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1. Cocaine Cowboys (2006)

R | 118 min | Documentary, Crime, History

59 Metascore

In the 1980s, ruthless Colombian cocaine barons invaded Miami with a brand of violence unseen in this country since Prohibition-era Chicago - and it put the city on the map. "Cocaine ... See full summary »

Director: Billy Corben | Stars: Jon Roberts, Al Sunshine, Sam Burstyn, Mickey Munday

Votes: 11,548 | Gross: $0.15M

2. Cocaine Cowboys 2 (2008)

Not Rated | 97 min | Documentary, Crime, History

Set in 1991 on the inner-city streets of Oakland, California, cocaine dealer Charles Cosby has his life changed forever when he writes a fan letter to the "Cocaine Godmother" Griselda ... See full summary »

Director: Billy Corben | Stars: Nelson Andreu, Jorge Ayala, Griselda Blanco, Sam Burstyn

Votes: 2,541

3. Crips and Bloods: Made in America (2008)

Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary, Crime

With a first-person look at the notorious Crips and Bloods, this film examines the conditions that have lead to decades of devastating gang violence among young African Americans growing up in South Los Angeles.

Director: Stacy Peralta | Stars: Jim Brown, Tony Muhammad, Kershaun Scott, Forest Whitaker

Votes: 2,451 | Gross: $0.07M

4. Biggie and Tupac (2002)

R | 108 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

63 Metascore

Documentary on the deaths of Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls and the East Coast/West Coast, hip-hop/rap rivalry that culminated in late 1996 and early 1997.

Director: Nick Broomfield | Stars: The Notorious B.I.G., Tupac Shakur, Nick Broomfield, Russell Poole

Votes: 4,040 | Gross: $0.09M

5. A Very British Gangster (2007)

97 min | Documentary, Crime

59 Metascore

A documentary about one of Britain's most dangerous crime families and introduces us to its magnetic, larger-than-life leader, Dominic Noonan (aka Lattlay Fottfoy).

Director: Donal MacIntyre | Star: Dominic Noonan

Votes: 1,087

6. The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia (2009)

TV-MA | 86 min | Documentary

A year in the life of the White family, well known for Jesco White, the star of the "Dancing Outlaw" documentary.

Director: Julien Nitzberg | Stars: J. Parker Bazzle II, Big & Rich, Ponty's Camper, Derek Wayne Castle

Votes: 3,176

7. American Drug War: The Last White Hope (2007)

Not Rated | 120 min | Documentary, Crime

The War on Drugs has become the longest and most costly war in American history, the question has become, how much more can the country endure? Inspired by the death of four family members ... See full summary »

Director: Kevin Booth | Stars: Joe Arpaio, Jello Biafra, Osama bin Laden, Jeff Blackburn

Votes: 1,542

8. American Drug War 2: Cannabis Destiny (2013)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary

Director Kevin Booth navigates through the cutting edge of Cannabis research while becoming a foster parent to a child court ordered to take powerful mind altering drugs.

Director: Kevin Booth | Stars: Donald Abrams, Miguel Avitia, Dustin J. Benichou, Kevin Booth

Votes: 194

9. Rhyme and Punishment (2011)

Not Rated | 98 min | Documentary, Crime, Music

The gritty elements of urban crime and violence have always had an influence on hip hop culture and rap music. More and more, the trappings of street life have landed popular rap artists ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Spirer | Stars: KRS-One, Beanie Sigel, Prodigy, Cassidy

Votes: 64

10. The End (IV) (2008)

Not Rated | 81 min | Documentary, Crime

The End reveals the bloody history and confessions of the cockney gangster.

Director: Nicola Collins | Stars: Les Falco, Mickey Taheny, Danny Woollard, Mickey Gonella

Votes: 289

11. BMF: The Rise and Fall of a Hip-Hop Drug Empire (2012)

Not Rated | 63 min | Documentary, Crime

THE BLACK MAFIA FAMILY explores the story of the 15-year investigation that resulted in 41 defendants across the country being charged in one of the largest drug conspiracy cases ever.

Director: Don Sikorski | Star: Lewis Matheney

Votes: 112

12. The True Story of Killing Pablo (2002 TV Movie)

Documentary, Crime, History

The career and death of notorious Colombian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar.

Director: David Keane | Stars: David Jeremiah, Mark Bowden, Morris Busby, George Bush

Votes: 279

13. Sugar Wars - The Rise of the Cleveland Mafia (2012)

Not Rated | 64 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

The Sugar Wars chronicles the life of the Lonardos' the first crime family in Cleveland, Ohio. On his deathbed, Angelo Lonardo comes out of hiding at 90 years old to tell the story of the ... See full summary »

Directors: T.J. Amato, Josh Mills | Star: Michael Cipiti

Votes: 14

14. The Real Goodfella (2006 TV Movie)

50 min | Documentary

A documentary chronicling the rise and fall of the gangster Henry Hill.

Director: Simon George | Stars: Rick Borgia, Richard Dillane, Tony Galtieri, Henry Hill

Votes: 97

15. Ghosts of Cité Soleil (2006)

85 min | Documentary, Action, Drama

64 Metascore

In the slum of Cité Soleil, President Aristide's most loyal supporters were ruling as kings. The five major gang leaders were controlling heavily armed young men; the Chiméres. The Secret ... See full summary »

Directors: Asger Leth, Milos Loncarevic | Stars: Winson '2Pac' Jean, Wyclef Jean, James 'Bily' Petit Frère, Éleonore 'Lele' Senlis

Votes: 1,698 | Gross: $0.05M

16. The Iceman Confesses: Secrets of a Mafia Hitman (2001 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 43 min | Documentary, Crime

Richard Kuklinski was a devoted husband, a loving father...and a ruthless killer. A decade after HBO last visited him in prison, the convicted murderer, who freely admits having whacked ... See full summary »

Director: Arthur Ginsberg | Stars: Mark Musto, Rocco Fazzolari, Richard Kuklinski, Richard Lounello

Votes: 1,006

17. The Interrupters (2011)

Unrated | 125 min | Documentary, Crime

86 Metascore

A year in the life of a city grappling with urban violence.

Director: Steve James | Stars: Tio Hardiman, Ameena Matthews, Toya Batey, Cobe Williams

Votes: 3,262 | Gross: $0.28M

18. Gang War: Bangin' in Little Rock (1994)


Raw and unflinching, this pair of award-winning HBO films looks at the death and destruction caused by gang warfare across the United States. With unlimited access, the filmmakers document ... See full synopsis »

Director: Marc Levin

Votes: 117

19. Dancing with the Devil (2009)

105 min | Documentary

Rio de Janeiro. September, 2008. Three men stalk the gloomy back-alleys of the city's notorious slums. Spiderman, a 28-year-old drug lord, embarks on a routine patrol through the shadowy ... See full summary »

Director: Jon Blair

Votes: 156

20. Vanguard (2006– )
Episode: City of God, Guns & Gangs (2011)


Vanguard correspondent Mariana van Zeller investigates Brazil's controversial new plan to wipe out crime, and the criminals themselves, from Rio de Janeiro's favelas before the country ... See full summary »

Star: Mariana van Zeller

Votes: 9

21. Gangsters: America's Most Evil (2012– )
Episode: The Mayor of Harlem: Alberto 'Alpo' Martinez (2012)

TV-14 | 42 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

This episode profiles the rise and fall of Albert "Alpo" Martinez, dubbed the Mayor of Harlem. Alpo and two childhood friends, Azie Faison and Rich Porter, would become kings of the inner ... See full summary »

Star: Cornell Womack

Votes: 13

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