20 Greatest Gangster Movies

The Godfather

The Godfather…

Gangster Movies: (ca. 1972) Vito Corleone is the aging Don of the Corleone Mafia Family. His youngest son Michael has returned …

The Godfather: Part 2

The Godfather: Part 2…

Gangster Movies: The original Godfather is a brilliant work. It is in a sense a voyeuristic delight, allowing us to see …

Goodfellas

Goodfellas…

“As far back as I can remember, I’ve always wanted to be a gangster.” — Henry Hill, Brooklyn, N.Y. 1955.

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Pulp Fiction

Pulp Fiction…

Gangster Movies: (ca. 1994) Quentin Tarantino directed, co-wrote, and co-stars in this cinematic masterpiece. Pulp Fiction is best known for its …

Scarface

Scarface…

Gangster Movies: (ca. 1983) Remake of the classic gangster film of the same name, Scarface, made in 1932. Our story follows …

Casino

Casino…

Gangster Movies: (ca. 1995) This Martin Scorsese film, based on a true story, depicts the Janus-like quality of the Las Vegas …

Scarface 1932

Scarface 1932…

Gangster Movies: (ca. 1932) “Big Louis Costillo”, last of the old world style gang leaders is slain and his former right …

White Heat

White Heat…

Gangster Movies: (ca. 1949) Cody Jarrett is the sadistic leader of a ruthless gang of cut throat criminals. Afflicted by terrible …

The Public Enemy

The Public Enemy…

Gangster Movies: (ca. 1931) Tom Powers and Matt Doyle are best friends and fellow gangsters, working their way up through the …

Little Caesar

Little Caesar…

Gangster Movies: (ca. 1931) With Little Caesar and Public Enemy (1931) Warner Brothers established themselves as the Studio that could produce …

Bonnie and Clyde

Bonnie and Clyde…

Gangster Movies: (ca. 1967) Bonnie Parker is bored with life and wants a change. She gets her chance when she meets …

Get Carter

Get Carter…

Gangster Movies: (ca. 1971) A vicious London gangster, Jack Carter, travels to Newcastle for his brother’s funeral. He begins to suspect …

Donnie Brasco

Donnie Brasco…

Gangster Movies: (ca. 1997) This true story follows undercover FBI agent Joe Pistone as he infiltrates the mafia of New York. …

Carlitos Way

Carlitos Way…

Gangster Movies: (ca. 1993) Carlito Brigante (Al Pacino) is released from jail after serving five years of a much longer stretch. …

Once Upon a Time in America

Once Upon a Time in America…

Gangster Movies: (ca. 1984) Epic, episodic tale of the lives of a small group of New York City Jewish gangsters spanning …

Millers Crossing

Millers Crossing…

Gangster Movies: (ca. 1990) It’s Prohibition era 1930s as Mob wars tear apart the city of crime boss Leo and his …

The Departed

The Departed…

Gangster Movies: (ca. 2006) In South Boston, the state police force is waging war on Irish-American organized crime. Young undercover cop …

King of New York

King of New York…

Gangster Movies: (ca. 1990) Drug lord Frank White (Christopher Walken) is released from Sing-Sing prison after serving a number of years …

State of Grace

State of Grace…

Gangster Movies: (ca. 1990) Terry Noonan returns home to New York’s Hells Kitchen after a ten year absence. He soon hooks …

The Untouchables

The Untouchables…

Gangster Movies: (ca. 1987) In 1919 the Volstead Act was passed which made provisions for the enforcement of the Eighteenth Amendment, …