10 Best Gangsters Movies Of The 90′s

Thursday, January 20 by Shawn Lealos

The 10 best gangsters movies of the 90's moved the stories from the mob family to a more street tough persona. These movies were about the criminal activities and the lower level gangsters. The gangster movies also received more critical acclaim in the 90’s, earning a number of Oscar nominations as well.

  1.  “Goodfellas” Ray Liotta stars as a gangster who rises up the ranks before turning and going into witness protection. Martin Scorsese directs this movie, one of the 10 Best Gangsters Movies Of The 90's and one of the best movies of his career.
  2. “Pulp Fiction” Quentin Tarantino became a star thanks to this, one of the 10 Best Gangsters Movies Of The 90's. His tale interweaves the stories of gangster hit-men, a boxer who refuses to throw a fight and the wife of the gangster boss. It was nominated for seven Oscars, including Best Picture.
  3. “Miller’s Crossing” The Coen brothers directed this, one of the 10 Best Gangsters Movies Of The 90's. The film stars Gabriel Byrne and Albert Finney as Irish gangsters in the prohibition era. When they offer protection to a crooked bookie played by John Turturro, a war breaks out between factions.
  4. “Donnie Brasco” Based on a true life story, “Donnie Brasco” shows an FBI agent, played by Johnny Depp, going undercover to bring down a crime family by befriending a low level boss played by Al Pacino. One of the 10 Best Gangsters Movies Of The 90's, the movie received a screenplay Oscar nomination.
  5. “Casino” Martin Scorsese returned to the gangster genre in this, one of the 10 Best Gangsters Movies Of The 90's. Robert De Niro is a gambling handicapper who answers to the mob at a Las Vegas casino. Joe Pesci plays a mob enforcer while Sharon Stone won a Golden Globe for her portrayal as De Niro’s wife.
  6. “Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels” Guy Ritchie broke out with this British film, one of the 10 Best Gangsters Movies Of The 90's. It was a prelude for his 2000 film “Snatch,” using many of the same actors in a heist film about some guys who decide to rob a small-time gang living next door.
  7. “Reservoir Dogs” Quentin Tarantino made his independent debut about a group of thieves hired to carry out a heist. In this, one of the 10 Best Gangsters Movies Of The 90's, everything goes wrong and the thieves hide in a warehouse trying to figure out who is the mole.
  8. “Carlito’s Way” Brian De Palma directs this, one of the 10 Best Gangsters Movies Of The 90's, starring Al Pacino and Sean Penn. The movie is about a Puerto Rican criminal who wants to go straight when he gets out of prison but his past always seems to catch up with him.
  9. “Menace II Society” Allen and Albert Hughes made their directorial debut with this, one of the 10 Best Gangsters Movies Of The 90's. The movie approaches gang activity from the urban streets. The movie had a huge impact on culture of the gangster film as it relates to the urban society.
  10. “A Bronx Tale” Robert De Niro made his directorial debut with this, one of the 10 Best Gangsters Movies Of The 90's. The film follows a young man who witnesses a murder and keeps quiet when the police question him. The movie shows how the young man is pulled between his law abiding father and the mob boss who takes a liking to him.
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