List of Famous Gangsters


This list of famous gangsters includes photos, bios, and other information, when available. Who are the top gangsters in the world? The most infamous gangsters have also influenced the best gangster biopics and the best 90s gangster movies. This includes the most prominent gangsters, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable gangsters is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic gangsters were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries - ranging from American gangsters to notorious gangsters from Italy and elsewhere - but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned gangsters.

No famous mobster names list would be complete without the likes of Reginald Kray, Al Capone, and others. From Black gangsters to Italian mobsters and gangsters of other races, the most famous mobsters are known for their less than legal lifestyles and nefarious ways. Old gangsters and popular gangsters are included on this list.


From well known gangsters to the most notorious gangsters of today, these are easily the biggest names in the world of gangster, mafia, and mobster crime. Who are the most famous gangsters ever? What are the names of famous gangsters? Take a look below - you might even come across a few female gangsters!


  • Al Capone
    Photo: Chicago Bureau (Federal Bureau of Investigation) - Wide World Photos / Wikimedia Commons / Public domain
    • Age: Dec. at 48 (1899-1947)
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Gangster, Mafioso, Racketeering
    • Age: Dec. at 61 (1940-2002)
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York
    • Profession: Mafioso
  • Machine Gun Kelly
    Photo: Memphis Police Department / Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain
    • Age: Dec. at 59 (1895-1954)
    • Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois
    • Profession: Gangster
  • Dean O'Banion
    Photo: Unknown / Wikipedia / Fair Use
    • Age: Dec. at 32 (1892-1924)
    • Birthplace: Maroa, Illinois
    • Profession: Gangster, Racketeering, Rum-running