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The Best New Gangster Movies of the Last Few Years 

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Updated August 4, 2020 1.7k votes 285 voters 17.2k views 31 items

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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Legend is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best New Gangster Movies of the Last Few Years
Tom Hardy, Emily Browning, David Thewlis

Directed by: Brian Helgeland

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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John Wick: Chapter 3 - P... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best New Gangster Movies of the Last Few Years
Keanu Reeves, Halle Berry, Ruby Rose

Released: 2019

Directed by: Chad Stahelski

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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The Gentlemen is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best New Gangster Movies of the Last Few Years
The Gentlemen Matthew McConaughey, Charlie Hunnam, Michelle Dockery

Released: 2020

Directed by: Guy Ritchie

The Gentlemen (a.k.a. Toff Guys and Bush) is a 2020 American crime comedy film directed by Guy Ritchie. A British drug lord tries to sell off his highly profitable empire to a dynasty of ...more
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John Wick: Chapter 2 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best New Gangster Movies of the Last Few Years
John Wick: Chapter 2 Keanu Reeves, Common, Laurence Fishburne

Directed by: Chad Stahelski

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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The Irishman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best New Gangster Movies of the Last Few Years
Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci

Released: 2019

Directed by: Martin Scorsese

The Irishman is a 2019 American epic biographical crime film directed by Martin Scorsese and written by Steven Zaillian, based on the book I Heard You Paint Houses by Charles Brandt. The film ...more

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The Infiltrator is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best New Gangster Movies of the Last Few Years
Bryan Cranston, Diane Kruger, Benjamin Bratt

Directed by: Brad Furman

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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The Mule is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best New Gangster Movies of the Last Few Years
The Mule Clint Eastwood, Bradley Cooper, Michael Peña

Released: 2018

Directed by: Clint Eastwood

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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Live by Night is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best New Gangster Movies of the Last Few Years
Live by Night Ben Affleck, Elle Fanning, Brendan Gleeson

Directed by: Ben Affleck

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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Shot Caller is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best New Gangster Movies of the Last Few Years
Lake Bell, Jon Bernthal, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

Directed by: Ric Roman Waugh

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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Baby Driver is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best New Gangster Movies of the Last Few Years
Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacey, Lily James

Directed by: Edgar Wright

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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Den of Thieves is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best New Gangster Movies of the Last Few Years
Gerard Butler, Curtis Jackson, Pablo Schreiber

Released: 2018

Directed by: Christian Gudegast

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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Gotti is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New Gangster Movies of the Last Few Years
John Travolta, Kelly Preston, Stacy Keach

Released: 2018

Directed by: Kevin Connolly

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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Sicario: Day of the Sold... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best New Gangster Movies of the Last Few Years
Benicio del Toro, Josh Brolin, Catherine Keener

Directed by: Stefano Sollima

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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Escobar is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best New Gangster Movies of the Last Few Years
Loving Pablo Penélope Cruz, Javier Bardem

Directed by: Fernando León de Aranoa

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Cold Pursuit is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best New Gangster Movies of the Last Few Years
Liam Neeson, Laura Dern, Emmy Rossum

Released: 2019

Directed by: Hans Petter Moland

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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The Traitor is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New Gangster Movies of the Last Few Years
Pierfrancesco Favino, Maria Fernanda Candido, Fabrizio Ferracane

Released: 2020

Directed by: Marco Bellocchio

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Gangster Land is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best New Gangster Movies of the Last Few Years
Gangster Land
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Chasing the Dragon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best New Gangster Movies of the Last Few Years
Chasing the Dragon Andy Lau, Donnie Yen, Kent Cheng

Directed by: Jason Kwan and Wong Jing

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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El Camino: A Breaking Ba... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best New Gangster Movies of the Last Few Years
Aaron Paul, Charles Baker

Released: 2019

Directed by: Vince Gilligan

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The Big Ugly is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best New Gangster Movies of the Last Few Years
Leven Rambin, Ron Perlman, Malcolm McDowell

Released: 2020

Directed by: Scott Wiper

The Big Ugly is a 2020 American crime-drama directed by Scott Wiper. Relationships sour between British and American mob bosses when a plot to invest in a West Virginia oil deal goes bad.
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The Night Comes for Us ... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best New Gangster Movies of the Last Few Years
Iko Uwais, Joe Taslim, Julie Estelle

Released: 2018

Directed by: Timo Tjahjanto

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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Sleepless is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best New Gangster Movies of the Last Few Years
Sleepless Jamie Foxx, T.I., Michelle Monaghan

Directed by: Baran bo Odar

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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Dragged Across Concrete ... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best New Gangster Movies of the Last Few Years
Mel Gibson, Vince Vaughn, Tory Kittles

Released: 2019

Directed by: S. Craig Zahler

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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Point Blank is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best New Gangster Movies of the Last Few Years
Frank Grillo, Anthony Mackie, Marcia Gay Harden

Released: 2019

Directed by: Joe Lynch

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El Chicano is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best New Gangster Movies of the Last Few Years
Adolfo Alvarez, Logan Arevalo, Jose Pablo Cantillo

Released: 2019

Directed by: Ben Hernandez Bray

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