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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!

  • Photo: Chicago Bureau (Federal Bureau of Investigation) - Wide World Photos / Wikimedia Commons / Public domain
    Alphonse Gabriel "Al" Capone (, Italian: [kaˈpoːne]; born January 17, 1899 – January 25, 1947), sometimes known by the nickname "Scarface", was an American gangster and businessman who attained notoriety during the Prohibition era as the co-founder and boss of the Chicago Outfit. His seven-year reign as crime boss ended when he went to prison at age 33. Capone was born in New York City in 1899 to Italian immigrant parents. He joined the Five Points Gang as a teenager, and became a bouncer in organized crime premises such as brothels. In his early twenties, he moved to Chicago and became a bodyguard and trusted factotum for Johnny Torrio, head of a criminal syndicate that illegally supplied...  more
    • Age: Dec. at 48 (1899-1947)
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Profession: Gangster, Mafioso, Racketeering

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    • Age: Dec. at 61 (1940-2002)
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Profession: Mafioso
  • Photo: Memphis Police Department / Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain
    George Kelly Barnes (July 18, 1895 – July 18, 1954), better known by his nickname "Machine Gun Kelly", was an American gangster from Memphis, Tennessee, during the prohibition era. His nickname came from his favorite weapon, a Thompson submachine gun. He is most well known for the kidnapping of the oil tycoon and businessman Charles F. Urschel in July 1933, from which he and his gang collected a $200,000 ransom. Urschel had collected and left considerable evidence that assisted the subsequent FBI investigation, which eventually led to Kelly's arrest in Memphis, Tennessee, on September 26, 1933. His crimes also included bootlegging and armed robbery....  more
    • Age: Dec. at 59 (1895-1954)
    • Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois
    • Profession: Gangster
  • Photo: Unknown / Wikipedia / Fair Use
    Charles Dean O'Banion (July 8, 1892 – November 10, 1924) 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 1924, when he was shot and killed, reportedly by Frankie Yale, John Scalise and Albert Anselmi....  more
    • Age: Dec. at 32 (1892-1924)
    • Birthplace: Maroa, Illinois
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Profession: Gangster, Racketeering, Rum-running