Best Gangster Movie.

Still a work in progress. Any suggestions of movies to watch or that I have forgotten would be much appreciated. The list are not in order. Thanks and peace for all.
View:
Log in to copy items to your own lists.
1.
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
 
2.
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
 
3.
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
 
4.
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.)
 
5.
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 his crime syndicate stretching from Lake Tahoe, Nevada to pre-revolution 1958 Cuba. (202 mins.)
 
6.
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.)
 
7.
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
 
8.
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
 
9.
The Sopranos (1999 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.2/10 X  
New Jersey mob boss, Tony Soprano, deals with personal and professional issues in his home and business life. (55 mins.)
 
10.
Gotti (1996 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
John Gotti rises to head the powerful Gambino crime family before being convicted in 1992 of racketeering and murder. (116 mins.)
Director: Robert Harmon
 
11.
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
 
12.
Witness to the Mob (1998 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Sammy 'The Bull' Gravano was mafiosi. He started out as a soldier, but his talent for murder, including the slayings of his best friends... (124 mins.)
 
13.
Dirty (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
Two gangbangers-turned-cops try and cover up a scandal within the LAPD. (97 mins.)
Director: Chris Fisher
 
14.
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.)
 
15.
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.)
 
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
 
17.
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
 
18.
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
 
19.
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
 
20.
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
 
21.
King of New York (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A former drug lord returns from prison determined to wipe out all his competition and distribute the profits of his operations to New York's poor and lower classes in this stylish and ultra violent modern twist on Robin Hood. (103 mins.)
Director: Abel Ferrara
 
22.
Last Man Standing (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A drifting gunslinger-for-hire finds himself in the middle of an ongoing war between the Irish and Italian mafia in a Prohibition era ghost town. (101 mins.)
Director: Walter Hill
 
23.
Public Enemies (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
The Feds try to take down notorious American gangsters John Dillinger, Baby Face Nelson and Pretty Boy Floyd during a booming crime wave in the 1930s. (140 mins.)
Director: Michael Mann
 
24.
Killing Them Softly (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Jackie Cogan is an enforcer hired to restore order after three dumb guys rob a Mob protected card game, causing the local criminal economy to collapse. (97 mins.)
Director: Andrew Dominik
 
25.
Revolver (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Gambler Jake Green enters into a game with potentially deadly consequences. (111 mins.)
Director: Guy Ritchie
 
26.
Knockaround Guys (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
The wannabe sons of mobsters go to a remote town in the Midwest, and get themselves into more trouble than anyone could anticipate. (92 mins.)
 
27.
The Funeral (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
New York City, the 1930s. A powerful crime family is caught in a lethal crossfire between union organizers and brutal corporate bosses... (99 mins.)
Director: Abel Ferrara
 
28.
Get Carter (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  
Years ago, Jack Carter left his Seattle home to become a Las Vegas mob casino financial enforcer. He... (102 mins.)
Director: Stephen Kay
 
29.
Capone (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
The story of the rise and fall of the infamous Chicago gangster Al Capone and the control he exhibited over the city during the prohibition years... (101 mins.)
Director: Steve Carver
 
30.
Lawless (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Set in Depression-era Franklin County, Virginia, a trio of bootlegging brothers are threatened by a new special deputy and other authorities angling for a cut of their profits. (116 mins.)
Director: John Hillcoat
 
31.
Miller's Crossing (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 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
 
32.
Empire (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
A successful South Bronx drug dealer turns his back on his roots and gives money to a Wall Street broker to invest for him. (90 mins.)
Director: Franc. Reyes
 
33.
Gangster Squad (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
It's 1949 Los Angeles, the city is run by gangsters and a malicious mobster, Mickey Cohen. Determined to end the corruption, John O'Mara assembles a team of cops, ready to take down the ruthless leader and restore peace to the city. (113 mins.)
Director: Ruben Fleischer
 
34.
Mean Streets (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A small-time hood struggles with a moral crisis regarding his friends, family, business, and his conflicting religious beliefs. (112 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
 
35.
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 where he becomes a mafia kingpin. (155 mins.)
Director: Jacques Audiard
 
36.
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
 
37.
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
 
38.
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
 
39.
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
 
40.
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
 
41.
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.)
 
42.
Lucky Number Slevin (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A case of mistaken identity lands Slevin into the middle of a war being plotted by two of the city's most rival crime bosses: The Rabbi and The Boss. Slevin is under constant surveillance by relentless Detective Brikowski as well as the infamous assassin Goodkat and finds himself having to hatch his own ingenious plot to get them before they get him. (110 mins.)
Director: Paul McGuigan
 
43.
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
 
44.
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.)
 
45.
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
 
46.
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
 
47.
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
 
48.
Gangster No. 1 (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Chronicles the rise and fall of a prominent, and particularly ruthless English gangster. (103 mins.)
Director: Paul McGuigan
 
49.
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.)
 
50.
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.)
 
51.
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
 
52.
Rise of the Footsoldier (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
The life of career criminal Carlton Leach. (119 mins.)
Director: Julian Gilbey
 
53.
Harlem Nights (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
During the 1920s, a New York illegal gambling house owner and his associates must deal with strong competition, gangsters and corrupt cops in order to stay in business. (116 mins.)
Director: Eddie Murphy
 
54.
Mean Streets (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A small-time hood struggles with a moral crisis regarding his friends, family, business, and his conflicting religious beliefs. (112 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
 
55.
Excellent Cadavers (1999 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Fact based story about the political battle that was waged against the Mafia in Sicily during the late 1980's and early 1990's... (86 mins.)
Director: Ricky Tognazzi
 
56.
Kill the Irishman (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
The true story of Danny Greene, a tough Irish thug working for mobsters in Cleveland during the 1970's. (106 mins.)
 
57.
The Hitmen Diaries: Charlie Valentine (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
Charlie Valentine (Raymond J. Barry), notorious crime boss/mobster, attempts to pull one last heist before slipping into "retirement"... (96 mins.)
 
58.
The St. Valentine's Day Massacre (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Al Capone's Valentine Day surprise for the rival Bugs Moran gang in 1929 Chicago. (100 mins.)
Director: Roger Corman
 
59.
Dillinger and Capone (1995 Video)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
July 22, 1934 - outside Chicago's Biograph Theater, a barrage of FBI bullets brings down John Dillinger... (95 mins.)
Director: Jon Purdy
 
60.
Hoodlum (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Black gangsters in 1930 Harlem fights Dutch Schultz who is trying to horn in on their numbers racket. (130 mins.)
Director: Bill Duke
 
61.
Scarface (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
An ambitious and near insanely violent gangster climbs the ladder of success in the mob, but his weaknesses prove to be his downfall. (93 mins.)
 
62.
Boss of Bosses (2001 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
The story of the rise and fall of the powerful New York City organized crime boss, Paul Castellano. (93 mins.)
Director: Dwight Little
 
63.
Lucky Luciano (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Lucky Luciano is one of the bosses of the Mafia. He orders the slaughter of 40 other responsibles, therefore becoming the only boss... (105 mins.)
Director: Francesco Rosi
 
64.
Bonanno: A Godfather's Story (1999 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
The true life story of mafia boss Joesph Bonanno. The story spans from Bonanno's early beginings in Italy, to his conquests in America. (170 mins.)
Director: Michel Poulette
 
65.
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
 
66.
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
 
67.
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.)
 
68.
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.)
 
69.
The Wire (2002 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.4/10 X  
Baltimore drug scene, seen through the eyes of drug dealers and law enforcement. (59 mins.)
 
70.
Gangster's Paradise: Jerusalema (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 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
 
71.
Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A somewhat romanticized account of the career of the notoriously violent bank robbing couple and their gang. (111 mins.)
Director: Arthur Penn
 
72.
Find Me Guilty (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Based on the true story of Jack DiNorscio, a mobster who defended himself in court for what would be the longest mafia trial in U.S. history. (125 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
 
73.
The Sicilian Girl (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
The true story of 17-year-old Sicilian Rita Atria (Veronica D'Agostino) -- who broke the Sicilian Mafia's... (115 mins.)
Director: Marco Amenta
 
74.
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
 
75.
Family (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
When the mobster Iwaida Nishikawi is executed by the hit man Takeshi, his family chases the killer.... (111 mins.)
Director: Takashi Miike
 
76.
The Valachi Papers (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
When Joe Valachi (Charles Bronson) has a price put on his head by Don Vito Genovese (Lino Ventura),... (110 mins.)
Director: Terence Young
 
77.
The Hit (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Two hit men pick up ex-gangster Willie to escort him back to Paris to face his betrayed colleagues. The road trip suffers from complications. (98 mins.)
Director: Stephen Frears
 
78.
The Death Collector (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
Neighborhood kid goes to work for the Mafia as a debt collector. (85 mins.)
Director: Ralph De Vito
 
79.
The Krays (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
This fact-based movie follows the life of the twin crime-lords in London's '60s underworld. (115 mins.)
Director: Peter Medak
 
80.
10th & Wolf (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A former street tough returns to his Philadelphia home after a stint in the military. Back on his home turf, he once again finds himself tangling with the mob boss who was instrumental in his going off to be a soldier. (107 mins.)
Director: Bobby Moresco
 
81.
Young and Dangerous (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Nam opens a bar in Wanchai and continues his rise in Hong Kong's Hung Hing gang. His best friend, Chicken... (97 mins.)
Director: Mr. Andrew Lau
 
82.
Gangs of Wasseypur (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A clash between Sultan and Shahid Khan leads to the expulsion of Khan from Wasseypur, and ignites a deadly blood feud spanning three generations. (320 mins.)
Director: Anurag Kashyap
 
83.
Narcos (2015 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
A chronicled look at the criminal exploits of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar. (49 mins.)
 
84.
Boardwalk Empire (2010 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
An Atlantic City politician plays both sides of the law, conspiring with gangsters during the Prohibition era. (55 mins.)
 
85.
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
 
86.
The Connection (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A French police magistrate spends years trying to take down one of the country's most powerful drug rings. (135 mins.)
Director: Cédric Jimenez
 
87.
Vaastav: The Reality (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Consequences force an innocent man to get involved in crime after making an error. (145 mins.)
 
88.
Flickering Lights (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Four small-time gangsters from Copenhagen trick a gangster boss: they take over 4,000,000 kroner which they were supposed to bring him... (109 mins.)