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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 The Godfather Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall The Godfather is a 1972 American crime film directed by Francis Ford Coppola and produced by Albert S. Ruddy from a screenplay by Mario Puzo and Coppola. Starring Marlon Brando and Al Pacino as ...more

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The Godfather Part II is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best R-Rated Gangster Movies
The Godfather Part II Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall The Godfather Part II is a 1974 American epic crime film produced and directed by Francis Ford Coppola from a screenplay co-written with Mario Puzo, starring Al Pacino and Robert De Niro. ...more

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Casino is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best R-Rated Gangster Movies
Casino Sharon Stone, Robert De Niro, James Woods Casino is a 1995 American crime drama film directed by Martin Scorsese. It is based on the non-fiction book of the same name by Nicholas Pileggi, who also co-wrote the screenplay for the film ...more

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Heat Burt Reynolds, Diana Scarwid, Howard Hesseman Heat is a 1986 action-thriller film about an ex-mercenary working as a bodyguard in Las Vegas. The film was written by William Goldman, based on his 1985 novel of the same name. It was directed ...more

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The Untouchables is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best R-Rated Gangster Movies
The Untouchables Robert De Niro, Sean Connery, Kevin Costner The Untouchables is a 1987 American crime drama film directed by Brian De Palma and written by David Mamet. Based on the book The Untouchables, the film stars Kevin Costner as government agent ...more

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A Bronx Tale Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Chazz Palminteri A Bronx Tale is a 1993 American crime drama film set in the Bronx during the turbulent era of the 1960s. It was the directorial debut of Robert De Niro that follows a young Italian-American ...more

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The Godfather Part III Al Pacino, Diane Keaton, Bridget Fonda The Godfather Part III is a 1990 American crime film written by Mario Puzo and Francis Ford Coppola, and directed by Coppola. It completes the story of Michael Corleone, a Mafia kingpin who ...more

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No Country for Old Men is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best R-Rated Gangster Movies
No Country for Old Men Javier Bardem, Tommy Lee Jones, Woody Harrelson No Country for Old Men is a 2007 American neo-western neo-noir thriller film directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, based on the novel by Cormac McCarthy. Violence and mayhem ensue after a hunter ...more

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American Gangster Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Idris Elba American Gangster is a 2007 American biographical crime film directed and produced by Ridley Scott and written by Steven Zaillian. The film is based on the criminal career of Frank Lucas, a ...more

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American Me Edward James Olmos, William Forsythe, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa American Me is a 1992 biographical crime drama film produced and directed by Edward James Olmos, his first film as a director, and written by Floyd Mutrux and Desmond Nakano. Olmos also stars as ...more

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Reservoir Dogs is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best R-Rated Gangster Movies
Reservoir Dogs Quentin Tarantino, Steve Buscemi, Tim Roth Reservoir Dogs is a 1992 American ensemble crime film that depicts the events before and after a botched diamond heist. The film was the debut of director and writer Quentin Tarantino, and stars ...more

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Carlito's Way is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best R-Rated Gangster Movies
Carlito's Way Al Pacino, Sean Penn, Viggo Mortensen Carlito's Way is a 1993 American crime drama film directed by Brian De Palma, based on the novels Carlito's Way and After Hours by Judge Edwin Torres. The film adaptation was scripted by David ...more

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Sin City is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best R-Rated Gangster Movies
Sin City Jessica Alba, Bruce Willis, Mickey Rourke Sin City is a 2005 American neo-noir crime thriller anthology film written, produced, and directed by Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez. It is based on Miller's eponymous graphic novel Sin City. ...more

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The Boondock Saints Willem Dafoe, Norman Reedus, Billy Connolly The Boondock Saints is a 1999 American crime film written and directed by Troy Duffy. The film stars Sean Patrick Flanery and Norman Reedus as fraternal twins, Connor and Murphy MacManus, who ...more

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New Jack City Chris Rock, Ice-T, Judd Nelson New Jack City is a 1991 American crime thriller action film film directed by Mario Van Peebles in his directorial debut, who also co-stars in the film. The film stars Wesley Snipes, Ice-T, Allen ...more

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Mean Streets Robert De Niro, Martin Scorsese, Harvey Keitel Mean Streets is a 1973 crime film directed by Martin Scorsese and co-written by Scorsese and Mardik Martin. The film stars Harvey Keitel and Robert De Niro. It was released by Warner Bros. on ...more

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Traffic Salma Hayek, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Michael Douglas Traffic is a 2000 American crime drama film directed by Steven Soderbergh and written by Stephen Gaghan. It explores the illegal drug trade from a number of perspectives: a user, an enforcer, a ...more

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Prizzi's Honor Jack Nicholson, Kathleen Turner, Anjelica Huston Prizzi's Honor is a 1985 American film directed by John Huston. It stars Jack Nicholson, Kathleen Turner, Robert Loggia and, in an Academy Award-winning performance, the director's daughter ...more

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King of New York Christopher Walken, Steve Buscemi, Laurence Fishburne King of New York is a 1990 crime thriller film, starring Christopher Walken, Laurence Fishburne, David Caruso, Wesley Snipes, Victor Argo, Giancarlo Esposito, and Steve Buscemi. It was directed ...more

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Desperado Salma Hayek, Quentin Tarantino, Steve Buscemi Desperado is a 1995 American action film written, produced, and directed by Robert Rodriguez. A sequel to the 1992 film El Mariachi, it is the second installment in Robert Rodriguez's Mexico ...more

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Rounders Matt Damon, Edward Norton, Famke Janssen Rounders is a 1998 American crime drama film about the underground world of high-stakes poker, directed by John Dahl, and starring Matt Damon and Edward Norton. The film follows two friends who ...more

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The Big Sleep James Stewart, Joan Collins, Robert Mitchum The Big Sleep is a 1978 film, the second film version of Raymond Chandler's 1939 novel of the same name. The picture was directed by Michael Winner and stars Robert Mitchum in his second feature ...more

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Revolver Jason Statham, Mark Strong, AndrĂ© 3000 Revolver is a 2005 crime drama film co-written and directed by Guy Ritchie and starring Jason Statham, Ray Liotta, Vincent Pastore and André Benjamin. The film centres on a ...more

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Waist Deep Meagan Good, Jayceon Terrell Taylor, Tyrese Gibson Waist Deep is a 2006 drama-action film directed by Vondie Curtis-Hall, starring Tyrese Gibson and Meagan Good. It is loosely based on the 1967 film Bonnie and Clyde, including some similar ...more

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Strange Days Ralph Fiennes, Angela Bassett, Juliette Lewis Strange Days is a 1995 American science fiction action thriller film directed by Kathryn Bigelow. Co-written and produced by James Cameron and co-written by Jay Cocks, it stars Ralph Fiennes, ...more

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State of Grace Sean Penn, Gary Oldman, Robin Wright State of Grace is a 1990 neo-noir crime film starring Sean Penn, Ed Harris and Gary Oldman, also featuring Robin Wright, John Turturro and John C. Reilly. Written by Dennis McIntyre and directed ...more

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Money for Nothing John Cusack, Philip Seymour Hoffman, James Gandolfini Money for Nothing is a 1993 comedy/crime film directed by Ramón Menéndez. It is based on a reporter's article about the life of Joey Coyle, an unemployed longshoreman in ...more

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The Cotton Club Nicolas Cage, Diane Lane, Richard Gere The Cotton Club is a 1984 crime drama music film written by William Kennedy, Francis Ford Coppola, Mario Puzo and Jim Haskins and directed by Francis Ford Coppola.

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Menace II Society Samuel L. Jackson, Jada Pinkett Smith, Charles S. Dutton Menace II Society is a 1993 drama/hood film and the directorial debut of twin brothers Allen and Albert Hughes. Set in South Central Los Angeles, the film follows the life of a hoodlum named ...more

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Miller's Crossing Steve Buscemi, Frances McDormand, Marcia Gay Harden Miller's Crossing is a 1990 American gangster film by the Coen brothers and starring Gabriel Byrne, Marcia Gay Harden, John Turturro, Jon Polito, J. E. Freeman, and Albert Finney. The plot ...more

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Harlem Nights Eddie Murphy, Richard Pryor, Arsenio Hall Harlem Nights is a 1989 crime comedy film starring Eddie Murphy and Richard Pryor and directed by Murphy. The film featured Michael Lerner, Danny Aiello, Redd Foxx, Della Reese and Murphy's ...more

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The Long Good Friday Pierce Brosnan, Helen Mirren, Bob Hoskins The Long Good Friday is a British gangster film starring Bob Hoskins and Helen Mirren. It was completed in 1979 but, because of release delays, it is generally credited as a 1980 film. It was ...more

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Get Carter Michael Caine, Britt Ekland, Ian Hendry Get Carter is a 1971 British crime film directed by Mike Hodges and starring Michael Caine, Ian Hendry, Britt Ekland, John Osborne and Bryan Mosley. The screenplay was adapted by Hodges from Ted ...more

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Public Enemies Johnny Depp, Christian Bale, Channing Tatum Public Enemies is a 2009 American biographical crime drama film directed by Michael Mann and written by Mann, Ronan Bennett and Ann Biderman. It is an adaptation of Bryan Burrough's non-fiction ...more

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Hoffa Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, Tim Burton Hoffa is a 1992 French-American biographical film directed by Danny DeVito and written by David Mamet, based on the life of Teamsters Union leader Jimmy Hoffa. Jack Nicholson plays Hoffa, and ...more

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Layer Cake Sienna Miller, Tom Hardy, Daniel Craig Layer Cake is a 2004 British crime thriller film directed by Matthew Vaughn, in his directorial debut. The screenplay was adapted by J. J. Connolly from his novel of the same name. The film was ...more

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Innocent Blood Angela Bassett, Don Rickles, Sam Raimi Innocent Blood is a 1992 American horror-crime film directed by John Landis. The film stars Anne Parillaud as a beautiful French vampire who finds herself pitted against a gang of vicious ...more

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French Connection II Gene Hackman, Ed Lauter, Fernando Rey French Connection II is a 1975 crime drama film starring Gene Hackman and directed by John Frankenheimer. It is a fictional sequel to the initially true story of the 1971 Academy Award winning ...more

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Married to the Mob Michelle Pfeiffer, Alec Baldwin, Lisa Kudrow Married to the Mob is a 1988 American comedy film directed by Jonathan Demme, starring Michelle Pfeiffer and Matthew Modine. Michelle Pfeiffer, in something of a departure from her previous ...more

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Mona Lisa Michael Caine, Bob Hoskins, Robbie Coltrane Mona Lisa is a 1986 British neo-noir mystery drama about an ex-convict who becomes entangled in the dangerous life of a high-class call girl. The film was written by Neil Jordan and David ...more

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Mobsters Patrick Dempsey, Christian Slater, Michael Gambon Mobsters is a 1991 crime-drama film detailing the creation of The Commission. Set in New York City, taking place from 1917 to 1931, it is a semi-fictitious account of the rise of Charles ...more

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Confidence Rachel Weisz, Dustin Hoffman, Paul Giamatti Confidence is a 2003 crime drama film starring Edward Burns, Dustin Hoffman, Andy Garcia and Rachel Weisz, directed by James Foley, and written by Doug Jung.

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The Gambler James Woods, James Caan, Lauren Hutton The Gambler is a 1974 drama film written by James Toback and directed by Karel Reisz. It stars James Caan, Paul Sorvino and Lauren Hutton. Toback wrote it as a fictional story using his own ...more

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Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai Forest Whitaker, Henry Silva, Victor Argo Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai is a 1999 American crime action film written and directed by Jim Jarmusch. Forest Whitaker stars as the title character, the mysterious "Ghost Dog", a ...more

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We Own the Night Eva Mendes, Mark Wahlberg, Robert Duvall We Own the Night is a 2007 American crime drama film written and directed by James Gray and starring Joaquin Phoenix, Mark Wahlberg, Eva Mendes and Robert Duvall. It is the third film directed ...more

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The Pope of Greenwich Village Mickey Rourke, Daryl Hannah, Eric Roberts The Pope of Greenwich Village is a 1984 American crime black comedy film directed by Stuart Rosenberg and starring Mickey Rourke, Eric Roberts, Daryl Hannah, Geraldine Page, Kenneth McMillan and ...more

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Out for Justice Steven Seagal, Julianna Margulies, Gina Gershon Out for Justice is a 1991 American crime thriller directed by John Flynn, and produced by and starring Steven Seagal. The film is about a veteran police detective who vows to kill the crazy, ...more

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Mikey and Nicky Peter Falk, John Cassavetes, Ned Beatty Mikey and Nicky is a 1976 film written and directed by Elaine May. Originally intended as a summer 1976 release, then moved to Christmas 1976 due to editing problems, Mikey and Nicky was ...more

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Smokin' Aces Ben Affleck, Alicia Keys, Ryan Reynolds Smokin' Aces is a 2006 American-British-French crime film written and directed by Joe Carnahan. It stars Jeremy Piven as a Las Vegas Strip magician turned mafia informant and Ryan Reynolds as ...more

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Running Scared Paul Walker, Elizabeth Mitchell, Vera Farmiga Running Scared is a 2006 American crime thriller film, written and directed by Wayne Kramer, and starring Paul Walker, Cameron Bright and Vera Farmiga. It was released in the United States on ...more