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List Rules Movies must deal with gangs and gangland violence.

Here is the list of the best gang movies of all time. These are films that focus on gangs, life as a gang member, and the conflicts between rival street gangs. This genre can also include hood movies, heist movies, and various other sub-genres. Unlike hood movies, however, gang films can be much more stylized as well as take place during various decades and points in time. Life on the street can be difficult, to say the least. The conflict spawned be such an environment can make for great drama and storytelling.

Including Boyz n the Hood and The Warriors, this list of the best gang movies has all of your favorite movies about growing up gangsters, fighting over territories, and protecting street reputations. 

What are the top street gang movies of all time? The movies on this list are some of the best thug-life films anywhere, but if you believe we've missed one please feel free to add it to the list yourself.

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Boyz n the Hood Ice Cube, Angela Bassett, Cuba Gooding Jr.

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The Warriors Mercedes Ruehl, Robert Townsend, James Remar

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wiabux added American History X Edward Norton, Edward Furlong, Beverly DAngelo

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Blood In, Blood Out is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Gang Movies
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American Me Edward James Olmos, William Forsythe, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa

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Colors Sean Penn, Robert Duvall, Don Cheadle

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Menace II Society Samuel L. Jackson, Jada Pinkett Smith, Charles S. Dutton

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bojanthebest added The Outsiders Tom Cruise, Nicolas Cage, Diane Lane

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wiabux added A Bronx Tale Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Chazz Palminteri

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bojanthebest added New Jack City Chris Rock, Ice-T, Judd Nelson

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crowe added City of God Alice Braga, Seu Jorge, Matheus Nachtergaele

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Friday Ice Cube, Meagan Good, Nia Long

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South Central Glenn Plummer, Carl Lumbly, Byron Minns

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Shamrock4444 added Gangs of New York Cameron Diaz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Liam Neeson

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AlejandroCruz added End of Watch Anna Kendrick, Jake Gyllenhaal, America Ferrera

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The Wanderers Karen Allen, Olympia Dukakis, Ken Wahl

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CapoAssKickerMikey95 added Juice Tupac Shakur, Samuel L. Jackson, Queen Latifah

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CapoAssKickerMikey95 added Four Brothers SofĂ­a Vergara, Mark Wahlberg, Taraji P. Henson

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Dead Presidents is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Gang Movies
CapoAssKickerMikey95 added Dead Presidents Martin Sheen, Terrence Howard, Chris Tucker

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One Eight Seven Samuel L. Jackson, Method Man, Clifton Collins

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Green Street is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Gang Movies
wiabux added Green Street Elijah Wood, Charlie Hunnam, Claire Forlani

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Sin Nombre is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Gang Movies
dwight007 added Sin Nombre Hector Jimenez, Diana Garcia, Tenoch Huerta

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West Side Story Natalie Wood, Rita Moreno, John Astin

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bojanthebest added Trespass Ice Cube, Ice-T, Bill Paxton

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cjboyer added Bound by Honor Billy Bob Thornton, Ving Rhames, Benjamin Bratt

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Slap Shot77 added Assault on Precinct 13 Austin Stoker, Charles Cyphers, Tony Burton

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CapoAssKickerMikey95 added Clockers Spike Lee, Harvey Keitel, John Turturro

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bojanthebest added Romper Stomper Russell Crowe, Jacqueline McKenzie, Daniel Wyllie

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wiabux added Rumble Fish Nicolas Cage, Mickey Rourke, Diane Lane

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CapoAssKickerMikey95 added Gladiator Cuba Gooding Jr., Brian Dennehy, Ossie Davis

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Poetic Justice Janet Jackson, Keanu Reeves, Tupac Shakur

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CapoAssKickerMikey95 added Bullet Mickey Rourke, Tupac Shakur, Peter Dinklage

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Scott Klingaman added Streets of Fire Willem Dafoe, Diane Lane, Kathy Griffin - Dafoe's over the top portrayal of Raven is BadA$$

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Deuces Wild James Franco, Debbie Harry, Matt Dillon

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CapoAssKickerMikey95 added Summer of Sam Mira Sorvino, Jennifer Esposito, Adrien Brody

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CapoAssKickerMikey95 added Strapped Michael Biehn, Bokeem Woodbine, Craig Wasson

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Slap Shot77 added Tuff Turf Robert Downey Jr., James Spader, Kim Richards

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Slap Shot77 added The New Kids James Spader, Lori Loughlin, Eric Stoltz

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Slap Shot77 added 3:15 Adam Baldwin, Rene Auberjonois, Wayne Crawford

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Class of 1984 Michael J. Fox, Roddy McDowall, Perry King

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