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Best Gangster Movies

Aparna Jadhav
If you are a huge fan of Hollywood action, you have to know which are the best gangster movies produced ever. To remind you, we have them listed here, so take a look.
Among the various genres of movies produced by the film industry till today, one of the most popular and budgeted are gangster movies. Behind the gruesome action and bloodshed targeted in these films, there are simple stories of the men responsible for the mess.

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There have been hundreds of these movies which Hollywood has produced over the years, but there are very few which have left their mark on audiences. Some of these have a blend of excellent direction, applaudable acting, and unexpected story lines, which make them a true treat for audiences.
I am sure you have already made a list of these top movies in your minds! Find out if all your favorite movies are listed here.

Movies about Gangs and Gangsters

Before we start with this fantastic list, let me tell you that there are no comparisons between these really good movies, as they are all unique and legendary in their own ways. Some of these are classics, whereas others, though not appreciated as much, have displayed great stories with an interesting turn of events.
However, with these movies, their lead actors, directors, as well as the characters in the movies have gained fame among their fans. Therefore, without any further delay, let's find out which are these extraordinary creations till today.

The Godfather Trilogy―1972 to 1990

Cast (for all three movies): Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Diane Keaton, John Cazale, James Caan, Talia Shire
Story: It can't get better than the three smashing hits of The Godfather. These legendary and classic movies take the first spot. It started in 1972 and continued till 1990 showing the rise and fall of the Corleone family, one attached to the world of crime.

The Public Enemy―1931

Cast: James Cagney, Jean Harlow, Edward Woods, Joan Blondell, Beryl Mercer, Donald Cook, and Mae Clarke.
Story: This is the story of a young man, who makes his rise as a underworld criminal during the prohibition era in America. Many of the characters are known to be inspired from real people during that time.


Cast: Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Ray Liotta, Paul Sorvino, Lorraine Bracco, Frank Sivero
Story: A beautifully-pictured movie on the lead character, who is part Irish, part Italian, and involved in the American mob for about 10 years. Based on a non-fiction book by Nicholas Pileggi, named 'Wiseguy', it is considered as one of the best action movies of the decade.

Miller's Crossing―1990

Cast: Gabriel Byrne, John Turturro, Marcia Gay Harden, J. E. Freeman, Jon Polito
Story: Another great creation, and known to be one of the '90s best movies. This story revolves round the lead character played by Gabriel Byrne, a protagonist, juggling between the superiority struggle of two very powerful rival gangs in America.

A Bronx Tale―1993

Cast: Robert De Niro, Lillo Brancato, Chazz Palminteri, Francis Capra, Kathrine Narducci, Taral Hicks
Story: Shot on the sets of the American Bronx, this movie was one of the best I ever saw. It tells the story of a young Italian-American teenage boy, who witnesses a murder committed by a mafia boss, who trains him to be his underdog. But he is torn between the duties as a son to his law-abiding father, and a mentor he chooses for himself. One of the best action movies ever, you must see.
Apart from these movies, there are other great hits which are mentioned in the list below. Find out which one's your favorite!
  • Little Caesar (1930)
  • White Heat (1949)
  • Mean Streets (1973)
  • Scarface (1983)
  • Once Upon A Time In America (1984)
  • The Untouchables (1987)
  • Bugsy (1991) (this is also known to be one of the top grossing movies of all time)
  • Reservoir Dogs (1992)
  • Pulp Fiction (1994)
  • Casino (1995)
  • Donnie Brasco (1997)
  • Gangs Of New York (2002)
  • American Gangster (2007)
Even though watching these movies takes a lot of patience, they are among the must-see movies, which you just can't afford to miss.