Best Gangster Movies Of All Time

Saturday, August 6 by Tony Dutch

With so many classic films in the genre, it’s difficult to rank the best gangster movies of all time. Vivid depictions of the violent underworld and often, at the same time, stories about family these films are timeless.

  1. "Casino" (1995). Martin Scorsese’s portrayal of Frank 'Lefty' Rosenthal, Anthony Spilotro and the Stardust casino in Las Vegas is a fan favorite and definitely one of the best gangster movies of all time.
  2. "Goodfellas" (1990). Scorsese's "Goodfellas" is an insightful study of a Mafia family over a 30-year period. Boasting a talented, all-star cast including Joe Pesci in an Oscar-winning role, “Goodfellas” is one of the best gangster movies of all time.
  3. "Once Upon A Time In America" (1984). This film starring Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci, is based on Harry Grey's book "The Hoods” and an epic story about childhood friends and the choices they make.
  4. "The Godfather" (1972).This film, inspired by Mario Puzo’s book, won three Oscars. It was voted #1 On Empire's 500 Greatest Movies Of All Time. “The Godfather” is clearly one of the best gangster movies of all time. 
  5. "Donnie Brasco" (1997). Based on the true story of FBI agent Joe Pistone, this gripping film starring Al Pacino, Johnny Depp, and Michael Madsen, chronicles the infiltration of the Bonanno crime family.  
  6. "Angels with Dirty Faces" (1938). Two boyhood friends grow up to be very different, and one of them visits their childhood hangouts and remembers the old days in one of the best gangster movies of all time.
  7. "Miller’s Crossing" (1990). This film by the Coen brothers is critically acclaimed and in 2005, Time chose “Miller's Crossing” as one of the 100 greatest films ever made.
  8. "Road to Perdition" (2002). Tom Hanks, Jude Law, and Paul Newman star in the film adaptation of a graphic novel about real life gangsters.
  9. "The Departed" (2006). “The Departed” is a remake (of the Hong Kong film "Infernal Affairs") directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg, Martin Sheen, Ray Winstone, Vera Farmiga and Alec Baldwin. It won four Oscars at the 79th Academy Awards and solidified its status as one of the best gangster movies of all time.
  10. "Scarface" (1983). Oliver Stone’s retelling of the 1932 classic, “Scarface” is the story of Tony Montana and his rise to power in 1980’s Miami. Al Pacino, directed by Brian De Palma gives a classic performance in one of the best gangster movies of all time.
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