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The Best American Gangster Quotes

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American Gangster quotes are certainly quotable for movie fans. These are some of the best quotes from the crime drama American Gangster as determined by you and your votes. Directed by Ridley Scott, American Gangster starred Denzel Washington as Frank Lucas, a North Carolina gangster who orchestrated heroin smuggling aboard U.S. service planes (in the 1960s to early 1970s), and Russell Crowe as Richie Roberts, a detective who leads the task force that stops Lucas. Released on November 2, 2007, American Gangster's tagline was "There are two sides to the American dream."

What are the best American Gangster quotes? Do you like Frank Lucas's assertion "The loudest one in the room is the weakest one in the room"? Or do you like some of the lesser known lines from the film? Let it be known. Vote for your top American Gangster quotes and watch them rise to the top of the list.

  • Campizi: I swear to God, Richie, I didn’t know it was you. I would never slam a door on your hand. Knowingly.
    Richie: You bit my fuckin' hand!
  • Richie: [after finding the money in the back of the car] This isn’t a couple of bucks.
    Rivera: It’s the same thing. In principle.
    Richie: We’re talking about principle?
    Rivera: Richie, a cop who turns in this kind of money says one thing: He’ll turn in cops who take money. We’ll be pariahs.
    Richie: We’re fucked either way.
    Rivera: Not if we keep it. Only if we don’t. Then we’re fucked, you’re right. But not if we keep it.
    Richie: Yes, we are.
    Rivera: Goddamn it, did we ask for this? Did we put a gun to someone’s head and say, Give us your money? Cops kill cops they can’t trust. We can’t turn it in.
  • Chinese General: How would you get it into the States?
    Frank: You ain't got to worry about that.
    Chinese General: Who do you work for in there?
    Frank: You ain't got to worry about that, either.
    Chinese General: Who are you really?
    Frank: It says right there. Frank Lucas.
    Chinese General: I mean, who you represent?
    Frank: Me.
  • Richie: Bandage his head.
    Paramedic: Detective ... he’s dead.
    Richie: I know he’s fucking dead. Bandage his head, clean him up, put him on a gurney and prop it up so he’s sitting. And open his eyes.