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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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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 crime 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, ...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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The Outsiders is listed (or ranked) 4 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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Colors is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies About Gangs
Sean Penn, Robert Duvall, Don Cheadle Colors is a 1988 American police procedural action crime 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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Blood In, Blood Out is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies About Gangs
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American Me is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies About Gangs
Edward James Olmos, William Forsythe, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa American Me is a 1992 biographical crime 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 ...more

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Menace II Society is listed (or ranked) 8 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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Gangs of New York is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies About Gangs
Shamrock4444 added Cameron Diaz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Liam Neeson 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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A Bronx Tale is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies About Gangs
wiabux added Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Chazz Palminteri A Bronx Tale is a 1993 American crime 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 ...more

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New Jack City is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies About Gangs
bojanthebest added Chris Rock, Ice-T, Judd Nelson New Jack City is a 1991 American crime 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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End of Watch is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies About Gangs
AlejandroCruz added Anna Kendrick, Jake Gyllenhaal, America Ferrera 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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Four Brothers is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies About Gangs
CapoAssKickerMikey95 added Sofía 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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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
CapoAssKickerMikey95 added Tupac Shakur, Samuel L. Jackson, Queen Latifah Juice is a 1992 American crime 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 ...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
crowe added Alice Braga, Seu Jorge, Matheus Nachtergaele 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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Dead Presidents is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies About Gangs
CapoAssKickerMikey95 added Martin Sheen, Terrence Howard, Chris Tucker Dead Presidents is a 1995 American crime film written by Michael Henry Brown, also written, produced and directed by the Hughes brothers, starring Larenz Tate, Keith David, Chris Tucker, Freddy ...more

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One Eight Seven is listed (or ranked) 19 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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Green Street is listed (or ranked) 20 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 hooliganism. It was directed by Lexi Alexander and stars Elijah Wood and Charlie Hunnam. In the United Kingdom, it ...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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Assault on Precinct 13 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies About Gangs
Slap Shot77 added Austin Stoker, Charles Cyphers, Tony Burton 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

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Romper Stomper is listed (or ranked) 25 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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Sin Nombre is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Movies About Gangs
dwight007 added Hector Jimenez, Diana Garcia, Tenoch Huerta Sin Nombre is a 2009 Mexican-American adventure thriller film written and directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga, about a Honduran girl trying to immigrate to the U.S.A., and a boy caught up in the ...more

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Lord of the Flies is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Movies About Gangs
Carre Ketterman added James Badge Dale, Balthazar Getty, Bob Peck Lord of the Flies is a 1990 American survival film adapted from the classic novel Lord of the Flies written by William Golding. It is the second film adaptation of the book, after Lord of the ...more

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Bullet is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Movies About Gangs
CapoAssKickerMikey95 added Mickey Rourke, Tupac Shakur, Peter Dinklage Bullet is a 1996 American crime drama film directed by Julien Temple and starring Mickey Rourke, Tupac Shakur, Donnie Wahlberg, Adrien Brody, Ted Levine, and John Enos III. The screenplay was ...more

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Mi Vida Loca is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Movies About Gangs
appservandmore added Salma Hayek, Jacob Vargas, Seidy López Mi Vida Loca is a 1994 American drama film directed and written by Allison Anders. It centers on the plight of young Mexicanas and Chicanas growing up in the Echo Park section of Los Angeles, ...more

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Poetic Justice is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Movies About Gangs
Janet Jackson, Keanu Reeves, Tupac Shakur Poetic Justice is a 1993 drama/romance film starring Janet Jackson and Tupac Shakur with Regina King and Joe Torry. It was written and directed by John Singleton. The main character, Justice, ...more

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Trespass is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Movies About Gangs
bojanthebest added Ice Cube, Ice-T, Bill Paxton Trespass is a 1992 action-crime-thriller movie directed by Walter Hill, starring Bill Paxton, Ice Cube, Ice-T, and William Sadler. Paxton and Sadler star as two firemen who decide to search an ...more

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Rumble Fish is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Movies About Gangs
wiabux added Nicolas Cage, Mickey Rourke, Diane Lane Rumble Fish is an American 1983 drama film directed by Francis Ford Coppola. It is based on the novel Rumble Fish by S. E. Hinton, who also co-wrote the screenplay. The film centers on the ...more

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Gladiator is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Movies About Gangs
CapoAssKickerMikey95 added Cuba Gooding Jr., Brian Dennehy, Ossie Davis Gladiator is a 1992 American sports drama film directed by Rowdy Herrington, and starring Cuba Gooding Jr., James Marshall, Brian Dennehy, and Robert Loggia. The film tells the story of two ...more

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Summer of Sam is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Movies About Gangs
CapoAssKickerMikey95 added Mira Sorvino, Jennifer Esposito, Adrien Brody Summer of Sam is a 1999 American crime thriller film that recounts the Son of Sam serial murders. It was directed and produced by Spike Lee and stars John Leguizamo, Adrien Brody, Mira Sorvino, ...more

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Clockers is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Movies About Gangs
CapoAssKickerMikey95 added Spike Lee, Harvey Keitel, John Turturro Clockers is a 1995 American crime drama film directed by Spike Lee. It is an adaptation of the eponymous 1992 novel by Richard Price, who also co-wrote the screenplay with Lee. The film stars ...more

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Deuces Wild is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Movies About Gangs
James Franco, Debbie Harry, Matt Dillon Deuces Wild is a 2002 American crime drama film directed by Scott Kalvert and written by Paul Kimatian and Christopher Gambale, who also created the story. It stars Stephen Dorff, Brad Renfro, ...more

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Grease is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Movies About Gangs
jasminemarina added John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Stockard Channing Grease is a 1978 American musical romantic comedy-drama film directed by Randal Kleiser and produced by Paramount Pictures. It is based on Warren Casey and Jim Jacobs' 1971 musical of the same ...more

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Streets of Fire is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Movies About Gangs
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Streets of Fire is a 1984 film directed by Walter Hill and co-written by Hill and Larry Gross. It was described in previews, trailers, and posters as "A Rock & Roll Fable". It is ...more

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The Lords of Flatbush is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Movies About Gangs
jasminemarina added Sylvester Stallone, Henry Winkler, Susan Blakely The Lords of Flatbush is a 1974 American drama film about street teenagers in leather jackets from the Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. Directed by Martin Davidson and Stephen ...more

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Strapped is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Movies About Gangs
CapoAssKickerMikey95 added Michael Biehn, Bokeem Woodbine, Craig Wasson Strapped is a 1993 television crime-thriller/drama produced by HBO Films. The film, which was directed by Forest Whitaker, was the cinematic debut of Bokeem Woodbine. It features several rappers ...more

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Tuff Turf is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Movies About Gangs
Slap Shot77 added Robert Downey Jr., James Spader, Kim Richards Tuff Turf is a 1985 American drama film starring James Spader and Kim Richards. The film was released in the United States on January 11, 1985.

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Class of 1984 is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Movies About Gangs
Michael J. Fox, Roddy McDowall, Perry King Class of 1984 is a 1982 Canadian action-thriller movie about a newly hired music teacher at a troubled inner city school, where students have to pass through a metal detector due to problems ...more

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3:15 is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Movies About Gangs
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China Girl is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Movies About Gangs
Slap Shot77 added David Caruso, James Russo, Russell Wong China Girl is a 1987 film directed by independent filmmaker Abel Ferrara, and written by his longtime partner Nicholas St. John.

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The New Kids is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Movies About Gangs
Slap Shot77 added James Spader, Lori Loughlin, Eric Stoltz The New Kids is a 1985 American thriller film, directed by Sean S. Cunningham and starring Shannon Presby and Lori Loughlin. The film was released on January 18, 1985, in the US by Columbia ...more