Mafias, criminals and mass- murders have always been a great genre to watch as well as create. They give us amazing stories and action. To fill your desire of action paired with crime and suspense, we give you a list of the ten best gangster movies of all time.

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1.    Bonnie and Clyde (1967)

  • IMDB Rating: 9/10
  • Movie Length: 111 minutes
  • Director: Arthur Penn
  • Actors: Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, Michael J Pollard, Gene Hackman
  • Gross revenue: $70 million

Who hasn’t heard of Bonnie and Clyde? This movie is about a waitress named Bonnie (Faye Dunaway) and a con man Clyde (Warren Beatty) who fall in love and take on crime to get money and enjoy life to the fullest. They rob banks and other institutions without hurting anyone though they use guns as a scare tactic. The duo along with a friend and old brother form a small gang and accidentally shoot a person during one of their errands, and their whole life turns upside down after that.

2.    The Godfather II (1974)

  • IMDB Rating: 9/10
  • Movie Length: 202 minutes
  • Director: Francis Ford Coppola
  • Actors: Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton
  • Gross revenue: $57.3 million

This movie is a must on my list of Gangster movies.

The Godfather II is just the continuation of the first part that elaborates the story of Vito Corleone (Robert De Niro), his life as he grew up in Sicily and New York. He follows the shadow of Michael Corleone (Al Pacino) to expand the family business in various cities in the 1950’s

3.    Scarface (1983)

  • IMDB Rating: 3/10
  • Movie Length: 170 minutes
  • Director: Brian De Palma
  • Actors: Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer, Steven Bauer, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio
  • Gross revenue: $45.6 million

One of Al Pacino’s finest works is seen in this movie, and that is why it is probably one of the best gangster movies to watch.

In 1980, Tony Montana (Al Pacino) escaped Cuba and ended up in the Florida refugee camp. His friend Manny (Steven Bauer) gets them a deal for escape and acquiring a green card, all they have to do is kill someone. With this murder, Tony’s journey in the criminal world begins.

4.    Once Upon a time in America (1984)

  • IMDB Rating: 4/10
  • Movie Length: 229 minutes
  • Director: Sergio Leone
  • Actors: Robert De Niro, James Woods, Elizabeth McGovern, Treat Williams
  • Gross revenue: $5.32 million

Jewish gangsters Noodles (Robert De Niro), Max (James Wood) and Patsy (Elizabeth McGovern) have grown up and been through the worst together. Noodle returns to Manhattan after 35 years after being summoned by a local person.

5.    A Bronx Tale (1993)

  • IMDB Rating: 8/10
  • Movie Length: 121 minutes
  • Director: Robert De Niro
  • Actors: Robert De Niro, Chazz Palminteri, Lillo Brancato
  • Gross revenue: $17.26 million

A gangster named Sonny (Chazz Palminteri) befriends a young boy named Calogero (Lillo Brancato) after he becomes a witness to a shooting. Calogero’s father Lorenzo (Robert De Niro) is strictly against the friendship, but the boy grows under the guidance and love of both men. His life is filled with tragedy as he is growing up.

6.    Casino (1995)

  • IMDB Rating: 2/10
  • Movie Length: 178 minutes
  • Director: Martin Scorsese
  • Actors: Robert De Niro, Sharon Stone, Joe Pesci, James Wood
  • Gross revenue: $42.44 million

Two friends Ace Rothstein (Robert De Niro) and Nicky Santoro (Joe Pesci) make a move to LA to make a life for them. Ace is a casino executive, and Nicky is a mafia. Ace is sent to manage the LA casino of his boss, but Nicky starts causing trouble for him. Ace’s wife Ginger (Sharon Stone) who was a prostitute also gets in huge trouble when she decides to help a friend named Diamond. Will Ace give into love and friendship or will his thirst and greed for riches blind him?

A gangster movie with a lot of tension between love and work.

7.    Donny Brasco (1997)

  • IMDB Rating: 8/10
  • Movie Length: 147 minutes
  • Director: Mike Newell
  • Actor: Al Pacino, Johnny Depp, Michael Madsen, James Russo, Anne Heche
  • Gross revenue: $124.9 million

This gangster movie is based on the real-life story of Joe Pistone (Johnny Depp) who was an FBI agent.

Joe Pistone submerges himself into the Mafia industry under the name Donnie Brasco to gain access to the most dangerous and top Mafia families. Later, Sonny Black (Michael Madsen) who was just a leader becomes the head of the Mafia group with which Donnie is associated. As Donnie gets more and more involved in gathering evidence he loses his wife and his nightmare is furthered when the gang starts suspecting that there may be a rat in the group.

8.    Gangs of New York (2002)

  • IMDB Rating: 5/10
  • Movie Length: 216 minutes
  • Director: Martin Scorsese
  • Actors: Leonardo DiCaprio, Cameron Diaz, Daniel Day-Lewis
  • Gross revenue: $193.8 million

This movie is about a boy named Amsterdam Vallon (Leonardo DiCaprio) who had watched the death of his father by mafia before being taken away into hiding. He returns to the same place in 1863, to make a name for himself in the area as well as take revenge for his father’s death. But the Civil War which is happening at the same time causes many problems to arise in his path.

9.    American Gangster (2007)

  • IMDB Rating: 8/10
  • Movie Length: 157 minutes
  • Director: Ridley Scott
  • Actors: Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Josh Brolin
  • Gross revenue: $130.16 million

Frank Lucas (Denzel Washington) is the number one drug lord supplying Heroine in Harlem, Manhattan. The uniqueness of his drugs comes from the fact that they are imported directly from South East Asia. In order to stop Frank, a narcotics officer named Richie Roberts (Russell Crowe) is appointed. He is honest and not corrupt which is the reason why he is given the responsibility of finding all the mafias in North America.

The fact that this movie is based on a true story makes it a must watch gangster movie.

10.  The Usual Suspects (1995)

  • IMDB Rating: 6/10
  • Movie Length: 106 minutes
  • Director: Bryan Singer
  • Actors: Kevin Spacey, Gabriel Byrne, Chazz Palminteri, Stephen Baldwin
  • Gross revenue: $23.34 million

My list of Gangster movies ends with a story about five conmen that are arrested by the police following a truck Hijack even though they are innocent. When they are released after being found not guilty, they come together to pay back but realise that it was due to Keyser Soze, a criminal. They also see that each one of them has done something wrong to him in the past, and he is taking his revenge, but none of them knows who Keyser Soze is.