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The Best R-Rated Gangster Movies 

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List of R-Rated gangster movies, ranked from best to worst with movie trailers when available. This list takes the best R-Rated gangster movies and pits them against each other to see once and for all what the greatest R-Rated Gangster movie of all time is. This list of popular R-Rated gangster movies includes information like who directed the film, when it was released and which actors starred in the movie. If you think the top R-Rated Gangster movie isn't as high as it should be then be sure to vote it up so it can take its rightful place among the other great R-Rated Gangster films on this list. If you're trying to find a specific R-Rated Gangster Film film you can search this list and filter to find what you're looking for.

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EricSivertsen added Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall

Released: 1972

Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola

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The Godfather Part II is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best R-Rated Gangster Movies
Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall

Released: 1974

Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola

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A Bronx Tale is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best R-Rated Gangster Movies
Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Chazz Palminteri

Released: 1993

Directed by: Robert De Niro

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Casino is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best R-Rated Gangster Movies
Sharon Stone, Robert De Niro, James Woods

Released: 1995

Directed by: Martin Scorsese

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Burt Reynolds, Diana Scarwid, Howard Hesseman

Released: 1986

Directed by: Dick Richards, Jerry Jameson

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Al Pacino, Diane Keaton, Bridget Fonda

Released: 1990

Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola

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No Country for Old Men ... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best R-Rated Gangster Movies
Javier Bardem, Tommy Lee Jones, Woody Harrelson

Released: 2007

Directed by: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

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Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Idris Elba

Released: 2007

Directed by: Ridley Scott

American Gangster is a 2007 American biographical crime film directed by Ridley Scott, based on the criminal career of Frank Lucas. An outcast New York City cop (Russell Crowe) is charged with ...more

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The Untouchables is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best R-Rated Gangster Movies
Robert De Niro, Sean Connery, Kevin Costner

Released: 1987

Directed by: Brian De Palma

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Reservoir Dogs is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best R-Rated Gangster Movies
Quentin Tarantino, Steve Buscemi, Tim Roth

Released: 1992

Directed by: Quentin Tarantino

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Carlito's Way is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best R-Rated Gangster Movies
Al Pacino, Sean Penn, Viggo Mortensen

Released: 1993

Directed by: Brian De Palma

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Robert De Niro, Martin Scorsese, Harvey Keitel

Released: 1973

Directed by: Martin Scorsese

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Chris Rock, Ice-T, Judd Nelson

Released: 1991

Directed by: Mario Van Peebles

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Samuel L. Jackson, Jada Pinkett Smith, Charles S. Dutton

Released: 1993

Directed by: Albert Hughes, Allen Hughes

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Sin City is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best R-Rated Gangster Movies
Jessica Alba, Bruce Willis, Mickey Rourke

Released: 2005

Directed by: Quentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez, Frank Miller

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Salma Hayek, Quentin Tarantino, Steve Buscemi

Released: 1995

Directed by: Robert Rodriguez

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Salma Hayek, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Michael Douglas

Released: 2000

Directed by: Steven Soderbergh

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Christopher Walken, Steve Buscemi, Laurence Fishburne

Released: 1990

Directed by: Abel Ferrara

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Released: 1992

Directed by: Edward James Olmos

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Released: 1989

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Released: 1992

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