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The Greatest Mobsters & Gangster of Film and TV  

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List Rules Gangster, mobster, and mafia characters from TV and film, including fictional depictions of real people

List of the greatest fictional mobsters of TV, film, and comics. These rankings incorporate each of the best fictional gangster of all time. If you are curious to see if your favorite mob boss or sidekick from film and television has made it to cream of the crop status, peruse this list of the toughest and/or funniest gangsters ever invented by the writer who invented them and the actor who portrayed them.

Some of the most popular media-made gangsters from onscreen history come from the ultimate mob movie, "The Godfather." Individuals will also notice that many of these make believe mafia members come from the godfather of all mafia shows, "The Soprano." While many of these television series and motion pictures feature characters who seem to be similar to real-life people from crime history, they are truly unique in their own ways. While Frank Costello is supposedly inspired by Boston's Whitey Bulger, Jack Nicholson's character in "The Departed" is so distinct that he's one of our favorite fictional (and thank goodness) gangsters. 
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Michael Corleone is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Mobsters & Gangster of Film and TV
The Godfather Saga, The Godfather Part II, The Godfather Part III
Michael Corleone is a fictional character in Mario Puzo's novels, The Godfather and The Sicilian. He is also the main character of the Godfather film trilogy that was directed by Francis Ford ...more
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Vito Corleone is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Mobsters & Gangster of Film and TV
The Godfather Saga, The Godfather, The Godfather Saga
Vito Andolini Corleone is a fictional character in Mario Puzo's novel The Godfather and in Francis Ford Coppola's first two films, where he was portrayed by Marlon Brando in The Godfather and, ...more
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Tony Soprano is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Mobsters & Gangster of Film and TV
The Sopranos
Anthony John "Tony" Soprano is an Italian-American fictional character and the protagonist in the HBO television drama series The Sopranos, portrayed by James Gandolfini. The character ...more
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Tony Montana is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Mobsters & Gangster of Film and TV
Scarface
Antonio Raimundo "Tony" Montana is a fictional character and the protagonist of the 1983 film Scarface. He is portrayed by Al Pacino in the movie, and is voiced by André ...more
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Jimmy Conway is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Mobsters & Gangster of Film and TV
wiabux added Goodfellas
James 'Jimmy' Conway is a fictional character from the 1990 film Goodfellas.
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Goodfellas
Tommy DeVito is a fictional character from the 1990 film Goodfellas.
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Frank Costello is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Mobsters & Gangster of Film and TV
The Departed
Frank Costello is a fictional character from the 2006 film The Departed.
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Bill 'The Butcher' Cutting is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Mobsters & Gangster of Film and TV
Gangs of New York
Bill 'The Butcher' Cutting is a fictional character in the 2002 crime drama history film Gangs of New York.
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Paul Cicero is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Mobsters & Gangster of Film and TV
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Paul Cicero is a fictional character from the 1990 film Goodfellas.
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Sonny Corleone is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Mobsters & Gangster of Film and TV
The Godfather Saga, The Godfather Part II, The Godfather
Sonny Corleone as a Boy is a fictional character from the 1974 film The Godfather Part II.
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Al Capone is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Mobsters & Gangster of Film and TV
The Untouchables
Al Capone is a fictional character from the 1987 film The Untouchables.
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Paulie Gualtieri is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Mobsters & Gangster of Film and TV
The Sopranos
Peter Paul "Paulie Walnuts" Gualtieri played by Tony Sirico, is a fictional character on the HBO TV series The Sopranos. Gualtieri begins the series as a soldier, but later becomes a ...more
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Sonny LoSpecchio is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Mobsters & Gangster of Film and TV
wiabux added A Bronx Tale
Sonny LoSpecchio is a fictional character from the 1993 film A Bronx Tale.
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Peter Clemenza is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Mobsters & Gangster of Film and TV
The Godfather, The Godfather
Peter Clemenza is a fictional character appearing in Mario Puzo's novel The Godfather and two of the three films based on it. He is played by Academy Award-nominee Richard Castellano in Francis ...more
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Silvio Dante is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Mobsters & Gangster of Film and TV
ElijahKaganer added The Sopranos, Cleaver
Silvio Manfred Dante, often referred to as "Sil", played by Steven Van Zandt, is a fictional character on the HBO TV series The Sopranos. He is the consigliere to Tony Soprano in the ...more
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Christopher Moltisanti is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Mobsters & Gangster of Film and TV
The Sopranos
Christopher Moltisanti is a fictional character from Cleaver.
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Casino
Nicky Santoro is a fictional character from the 1995 film Casino.
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Fat Tony is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Mobsters & Gangster of Film and TV
wiabux added The Simpsons Movie, The Simpsons
Marion Anthony "Fat Tony" D'Amico is a recurring character in the animated sitcom The Simpsons. He is voiced by Joe Mantegna and first appeared in the third season episode "Bart ...more
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Keyser Söze is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Mobsters & Gangster of Film and TV
The Usual Suspects
Keyser Söze is a fictional character and the main antagonist in the 1995 film The Usual Suspects, written by Christopher McQuarrie and directed by Bryan Singer. According to petty con ...more
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Nucky Thompson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Mobsters & Gangster of Film and TV
Boardwalk Empire
Enoch Malachi "Nucky" Thompson is a fictional character and the protagonist of the HBO TV series Boardwalk Empire. Nucky is loosely based on former Atlantic City political figure Enoch ...more
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Virgil Sollozzo is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Mobsters & Gangster of Film and TV
The Godfather, The Godfather
Virgil "The Turk" Sollozzo is a fictional character and one of the main antagonists in Mario Puzo's The Godfather. In the novel, it is said that he got his nickname because he has a ...more
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Johnny Sack is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Mobsters & Gangster of Film and TV
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John Sacrimoni, commonly known as Johnny Sack, is a fictional character on the HBO TV series The Sopranos, played by Vince Curatola. He was the longtime underboss and later the boss of the ...more
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Frank Pentangeli is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Mobsters & Gangster of Film and TV
The Godfather Part II, The Godfather
Frank "Frankie Five Angels" Pentangeli is a fictional character from the film The Godfather Part II. In the film, he was portrayed by Michael V. Gazzo, who was nominated for a Best ...more
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Bonnie Parker is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Mobsters & Gangster of Film and TV
Bonnie and Clyde
Bonnie Parker is a fictional character from the 1967 film Bonnie and Clyde.
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Mr. Pink is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Mobsters & Gangster of Film and TV
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