50 Best Gangster Movies For The Action Loving Audience

Here is a list of 50 gangster movies that will blow your mind! Go grab some popcorn and soda because here it goes.

1. The Godfather

The Godfather


Director: Francis Ford Coppola

Plot:The aging head of an organized crime empire transfers control of his concealed empire to his reluctant son.

Starring:Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, and James Caan.

2. Goodfellas



Director:Martin Scorsese

Plot: Henry Hill and his friends work their way up through the mob hierarchy.

Starring:Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta and Joe Pesci

3. The Godfather Part II

The Godfather Part II


Director:Francis Ford Coppola

Plot: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.

Starring:Al Pacino, Robert De Niro and Robert Duvall

4. The Departed

The Departed

Release: 2006

Director: Martin Scorsese

Plot:An undercover state cop who has infiltrated an Irish gang and a mole in the police force working for the same mob race to track down and identify each other before being exposed to the enemy, after both sides realize their outfit has a rat.

Starring:Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, and Jack Nicholson

5. City of God

City of God

Release: 2002

Director:Katia Lund and Fernando Meirelles

Plot:Two boys growing up in a violent neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro take different paths: one becomes a photographer, the other a drug dealer.

Starring:Alexandre Rodrigues, Matheus Nachtergaele, and Leandro Firmino

6. Pulp Fiction

Pulp Fiction

Release: 1994

Director:Quentin Tarantino

Plot: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.

Starring:John Travolta and Uma Thurman

7. A Prophet

A Prophet

Release: 2009

Director:Jacques Audiard

Plot:A young Arab man is sent to a French prison where he becomes a mafia kingpin.

Starring:Tahar Rahim, Niels Arestrup, and Adel Bencherif

8. Scarface


Release: 1983

Director:Brian De Palma

Plot:In 1980 Miami, a determined Cuban immigrant takes over a drug cartel while succumbing to greed.

Starring:Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Steven Bauer

Academy awards:None

9. The Usual Suspects

The Usual Suspects


Director:Bryan Singer

Plot: A boat has been destroyed, criminals are dead, and the key to this mystery lies with the only survivor and his twisted, convoluted story beginning with five career crooks in a seemingly random police lineup.

Starring: Kevin Spacey, Gabriel Byrne, and Chazz Palminteri

10. Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels

Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels

Release: 1999

Director: Guy Ritchie

Plot: 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.

Starring:Jason Flemyng, Dexter Fletcher, and Nick Moran

11. Miller’s Crossing

Millers Crossing

Release: 1990

Director:Joel Coen

Plot:Tom Regan, an advisor to a Prohibition-era crime boss, tries to keep the peace between warring mobs but gets caught in divided loyalties.

Starring:Gabriel Byrne, Albert Finney, and John Turturro

12. Once Upon A Time in America

Once Upon a Time in America

Release: 1984

Director: Sergio Leone

Plot: 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.

Starring: Robert De Niro, James Woods, and Elizabeth McGovern

13. Boyz N The Hood


Date of release: 12 July 1991

Director: John Singleton

Plot: Saga of a group of childhood friends growing up in a Los Angeles ghetto.

Starring: Cuba Gooding Jr., Laurence Fishburne, and Hudhail Al-Amir

14. Elite Squad: The Enemy Within

Elite Squad

Date of release: 8 October 2010

Director: José Padilha

Plot: After a prison riot, former-Captain Nascimento, now a high-ranking security officer in Rio de Janeiro is swept into a bloody political dispute that involves government officials and paramilitary groups.

Starring: Wagner Moura, Irandhir Santos, and André Ramiro

15. Reservoir Dogs


Release: 1992

Director: Quentin Tarantino

Plot: After a simple jewelry heist goes terribly wrong, the surviving criminals begin to suspect that one of them is a police informant.

Starring: Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, and Michael Madsen

16. Road To Perdition


Release: 2002

Director: Sam Mendes

Plot: Bonds of loyalty are put to the test when a hitman’s son witnesses what his father does for a living.

Starring: Tom Hanks, Tyler Hoechlin, and Rob Maxey

17. A History of Violence


Release: 2005

Director: David Cronenberg

Plot: A mild-mannered man becomes a local hero through an act of violence, which sets off repercussions that will shake his family to its very core.

Starring: Viggo Mortensen, Maria Bello, and Ed Harris

18. Casino


Release: 1995

Director: Martin Scorsese

Plot: Greed, deception, money, power, and murder occur between two mobster best friends and a trophy wife over a gambling empire. Martin Scorsese

Starring: Robert De Niro, Sharon Stone, and Joe Pesci

19. 25th Hour


Release: 2003

Director: Spike Lee

Plot: 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.

Starring: Edward Norton, Barry Pepper, and Philip Seymour Hoffman

20.  Amores Perros

Amores Perros

Release: 2000

Director: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

Plot: A horrific car accident connects three stories, each involving characters dealing with loss, regret, and life’s harsh realities, all in the name of love.

Starring: Emilio Echevarría, Gael García Bernal, and Goya Toledo

21. The Untouchables

The Untouchables

Release: 1987

Director: Brian De Palma

Plot: Federal Agent Eliot Ness sets out to stop Al Capone; because of rampant corruption, he assembles a small, hand-picked team.

Starring: Kevin Costner, Sean Connery, and Robert De Niro

22. Mystic River


Release: 2003

Director: Clint Eastwood

Plot: With a childhood tragedy that overshadowed their lives, three men are reunited by circumstance when one loses a daughter.

Starring: Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, and Kevin Bacon

23. Eastern Promises


Release: 2007

Director: David Cronenberg

Plot: 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.

Starring: Naomi Watts, Viggo Mortensen, and Armin Mueller-Stahl

24. Leon The Professional


Release: 1994

Director: Luc Besson

Plot: A professional assassin rescues a young girl whose parents were killed in a police raid.

Starring: Jean Reno, Gary Oldman,and Natalie Portman

25. Donnie Brasco


Release: 1997

Director: Mike Newell

Plot: An FBI undercover agent infiltrates the mob and finds himself identifying more with the mafia life to the expense of his regular one.

Starring: Al Pacino, Johnny Depp, and Michael Madsen

26. Snatch


Release: 2001

Director: Guy Ritchie

Plot: Unscrupulous boxing promoters, violent bookmakers, a Russian gangster, incompetent amateur robbers, and supposedly Jewish jewelers fight to track down a priceless stolen diamond.      

Starring: Jason Statham, Brad Pitt, and Benicio Del Toro

27. La Haine


Release: 1996

Director: Mathieu Kassovitz

Plot: After local youth Abdel is beaten unconscious by police, a riot ensues on his estate during which a policeman loses his gun. The gun is found by Vinz who threatens he will kill a cop if Abdel dies.

Starring: Vincent Cassel, Hubert Kounde, and Said Taghmaoui

28. Chinatown


Release: 1974

Director: Roman Polanski

Plot: A private detective hired to expose an adulterer finds himself caught up in a web of deceit, corruption and murder.

Starring: Jack Nicholson, and Faye Dunaway

29. Infernal Affairs II


Release: 2002

Director: Alan Mak

Plot: A story between a mole in the police department and an undercover cop.

Starring: Andy Lau, and Tony Leung Chiu Wai

30. Heat


Release: 1995

Director: Michael Mann

Plot: A group of professional bank robbers start to feel the heat from police.

Starring: Al Pacino, and Robert De Niro

31. Election


Release: 2005

Director: Johnnie To

Plot: Rival gang leaders are locked in a struggle to become the new chairman of Hong Kong’s Triad society.

Starring: Louis Koo, and Suet Lam

32. American History X


Release: 1999

Director:Tony Kaye

Plot: A former neo-nazi skinhead tries to prevent his younger brother from going down the same wrong path that he did.

Starring: Edward Norton, and Edward Furlong

33. Sexy Beast


Release: 2000

Director: Jonathan Glazer   

Plot: Brutal gangster Don Logan recruits “retired” safecracker Gal for one last job, but it goes badly for both of them.

Starring: Ray Winstone, Ben Kingsley, and Ian McShane

34. Carlito’s Way


Release: 1993

Director: Brian De Palma

Plot: A Puerto-Rican ex-con, 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 NYC.

Starring: Al Pacino, Sean Penn, and Penelope Ann Miller

35. Triad Election


Release: 2006

Director: Johnnie To

Plot: As election time nears, current Triad chairman Lock faces competition from his godsons.

Starring: Louis Koo, Simon Yam, and Nick Cheung

36. True Romance


Release: 1993

Director: Tony Scott

Plot: Clarence marries hooker Alabama, steals cocaine from her pimp, and tries to sell it in Hollywood, while the owners of the coke try to reclaim it.

Starring: Christian Slater, Patricia Arquette, and Dennis Hopper

37. Mesrine



Director: Jean-François Richet

Plot: The story of French gangster Jacques Mesrine, before he was called Public Enemy No.1

Starring:Vincent Cassel, Cécile De France, and Gérard Depardieu

38. No Country For Old Men

No Country for Old Men

Release: 2007

Director: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

Plot: Violence and mayhem ensue after a hunter stumbles upon a drug deal gone wrong and more than two million dollars in cash near the Rio Grande.

Starring: Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem, and Josh Brolin

39. Old Boy


Release: 2003

Director: Chan-wook Park

Plot: After being kidnapped and imprisoned for 15 years, Oh Dae-Su is released, only to find that he must find his captor in 5 days.

Starring: Min-sik Choi, Ji-tae Yu, and Hye-jeong Kang

40. American Gangster


Release: 2007

Director: Ridley Scott

Plot: 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.

Starring: Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, and Chiwetel Ejiofor

41. Gran Torino


Release: 2009

Director: Clint Eastwood

Plot: Disgruntled Korean War vet Walt Kowalski sets out to reform his neighbor, a young Hmong teenager, who tried to steal Kowalski’s prized possession: his 1972 Gran Torino.

Starring: Clint Eastwood, Bee Vang, and Christopher Carley

42. Training Day


Release: 2001

Director: Antoine Fuqua

Plot: On his first day on the job as a narcotics officer, a rookie cop goes on a 24-hour training course with a rogue detective who isn’t what he appears.

Starring: Denzel Washington, Ethan Hawke, and Scott Glenn

43. Menace II Society


Release: 1993

Director: Albert Hughes, Allen Hughes

Plot: A young street hustler attempts to escape the rigors and temptations of the ghetto in a quest for a better life.

Starring: Tyrin Turner, Larenz Tate, and June Kyoto Lu

44. Running Scared


Release: 2006

Director: Wayne Kramer

Plot: A low-ranking thug is entrusted by his crime boss to dispose of a gun that killed corrupt cops, but things get out of control when the gun ends up in wrong hands.

Starring: Paul Walker, Cameron Bright, and Chazz Palminteri

45. The Yellow Sea


Release: 2011

Director: Hong-jin Na

Plot: The story of a cab driver in Yanji City, a region between North Korea, China and Russia. His wife goes to Korea to earn money, but he doesn’t hear from her since in 6 months.

Starring: Jung-woo Ha, Yun-seok Kim, and Seong-Ha Cho

46. Sin Nombre


Release: 2009

Director: Cary Fukunaga

Plot: Honduran teenager Sayra reunites with her father, an opportunity for her to potentially realize her dream of a life in the U.S.

Starring: Paulina Gaitan, Marco Antonio Aguirre, and Leonardo Alonso

47. Hard Boiled


Release: 1992

Director: John Woo

Plot: A tough-as-nails cop teams up with an undercover agent to shut down a sinister mobster and his crew.

Starring: Yun-Fat Chow, Tony Leung Chiu Wai, and Teresa Mo

48. Gomorrah


Release: 2008

Director: Matteo Garrone

Plot: An inside look at Italy’s modern-day crime families.

Starring: Gianfelice Imparato, Salvatore Abruzzese, and Toni Servillo

49. Collateral


Release: 2004

Director: Michael Mann

Plot: 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. He must find a way to save both himself and one last victim.

Starring: Tom Cruise, Jamie Foxx, and Jada Pinkett Smith

50. The Dark Knight

Dark Knight

Release: 2008

Director: Christopher Nolan

Plot: When Batman, Gordon and Harvey Dent launch an assault on the mob, they let the clown out of the box, the Joker, bent on turning Gotham on itself and bringing any heroes down to his level.

Starring: Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, and Aaron Eckhart


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