Gangster Films

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1. Public Enemies: The Golden Age of the Gangster Film (2008 TV Movie)

105 min | Documentary

An exploration into the invention of the crime genre in storytelling and the impact it would have during the infant years of cinema. Early Hollywood stars and directors are examined through... See full summary »

Director: Constantine Nasr | Stars: Alec Baldwin, Rudy Behlmer, Robert Benton, Sheri Chinen Biesen

Votes: 129

2. The Burglar on the Roof (I) (1898)

Not Rated | 1 min | Short, Crime

There is a burglar on the rooftop of a Manhattan office building, and he is trying to break in. Two women spot him, and one of them begins beating him with a broom as they wait for help to ... See full summary »

Director: J. Stuart Blackton | Star: J. Stuart Blackton

Votes: 162

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3. How They Rob Men in Chicago (1900)

1 min | Short, Comedy, Crime

A burlesque on the work of highwaymen in Chicago. An elderly gentleman is sandbagged and robbed by a thug, who inadvertently leaves some money on the victim's prostate body. A policeman ... See full summary »

Director: Wallace McCutcheon

Votes: 98

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4. The Great Train Robbery (1903)

TV-G | 11 min | Short, Action, Western

A group of bandits stage a brazen train hold-up, only to find a determined posse hot on their heels.

Director: Edwin S. Porter | Stars: Gilbert M. 'Broncho Billy' Anderson, A.C. Abadie, George Barnes, Justus D. Barnes

Votes: 14,603

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5. The Black Hand (1906)

11 min | Crime, Drama, Short

Two members of a gang write a threatening letter to a butcher, demanding that he give them money, or else they will harm his family and his shop. The butcher is afraid and upset, but he is ... See full summary »

Director: Wallace McCutcheon | Stars: Anthony O'Sullivan, Robert G. Vignola

Votes: 162

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6. The Musketeers of Pig Alley (1912)

Not Rated | 17 min | Short, Crime, Drama

A young wife and her musician husband live in poverty in a New York City tenement. The husband's job requires him to go away for for a number of days. On his return, he is robbed by the ... See full summary »

Director: D.W. Griffith | Stars: Elmer Booth, Lillian Gish, Clara T. Bracy, Walter Miller

Votes: 1,737

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7. Regeneration (1915)

Passed | 72 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

A boy surrounded by violence grows up to become an infamous gangster.

Director: Raoul Walsh | Stars: Rockliffe Fellowes, Anna Q. Nilsson, William Sheer, John McCann

Votes: 976

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8. The Penalty (1920)

Passed | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

A deformed criminal mastermind plans to loot the city of San Francisco as well as revenge himself on the doctor who mistakenly amputated his legs.

Director: Wallace Worsley | Stars: Charles Clary, Doris Pawn, Jim Mason, Lon Chaney

Votes: 1,781

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9. Outside the Law (1920)

Passed | 75 min | Crime, Romance, Thriller

In this early collaboration with director Tod Browning (Dracula, Freaks), Chaney delivers a dual performance of dramatic intensity, starring as Ah Wing, a kind-hearted student of Confucian ... See full summary »

Director: Tod Browning | Stars: Priscilla Dean, Wheeler Oakman, Lon Chaney, Ralph Lewis

Votes: 412

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10. The Unholy Three (1925)

Passed | 86 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

A sideshow ventriloquist, midget, and strongman form a conspiracy known as "The Unholy Three" and commit a series of robberies.

Director: Tod Browning | Stars: Lon Chaney, Mae Busch, Matt Moore, Victor McLaglen

Votes: 1,465 | Gross: $0.70M

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11. Underworld (1927)

Not Rated | 80 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Boisterous gangster kingpin Bull Weed rehabilitates his former lawyer from his alcoholic haze, but complications arise when he falls for Weed's girlfriend.

Directors: Josef von Sternberg, Arthur Rosson | Stars: George Bancroft, Clive Brook, Evelyn Brent, Fred Kohler

Votes: 2,095 | Gross: $0.75M

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12. The Racket (1928)

Passed | 84 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

An honest police captain vows to bring down a powerful bootlegger who is protected by corrupt politicians and judges.

Director: Lewis Milestone | Stars: Thomas Meighan, Louis Wolheim, Marie Prevost, G. Pat Collins

Votes: 884

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13. Lights of New York (1928)

Approved | 57 min | Crime, Drama

Two men are conned into bootlegging business.

Director: Bryan Foy | Stars: Helene Costello, Cullen Landis, Mary Carr, Wheeler Oakman

Votes: 643 | Gross: $1.20M

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14. The Doorway to Hell (1930)

Passed | 78 min | Crime, Drama

Lou Ricarno is a smart guy. His plan is to organize the various gangs in Chicago so that the mugs will not liquidate each other. WIth the success of his leadership, Louie prospers, marries ... See full summary »

Director: Archie Mayo | Stars: Lew Ayres, James Cagney, Charles Judels, Dorothy Mathews

Votes: 760

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15. The Widow from Chicago (1930)

Not Rated | 64 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

Vice lord Dominic has brought Swifty Dorgan east to do a job for him. When Swifty appears to have died falling from a train, detective Henderson impersonates him hoping to get into the mob.... See full summary »

Director: Edward F. Cline | Stars: Alice White, Edward G. Robinson, Neil Hamilton, Frank McHugh

Votes: 296

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16. The Criminal Code (1931)

Passed | 97 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

After a failed attempt at running for governor, D.A. Mark Brady is appointed warden of the state prison where many of the criminals he prosecuted are incarcerated.

Director: Howard Hawks | Stars: Walter Huston, Phillips Holmes, Constance Cummings, Boris Karloff

Votes: 724

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17. Little Caesar (1931)

Not Rated | 79 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A small-time criminal moves to a big city to seek bigger fortune.

Director: Mervyn LeRoy | Stars: Edward G. Robinson, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Glenda Farrell, William Collier Jr.

Votes: 10,412

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18. The Gang Buster (1931)

65 min | Comedy, Crime

Na├»ve insurance agent 'Cyclone' Case falls in love with Sylvia Martine, whose father has a dispute with gangster Mike Slade. When Sylvia is kidnapped by Slade and his gang, 'Cyclone' ... See full summary »

Director: A. Edward Sutherland | Stars: Jack Oakie, Jean Arthur, William 'Stage' Boyd, Wynne Gibson

Votes: 35

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19. The Finger Points (1931)

Unrated | 90 min | Crime, Drama

Rookie reporter receives bribes from gangsters to suspend negative press.

Director: John Francis Dillon | Stars: Richard Barthelmess, Fay Wray, Regis Toomey, Robert Elliott

Votes: 306

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20. City Streets (1931)

Passed | 83 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Man joins a gang to free his girlfriend from prison.

Director: Rouben Mamoulian | Stars: Gary Cooper, Sylvia Sidney, Paul Lukas, William 'Stage' Boyd

Votes: 1,085

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21. The Secret 6 (1931)

Passed | 83 min | Crime, Drama

After rising bootlegger Slaughterhouse Scorpio eliminates his gangland competition, two reporters and a cabal of six businessmen work to expose him.

Director: George W. Hill | Stars: Wallace Beery, Lewis Stone, Johnny Mack Brown, Jean Harlow

Votes: 637

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22. The Public Enemy (1931)

Not Rated | 83 min | Crime, Drama

A young hoodlum rises up through the ranks of the Chicago underworld, even as a gangster's accidental death threatens to spark a bloody mob war.

Director: William A. Wellman | Stars: James Cagney, Jean Harlow, Edward Woods, Joan Blondell

Votes: 15,580

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24. The Vice Squad (1931)

81 min | Crime, Drama

A diplomat is blackmailed by crooked vice cops into helping them frame prostitutes.

Director: John Cromwell | Stars: Paul Lukas, Kay Francis, Judith Wood, William B. Davidson

Votes: 56

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25. Smart Money (1931)

Passed | 81 min | Crime, Drama

Immigrant Greek barber has uncommon skills in playing poker and soon rises in the seedy world of illegal gambling, but pretty blondes remain his Achilles' heel.

Director: Alfred E. Green | Stars: Edward G. Robinson, James Cagney, Evalyn Knapp, Ralf Harolde

Votes: 1,433

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27. Homicide Squad (1931)

70 min | Crime, Drama

The police use a gangster's son to get to him.

Directors: Edward L. Cahn, George Melford | Stars: Leo Carrillo, Noah Beery, Mary Brian, Russell Gleason

Votes: 12

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28. The Tip-Off (1931)

71 min | Comedy, Crime

Eddie Quillan falls in love with a gangster's girlfriend but avoids trouble when he becomes friends with Robert Armstrong and his girlfriend

Director: Albert S. Rogell | Stars: Eddie Quillan, Robert Armstrong, Ginger Rogers, Joan Peers

Votes: 182

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29. The Ruling Voice (1931)

TV-G | 76 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

For the love and respect of his daughter, a crime boss reconsiders his involvement in the extortion racket he's built.

Director: Rowland V. Lee | Stars: Walter Huston, Loretta Young, Dudley Digges, David Manners

Votes: 141

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30. Blonde Crazy (1931)

TV-G | 79 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

The adventures of an egoistic con man and his glamorous accomplice.

Director: Roy Del Ruth | Stars: James Cagney, Joan Blondell, Louis Calhern, Noel Francis

Votes: 1,306

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31. The Guilty Generation (1931)

Approved | 82 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

A Romeo and Juliet love story between the son of a brutal Italian bootlegger and the daughter of his bitter ex-partner, who is engaged in a blood feud with his one-time friend.

Director: Rowland V. Lee | Stars: Leo Carrillo, Constance Cummings, Robert Young, Leslie Fenton

Votes: 220

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32. Night Beat (1931)

61 min | Crime, Drama

A young couple finds themselves mixed up with mobsters planning to rob a warehouse.

Director: George B. Seitz | Stars: Jack Mulhall, Patsy Ruth Miller, Walter McGrail, Harry Cording

Votes: 28

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33. The Hatchet Man (1932)

74 min | Crime, Drama

Hatchet man is ordered to kill his close friend for the sake of Tong.

Director: William A. Wellman | Stars: Edward G. Robinson, Loretta Young, Dudley Digges, Leslie Fenton

Votes: 615

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34. The Beast of the City (1932)

Passed | 86 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Police Chief Jim Fitzpatrick ruthlessly goes after organized crime and is prepared to use brutal and violent methods to fight it.

Director: Charles Brabin | Stars: Walter Huston, Jean Harlow, Wallace Ford, Jean Hersholt

Votes: 924 | Gross: $0.41M

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35. Behind the Mask (1932)

Passed | 68 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery

An undercover Federal officer serving time in prison fakes his escape in order to infiltrate a heroin smuggling ring.

Director: John Francis Dillon | Stars: Jack Holt, Constance Cummings, Boris Karloff, Claude King

Votes: 186

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36. Scarface (1932)

PG | 93 min | Action, Crime, Drama

An ambitious and nearly insane violent gangster climbs the ladder of success in the mob, but his weaknesses prove to be his downfall.

Directors: Howard Hawks, Richard Rosson | Stars: Paul Muni, Ann Dvorak, Karen Morley, Osgood Perkins

Votes: 22,398

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37. State's Attorney (1932)

Passed | 79 min | Drama

Attorney Tom Cardigan is the discontented "mouthpiece" for Vanny Powers' mob. When Tom takes sweet June Perry as his mistress, she tries in vain to redeem him. But Powers decides Tom would ... See full summary »

Director: George Archainbaud | Stars: John Barrymore, Helen Twelvetrees, Jill Esmond, William 'Stage' Boyd

Votes: 279

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38. The Mouthpiece (1932)

Unrated | 86 min | Drama

Prosecutor becomes a defense attorney after an innocent man is sent to an electric chair.

Directors: James Flood, Elliott Nugent | Stars: Warren William, Sidney Fox, Aline MacMahon, John Wray

Votes: 410

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39. Two Seconds (1932)

67 min | Drama, Thriller

A condemned murderer, in the process of being executed, relives the events that led to his being sentenced to die in the electric chair.

Director: Mervyn LeRoy | Stars: Edward G. Robinson, Vivienne Osborne, Guy Kibbee, Preston Foster

Votes: 783

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40. Love Is a Racket (1932)

Unrated | 71 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Jimmy writes the 'Up and Down Broadway' column for the New York Globe, and he is head over heels for Mary. But Mary is more interested in her career and is looking at starring on Broadway ... See full summary »

Director: William A. Wellman | Stars: Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Ann Dvorak, Frances Dee, Lee Tracy

Votes: 357

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41. Unashamed (1932)

Passed | 77 min | Drama

Dick will do anything to protect his sister Jean as would her father. But she is in love with sleazy Harry Swift who has his eye on her money. When Harry has her stay with him at a hotel ... See full summary »

Director: Harry Beaumont | Stars: Helen Twelvetrees, Robert Young, Lewis Stone, Jean Hersholt

Votes: 142

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42. Jewel Robbery (1932)

Passed | 68 min | Comedy, Crime, Romance

A gentleman thief charms a Viennese baron's wife and also conducts a daring daylight robbery of a jewellers.

Director: William Dieterle | Stars: William Powell, Kay Francis, Helen Vinson, Hardie Albright

Votes: 1,454

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43. Madame Racketeer (1932)

72 min | Comedy

International con artist Martha Hicks a.k.a. Countess von Claudwig is released from another stay in prison and decides to treat her rheumatism with a stay at her estranged husband's hotel ... See full summary »

Directors: Harry Wagstaff Gribble, Alexander Hall | Stars: Alison Skipworth, Richard Bennett, George Raft, John Breeden

Votes: 34

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44. The Last Mile (1932)

Passed | 75 min | Crime, Drama

An innocent man sentenced to death gets caught up in a prison riot.

Director: Samuel Bischoff | Stars: Howard Phillips, Preston Foster, George E. Stone, Noel Madison

Votes: 288

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45. 70,000 Witnesses (1932)

69 min | Mystery, Sport

College football player (Phillips Holmes)is asked to dope a star teammate by his crooked gambler brother(Lew Cody).He refuses, but they player is doped anyway,and collapses and dies. A ... See full summary »

Director: Ralph Murphy | Stars: Phillips Holmes, Dorothy Jordan, Charles Ruggles, Johnny Mack Brown

Votes: 31

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46. The Crooked Circle (1932)

Passed | 70 min | Comedy, Mystery

A group of amateur detectives sets out to expose The Crooked Circle, a secretive group of hooded occultists.

Director: H. Bruce Humberstone | Stars: Zasu Pitts, James Gleason, Ben Lyon, Irene Purcell

Votes: 249

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47. I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932)

Passed | 92 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Wrongly convicted James Allen serves in the intolerable conditions of a southern chain gang, which later comes back to haunt him.

Director: Mervyn LeRoy | Stars: Paul Muni, Glenda Farrell, Helen Vinson, Noel Francis

Votes: 10,270

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48. Central Park (1932)

58 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

Gangsters posing as police officers offer a woman a chance to make money if she helps them out.

Director: John G. Adolfi | Stars: Joan Blondell, Wallace Ford, Guy Kibbee, Henry B. Walthall

Votes: 206

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