Top 100 Gangster Movies

100 of the best gangster movies from different countries and different decades.
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1.
Goodfellas (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
Henry Hill and his friends work their way up through the mob hierarchy. (146 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
“ Scorsese's 'Goodfellas' is hands down the greatest gangster movie ever made. Featuring an amazing soundtrack and a great cast including Joe Pesci in his unforgettable, Oscar-winning role as Tommy DeVito. ” - killa_man23
 
2.
The Godfather (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.2/10 X  
The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son. (175 mins.)
“ A beloved masterpiece from Mario Puzo and Francis Ford Coppola. Marlon Brando is and always will be Don Vito Corleone. ” - killa_man23
 
3.
The Godfather: Part II (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.0/10 X  
The early life and career of Vito Corleone in 1920s New York is portrayed while his son, Michael, expands and tightens his grip on the family crime syndicate. (202 mins.)
“ The greatest sequel ever made. ” - killa_man23
 
4.
The Departed (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
An undercover cop and a mole in the police attempt to identify each other while infiltrating an Irish gang in South Boston. (151 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
“ Remake of the Hong Kong classic 'Infernal Affairs', this film boasts a stellar cast and won Scorsese his long overdue Oscar. ” - killa_man23
 
5.
City of God (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
Two boys growing up in a violent neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro take different paths: one becomes a photographer, the other a drug dealer. (130 mins.)
“ The quintessential gangster movie. Groundbreaking, inspiring and based on a true story. The cinematography, directing and writing is unmatched in Brazilian cinema. ” - killa_man23
 
6.
Pulp Fiction (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
The lives of two mob hit men, a boxer, a gangster's wife, and a pair of diner bandits intertwine in four tales of violence and redemption. (154 mins.)
“ Quintin Tarantino's groundbreaking, non-linear, multi-strand narrative that both inspired and created imitators. This is undoubtedly the cornerstone of 90's cinema and still enjoyed by millions today. ” - killa_man23
 
7.
A Prophet (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A young Arab man is sent to a French prison. (155 mins.)
Director: Jacques Audiard
“ Winner at Cannes and nominated for Best Foreign film at the Academy Awards, this is probably the best gangster film to ever come out of France. ” - killa_man23
 
8.
Scarface (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
In Miami in 1980, a determined Cuban immigrant takes over a drug cartel and succumbs to greed. (170 mins.)
Director: Brian De Palma
“ Al Pacino disappears into the role of Cuban kingpin Tony Montana and gives us 3 hours of pure, cathartic entertainment. ” - killa_man23
 
9.
The Usual Suspects (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
A sole survivor tells of the twisty events leading up to a horrific gun battle on a boat, which begin when five criminals meet at a seemingly random police lineup. (106 mins.)
Director: Bryan Singer
“ Thrilling from start to finish. ” - killa_man23
 
10.
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A botched card game in London triggers four friends, thugs, weed-growers, hard gangsters, loan sharks and debt collectors to collide with each other in a series of unexpected events, all for the sake of weed, cash and two antique shotguns. (107 mins.)
Director: Guy Ritchie
“ The greatest British gangster film of all time. ” - killa_man23
 
11.
Miller's Crossing (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Tom Regan, an advisor to a Prohibition-era crime boss, tries to keep the peace between warring mobs but gets caught in divided loyalties. (115 mins.)
Director: Joel Coen
“ The Coen Brothers take a stab at the gangster/crime genre and deliver an intellegent and aesthetically pleasing classic. ” - killa_man23
 
12.
Once Upon a Time in America (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A former Prohibition-era Jewish gangster returns to the Lower East Side of Manhattan over thirty years later, where he once again must confront the ghosts and regrets of his old life. (229 mins.)
Director: Sergio Leone
“ An epic crime saga from Sergio Leone, the legendary director who gave us The Dollars trilogy and 'Once Upon a Time in the West'. ” - killa_man23
 
13.
Boyz n the Hood (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Follows the lives of three young males living in the Crenshaw ghetto of Los Angeles, dissecting questions of race, relationships, violence and future prospects. (112 mins.)
Director: John Singleton
“ As relevant today as it was when it first came out. Launched the career of Cuba Gooding, Jr., made Ice Cube into an even bigger cultural icon and paved the way for many up and coming actors and directors. ” - killa_man23
 
14.
Elite Squad: The Enemy Within (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
After a prison riot, former-Captain Nascimento, now a high ranking security officer in Rio de Janeiro, is swept into a bloody political dispute that involves government officials and paramilitary groups. (115 mins.)
Director: José Padilha
“ Sequel to the critically acclaimed 'Elite Squad' and one of the few sequels to outdo the orginal. ” - killa_man23
 
15.
Reservoir Dogs (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
After a simple jewelry heist goes terribly wrong, the surviving criminals begin to suspect that one of them is a police informant. (99 mins.)
“ Quintin Tarantino's official debut. Dialog heavy, violent and very funny. A bonafide classic. ” - killa_man23
 
16.
Road to Perdition (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Bonds of loyalty are put to the test when a hitman's son witnesses what his father does for a living. (117 mins.)
Director: Sam Mendes
“ Sam Medes, director of 'American Beauty' brings forth the adaptation of the popular comic series and Paul Newman gives his last great performance as Irish mob boss John Rooney. ” - killa_man23
 
17.
Elite Squad (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
1997, Captain Nascimento has to find a substitute for his occupation while trying to take down drug dealers and criminals before the Pope comes to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (115 mins.)
Director: José Padilha
“ A gangster film set in the late 90's that focuses heavily on a special forces milirary unit known as BOPE and how they deal with the gangsters and drug lords in the favelas. From the writer of 'City of God'. ” - killa_man23
 
18.
Casino (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Greed, deception, money, power, and murder occur between two best friends, a mafia underboss and a casino owner, for a trophy wife over a gambling empire. (178 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
“ Scorsese's an De Niro's fifth collaboration is nothing short of extraordinary. De Niro is also reunited with frequent co-star Joe Pesci and the great James Woods. ” - killa_man23
 
19.
The French Connection (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A pair of NYC cops in the Narcotics Bureau stumble onto a drug smuggling job with a French connection. (104 mins.)
“ The Oscar-winning film featuring Gene Hackman at his best as well as the greatest car chase in cinema history. ” - killa_man23
 
20.
25th Hour (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Cornered by the DEA, convicted New York drug dealer Montgomery Brogan reevaluates his life in the 24 remaining hours before facing a seven-year jail term. (135 mins.)
Director: Spike Lee
“ Half gangster film, half love letter to NYC after the 9/11 attacks. Ed Norton and Rosario Dawson star in this bleak film about a man making all the wrong choices in life. ” - killa_man23
 
21.
Amores Perros (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A horrific car accident connects three stories, each involving characters dealing with loss, regret, and life's harsh realities, all in the name of love. (154 mins.)
“ Inspired by Robert Altman's style of story telling, Amores Perros is Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu's best film. His other films include Babel and Biutiful. ” - killa_man23
 
22.
The Untouchables (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Federal Agent Eliot Ness sets out to stop Al Capone; because of rampant corruption, he assembles a small, hand-picked team. (119 mins.)
Director: Brian De Palma
“ The greatest film ever made about Al Capone, the Prohibition era and the man that took him down, Elliott Ness. Directed by Brian De Palma - the man that gave us 'Scarface' and 'Carlito's Way'. ” - killa_man23
 
23.
Mystic River (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
With a childhood tragedy that overshadowed their lives, three men are reunited by circumstance when one has a family tragedy. (138 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
“ Clint Eastwood directs this sad, tragic tale about three friends taking different paths when something happens to one of them during their childhood. Sean Penn and Tim Robbins both won Oscars for their roles - Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor respectively. ” - killa_man23
 
24.
Eastern Promises (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A Russian teenager living in London who dies during childbirth leaves clues to a midwife in her journal that could tie her child to a rape involving a violent Russian mob family. (100 mins.)
“ Quite possibly the best Russian gangster film ever made. ” - killa_man23
 
25.
Léon: The Professional (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
Mathilda, a 12-year-old girl, is reluctantly taken in by Léon, a professional assassin, after her family is murdered. Léon and Mathilda form an unusual relationship, as she becomes his protégée and learns the assassin's trade. (110 mins.)
Director: Luc Besson
“ A memorable performnce from Gary Oldman but the stand out is Natalie Portman as the 12-year old Mathilda. ” - killa_man23
 
26.
Donnie Brasco (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
An FBI undercover agent infiltrates the mob and finds himself identifying more with the mafia life, at the expense of his regular one. (127 mins.)
Director: Mike Newell
“ Al Pacino's last gangster film and it is certainly one of his best. ” - killa_man23
 
27.
Snatch (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Unscrupulous boxing promoters, violent bookmakers, a Russian gangster, incompetent amateur robbers, and supposedly Jewish jewelers fight to track down a priceless stolen diamond. (104 mins.)
Director: Guy Ritchie
“ Guy Ritchie's hilarious black comedy/gangster movie about a boss attempting to fix a fight. Starring Brad Pitt and Benico Del Toro (who're both funny as hell) and Jason Statham. ” - killa_man23
 
28.
La Haine (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
24 hours in the lives of three young men in the French suburbs the day after a violent riot. (98 mins.)
“ Before 'City of God', before 'American History X', there was 'La Haine' (Hate). ” - killa_man23
 
29.
Chinatown (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A private detective hired to expose an adulterer finds himself caught up in a web of deceit, corruption and murder. (130 mins.)
Director: Roman Polanski
“ Roman Polanski's epic and one of Jack Nicholson's many great perfromances. ” - killa_man23
 
30.
Infernal Affairs (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A story between a mole in the police department and an undercover cop. Their objectives are the same: to find out who is the mole, and who is the cop. (101 mins.)
Director: Andrew Lau, Alan Mak
“ Remade by Scorsese into the Oscar-winning 'The Departed' in 2006, the original is just as great, if not better. Two of Hong Kong's biggest actors Tony Leung and Andy Lau star. ” - killa_man23
 
31.
Heat (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A group of professional bank robbers start to feel the heat from police when they unknowingly leave a clue at their latest heist. (170 mins.)
Director: Michael Mann
“ Pacino and De Niro in their first film together. Though they starred in 'The Godfather II', this is their first trading dialog together. Val Kilmer is great as always and Michael Mann proves why he's the best when it comes to guns, set-pieces and all-out action. ” - killa_man23
 
32.
Election (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Rival gang leaders are locked in a struggle to become the new chairman of Hong Kong's Triad society. (100 mins.)
Director: Johnnie To
“ Known by many as the Chinese 'Godfather' - this is one of Hong Kong's finest films. ” - killa_man23
 
33.
American History X (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
A former neo-nazi skinhead tries to prevent his younger brother from going down the same wrong path that he did. (119 mins.)
Director: Tony Kaye
“ Blistering depiction of life in Venice Beach and racism. Edward Norton's gives his greatest performance ever. ” - killa_man23
 
34.
Sexy Beast (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Brutal gangster Don Logan recruits "retired" safecracker Gal for one last job, but it goes badly for both of them. (89 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Glazer
“ Ben Kingsley is thrilling, crazy and really funny in his Oscar nominated role as Don Logan, a thief who enlists the aid of a former associate for a major heist. ” - killa_man23
 
35.
Triad Election (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
As election time nears, current Triad chairman Lok (Yam) faces competition from his godsons. At the same time, Jimmy (Koo) looks to increase his business relations with mainland China. (92 mins.)
Director: Johnnie To
“ Sequel to the 2005 film featuring returning cast members and an even crazier protagonist. ” - killa_man23
 
36.
Carlito's Way (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A Puerto Rican former convict, just released from prison, pledges to stay away from drugs and violence despite the pressure around him and lead on to a better life outside of N.Y.C. (144 mins.)
Director: Brian De Palma
“ Al Pacino plays as a milder, wiser and more compassionate Tony Montana in this film directed by the man that gave us 'Scarface'. Also stars Sean Penn in an Oscar worthy role, as well as Luis Guizman as Pachanga and John Leguizamo as Benny Blanco. ” - killa_man23
 
37.
True Romance (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
In Detroit, a lonely pop culture geek marries a call girl, steals cocaine from her pimp, and tries to sell it in Hollywood. Meanwhile, the owners of the cocaine - the Mob - track them down in an attempt to reclaim it. (120 mins.)
Director: Tony Scott
“ Written by Quintin Tarentino and directed by Tony Scott. The highlight of the film is Dennis Hopper and Christopher Walken's great chemistry and scene together. ” - killa_man23
 
38.
Mesrine Part 2: Public Enemy #1 (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
The story of notorious French gangster Jacques Mesrine. (133 mins.)
“ Vince Cassel perfectly portrays the iconic French bandit Mesrine for a second outing. Again, one of the few cases where the sequel is better than the original. ” - killa_man23
 
39.
No Country for Old Men (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Violence and mayhem ensue after a hunter stumbles upon a drug deal gone wrong and more than two million dollars in cash near the Rio Grande. (122 mins.)
“ A satchel full of money, a pyschopathic killer, the Mexican cartel and Tommy Lee Jones as a philosophical sherriff. It's also an Oscar-winning Coen Brothers film. ” - killa_man23
 
40.
Oldboy (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
After being kidnapped and imprisoned for fifteen years, Oh Dae-Su is released, only to find that he must find his captor in five days. (120 mins.)
Director: Chan-wook Park
“ With the release of Oldboy in 2003, the film soon gained cult status and Oh-Dae Su, the main character, quickly became an icon in cinema. ” - killa_man23
 
41.
Mesrine Part 1: Killer Instinct (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The story of french gangster Jacques Mesrine, before he was called Public Enemy N°1. (113 mins.)
“ If it wasn't for 'A Prophet' this would be considered the best French gangster film ever. ” - killa_man23
 
42.
American Gangster (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
In 1970s America, a detective works to bring down the drug empire of Frank Lucas, a heroin kingpin from Manhattan, who is smuggling the drug into the country from the Far East. (157 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
“ Denzel Washington and Rusell Crowe are exceptional as a drug lord and honest detective respectively in this film based on a true story. ” - killa_man23
 
43.
Gran Torino (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Disgruntled Korean War veteran Walt Kowalski sets out to reform his neighbor, a Hmong teenager who tried to steal Kowalski's prized possession: a 1972 Gran Torino. (116 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
“ Why should you watch this? This is Clint Eastwood's last acting role, among other things. Only two words can describe this film: pure badass. ” - killa_man23
 
44.
Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
The Bride wakens from a four-year coma. The child she carried in her womb is gone. Now she must wreak vengeance on the team of assassins who betrayed her - a team she was once part of. (111 mins.)
“ Quintin Tarantino reunites with Uma Thurman in this epic revenge tale and explores his love for Asian cinema, from Akira Kurosawa's many samurai films to Run Run Shaw's classic kung-fu films. There's a lot to be nostalgic about if you love martial arts and samurai films. ” - killa_man23
 
45.
Training Day (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
On his first day on the job as a Los Angeles narcotics officer, a rookie cop goes on a 24-hour training course with a rogue detective who isn't what he appears. (122 mins.)
Director: Antoine Fuqua
“ Denzel Washington turns bad in this film about a detective taking a rookie under his wing for a day he'll never forget. The highlight of the film is Denzel himself, who delivers his best performance since 'Malcolm X'. The film is also one of the most quotable. ” - killa_man23
 
46.
Menace II Society (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A young street hustler attempts to escape the rigors and temptations of the ghetto in a quest for a better life. (97 mins.)
“ Following the trail Singleton started with the classic 'Boyz N the Hood', the Hughes Brothers directs this film with a similar tone about growing up in the streets of Watts, Los Angeles. ” - killa_man23
 
47.
American Me (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A Mexican-American Mafia kingpin is released from prison, falls in love for the first time, and grows introspective about his gangster lifestyle. (125 mins.)
“ Set in East L.A. chronicling 30 years of Chicano gang life, from the streets to prison. Dark, slow and very violent, this film considered to be one of the greatest gangster films of all time and Edward James Olmos's magnum opus - both as an actor and director. ” - killa_man23
 
48.
Running Scared (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A low-ranking thug is entrusted by his crime boss to dispose of a gun that killed corrupt cops, but things get out of control when the gun ends up in wrong hands. (122 mins.)
Director: Wayne Kramer
“ A very stylish film. You should see this for the cinematogrpahy and camera work alone. ” - killa_man23
 
49.
Layer Cake (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A successful cocaine dealer gets two tough assignments from his boss on the eve of his planned early retirement. (105 mins.)
Director: Matthew Vaughn
“ After 'Road to Perdition' and before 'Casino Royale', Daniel Craig made this classic. ” - killa_man23
 
50.
The Yellow Sea (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
The story of a cab driver in Yanji City, a region between North Korea, China and Russia. His wife goes to Korea to earn money... (157 mins.)
Director: Hong-jin Na
“ A well crafted film reuniting the principle cast and director from the 2008 classic 'The Chaser'. This film boasts some of the best fight and car chase sequences ever. ” - killa_man23
 
51.
Sin Nombre (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A Honduran young girl and a Mexican gangster are united in a journey across the American border. (96 mins.)
“ A film that explores the harsh realities of illegal immigration and the violent gang cultures of South America - primarily Honduras and Mexico. ” - killa_man23
 
52.
Hard Boiled (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A tough-as-nails cop teams up with an undercover agent to shut down a sinister mobster and his crew. (128 mins.)
Director: John Woo
“ The greatest John Woo film of all time. Launched the career of Tony Leung - the star of 'Infernal Affairs', 'Chungking Express' and 'Hero'. ” - killa_man23
 
53.
Gomorrah (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
An inside look at Italy's modern crime families. (137 mins.)
Director: Matteo Garrone
“ The only Italian gangster film on the list. Set in Naples, this one of the grittiest and most violent gangster films ever. ” - killa_man23
 
54.
Collateral (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A cab driver finds himself the hostage of an engaging contract killer as he makes his rounds from hit to hit during one night in Los Angeles. (120 mins.)
Director: Michael Mann
“ Tom Cruise completely transforms from a poster boy for good to a complete badass assassin in this film. Michael Mann directs and Jamie Foxx co-stars. ” - killa_man23
 
55.
The Dark Knight (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.0/10 X  
When the menace known as the Joker wreaks havoc and chaos on the people of Gotham, the caped crusader must come to terms with one of the greatest psychological tests of his ability to fight injustice. (152 mins.)
“ More of a gangster movie than a superhero movie as Batman tries to take down the Joker who has built new alliances with the criminal underworld of Gotham after the fall of the Falcone family. ” - killa_man23
 
56.
On the Waterfront (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
An ex-prize fighter turned longshoreman struggles to stand up to his corrupt union bosses. (108 mins.)
Director: Elia Kazan
“ The great actor Marlon Brando in a harrowing performance as a former boxer turned dock worker who mixes up with the wrong people. This film won Brando his first Oscar. ” - killa_man23
 
57.
Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The Bride continues her quest of vengeance against her former boss and lover Bill, the reclusive bouncer Budd and the treacherous, one-eyed Elle. (137 mins.)
“ A continuation of the Bride's quest to kill Bill. ” - killa_man23
 
58.
A History of Violence (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A mild-mannered man becomes a local hero through an act of violence, which sets off repercussions that will shake his family to its very core. (96 mins.)
“ Viggo Mortensen, Ed Harris and William Hurt star in this film about a man trying to escape his past life and the people that won't allow him to. Cronenberg and Mortensen's first movie together - they would go on to make 'Eastern Promises'. ” - killa_man23
 
59.
Tsotsi (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Six days in the violent life of a young Johannesburg gang leader. (94 mins.)
Director: Gavin Hood
“ Best South African film ever. ” - killa_man23
 
60.
The Town (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
As he plans his next job, a longtime thief tries to balance his feelings for a bank manager connected to one of his earlier heists, as well as the FBI agent looking to bring him and his crew down. (125 mins.)
Director: Ben Affleck
“ Ben Affleck stars and directs this film about bank robbers in Boston. Great performances all around, especially Jeremy Renner. ” - killa_man23
 
61.
Sonatine (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Several yakuza from Tokyo are sent to Okinawa to help end a gang war. The war escalates and the Tokyo drifters decide to lay low at the beach. (94 mins.)
Director: Takeshi Kitano
“ Takeshi Kitano, who specializes in Yakuza films when he isn't directing films like 'Zatoichi' or 'Battle Royale', stars and directs in this bleak and violent look at Yakuza life. ” - killa_man23
 
62.
A Bittersweet Life (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Things go wrong for a high ranking mobster when he doesn't proceed by his boss's orders. (120 mins.)
Director: Kim Jee-woon
“ Byung Hung Lee, star of films like 'I Saw The Devil', 'The Good, the Bad and the Weird' and 'GI Joe' stars in this film (his best) about a bodyguard at war with his boss after he botches a mission. ” - killa_man23
 
63.
Cowboy Bebop: The Movie (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A terrorist explosion releases a deadly virus on the masses, and it's up the bounty-hunting Bebop crew to catch the cold-blooded culprit. (115 mins.)
“ The only animation on the list, the film is influenced by 40's film-noir storytelling, 70's music and late 80's John Woo action films. ” - killa_man23
 
64.
Gangster's Paradise: Jerusalema (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A young hoodlum's rise from a small-time criminal to a powerful crime entrepreneur during the turbulent years before and after the fall of apartheid. (119 mins.)
Director: Ralph Ziman
“ Set in 90's South Africa and well acted. ” - killa_man23
 
65.
A Bronx Tale (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A father becomes worried when a local gangster befriends his son in the Bronx in the 1960s. (121 mins.)
Director: Robert De Niro
“ De Niro's directorial debut, based on Chazz Palminteri's childhood and influenced heavily by Martin Scorsese's style of directing. ” - killa_man23
 
66.
Outrage (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
The boss of a major crime syndicate orders his lieutenant to bring a rogue gang of drug traffickers in line, a job that gets passed on to his long-suffering subordinate. (109 mins.)
Director: Takeshi Kitano
“ After taking a decade long break from the Yakuza/gangster genre, acclaimed director and actor Takeshi Kitano returns and all hell breaks loose in this violent gangster film. ” - killa_man23
 
67.
36th Precinct (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
In the underbelly of the Parisian criminal world, the Police are frustrated by a gang committing a series of violent robberies... (111 mins.)
Director: Olivier Marchal
“ Critically accliamed and hailed by many as the French 'Heat'. ” - killa_man23
 
68.
Clockers (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Young drug pushers in the projects of Brooklyn live hard dangerous lives, trapped between their drug bosses and the detectives out to stop them. (128 mins.)
Director: Spike Lee
“ One of Spike Lee's best films featuring a stellar cast. ” - killa_man23
 
69.
Exiled (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A friendship is formed between an ex-gangster, and two groups of hitmen - those who want to protect him and those who were sent to kill him. (110 mins.)
Director: Johnnie To
“ A very slow paced film from the man that gave us 'Election Vol. 1 and 2'. ” - killa_man23
 
70.
Gangs of New York (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
In 1863, Amsterdam Vallon returns to the Five Points area of New York City seeking revenge against Bill the Butcher, his father's killer. (167 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
“ Daniel-Day Lewis as Bill the Butcher is unforgettable. ” - killa_man23
 
71.
The Killer (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A disillusioned assassin accepts one last hit in hopes of using his earnings to restore vision to a singer he accidentally blinded, only to be double-crossed by his boss. (111 mins.)
Director: John Woo
“ John Woo. Yun-Fat Chow. Classic. ” - killa_man23
 
72.
Animal Kingdom (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A seventeen year-old navigates his survival amongst an explosive criminal family and the detective who thinks he can save him. (113 mins.)
Director: David Michôd
“ Austrailian and as gritty as they come. ” - killa_man23
 
73.
Tell No One (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Police find two bodies at an old murder scene and evidence to suggest the first victim's husband is a murderer. The husband receives clues suggesting his deceased wife is actually alive and begins to investigate. (131 mins.)
Director: Guillaume Canet
“ A man loses his wife and 8 years later is the prime suspect for the murder. After finding out she may still be alive, he roams the dangerous neighborhoods in Paris, chased by the police and aided by local gangsters in search of her. Another French gem. ” - killa_man23
 
74.
Paid in Full (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A young man from Harlem, forced to cope with the 1980s drug scene, builds an illegal empire, only to have a crisis of conscience. (97 mins.)
“ Set in Harlem during the 80's chronicling the rise and fall of one of New York's biggest drug kingpins. ” - killa_man23
 
75.
New Jack City (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A crime lord ascends to power and becomes megalomaniacal while a maverick police detective vows to stop him. (97 mins.)
“ Wesley Snipes' Nino Brown should've won him at least an Oscar nomination. The film features a young Chris Rock as a drug addict turned informant as well as Ice-T as the lead detective chasing Snipes. ” - killa_man23
 
76.
Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Bonnie Parker, a bored waitress falls in love with an ex-con named Clyde Barrow and together they start a violent crime spree through the country, robbing cars and banks. (111 mins.)
Director: Arthur Penn
“ The cultural icons and infamous bank robbers/lovers get the movie treatment and feature a great cast, including Gene Hackman. ” - killa_man23
 
77.
White Heat (1949)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A psychopathic criminal with a mother complex makes a daring break from prison and leads his old gang in a chemical plant payroll heist. Shortly after the plan takes place, events take a crazy turn. (114 mins.)
Director: Raoul Walsh
“ James Cagney, the king of gangster films and the iconic 'bad guy' stars in White Heat, his best film ever. ” - killa_man23
 
78.
The Godfather: Part III (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
In the midst of trying to legitimize his business dealings in New York and Italy in 1979, aging Mafia don Michael Corleone seeks to avow for his sins while taking a young protégé under his wing. (162 mins.)
“ Perhaps not as great as the first two but still ambitious in continuing the Michael Corleone saga. ” - killa_man23
 
79.
Mean Streets (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A small-time hood aspires to work his way up the ranks of a local mob. (112 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
“ Scorsese's and Robert De Niro's first film together. Also starring Harvey Keitel. ” - killa_man23
 
80.
Blood In, Blood Out (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Based on the true life experiences of poet Jimmy Santiago Baca, the film focuses on half-brothers Paco and Cruz... (180 mins.)
Director: Taylor Hackford
“ A powerful epic centered around three friends taking different paths while trying to stay alive in the violent Hispanic gang subculture of 1970's East L.A. ” - killa_man23
 
81.
Get Carter (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
When his brother dies under mysterious circumstances in a car accident, London gangster Jack Carter travels to Newcastle to investigate. (112 mins.)
Director: Mike Hodges
“ One of the most loved revenge films ever and one of Michael Caine's many best lead performances. ” - killa_man23
 
82.
The Getaway (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A recently released ex-con and his loyal wife go on the run after a heist goes awry. (123 mins.)
Director: Sam Peckinpah
“ One of Steve McQueen's many memorable performances. ” - killa_man23
 
83.
Grosse Pointe Blank (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Martin Blank is a professional assassin. He is sent on a mission to a small Detroit suburb, Grosse Pointe, and, by coincidence, his ten-year high school reunion party is taking place there at the same time. (107 mins.)
Director: George Armitage
“ A contract killer returns to his hometown during his high school reunion and finds out that his next target is actually a girl he stood up at the prom. Black comedy at its finest. ” - killa_man23
 
84.
Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Terence McDonagh is a drug- and gambling-addled detective in post-Katrina New Orleans investigating the killing of five Senegalese immigrants. (122 mins.)
Director: Werner Herzog
“ Nicolas Cage in his best performance since 'Adaptation'. Features black humor and set against the backdrop of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Co-starring Val Kilmer and Xzibit. ” - killa_man23
 
85.
Bugsy (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
The story of how Bugsy Siegel started Las Vegas. (136 mins.)
Director: Barry Levinson
“ An epic biopic about the man who created Las Vegas. ” - killa_man23
 
86.
Felon (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A family man convicted of killing an intruder must cope with life afterward in the violent penal system. (104 mins.)
Director: Ric Roman Waugh
“ Method actor Val Kilmer tattoos up and disappears into the role of a prisoner serving death row helping an innocent man (Stephen Dorff) survive prison, the SHU program and a sadistic prison guard. ” - killa_man23
 
87.
Cell 211 (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
The story of two men on different sides of a prison riot -- the inmate leading the rebellion and the young guard trapped in the revolt, who poses as a prisoner in a desperate attempt to survive the ordeal. (113 mins.)
Director: Daniel Monzón
“ The inmates run the asylum and a guard tries to blend in as he is knocked out and left in a cell on his fist day on the job as a riot breaks out. The Basque mob is the only gangster element here but it's still a modern great and will be remade by Hollywood soon. ” - killa_man23
 
88.
The Warriors (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
In the near future, a charismatic leader summons the street gangs of New York City in a bid to take it over. When he is killed, The Warriors are falsely blamed and now must fight their way home while every other gang is hunting them down. (92 mins.)
Director: Walter Hill
“ One of the most loved cult classic of all time. ” - killa_man23
 
89.
A Better Tomorrow (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A reforming ex-gangster tries to reconcile with his estranged policeman brother, but the ties to his former gang are difficult to break. (95 mins.)
Director: John Woo
“ John Woo's first blockbuster. Yes, Yun-Fat Chow is there too. ” - killa_man23
 
90.
Sunflower (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Released from prison, Taesik goes to live with an adopted mother. He takes a job and tries to live a quiet life with his new family. His efforts are threatened when a politician seeks to knock the family restaurant down to build a mall. (116 mins.)
Director: Seok-beom Kang
“ Another reason why South Korea is flawless when it comes to making films about gangsters. ” - killa_man23
 
91.
Colors (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
An experienced cop and his rookie partner patrol the streets of East Los Angeles while trying to keep the gang violence under control. (120 mins.)
Director: Dennis Hopper
“ The film focuses mostly on the police's side during the height of the Regan commissioned 'war on drugs'. Sean Penn plays a racist beat cop mentored by the veteran Robert Duvall. Also starring Don Cheadle and Damon Wayans. ” - killa_man23
 
92.
A Dirty Carnival (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Byung-du is a 29-year-old career criminal, working for the middle-rank enforcer Sang-chul. Burdened... (141 mins.)
Director: Yoo Ha
“ This film explores the rise and fall of a frustrated, low level captain blinded his quest to become more powerful and in the criminal world. ” - killa_man23
 
93.
Blow (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The story of George Jung, the man who established the American cocaine market in the 1970s. (124 mins.)
Director: Ted Demme
“ Before Frank Lucas, there was George Jung. Johnny Depp proves why he's one of Hollywood's highest paid actors. ” - killa_man23
 
94.
Juice (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Four inner-city teenagers get caught up in the pursuit of power and happiness, which they refer to as "the juice". (95 mins.)
“ Tupac Shakur and the always exceptional Omar Epps star in this film about four friends growing up in the early 90's hip-hop, b-boy scene of Queens, NY and the disintegration of their relationships after a botched robbery. ” - killa_man23
 
95.
State of Grace (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Terry Noonan returns home to New York's Hells Kitchen after a ten year absence. He soon hooks up with... (134 mins.)
“ Sean Penn gives a great performance in this gangster film set in Hell's Kitchen, but the highlight of the movie as usual is Gary Oldman. ” - killa_man23
 
96.
Desperado (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A gunslinger is embroiled in a war with a local drug runner. (104 mins.)
“ Robert Rodriguez directs this remake of the classic and more violent 'El Mariachi'. ” - killa_man23
 
97.
Alpha Dog (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A drama based on the life of Jesse James Hollywood, a drug dealer who became one of the youngest men ever to be on the FBI's most wanted list. (118 mins.)
Director: Nick Cassavetes
“ Justin Timberlake's breakout role. ” - killa_man23
 
98.
Cop Land (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
The sheriff of a suburban New Jersey community populated by New York City police officers slowly discovers the town is a front for mob connections and corruption. (105 mins.)
Director: James Mangold
“ An A-List cast in this film about a good cop (Stallone) trying to infiltrate and stop corrupt cops with ties to the mob. ” - killa_man23
 
99.
We Own the Night (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A New York nightclub manager tries to save his brother and father from Russian mafia hit men. (117 mins.)
Director: James Gray
“ Another film about the Russian mafia but not as good as the ones ranked higher up. ” - killa_man23
 
100.
Ichi the Killer (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
As sadomasochistic yakuza enforcer Kakihara searches for his missing boss he comes across Ichi, a repressed and psychotic killer who may be able to inflict levels of pain that Kakihara has only dreamed of. (129 mins.)
Director: Takashi Miike
“ Be warned, this is as violent as they come. ” - killa_man23