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List of Famous Gangsters

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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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Gangsters
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Alphonse Gabriel "Al" Capone was an American who attained fame during the Prohibition era. His seven-year reign as boss ended when he was 33 years old. Born in the borough of Brooklyn in New York City to Italian immigrants, Capone was a Five Points Gang member. In his early twenties, he moved to Chicago and became bodyguard and trusted factotum for Johnny Torrio, head of a syndicate that supplied alcohol and that was politically protected through the Unione Siciliana. A conflict with the North Side Gang was instrumental in Capone's rise and fall. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 48 (1899-1947)

Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York

Nationality: United States of America

Profession: Gangster, Mafioso, Racketeering

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John Gotti is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Gangsters
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John Joseph Gotti, Jr. was an American mobster who became the boss of the Gambino crime family in New York City. Gotti and his brothers grew up in poverty and turned to a life of crime at an early age. Operating out of the Ozone Park neighborhood of Queens, Gotti quickly rose to prominence, becoming one of the crime family's biggest earners and a protégé of Gambino family underboss Aniello Dellacroce. After the FBI indicted members of Gotti's crew for selling narcotics, Gotti took advantage of growing dissent over the leadership of the crime family. Fearing he would be killed along with his brother and best friend by Gambino crime family Boss Paul Castellano for selling drugs, Gotti ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 62 (1940-2002)

Birthplace: New York City, New York

Nationality: United States of America

Profession: Mafioso

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Machine Gun Kelly is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Gangsters
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George Francis Barnes Jr., better known as "Machine Gun Kelly", was an Irish American gangster during the prohibition era. His nickname came from his favorite weapon, a Thompson submachine gun. His most infamous crime was the kidnapping of oil tycoon and businessman Charles F. Urschel in July 1933 for which he, and his gang, collected a $200,000 ransom. Their victim had collected and left considerable evidence that assisted the subsequent FBI investigation that eventually led to Kelly's arrest in Memphis, Tennessee, on September 26, 1933. His crimes also included bootlegging and armed robbery. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 54 (1900-1954)

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois

Profession: Gangster

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Dean O'Banion is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Gangsters
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Charles Dean O'Banion was an Irish-American mobster who was the main rival of Johnny Torrio and Al Capone during the brutal Chicago bootlegging wars of the 1920s. The newspapers of his day made him better known as Dion O'Banion, although he never went by that first name. He led the North Side Gang until he was murdered by Frankie Yale, John Scalise and Albert Anselmi in 1924. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 32 (1892-1924)

Birthplace: Maroa, Illinois

Nationality: United States of America

Profession: Gangster, Racketeering, Rum-running

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