When it comes to gangster movies, there are plenty of good choices. It’s hard to pick the best ones because there’s just so many out there. It is, after all, one of the most popular modern genres. So what are the best gangster movies?

To me, there is nothing more entertaining than seeing some of the most iconic mobsters in history come to life on screen.

This guide compiles some of our favorite gangster movies and includes information about each movie so that you can decide if it’s worth your time.

One thing is for sure: Gangster movies never get old!

The best gangster movies are often violent and gritty, but they can also be funny, exciting and even poignant.

The following list includes the most well-known gangster films ever made, as well as some lesser known gems.

Best Gangster Movies

Without further ado, let’s jump into our list of the best gangster movies.

The Godfather Part II (1974)

Francis Ford Coppola’s sequel to his own masterpiece, The Godfather (1972), follows the continuing story of Michael Corleone and his family.

The Godfather Part II is the second part of Francis Ford Coppola’s epic film trilogy. It was released in 1974, and continues the story of Michael Corleone (Al Pacino), who struggles to consolidate his power over organized crime in New York City.

The sequel also features Michael’s sister Connie Corleone (Talia Shire) and provides more insight into Vito Corleone’s rise as a Don in 1920s New York.

The Godfather Part II is a sequel to the Academy Award-winning film, The Godfather. It was released in 1974 and directed by Francis Ford Coppola.

This movie continues the Corleone family’s struggles while Michael (played by Al Pacino) tries to expand his business into Las Vegas.

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Goodfellas (1990)

In the 1990s, a new era of gangster movies emerged with Martin Scorsese’s Goodfellas. Based on the life of real-life mobster and partner in crime with Jimmy Hoffa, Henry Hill, Goodfellas was one of the first films to be nominated for six Academy Awards.

A film that is often cited as being one of the best ever made about organized crime and its connection to show business (particularly Las Vegas), it follows Hill’s rise through his involvement in various crimes from small-time robberies to large-scale drug deals.

Starring Ray Liotta, Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, and Lorraine Bracco, it was directed by Martin Scorcese. The movie takes place in New York City during the time period from 1955 to 1980.

We get to see how these men become involved with the mafia through their family connections as well as how they are able to climb up the ranks of criminal society until they finally reach their final downfall.

The movie Goodfellas is a semi-autobiographical crime drama directed by Martin Scorsese. The film follows the life of Henry Hill, starting from his childhood and progressing through his adult years.

It also shows how he became involved with the mafia as an associate in order to provide for his family and eventually became a criminal himself.

The Goodfellas (1990) is a film directed by Martin Scorsese, which tells the story of Henry Hill and his friends who move up through the ranks of organized crime.

The movie follows them as they get involved in various crimes such as robberies, drug dealing, and murder. It’s based on real-life mobster from the 60s-70s.

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BEST GANGSTER MOVIES

What Are Gangster Movies?

Gangster movies are a type of film that typically centers around organized crime, the gangsters themselves, and their lives.

The word “gangster” is derived from the Italian word “bandit”, which means someone who commits robbery or theft on behalf of an organization to make money.

Gangster movies have been around since the early 1920s and are a staple of Hollywood.

 

 

Reservoir Dogs (1992)

Reservoir Dogs is a neo-noir crime film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino. A heist movie, the story follows a group of professional thieves who plan to steal jewelry worth $20 million dollars from an antique store in Los Angeles.

In 1992, Quentin Tarantino directed a low-budget indie film that would go on to become an international phenomenon. Reservoir Dogs tells the story of six criminals who are brought together for a diamond heist and end up getting involved in a bloody shootout with police.

The film starred Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Steve Buscemi, Michael Madsen, Chris Penn as well as Tarantino himself. It was nominated for two awards at the Cannes Film Festival including Best Screenplay.

Reservoir Dogs is considered one of Tarantino’s best films because it features his trademark style – violence mixed with humor and pop culture references.

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The Killing (1956)

The Killing is a 1956 black and white film noir made by Stanley Kubrick. The story follows the events of one day in the life of Johnny Clay, a gambler who sets out to find his friend’s killer.

His search leads him into the seedy underworld where he encounters corruption and violence from everyone he meets, including police officers and other gamblers.

The film is a noir that tells the story of a group of racetrack employees who plan to rob their employer. The robbery goes smoothly, but an unforeseen car blocks their exit at the last minute and they are forced to kill one of their own in self-defense.

The film is dark, gritty and at times even hard to watch. But it’s also compelling for those who like their films to be a little bit rough around the edges.

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The Godfather (1972)

The Godfather is a 1972 American crime film directed by Francis Ford Coppola and produced by Albert S. Ruddy from a screenplay co-written with Mario Puzo, based on the 1969 novel of the same name.

The film stars Marlon Brando as Don Vito Corleone, James Caan as Santino “Sonny” Corleone, Robert Duvall as Tom Hagen, Richard Castellano as Clemenza, Sterling Hayden as Johnny Fontane, Al Martino as Luca Brasi and Diane Keaton in her screen debut in the role of Kay Adams-Corleone.

The Godfather is one of the most iconic classic films that has ever been made. Directed by Francis Ford Coppola, this film tells a story about an Italian-American mobster and his family’s crime syndicate in New York City.

This movie was nominated for 11 Academy Awards and won 3 including Best Picture, Best Actor (Marlon Brando), and Best Adapted Screenplay (Francis Ford Coppola).

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In Bruges (2008)

In Bruges is a film that centers around two hitmen, Ken and Ray. They are sent to the Belgian city of Bruges by their boss Harry after killing his daughter’s rapist in London.

The film follows the two men as they explore the city, get into trouble with some locals, and eventually come face-to-face with each other over who killed Harry’s daughter.

The movie, which is quite dark at times, has a great sense of humor about it with its over-the-top violence and constant use of Flemish curse words.

The dialogue, though not always easy to understand for non-native speakers, is an interesting balance between comedy and drama that really makes the viewer feel like they’re in the story themselves.

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Brighton Rock (1947)

The movie Brighton Rock is a 1947 British film directed by John Boulting. The screenplay was written by Graham Greene based on his 1938 novel of the same name.

It tells of a young man, Pinkie Brown, who becomes involved in gang violence and develops an obsession with revenge when he witnesses the murder of a fellow member of his gang at the hands of a rival group led by Billyboy Thurtle.

The story is set in 1930s England during the height of prohibition. Alcohol was outlawed and smuggling it across borders became profitable for criminal organizations such as the National Union (NU).

This gave rise to a new breed of gangster: ruthless individuals with few scruples when it came to violence or murder.

These criminals would often work together but were also very willing to turn on each other if it meant achieving success within their organization.

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Mean Streets (1973)

The film Mean Streets is a 1973 American crime drama film directed by Martin Scorsese. The story follows the life of Italian-American youth, Charlie (Harvey Keitel), who falls in with the wrong crowd after being rejected by his family and society.

He becomes involved in petty crimes such as stealing cars, robbing stores, and assaulting bookmakers before finally becoming an accomplice to murder.

The film is a true classic and should be required viewing for anyone interested in the history of cinema.

This gritty crime drama follows an Italian-American youth named Charlie (Harvey Keitel) as he navigates his way through life on New York’s mean streets.

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Point Break (1991)

In 1991, the director Kathryn Bigelow made a movie called Point Break. The film is about two FBI agents who are investigating a gang of surfers known as “The Ex-Presidents.”

During their investigation they meet up with Johnny Utah (Keanu Reeves) and work to infiltrate the group.

One of the things that make this movie so entertaining is how well it’s directed. It’s clear that Bigelow had complete control over every aspect of the film from start to finish, which led to an amazing final product in my opinion.

She also utilized some really cool camera angles throughout, which gave us new perspectives on scenes we’ve seen many times before. I think this was done intentionally because she wanted people to see what other

Point Break has been deemed one of the most important action films of all time due to its portrayal of extreme sports as well as how it was filmed in locations such as Puerto Rico, San Diego, and Hawaii.

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The Testament of Dr. Mabuse (1933)

The Testament of Dr. Mabuse (1933) is a classic German crime film directed by Fritz Lang and co-written by Lang and Thea von Harbou.

It tells the story of the criminal mastermind Dr. Mabuse, played by Rudolf Klein-Rogge, who uses his evil mind to pull off elaborate crimes in Berlin while being hunted down by Inspector Lohmann (played by Otto Wernicke).

The film is often thought as one of the first modern films that deals with how criminals can cripple society through manipulation and deception, making it an important precursor to film noir.

A silent film that tells the story of a criminal mastermind and his efforts to rule the world, The Testament of Dr. Mabuse (1933) is an important movie in cinema history.

However, it has since been lauded by critics such as Roger Ebert who said “It’s more like a nightmare than entertainment,” because it offers an alternative vision of society that is worthy of consideration even if you disagree

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The Irishman (2019)

The Irishman (2019) is a biographical drama film directed by Martin Scorsese and written by Steve Zaillian. The Irishman stars Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, Harvey Keitel, Bobby Cannavale, and Ray Romano.

It is based on a true story about Frank Sheeran, who was involved in organized crime and union-related violence for over 40 years.

One of the most intriguing aspects of this film is that it features an actor digitally de-aged to portray younger versions of his character – setting up the possibility for more movies in which they are played one actor whose various ages can be manipulated digitally.

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The League of Gentlemen (1960)

The League of Gentlemen (1960) is a British comedy film directed and written by Basil Dearden.

It stars Michael Redgrave, Harry Andrews, Margaret Rutherford, Wilfred Hyde-White, and John Le Mesurier as the titular “League”.

The film follows four elderly gentlemen who are members of an exclusive gentlemen’s club in London called ‘The Roving Club’ or ‘The League’.

These old men spend their time bickering with each other about trivial matters such as where to find good fish for one’s lunch.

Get Carter (1971)

The original 1971 cult classic Get Carter is a gritty, dark film that has an eerie feeling and sense of suspense throughout. It stars Michael Caine as Jack Carter, a London gangster who returns home to Newcastle for his brother’s funeral.

When he arrives in town he finds out that his brother was killed by the mob boss Mr. Big (played by Ian Hendry) but when he tries to get justice nobody will help him except one man – Bob Roper played by Bryan Mosley.

The film follows an English gangster, played by Michael Caine, who comes to Newcastle upon Tyne in search of his brother’s killer.

What starts as a revenge mission escalates into a twisted game where nothing is what it seems and the hunter becomes the hunted.

A gangster who has been living overseas for five years returns to England to find out his brother has died under mysterious circumstances.

Carter’s search for answers leads him into conflict with a group of criminals led by the ruthless local businessman Harry Mirrell (played by John Osborne) and brings him face-to-face with London’s criminal underworld.

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A Better Tomorrow (1986)

A Better Tomorrow is a 1986 Hong Kong action film directed by John Woo and starring Chow Yun-fat, Ti Lung, Leslie Cheung, and Sally Yeh.

The story follows the criminal exploits of General Yang (Ti Lung) who tries to get out from under the thumb of the Japanese yakuza in 1930s Shanghai.

It features amazing action scenes which are choreographed brilliantly, making it one of the most famous films in this genre.

It also has many great themes such as loyalty to family, friendship, and honor so there is plenty to discuss when watching it or discussing it with others.

Léon: The Professional (1994)

Léon: The Professional is a 1994 American action film directed by Luc Besson and starring Jean Reno, Gary Oldman, Natalie Portman, Danny Aiello, and Peter Appel.

In a world where hitmen are not only common but necessary for the economy to function, Léon is one of the most successful.

The camera follows him throughout the city and we see just how good he is at what he does as well as how many people know about him.

Léon: The Professional (1994) is a French action thriller film that was directed by Luc Besson.

It stars Jean Reno as Léon, an aging but experienced hitman and Gary Oldman as corrupt DEA agent Norman Stansfield.

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Kids Return (1996)

Kids Return is a 1996 Japanese crime film written, edited, and directed by Takeshi Kitano.

The film was made directly after Kitano recovered from a motorcycle wreck that left one side of his body paralyzed.

After undergoing extensive surgery and physical therapy, he quickly went about making Kids Return amidst speculation that he might never be able to work again.

The movie is about two high school dropouts, Masaru (Ken Kaneko) and Shinji (Masanobu Andō), who try to find a direction and meaning in their lives—one by becoming a yakuza lieutenant, the other by becoming a boxer.

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Le Cercle Rouge (1970)

Le Cercle Rouge is a French crime film written and directed by Jean-Pierre Melville. The movie, which was released in 1970, tells the story of an intricate jewel heist.

The film is a crime drama that follows an ex-criminal turned police informant (Alain Delon) who must work with his former criminal associates in order to help catch a gang of counterfeiters.

This movie is known for its expert cinematography, suspenseful plot, and poetic style.

The movie has been praised for its cinematography and style, which includes long takes with minimal cuts to other scenes. It’s also one of the first films in cinema history to use jump cuts as well as sudden changes in camera angles.

Gun Crazy (1950)

In 1950, Hollywood’s most popular stars gathered at the RKO Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles to celebrate the premiere of Gun Crazy. The film was a passion project for director Joseph H. Lewis and it had taken him three years to get it financed.

After all that time, he could finally show his work off to an audience who would hopefully appreciate it as much as he did while making it.

Gun Crazy is a 1950 film directed by Joseph Lewis and starring Peggy Cummins and John Dall.

The film was controversial at the time for its portrayal of violence, although it has been argued that this depiction is an accurate one.

This movie is an American crime drama that was not appreciated when it came out but has since been reappraised in its importance as a cult classic of the film noir genre.

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Casino (1995)

Casino is a 1995 crime film directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Sharon Stone.

It tells the story of Ace Rothstein (De Niro), a Jewish casino operator who runs The Tangiers Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas with his childhood friend Nicky Santoro (Pesci).

The plot explores the relationship between organized crime, shady business dealings, and showmanship.

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Touch of Evil (1958)

Director Orson Welles’s Touch of Evil is a story that takes place in the border town of Los Robles, California.

The film depicts the conflict between two men: Mike Vargas (Charlton Heston), an honest Mexican-American police officer and Hank Quinlan (Orson Welles), a corrupt law enforcement official who has connections to organized crime.

When Quinlan becomes convinced that Vargas knows too much about his operation, he sets out to frame him for murder and pin the blame on him.

Touch of Evil is a classic thriller starring Charlton Heston, Janet Leigh and Orson Welles.

Tightly plotted and stylistically innovative, the film tells the story of a corrupt Mexican police captain who tries to buy off an American narcotics agent.

His plan goes awry when he has his henchmen murder both men while on board a ship docked at a pier on the US-Mexican border.

The film is considered one of the best crime dramas ever made.

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No Country for Old Men (2007)

No Country for Old Men is a dark, suspenseful film set in 1980s Texas. The main character Llewelyn Moss (played by Josh Brolin) finds a suitcase full of money and then proceeds to get involved with the people who are after it.

No Country for Old Men is a 2007 American neo-Western thriller film based on the Cormac McCarthy novel of the same name.

The screenplay was written by Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, and directed by Joel Coen.

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The American Friend (1977)

The American Friend is a 1977 film directed by Wim Wenders.

It tells the story of a friendship between two men: one named Tom Ripley, who has lived for years as an expatriate in Europe; and another man from America called Jonathan Trevanny.

The American Friend is the first major film of Wim Wenders, who would go on to direct such iconic films as Paris, Texas and Wings of Desire.

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King of New York (1990)

In 1990, a movie called “King of New York” was released. It follows the story of Christopher (Christopher Walken) who is living in New York and has been making money as drug kingpin for years.

He becomes sick of the violence that surrounds him on a daily basis so he decides to quit his job and starts to go into hiding but this only lasts until another gang leader takes over and starts giving out orders that Christopher doesn’t agree with.

The movie combines action sequences with dark humor which makes it an interesting watch because you’re never sure what’s going to happen next.

City of God (2002)

In 2002, Fernando Meirelles and Kátia Lund released a film that would go on to win the Palm d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. The film is City of God, and it tells a tale of crime in Rio de Janeiro’s slums.

The movie begins with two young men who are arguing over money owed for drugs. One pulls out his gun and shoots the other dead before fleeing into the favela with an accomplice.

It quickly becomes clear that this is not an isolated incident as we see various gang members fighting amongst themselves or committing crimes against innocents while police fail to intervene.

City of God doesn’t glamorize violence; instead, it shows how people become desensitized

City of God has been praised for its realism, with many critics commenting on how it captures both the pain and joy that come from living in a favela (slum).

It also highlights the violence that can arise when poverty becomes so extreme among groups forced to live together without any social mobility or opportunity for economic

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The French Connection (1971)

In 1971, a group of New York City Police officers led by Lieutenant Jimmy “Popeye” Doyle (Gene Hackman) set out to take down a smuggling ring.

The film was directed by William Friedkin, best known for directing 1973’s The Exorcist.

The film is about the fight against drug trafficking in the United States. It was based upon real events that occurred in New York City during the 1970s and 1980s.

It documents an undercover operation by New York Police Department detectives to break up an international heroin smuggling ring with ties to organized crime.

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Bullets Over Broadway (1994)

Bullets Over Broadway is a 1994 American musical crime film written and directed by Woody Allen.

The film centers on the mobster, playwright, writer and producer David Shayne (John Cusack).

The film follows the struggling playwright David Shayne (played by John Cusack) who has just had his latest production shut down due to lack of funding.

Shayne, a underground playwright, finds himself in a dilemma when he reluctantly has to cast a gangster’s talentless girlfriend, to get funds for his initial venture.

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Scarface (1932)

Scarface is a 1932 American gangster film directed by Howard Hawks and written by Ben Hecht. It tells the story of Tony, played by Paul Muni, who battles his way to become a powerful boss of an organized crime syndicate in Chicago during Prohibition.

The film stars Ann Dvorak as Camonte’s sister; Karen Morley as his girlfriend; Osgood Perkins, Boris Karloff as Gaffney.

It was directed by Howard Hawks and stars Paul Muni as Tony Camonte, an Al Capone-like character who battles his way to the top of Chicago’s organized crime syndicate.

Tony Camonte belongs to the “underworld” of Chicago and we are given insight into this world through his eyes.

This film really emphasizes how cutthroat this criminal underworld can be with its violence, greed, corruption, and betrayal.

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Scarface (1983)

Scarface, one of the most iconic films in history, was remade by Brian De Palma in 1983. The 1983 version stars Al Pacino as Tony Montana was a box office hit and is well known for its violence and gritty portrayal of drugs.

It gave birth to an entire genre of gangster movies throughout the 1980s.

It follows the rise and fall of Tony, who starts off as an immigrant from Cuba to Miami in 1980’s America trying to make it big by any means necessary.

He begins with small-time jobs but quickly moves up the ranks and becomes one of the most powerful drug lords in Florida.

The film was directed by Brian de Palma and written by Oliver Stone. It stars Al Pacino as Tony Montana with Steven Bauer, Michelle Pfeiffer, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio and Robert Loggia rounding out the main cast members.

Scarface is one of the most iconic movies in cinematic history.

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The Warriors (1979)

The Warriors (1979) is a cult classic film about a gang of New York City street gangs. The film is based on the 1964 novel by Sol Yurick and tells the story of how they all come together to fight for their survival, as an even greater threat looms over them.

The Warriors are a gang of New York City street criminals who must battle their way back to Coney Island after they were framed for the murder of a powerful leader from another gang.

The film follows a street gang called the Warriors as they fight their way back to Coney Island from an odyssey through the Bronx and Manhattan.

The Warriors was one of my favorite movies growing up. I loved it for its intense action scenes and cool costumes that all members wear while fighting their way back home.

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Performance (1970)

Performance (1970) is a film by Donald Cammell and Nicolas Roeg. It stars James Fox, Anita Pallenberg, Mick Jagger, and Anita’s sister Angela.

The story follows the exploits of a rock star named Turner who has been kidnapped by his manager Chas for reasons unknown to him at first.

As more information on what’s happening becomes clear, it’s evident that there are other forces at work here than just simple kidnapping as Chas begins to reveal some details about himself and his intentions with this situation.

The film stars James Fox, Mick Jagger, and Anita Pallenberg.

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  • English (Publication Language)

On the Waterfront (1954)

In 1954, Elia Kazan directed one of the most iconic films in American cinema history – On the Waterfront.

The film follows Terry Malloy (Marlon Brando), an ex-prize fighter who becomes a longshoreman and struggles with whether or not to join up with crime boss Johnny Friendly (Lee J. Cobb) by informing on union leader Johnny Friendly’s illegal activities.

The film is still acclaimed as one of the best ever made due to its tense drama that captures both the struggle between insiders and outsiders in America, as well as issues such as corruption among unions and politicians.

Boyz n the Hood (1991)

The movie Boyz n the Hood was released in 1991 and is a drama. The movie takes place in Los Angeles, CA and follows three friends as they grow up on the streets of South Central LA.

This gangster classic has endured for over 30 years because of its raw portrayal of life in South Central LA during the 1980s crack epidemic.

At just 24 years old when he wrote this film, director John Singleton became one of the youngest people ever to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Director.

Boyz n the Hood is iconic for its portrayal of the black experience in America. Directed by John Singleton, it tells a story of three friends, Doughboy, Ricky, and Tre Styles who grow up on different sides of the track in south central Los Angeles.

Throughout their journey to adulthood they find themselves at odds with the social injustices that surround them while trying to maintain their friendship against all odds.

Breathless (1960)

Breathless is a French New Wave film directed by Jean-Luc Godard, and released in 1959. The movie stars actor/director Jean Seberg and actor Jean Paul Belmondo.

Breathless was filmed on location in Paris, France with an estimated budget of $200,000 USD which was considered to be very expensive for a New Wave film at the time.

This film is considered to be a classic that many people still love and appreciate. Breathless is one of the most popular films by French New Wave director Jean-Luc Godard, who was famous for his experimental style.

Breathless (Blu-Ray)
  • English (Publication Language)

The Sting (1973)

The Sting is a 1973 American film directed by George Roy Hill and starring Paul Newman, Robert Redford, and Robert Shaw.

The film tells the story of two grifters who set out to take revenge on a ruthless crime boss in Chicago during the Great Depression.

A con man (Robert Redford) attempts to bring down the head of a Chicago-based organized crime syndicate in order to revenge his partner’s death.

The con men set up an elaborate sting operation to take down a mob boss.

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The Sting [Blu-ray]
  • Robert Redford, Paul Newman, Robert Shaw (Actors)
  • George Roy Hill (Director) - David S. Ward (Writer) - Tony Bill (Producer)
  • French, Spanish (Subtitles)
  • Audience Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)

Infernal Affairs (2002)

Infernal Affairs is a 2002 Hong Kong action thriller film co-directed by Andrew Lau and Alan Mak.

Jointly written by Mak and Felix Chong, it stars Andy Lau, Tony Leung, Anthony Wong, Eric Tsang, Sammi Cheng, and Kelly Chen.

The film follows a police officer who infiltrates a Triad, and another officer secretly working for the same gang.

It is the first in the Infernal Affairs series and is followed by Infernal Affairs II and Infernal Affairs III.

The film was selected as the Hong Kong entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 76th Academy Awards but was not nominated. Miramax Films acquired the United States distribution rights and gave it a limited US theatrical release in 2004.

Martin Scorsese remade the film in 2006 as The Departed, which won the Academy Award for Best Picture as well as Best Adapted Screenplay.

Infernal Affairs [Blu-ray]
  • Factory sealed DVD
  • Andy Lau, Tony Leung (Actors)
  • Alan Mak (Director)
  • Spanish, English (Subtitles)
  • English (Publication Language)

The Untouchables (1987)

The Untouchables (1987) is a film that tells the story of Chicago prohibition agent Eliot Ness and his battles with gangster Al Capone.

The movie stars Kevin Costner as Eliot Ness, Robert DeNiro as Al Capone, Sean Connery as Jim Malone, and Andy Garcia as George Stone.

This film was directed by Brian De Palma who also directed Scarface which is considered one of the best Mafia films ever made.

The film depicts the moral dilemma faced by Eliot Ness in his efforts to take down Al Capone.

The movie follows the story of how Ness assembles a team of untouchables for the purpose of taking down Capone and his organization that has taken control over Chicago’s government.

The screenplay, written by David Mamet, was based on the book The Untouchables.

Pale Flower (1964)

Pale Flower was directed by Masahiro Shinoda. This film is considered part of the Japanese New Wave movement, and it was one of the most controversial films to come out in Japan at that time.

Japanese gangster Muraki (Ryô Ikebe) is released from jail after a few years and finds both organized crime and the real world have moved on without him.

Taking up with his old Yakuza crew, he spends his time in gambling dens, where he meets rich thrill seeker Saeko (Mariko Kaga).

She’s desperate to have a wild and seedy time in the underworld, which interests Muraki at first.

However, he realizes that Saeko’s destructive, hedonistic urges will likely mean the end for both of them.

The Long Good Friday (1980)

The Long Good Friday is a 1980 British crime film directed by John Mackenzie. The title refers to the day of the week, not an actual date on the calendar.

It features Bob Hoskins as Harold Shand and Helen Mirren as Victoria.

In the late 1970s, Cockney crime boss Harold Shand (Bob Hoskins), a gangster trying to become a legitimate property mogul, has big plans to get the American Mafia to bankroll his transformation of a derelict area of London into the possible venue for a future Olympic Games.

However, a series of bombings targets his empire on the very weekend the Americans are in town.

Shand is convinced there is a traitor in his organization, and sets out to eliminate the rat in typically ruthless fashion.

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Friday the 13th Collection [Blu-ray]
  • Amy Steel, Dana Kimmell, Kimberly Beck (Actors)
  • Joseph Zito (Director) - Barney Cohen (Writer) - Sean Cunningham (Producer)
  • English (Subtitle)
  • Audience Rating: R (Restricted)

A History of Violence (2005)

A History of Violence is a 2005 crime drama film written and directed by David Cronenberg.

The film is a neo-noir thriller film, directed by David Cronenberg and starring Viggo Mortensen as Tom Stall, a small-town diner owner with a violent past.

Tom becomes a local hero after he foils an attempted robbery.

When he tries to return to normalcy, Carl Fogarty, a gangster, alleges that Tom has wronged him.

History of Violence (2005) (Steelbook) [Blu-ray]
  • Ships in Certified Frustration-Free Packaging
  • Ashton Holmes, Stephen McHattie, Viggo Mortensen (Actors)
  • David Cronenberg (Director) - Chris Bender (Producer)

Le Doulos (1962)

Le Doulos, a 1962 film from acclaimed director Jean-Pierre Melville, is indicative of the French New Wave movement that took place in the country during this time.

The film Le Doulos is a neo-noir crime thriller that follows the protagonist, Silien (played by Jean-Paul Belmondo), as he tries to solve his wife’s murder.

The movie has many themes such as betrayal and revenge, which are explored through dialogue between characters and in the plot.

Director Jean-Pierre Melville was a well-known filmmaker in France who is largely considered one of the greatest gangster film directors of all time.

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Le Doulos (Special Edition) aka The Finger Man [Blu-ray]
  • Jean-Paul Belmondo, Serge Reggiani, Michel Piccoli (Actors)
  • Audience Rating: NR (Not Rated)

Rififi (1955)

Rififi is a French film that came out in 1955. It was directed by Jules Dassin, who would go on to direct other notable films like The Naked City and Night and the City.

The film is one of the most influential and memorable heist films ever made.

The movie’s tone is one of suspense, adventure, and even humor at times as we watch the characters try to stay three steps ahead of the police.

Out of prison after a five-year stretch, jewel thief Tony (Jean Servais) turns down a quick job his friend Jo (Carl Mohner) offers him, until he discovers that his old girlfriend Mado (Marie Sabouret) has become the lover of local gangster Pierre Grutter (Marcel Lupovici) during Tony’s absence.

Expanding a minor smash-and-grab into a full-scale jewel heist, Tony and his crew appear to get away clean, but their actions after the job is completed threaten the lives of everyone involved.

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Rififi (The Criterion Collection)
  • Magali Noël;Carl M hner;Magali No l;Perlo Vita;Robert Manuel (Actor)
  • Jules Dassin (Director)
  • Audience Rating: NR (Not Rated)

Night and the City (1950)

“In a world where everything is available, nothing is worth having.”

“Night and the City is a 1950 film noir directed by Jules Dassin. It stars Richard Widmark, Gene Tierney, Googie Withers and Herbert Lom.

The 1950 film Night and the City is an adaptation of a novel by English author Gerald Kersh.

The story centers on Harry Fabian, a man who has to make hard decisions in order to survive and provide for his family.

Fabian is played by actor Richard Widmark, known for his roles as Sergeant Friday in the television series Dragnet (1951-59) and as Elmore Leonard’s villainous character Curly Bill Brocius in the 1969 Western Rio Lobo.

The film Night and the City is a classic thriller that’s often considered one of the prototypical gangster movies.

It tells the story of Harry Fabian (played by Richard Widmark), a man with grand schemes to build an empire of gambling clubs in London’s seamy underworld.

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Night and the City [Blu-ray]
  • Richard Widmark, Gene Tierney, Googie Withers (Actors)
  • Jules Dassin (Director)
  • English (Subtitle)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • Audience Rating: NR (Not Rated)

Eastern Promises (2007)

Eastern Promises is a 2007 English-language film that was written and directed by David Cronenberg.

The story follows Anna (Naomi Watts), a British midwife who uncovers the mystery of her patient’s death, which leads to uncovering a Russian mafia plot.

It stars Viggo Mortensen, Naomi Watts, Vincent Cassel and Armin Mueller-Stahl.

Eastern Promises is a gritty, tense thriller that tells the story of Anna (Naomi Watts), an innocent midwife who gets caught up in a criminal underworld when she falls for an Irish gangster and his boss.

Eastern Promises [Blu-ray]
  • The disk has English audio and subtitles.
  • Viggo Mortensen, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Naomi Watts (Actors)
  • David Cronenberg (Director) - Paul Webster (Producer)
  • English (Subtitle)
  • Audience Rating: Unrated (Not Rated)

Gomorrah (2008)

The film Gomorrah is a true story of the Camorra, an Italian mafia-like criminal organization that operates in Naples.

Italian director Matteo Garrone directed Gomorrah. The film is set in the city of Naples and tells the stories of a group of individuals involved in organized crime. It is based on Roberto Saviano’s novel about the Camorra, which was published in 2006.

As we follow the lives of Toto and Ciro, two childhood friends who grow up to be powerful gangsters in their neighborhood, it becomes clear how deeply embedded organized crime is within this society.

The film follows these characters from their adolescence into adulthood as they navigate through school life, family life and friendships while also climbing up the ranks of power within their local clan.

The word Gomorrah comes from the Hebrew language, meaning “the valley of sin.” In this context, it is used to refer to a city in the Bible that was known for its sinful practices including gambling and sexual promiscuity.

Gomorrah [Blu-ray]
  • Gianfelice Imparato, Salvatore Abbruzzese, Toni Servillo (Actors)
  • Matteo Garrone (Director) - Gianni Di Gregorio (Writer) - Domenico Procacci (Producer)
  • English (Subtitle)
  • Audience Rating: Unrated (Not Rated)

Pulp Fiction (1994)

Pulp Fiction is a 1994 American crime film directed by Quentin Tarantino. It tells the story of two hitmen (Jules Winnfield and Vincent Vega) who are out to retrieve a suitcase stolen from their boss’s boss, mob boss Marsellus Wallace.

It is known for its nonlinear storyline, graphic violence and witty dialogue.

The film stars John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Uma Thurman, and Bruce Willis as the main characters.

The movie has had an enormous impact on pop culture with iconic scenes like the dance at Jack Rabbit Slim’s or Jules Winnfield’s speech about “the path of the righteous man.”

The film is considered a modern day classic and one of the best gangster movies ever made.

Pulp Fiction [Blu-ray]
  • Pulp Fiction (1994) ( Black Mask )
  • Pulp Fiction (1994)
  • Black Mask
  • Tim Roth, Amanda Plummer, Eric Stoltz (Actors)
  • Quentin Tarantino (Director) - Pulp Fiction (1994) ( Black Mask ) (Producer)

Branded to Kill (1967)

Some films are just too good to be ignored. They’re not only well-made but they also manage to have a lasting impact on the film industry as a whole. One such example is director Seijun Suzuki’s “Branded to Kill.”

In 1967, director Seijun Suzuki was fired from his position at Nikkatsu studios for refusing to make more conventional films. He made two movies with the small company Toei before returning to Nikkatsu in 1970.

In 1967, two films were released that are now considered to be the pinnacle of Japanese film noir. One was Branded to Kill.

After botching his latest assignment, a third-ranked Japanese hit man becomes the target of another assassin.

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Branded to Kill (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]
  • Factory sealed DVD
  • Joe Shishido, Mariko Ogawa, Annu Mari (Actors)
  • Seijun Suzuki (Director)
  • English (Subtitle)
  • English (Publication Language)

Sexy Beast (2000)

Sexy Beast is a 2000 British crime drama film directed by Jonathan Glazer and written by Louis Mellis and David Scinto.

The crime thriller stars Ray Winstone, Ian McShane, Ben Kingsley.

The entire movie follows the story of Colin (Ray Winstone), an ex-convict who is trying to go straight and stay on the right path.

A retired gangster, Gal, leaves behind his life of disrepute until his intimidating ex-boss employs threats and negotiations to compel Gal to accept the responsibility of carrying out one last heist.

Sexy Beast [Region B]
  • Sexy Beast (Blu-Ray)
  • Sexy Beast
  • English (Subtitle)
  • Audience Rating: Unrated (Not Rated)

Once Upon a Time in America (1984)

The film, Once Upon a Time in America (1984) is one of the most iconic gangster films to date. It takes place in the 1930s and 1940s, when Prohibition was still enforced by law.

The main character is Noodles who starts out as an innocent child before becoming part of a mafia family that falls victim to greed, betrayal, and corruption.

The film  is one of the most critically acclaimed films of all time. It was directed by Sergio Leone and stars Robert De Niro, James Woods, Elizabeth McGovern, Tuesday Weld, Joe Pesci, and Danny Aiello.

Once Upon A Time In America [Blu-ray]
  • Once Upon A Time In America - Blu-ray + Digital HD Brand New
  • Tuesday Weld, Treat Williams, Robert De Niro (Actors)
  • Sergio Leone (Director) - Arnon Milchan (Producer)
  • English, Spanish, French (Subtitles)
  • English (Publication Language)

Miller’s Crossing (1990)

Miller’s Crossing is a 1990 neo-noir crime drama written and directed by the Coen Brothers. It stars Gabriel Byrne, Albert Finney, John Turturro, Marcia Gay Harden, Jon Polito and J.E. Freeman.

The story follows Tom Reagan (Gabriel Byrne), who has been hired as an advisor for Leo O’Bannon’s (Albert Finney) bootlegging gang in 1920s Prohibition-era northern New Jersey.

The film explores themes of morality, corruption, and greed through its characters to create a meaning that transcends beyond the surface level plotline into something deeper and more layered than what first meets the eye.

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Bonnie and Clyde (1967)

The notorious duo, Bonnie and Clyde, is a well-known story of bank robberies that took place in the 1930s. In 1967 there was a film made about their lives called “Bonnie and Clyde.”

The movie stars Warren Beatty as Clyde Barrow and Faye Dunaway as Bonnie Parker. It was directed by Arthur Penn and written by David Newman and Robert Benton.

As one of the most iconic couples in history, Bonnie and Clyde have been the subject of numerous films.

A small-town girl and a bank robber fall in love and begin a crime spree extending from Oklahoma to Texas. They rob small banks with skill and panache and become celebrities known across the country.

Bonnie und Clyde
  • Newman, David (Author)
  • German, English, Dutch, Spanish, Italian (Subtitles)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • Audience Rating: Unrated (Not Rated)