Top 31 Best Gangster Movies of All Time

‘Goodfellas.’ Warner Bros.

The gangster genre has delivered some of the most powerful stories.

We rank the best movies about mobsters.

Find out where movies likeScarface, Goodfellas, New Jack City, and The Godfather rank on the list.

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The movie was about a criminal. It was the genre that made Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci household names, and made directors like Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, and Brian De Palma into icons in Hollywood.

The movies have focused on the shady and dangerous figures who are involved in everything from the Mafia to drugs. They have become fertile ground for filmmakers to create stories that are classics and give actors the ability to make timeless characters.

The 31 best gangster movies are ranked in descending order.

30. “Sugar Hill” (1993)

Michael Wright and Wesley Snipes are in a movie. Fox

The Sugar Hill section of Harlem is where the two brothers played by Michael Wright andWesley Snipes are the major drug dealers. Romello is ready to leave the life yify yts and end up in a confrontation with his brother.

Barry Michael Cooper wrote another of the Snipes classics, “New Jack City.”

29. “Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels” (1998)

The actor is in the film, “Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.” Gramercy Pictures

Guy Ritchie gained international renown for his movie “The Kid Who Would Murder a Coffin”, which follows a group of British underworld guys as they suddenly converge on a mess of money, weed, and two antique rifles.

The movie would launch the careers of both Ritchie and Statham.

28. “Belly” (1998)

Hype Williams’ ‘Belly.’ Artisan Entertainment

The movie, which was directed by Hype Williams and stars Nas and DMX, is a movie that has gained more clout in the gangster genre as the years have gone by, and it shows two friends who find themselves deep in organised crime and eventually take two separate paths to get out of it.

27. “The Departed” (2006)

Leonardo DiCaprio in ‘The Departed.’ Warner Bros.

The remake of the Hong Kong hit “Infernal Affairs” by Martin Scorsese, which won him a best director Oscar, is not the best of his movies.

The cop goes undercover to get information on the Irish Mob. He finds that the police are corrupt just as much as the criminals he is trying to take down.

26. “A Bronx Tale” (1993)

Robert De Niro’s ‘A Bronx Tale.’ Focus Features

Robert De Niro is the director and also stars in the film, which is based on the hit play by the same name and tells the story of a young boy who is introduced to the mob by his father and the quest by his father to get to the truth.

This movie is unique in that it focuses on an interracial relationship, which is rarely explored in the genre.

25. “Menace II Society” (1993)

Tyrin Turner and Larenz Tate are in a movie. New Line Cinema.

The Hughes brothers’ film focuses on two friends, one of which is trying to get out of the life and the other who is fully embracing it.

The movie has a powerful combination of violence and deep messages.

24. “Infernal Affairs” (2002)

Andrew Lau and Alan Mak wrote a novel. Media Asia Distribution.

If you liked the American remake of this movie, you should definitely watch this Hong Kong hit. The characters and story feel fresh and new.

23. “Sexy Beast” (2000)

Ben Kingsley in ‘Sexy Beast.’ Fox Searchlight

Ray Winstone and Ben Kingsley are both amazing in Jonathan Glazer’s beautifully shot gangster movie, which features amazing performances from Ray and Ben.

22. “American Gangster” (2007)

Ridley Scott’s ‘American Gangster.’ Universal Pictures

The performance by Denzel Washington as Frank Lucas was very good. Russell Crowe is playing the cop who is supposed to bring him down.

The movie is directed by Ridley Scott and has great performances from Washington and Crowe, as well as Chiwetel Ejiofor, Josh Brolin, and John Hawkes.

21. “Layer Cake” (2004)

Daniel Craig is in a movie. Sony Pictures Classics are from the past.

Daniel Craig was in a great gangster movie.

He plays a drug dealer who is angry with his team when they steal his retirement money. He has to break his rules and go deeper into the crime game than he has before.

20. “Scarface” (1932)

Paul Muni (centre) in ‘Scarface.’ United Artists

The movie is a classic of the genre and was directed by Howard Hawks and produced by Howard Hughes. Paul Muni is the lead in the movie, Tony Camonte, who is a big crime boss.

The movie was made during the Pre-Code era of the early 1930s, when violence was not heavily regulated.

19. “Mean Streets” (1973)

Harvey Keitel in ‘Mean Streets.’ Warner Bros.

The first movie by Martin Scorsese was a tale of two small-time hoods who run around the city with their friends trying to figure out their lives and act tough.

The New York City streets that he grew up on and the colourful characters he observed are what Martin Scorsese is most passionate about.

18. “Little Caesar” (1931)

Edward G. Robinson in ‘Little Caesar.’ Warner Bros.

Edward G. Robinson was a star of the film, playing a crook who becomes the head of an organised crime syndicate.

This movie was one of the first to show how a genre like gangster movies would evolve.

17. “New Jack City” (1991)

Ice-T, Judd Nelson, and Mario Van Peebles are in the movie. The Warner Bros.

The movie made Ice-T and Wesley Snipes huge stars in the late 1980s and early 1990s, as it was about the crack epidemic in New York City.

Chris Rock is in the movie as Pookie.

16. “Casino” (1995)

Robert De Niro in ‘Casino.’ ‘Casino’

The story of Las Vegas legend Sam “Ace”Rothstein, who was a member of the mob, was told by Martin “Goodfellas” S.P., Joe Pesci, and Nicholas Pileggi.

15. “Reservoir Dogs” (1992)

Steve Buscemi and Harvey Keitel are in a movie. Miramax is a film.

The movie looks at the aftermath of a jewellery robbery.

The ensemble cast of Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Steve Buscemi, Chris Penn, and Tarantino made up of all of the above makes the movie great.

14. “Miller’s Crossing” (1990)

The Coen brothers’ ‘Miller’s Crossing.’ Fox

The Coen brothers take on a film from the 1920s called “The Right-hand man of a Powerful Druglord”, starring Gabriel Byrne as the man who is at odds with another gang.

The movie features great character actors like John Turturro, Albert Finney, andMarcia Gay Harden.

13. “Gomorrah” (2008)

Matteo Garrone’s ‘Gomorrah.’ 01 Distribution

Matteo Garrone’s look at the modern-day mob in Italy is a wake-up call for anyone who believes the mob is no longer around.

12. “Bonnie and Clyde” (1967)

Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway are in a movie. Warner Bros.-Seven Arts.

The classic film starring Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway opened the doors for more realistic movies to come out of Hollywood in the next decade.

11. “Donnie Brasco” (1997)

Al Capone and Johnny Depp are in a movie. TriStar Pictures is a movie.

The movie is based on the true story of an FBI undercover cop named Joe Pistone who goes deep into the mob world to find out what it’s really like to be a criminal.

The movie has become legendary because of the performance by Al Pacino as the mob underling who inadvertently lets Pistone, using the name Donnie Brasco, into his crew.

10. “Mafioso” (1962)

Alberto Lattuada’s ‘Mafioso.’ Rialto Pictures

A man living in Milan is forced to kill a local crime boss in New York City in order to return to Sicily, where he was born. We watch as the man is shipped from Italy to America in a wooden crate so he can fulfill his obligation.

The movie is a beautiful example of Italian locations and the wonderful performance by the lead actor, Alberto Sordi.

9. “King of New York” (1990)

Christopher Walken is in a movie. New Line Cinema.

Christopher Walken is in one of the most chilling roles in the movie. He plays a New York City drug lord who just got out of prison and is determined to destroy his competitors.

The movie is aided by great supporting roles from David Caruso, Victor Argo, andWesley Snipes. Jimmy Jump is also played by Laurence Fishburne.

8. “Carlito’s Way” (1993)

Al Pacino in ‘Carlito’s Way.’ Universal

Al Pacino and Brian De Palma are teaming up for a new movie. Carlito Brigante is a Puerto Rican ex-con who is looking to go on the straight and narrow after being released from prison. The streets won’t let him go.

The movie is a delight, with a thrilling cat-and-mouse chase that starts in a subway ride and ends in Grand Central Station.

7. “White Heat” (1949)

James Cagney in ‘White Heat.’ Warner Bros.

The James Cagney movie is one of the best gangster movies of all time.

Cagney plays a psychotic mobster who is obsessed with his mother. His final words before his death are now famous, because of the giant gas tank explosion. Top of the world!

Cagney inspired many actors to play psycho characters.

6. “Once Upon a Time in America” (1984)

James Woods and Robert De Niro are in a movie. The Warner Bros.

The life ofoodles, played by De Niro, is the subject of the film as he looks back at his life when he and his friends became some of the biggest mobsters in New York City. Good times are over for elderly and on the run.

The movie has great performances from James Woods, William Forsythe, Joe Pesci, and a young woman named Jen.

5. “The Untouchables” (1987)

Brian De Palma’s ‘The Untouchables.’ Paramount

De Palma’s movie is about Al Capone, but it’s also about the cops who took him down, and they are played by Kevin Costner, Andy Garcia, Charles Martin Smith, and Sean Connery.

The score by Ennio Morricone is still one of the best in the genre. One of the best shootouts you will ever see is in it.

4. “City of God” (2002)

Fernando Meirelles’ ‘City of God.’ Miramax

The movie from Fernando Meirelles shows a glimpse into the slums of Rio de Janeiro from the 1960s to the 1980s and how a group of kids grow up to be the most deadly gangs.

The movie is a work that will be celebrated for decades to come because of the slick photography and amazing performances by the actors.

3. “Goodfellas” (1990)

Martin Scorsese’s ‘Goodfellas.’ Warner Bros.

He adapted the tell-all book of Henry Hill, a mobsterturned-informant, into a vibrant story about life as a mobster.

The performance of Ray Liotta as Hill is the best of his career, while Robert De Niro and Pesci deliver roles that would make them icons in the genre.

2. “Scarface” (1983)

Al Pacino in ‘Scarface.’ Universal

The 1932 version of De Palma’s film was changed to a 1980s Miami drug gang, and then Al Capone was let to do the rest.

The movie, which was not a big hit due to its violence and depictions of Cuban immigrants, became a must-have during the home video craze and icon status thanks to its references in rap music and depictions in video games.

1. The second part of The Godfather was released in 1974.

Robert De Niro and Marlon Brando are in the movie. Paramount Pictures is a movie studio.

We decided to include both Francis Ford Coppola classics as one selection because it is impossible to talk about one film without the other.

The Mario Puzo book was adapted by the legendary director and made the gangster genre a place where prestige filmmaking can be done. The sequel is better than the original because of its use of flashbacks and the fact that we care about a family that is evil.

The end result is a look at the Mafia that is the best in the genre because of its beautiful structure and performances.

If you can, watch both movies in one day.

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