10 Best Gang-Related Movies

Monday, December 6 by Andrew Jett

If you’re a film buff who’s looking for gritty action, you should check out the 10 best gang-related movies. Packed with suspense and no-holds-barred imagery, these gang-related movies will keep you immersed from beginning to end.

  1. “Gangs Of New York” Released in 2002, this sprawling historical epic offers a bleak look at inner-city life in 1860's-era New York. With Martin Scorsese at the helm, this gang-related movie adeptly documents a crime kingpin’s rise to power.
  2. “Boyz N The Hood” The summer of 1991 brought this modern gang-related movie classic. Cuba Gooding, Jr. stars alongside Ice Cube and Laurence Fishburne in a gripping story of survival among tense gang activity in South Central Los Angeles.
  3. “Menace II Society” Notorious for its graphic depictions of violence and drug use, this 1993 gang-related movie was the directorial debut of the Hughe Brothers. It tells the tale of a young man trying to escape ghetto life in a plot rife with murder, sex and revenge.
  4. “The Warriors” After botched negotiations, a group of gang members are stranded deep in rival territory in this 1979 gang-related movie classic. The tension is palpable as they attempt to make their way back to safety while avoiding their gang’s enemies and the police.
  5. “West Side Story” As the only one of the ten best gang-related movies to be inspired by Shakespeare, this 1961 film is a unique breed. A modern adaptation of “Romeo And Juliet,” this movie spins a tragic tale of love across rival gang lines.
  6. “The Outsiders” Francis Ford Coppola had a lot of talent to work with in 1983 on this gang-related film; The cast reads like a Who’s Who of young ‘80s Hollywood. Tom Cruise, Matt Dillon, Emilio Estevez, Ralph Macchio, Patrick Swayze and Rob Lowe all appeared in this intense story of gang life in the 1950s.
  7. “The Wild One” Nobody did cool in the 1950s quite like Marlon Brando. Such was the case in this 1953 gang-related movie classic. As the leader of an outlaw biker gang, Brando and his cronies take over a sleepy town, staging races and gang-related criminal activity.
  8. “Colors” As the godfather of modern gang-related movies, this 1988 crime film is a surefire classic. Sean Penn and Robert Duvall play LAPD gang unit officers caught in the middle of a wave of violence between Bloods and Crips.
  9. “American History X” In this intense and uncompromising 1998 gang-related movie, Ed Norton stars as a neo-Nazi engulfed in a life of hatred. Penetrating cinematography and realistic dialogue combine to paint a bleak picture of racial tension. 
  10. “Don’t Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood” The only comedy entry on the list of the ten best gang-related movies, this 1996 film is memorable for poking fun at the genre. Shawn and Marlon Wayans prowl the mean streets of L.A., lampooning the elements of crime and violence prevalent in gang-related movies.
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