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List Rules Vote for your personal favorite Gangster films, regardless of how popular or successful they were at the box office.

Everyone knows that gangster movies are some of the most entertaining films out there -- so if you’re looking for a list of the BEST gangster movies of all time, we’ve got you covered!

It’s pretty obvious that gangster movies focus on gangs and have a large element of organized crime, and may focus on large criminal organizations or perhaps a smaller gang, but they all have an element of illegal activity, which is what makes them so exciting. And the best part is, a lot of these movies are streaming on Netflix and Amazon Prime!

So, what’s better, the Pusher trilogy or Goodfellas? Or perhaps you’re more of a Godfather fan… but then, which Godfather movie is the best? That’s a heavily debated topic, but you can weigh in by voting on the titles below -- vote your favorite gangster movies up to help them move to the top of the list, and if you think and of the gangster films are currently ranking too high, vote them down, to move them lower until they’re swimming with the fishes. And if we forgot any of the best gangster movies, then you can add them to the list -- just keep in mind that we have our own Godfather, of sorts, and if he doesn’t give you his blessing, we’ll have to take a hit out on your addition (in other words, any additions are subject to moderation).

But enough yappin’, if you’re looking for the best gangster movies to watch, this list has got you covered!

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Goodfellas is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Gangster Movies
Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson, Joe Pesci
Goodfellas is a 1990 American crime film directed by Martin Scorsese. It is a film adaptation of the 1986 non-fiction book Wiseguy by Nicholas Pileggi, who co-wrote the screenplay with Scorsese. ...more
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The Godfather Part II is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Gangster Movies
looksharp added 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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Scarface is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Gangster Movies
Michelle Pfeiffer, Al Pacino, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio
Scarface is a 1983 American crime drama film directed by Brian De Palma and written by Oliver Stone. A remake of the 1932 film of the same name, Scarface tells the story of Cuban refugee Tony ...more
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Casino is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Gangster Movies
rjflo409 added Sharon Stone, Robert De Niro, James Woods
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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The Departed is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Gangster Movies
GaborVarga added Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson, Alec Baldwin
The Departed is a 2006 American crime drama film directed by Martin Scorsese, and a remake of the 2002 Hong Kong film Infernal Affairs. Irish Mob boss Francis "Frank" Costello (Jack ...more
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The Untouchables is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Gangster Movies
GaborVarga added Robert De Niro, Sean Connery, Kevin Costner
The Untouchables is a 1987 American 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 Eliot ...more
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Pulp Fiction is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Gangster Movies
John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Uma Thurman
Pulp Fiction is a 1994 American crime film directed by Quentin Tarantino. The lives of two mob hitmen (Samuel L. Jackson and John Travolta), a boxer (Bruce Willis), a gangster's wife (Uma ...more
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Reservoir Dogs is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Gangster Movies
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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Gangs of New York is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Gangster Movies
Cameron Diaz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Liam Neeson
Gangs of New York is a 2002 American fictionalized historical drama film set in the mid-19th century in the Five Points district of Lower Manhattan in 1863. The film was directed by Martin ...more
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Carlito's Way is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Gangster Movies
Al Pacino, Sean Penn, Viggo Mortensen
Carlito's Way is a 1993 American 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 Koepp. ...more
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Road to Perdition is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Gangster Movies
Tom Hanks, Daniel Craig, Paul Newman
Road to Perdition is a 2002 American thriller film directed by Sam Mendes. The screenplay was adapted by David Self, from the graphic novel of the same name by Max Allan Collins. The film stars ...more
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The Wolf of Wall Street is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Gangster Movies
goodfella3728 added Leonardo DiCaprio, Matthew McConaughey, Margot Robbie
The Wolf of Wall Street is a 2013 American biographical black comedy film directed by Martin Scorsese. The screenplay by Terence Winter is adapted from the eponymous memoir by Jordan Belfort and ...more
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Blood In, Blood Out is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Gangster Movies
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On the Waterfront is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Gangster Movies
looksharp added Marlon Brando, Eva Marie Saint, Rod Steiger
On the Waterfront is a 1954 American drama film about union violence and corruption amongst longshoremen. The film was directed by Elia Kazan and written by Budd Schulberg. It stars Marlon ...more
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Gangster Squad is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Gangster Movies
Emma Stone, Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling
This film is a 2013 American film directed by Ruben Fleischer, from a screenplay written by Will Beall and starring Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Nick Nolte, Emma Stone, and Sean Penn. The story is ...more
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State of Grace is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Gangster Movies
bugcombat added Sean Penn, Gary Oldman, Robin Wright
State of Grace is a 1990 neo-noir 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 by ...more
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taxi is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Gangster Movies
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Knockaround Guys is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Gangster Movies
Vin Diesel, John Malkovich, Dennis Hopper
Knockaround Guys is a 2001 comedy crime-drama film starring Barry Pepper, Vin Diesel, Seth Green, John Malkovich and Dennis Hopper.
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Furie is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Gangster Movies
Ngô Thanh Vân, Cát Vy, Phan Thanh Nhiên
Furie is a 2019 Vietnamese action film directed by Lê Văn Kiệt. An ex-gangster, Hai Phuong (Ngô Thanh Vân), who is lying low in the countryside after becoming a mother can't ...more