Top Ten Gangster Movies Of The 2000′s

Thursday, January 20 by Shawn Lealos

The top 10 gangster movies of the 2000’s mostly moved away from the streets of New York City and branched out, telling criminal stories from all over the world. Whether it is in Britain, Brazil or Hong Kong, the movies of the 2000’s proved that a good gangster story can come from anywhere.

  1. “Road to Perdition” Based on a graphic novel, this Sam Mendes film is one of the top ten gangster movies of the 2000’s. Tom Hanks stars as a mob hit man who seeks vengeance against the man who murdered his family. Jude Law, Daniel Craig and Paul Newman co-star with Newman receiving his final Oscar nomination for his role.
  2. “The Departed” Martin Scorsese returned to the gangster genre in 2006 for this American remake of a Korean gangster film. Scorsese directs Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg and Matt Damon in this story of two men who go undercover, one a police officer and the other a mobster infiltrating each other’s organizations.
  3.  “City of God” Fernando Meirelles directs this look at the Brazilian gangster scene, one of the top ten gangster movies of the 2000’s. The foreign film received four Oscar nominations and spawned a TV series called “City of Men.”
  4. “Sexy Beast” This British gangster film stars Ben Kingsley and remains one of the top ten gangster movies of the 2000’s. The movie earned Kingsley a nomination for Best Supporting Actor at the Oscars for his role as a gangster trying to force an old associate to help him rob a bank in London.
  5.  “Infernal Affairs” “Infernal Affairs” is the first part of a Hong Kong gangster trilogy that influence the American remake, “The Departed.” The movie tells the story of a police officer who infiltrates the Triads and another police officer who works for the gang. The Hong Kong version is easily one of the top ten gangster movies of the 2000’s.
  6. “Gomorrah” Based on a novel, this Italian gangster film is one of the top ten gangster movies of the 2000’s. The movie shows the audience some young men who dream of moving up in the gangster world. The movie is self referencing, as the young men dream of being Tony Montana, the character from “Scarface.”
  7.  “American Gangster” Ridley Scott directs this biopic of real-life gangster Frank Lucas in one of the top ten gangster movies of the 2000’s. Denzel Washington stars as Lucas, a man with strong family and community values while Russell Crowe stars as the down-on-his-luck cop trying to bring Lucas down.
  8.  “Snatch” Guy Ritchie’s Brutush gangster film is one of the top ten gangster movies of the 2000’s. The movie stars Jason Statham, Brad Pitt, Vinnie Jones and Benicio del Toro as a mishmash of characters interacting while a ruthless gangster pulls the strings.
  9.  “A History of Violence” David Cronenberg directs this graphic novel adaptation, one of the top ten gangster movies of the 2000’s. Viggo Mortensen stars as a normal guy who is forced to defend his diner against armed robbers. When his exploits are broadcast on national TV, his dark past races to catch up with him.  
  10. “In Bruges” Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson star in this darkly comic film, one of the top ten gangster movies of the 2000’s. The two men are hit-men sent to Bruges to cool down after one of them accidentally kills a child. Soon, their boss arrives with the intention of gunning them both down.
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