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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

A Bronx Tale is a 1993 American 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 teenager ...more

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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

Casino is a 1995 American 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 with ...more

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Burt Reynolds, Diana Scarwid, Howard Hesseman

Released: 1986

Directed by: Dick Richards, Jerry Jameson

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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Al Pacino, Diane Keaton, Bridget Fonda

Released: 1990

Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola

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Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Idris Elba

Released: 2007

Directed by: Ridley Scott

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No Country for Old Men ... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best R-Rated Gangster Movies
Javier Bardem, Tommy Lee Jones, Woody Harrelson

Released: 2007

Directed by: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

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. Mayhem ensue after a hunter (Josh Brolin) ...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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Carlito's Way is listed (or ranked) 10 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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Reservoir Dogs is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best R-Rated Gangster Movies
Quentin Tarantino, Steve Buscemi, Tim Roth

Released: 1992

Directed by: Quentin Tarantino

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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Sin City is listed (or ranked) 12 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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Robert De Niro, Martin Scorsese, Harvey Keitel

Released: 1973

Directed by: Martin Scorsese

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

Released: 1993

Directed by: Albert Hughes, Allen Hughes

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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Salma Hayek, Quentin Tarantino, Steve Buscemi

Released: 1995

Directed by: Robert Rodriguez

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Chris Rock, Ice-T, Judd Nelson

Released: 1991

Directed by: Mario Van Peebles

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Salma Hayek, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Michael Douglas

Released: 2000

Directed by: Steven Soderbergh

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Edward James Olmos, William Forsythe, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa

Released: 1992

Directed by: Edward James Olmos

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Christopher Walken, Steve Buscemi, Laurence Fishburne

Released: 1990

Directed by: Abel Ferrara

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Directed by: Vondie Curtis-Hall

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Directed by: Troy Duffy

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Michael Caine, Britt Ekland, Ian Hendry

Released: 1971

Directed by: Mike Hodges

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Patrick Dempsey, Christian Slater, Michael Gambon

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Steve Buscemi, Frances McDormand, Marcia Gay Harden

Released: 1990

Directed by: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

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