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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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American History X is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies About Gangs
wiabux added Edward Norton, Edward Furlong, Beverly DAngelo
American History X is a 1998 American drama film directed by Tony Kaye and written by David McKenna. It stars Edward Norton and Edward Furlong, and co-stars Fairuza Balk, Stacy Keach, Elliott ...more
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Boyz n the Hood is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies About Gangs
Ice Cube, Angela Bassett, Cuba Gooding Jr.
Boyz n the Hood is a 1991 American hood drama written and directed by John Singleton in his directorial debut, and starring Ice Cube, Cuba Gooding Jr., Morris Chestnut, Laurence Fishburne, Nia ...more
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The Warriors is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies About Gangs
Mercedes Ruehl, Robert Townsend, James Remar
The Warriors is a 1979 American cult thriller film directed by Walter Hill and based on Sol Yurick's 1965 novel of the same name. Like the novel, the film borrows elements from the Anabasis by ...more
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Blood In, Blood Out is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies About Gangs
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Menace II Society is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies About Gangs
Samuel L. Jackson, Jada Pinkett Smith, Charles S. Dutton
Menace II Society is a 1993 drama/hood film and the directorial debut of twin brothers Allen and Albert Hughes. Set in South Central Los Angeles, the film follows the life of a hoodlum named ...more
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Colors is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies About Gangs
Sean Penn, Robert Duvall, Don Cheadle
Colors is a 1988 American police procedural action film starring Sean Penn and Robert Duvall, and directed by Dennis Hopper. The film takes place in the gang ridden neighborhoods of South ...more
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The Outsiders is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies About Gangs
bojanthebest added Tom Cruise, Nicolas Cage, Diane Lane
The Outsiders is a 1983 American drama film directed by Francis Ford Coppola, an adaptation of the novel of the same name by S. E. Hinton. The film was released on March 25, 1983. Jo Ellen ...more
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Gangs of New York is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies About Gangs
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Gangs of New York is a 2002 American fictionalized historical drama film set in the mid-19th century in the Five Points district of Lower Manhattan in 1863. The film was directed by Martin ...more
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American Me is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies About Gangs
Edward James Olmos, William Forsythe, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa
American Me is a 1992 biographical drama film produced and directed by Edward James Olmos, his first film as a director, and written by Floyd Mutrux and Desmond Nakano. Olmos also stars as the ...more
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A Bronx Tale is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies About Gangs
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A Bronx Tale is a 1993 American drama film set in the Bronx during the turbulent era of the 1960s. It was the directorial debut of Robert De Niro that follows a young Italian-American teenager ...more
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New Jack City is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies About Gangs
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New Jack City is a 1991 American thriller action film film directed by Mario Van Peebles in his directorial debut, who also co-stars in the film. The film stars Wesley Snipes, Ice-T, Allen ...more
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Four Brothers is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies About Gangs
CapoAssKickerMikey95 added SofĂ­a Vergara, Mark Wahlberg, Taraji P. Henson
Four Brothers is a 2005 American action film directed by John Singleton. The movie stars Mark Wahlberg, Tyrese Gibson, Andre Benjamin, and Garrett Hedlund. The film was shot in Detroit, Michigan ...more
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End of Watch is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies About Gangs
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End of Watch is a 2012 American drama thriller film written and directed by David Ayer. It stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña as Brian Taylor and Miguel Zavala, two Los Angeles Police ...more
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Friday is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies About Gangs
Ice Cube, Meagan Good, Nia Long
Friday is a 1995 American stoner buddy comedy film directed by F. Gary Gray in his directorial debut, and starring Ice Cube, Chris Tucker, Nia Long, Bernie Mac, Tiny 'Zeus' Lister Jr, and John ...more
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Juice is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies About Gangs
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Juice is a 1992 American drama thriller directed by Ernest R. Dickerson, written by Ernest R. Dickerson and Gerard Brown. It stars rapper Tupac Shakur and Omar Epps. Additional cast members ...more
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South Central is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies About Gangs
Glenn Plummer, Carl Lumbly, Byron Minns
South Central is a 1992 American crime drama film, written and directed by Stephen Milburn Anderson. This film is an adaptation of the 1987 novel Crips by Donald Bakeer, a former high school ...more
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City of God is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies About Gangs
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City of God is a 2002 Brazilian crime drama film directed by Fernando Meirelles and co-directed by Kátia Lund, released in its home country in 2002 and worldwide in 2003. The story was ...more
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Green Street is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies About Gangs
wiabux added Elijah Wood, Charlie Hunnam, Claire Forlani
Green Street is a 2005 British-American independent drama film about football. It was directed by Lexi Alexander and stars Elijah Wood and Charlie Hunnam. In the United Kingdom, it is called ...more
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Dead Presidents is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies About Gangs
CapoAssKickerMikey95 added Martin Sheen, Terrence Howard, Chris Tucker
This film is a 1995 American film written by Michael Henry Brown, also written, produced and directed by the Hughes brothers, starring Larenz Tate, Keith David, Chris Tucker, Freddy Rodriguez, ...more
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One Eight Seven is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies About Gangs
Samuel L. Jackson, Method Man, Clifton Collins
One Eight Seven is a 1997 drama/crime/thriller film directed by Kevin Reynolds. It was the first top-billed starring role for Samuel L. Jackson, who plays a Los Angeles teacher caught with gang ...more
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The Wanderers is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies About Gangs
Karen Allen, Olympia Dukakis, Ken Wahl
The Wanderers is a 1979 drama film about gangs and the greaser subculture, based on the novel "The Wanderers" by Richard Price. It marks the sixth feature film directed by American
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West Side Story is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies About Gangs
Natalie Wood, Rita Moreno, John Astin
West Side Story is a 1961 American romantic musical drama film directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins. The film is an adaptation of the 1957 Broadway musical of the same name, which in turn ...more
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Don't Be a Menace to South Cen... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies About Gangs
Vivica A. Fox, Bernie Mac, Damon Wayans
Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood is a 1996 American comedy film directed by Paris Barclay, and produced by Keenen Ivory Wayans, and also written by Wayans ...more
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Romper Stomper is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies About Gangs
bojanthebest added Russell Crowe, Jacqueline McKenzie, Daniel Wyllie
Romper Stomper is a 1992 Australian drama film written and directed by Geoffrey Wright. The film stars Russell Crowe, Daniel Pollock, Jacqueline McKenzie and Tony Lee. The film tells the story ...more
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Assault on Precinct 13 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies About Gangs
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Assault on Precinct 13 is a 1976 American action thriller film written, directed, scored and edited by John Carpenter. It stars Austin Stoker as a police officer who defends a defunct precinct ...more