. Liam Neeson, Armie Hammer, and Brie Larson are three examples.

Vote up the best entries on this list of new gangster movies. Don't see a current gangster film that should be on here? Feel free to add it to the list! Also be sure to check back for the latest and upcoming gangster movies as they are released.

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Black Mass is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best New Gangster Movies of the Last Few Years
Kevin Bacon, Joel Edgerton, Jesse Plemons
Black Mass is a 2015 American biographical crime drama film directed by Scott Cooper, based on the 2001 book Black Mass: The True Story of an Unholy Alliance Between the FBI and the Irish Mob by ...more
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Sicario is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best New Gangster Movies of the Last Few Years
Emily Blunt, Benicio del Toro, Josh Brolin
Sicario is a 2015 American crime-thriller film directed by Denis Villeneuve. An idealistic FBI agent (Emily Blunt) is enlisted by a government task force to aid in the escalating war against ...more
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The Infiltrator is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best New Gangster Movies of the Last Few Years
Bryan Cranston, Diane Kruger, Benjamin Bratt
The Infiltrator is a 2016 American crime drama film directed by Brad Furman and written by Ellen Brown Furman. The film is based on the autobiography of the same name by Robert Mazur, a U.S. ...more
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Legend is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best New Gangster Movies of the Last Few Years
Tom Hardy, Emily Browning, David Thewlis
Legend is a 2015 French-British crime thriller film written and directed by Brian Helgeland. The film is adapted from John Pearson's book The Profession of Violence: The Rise and Fall of the ...more
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Live by Night is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best New Gangster Movies of the Last Few Years
Live by Night Ben Affleck, Elle Fanning, Brendan Gleeson
Live by Night is a 2016 American crime film written, directed and co-produced by Ben Affleck, based on the 2012 novel of the same name by Dennis Lehane. Set in the 1920s and 1930s, the story ...more
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Baby Driver is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best New Gangster Movies of the Last Few Years
Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacey, Lily James
Baby Driver is a 2017 British-American action thriller film written and directed by Edgar Wright. A young talented getaway driver (Ansel Elgort) who works for different hooligans gets in trouble ...more
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Gotti is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best New Gangster Movies of the Last Few Years
John Travolta, Kelly Preston, Stacy Keach
Gotti is a 2018 American biographical crime drama film directed by Kevin Connolly. The story of crime boss John Gotti (John Travolta) and his son (Spencer Lofranco).
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John Wick: Chapter 2 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best New Gangster Movies of the Last Few Years
Keanu Reeves, Common, Laurence Fishburne
John Wick: Chapter 2 is a 2017 action thriller film directed by Chad Stahelski and written by Derek Kolstad. It is a sequel to the 2014 film John Wick. Legendary hitman John Wick (Keanu Reeves) ...more
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John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabel... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best New Gangster Movies of the Last Few Years
Keanu Reeves, Halle Berry, Ruby Rose
John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum is a 2019 American neo-noir action thriller film directed by Chad Stahelski, and the third film in the John Wick series. Still on the run following his ...more
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Free Fire is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best New Gangster Movies of the Last Few Years
Sharlto Copley, Armie Hammer, Brie Larson
Free Fire is a 2016 British action-comedy film directed by Ben Wheatley. Set in Boston in 1978, a meeting in a deserted warehouse between two gangs turns into a shootout and a game of survival.
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Keanu is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best New Gangster Movies of the Last Few Years
Keanu is a 2016 American action comedy film directed by Peter Atencio. The film stars Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key as cousins searching for a kitten who was stolen from a drug dealre. The ...more
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The Mule is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New Gangster Movies of the Last Few Years
Clint Eastwood, Bradley Cooper, Michael Peña
The Mule is a 2018 American crime film directed by Clint Eastwood. Leo Sharp (Clint Eastwood), a 90-year-old horticulturist and WWII veteran, is caught transporting $3 million worth of cocaine ...more
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Escobar is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best New Gangster Movies of the Last Few Years
Loving Pablo Penélope Cruz, Javier Bardem
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Shot Caller is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best New Gangster Movies of the Last Few Years
Lake Bell, Jon Bernthal, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
Shot Caller is a 2017 American crime thriller film directed and written by Ric Roman Waugh. The film chronicles the transformation of a well-to-do family man (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) into a ...more
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Sicario: Day of the Soldado is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best New Gangster Movies of the Last Few Years
Benicio del Toro, Josh Brolin, Catherine Keener
Soldado is a 2018 American action crime-thriller film directed by Stefano Sollima, and the sequel to 2015's Sicario. After discovering drug cartels smuggling terrorists across the US border, the ...more
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Chasing the Dragon is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New Gangster Movies of the Last Few Years
Chasing the Dragon Andy Lau, Donnie Yen, Kent Cheng
Chasing the Dragon (Chinese: 追龍) is a 2017 Hong Kong-Chinese action crime drama film directed by Jason Kwan and Wong Jing. An illegal immigrant (Donnie Yen) from Mainland China sneaks into ...more
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Den of Thieves is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best New Gangster Movies of the Last Few Years
Gerard Butler, Curtis Jackson, Pablo Schreiber
Den of Thieves is a 2018 American heist action thriller film directed by Christian Gudegast. A corrupt LAPD cop (Gerard Butler) is hellbent on taking down en elite crew of robbers as they plan a ...more
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The Night Comes for Us is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best New Gangster Movies of the Last Few Years
Iko Uwais, Joe Taslim, Julie Estelle
The Night Comes for Us is a 2018 action thriller film directed by Timo Tjahjanto. A former triad enforcer (Joe Taslim) must protect a young girl while trying to escape his former gang, setting ...more
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Dragged Across Concrete is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best New Gangster Movies of the Last Few Years
Mel Gibson, Vince Vaughn, Tory Kittles
Dragged Across Concrete is a 2019 American crime thriller film directed by S. Craig Zahler. After getting suspended for their strong-arm tactics, a veteran policeman (Mel Gibson) and his ...more
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Cold Pursuit is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best New Gangster Movies of the Last Few Years
Liam Neeson, Laura Dern, Emmy Rossum
Cold Pursuit is a 2019 American action thriller film directed by Hans Petter Moland. Snowplower Nelson "Mr. Plow" Coxman (Liam Neeson) seeks revenge against a drug cartel in his Rocky ...more
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Sleepless is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best New Gangster Movies of the Last Few Years
Jamie Foxx, T.I., Michelle Monaghan
Sleepless is a 2017 American action thriller film directed by Baran bo Odar, written by Andrea Berloff. A Las Vegas police detective (Jamie Foxx) with a connection to the criminal underground ...more
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We Die Young is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best New Gangster Movies of the Last Few Years
Jean-Claude Van Damme, David Castañeda, Elijah Rodriguez
We Die Young is a 2019 Bulgarian drama film directed by Lior Geller. A 14-year-old boy (Elijah Rodriguez) involved in the gang life in Washington, D.C., is determined that his 10-year-old ...more
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El Chicano is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best New Gangster Movies of the Last Few Years
Adolfo Alvarez, Logan Arevalo, Jose Pablo Cantillo
El Chicano is a 2019 American drama film directed by Ben Hernandez Bray. While on a case, an L.A.P.D. Detective resurrects the masked street legend El Chicano in hopes of a winning a turf war ...more
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Gangster Land is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best New Gangster Movies of the Last Few Years
Gangster Land
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Light of My Life is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best New Gangster Movies of the Last Few Years
Casey Affleck, Anna Pniowsky, Elisabeth Moss
Light of My Life is a 2019 American drama film directed by Casey Affleck. A father (Casey Affleck) and his young daughter (Anna Pniowsky) find themselves trapped in the woods.