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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 any of the gangster films below 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, from old school flicks to modern mobster movies, 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
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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
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The Departed is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Gangster Movies
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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
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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
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Road to Perdition is listed (or ranked) 9 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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Gangs of New York is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Gangster Movies
Cameron Diaz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Liam Neeson
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Carlito's Way is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Gangster Movies
Al Pacino, Sean Penn, Viggo Mortensen
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The Wolf of Wall Street ... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Gangster Movies
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On the Waterfront is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Gangster Movies
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Blood In, Blood Out is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Gangster Movies
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Gangster Squad is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Gangster Movies
Emma Stone, Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling
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State of Grace is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Gangster Movies
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The Irishman is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Gangster Movies
Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci
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The Kitchen is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Gangster Movies
Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish, Elisabeth Moss
The Kitchen is a 2019 American crime drama film directed by Andrea Berloff, based on the comic book miniseries by Ollie Masters and Ming Doyle. After the FBI arrests their Irish mobster ...more

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taxi is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Gangster Movies
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Light of My Life is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Gangster Movies
Casey Affleck, Anna Pniowsky, Elisabeth Moss
Light of My Life is a 2019 American drama film directed by Casey Affleck. A father (Casey Affleck) and his young daughter (Anna Pniowsky) find themselves trapped in the woods.