After 16 years on the run, the notorious Boston-area mobster James "Whitey" Bulger has been captured by the FBI. Even if you're not well versed in the mafia underworld, chances are you've heard of Bulger, if only indirectly. His life was used as the inspiration for Frank Costello, the character played by Jack Nicholson's in The Departed.

Although Nicholson's role is arguably one of the most memorable depictions of a gangster, it is far from alone. Throughout the years, Hollywood has repeatedly turned to the underworld in search of inspiration. In fact, some legendary careers have been made while attempting to bring these criminal characters to the big screen. So in honor of 'Whitey' Bulger's arrest, here are 11 classic depictions of mobsters in cinema.

Johnny Depp as James Dillinger

In 2009's Public Enemies, Johnny Depp took on the role of "public enemy number 1," James Dillinger. The Michael Mann film followed Dillinger's depression-era crime spree, his legendary jai break, and ultimately, his less than heroic death outside a Chicago movie theater.

Andy Garcia as Charlie "Lucky" Luciano

In the 1997 film Hoodlum, Andy Garcia plays the notorious New York city crime boss Lucky Luciano. To be honest, this film is easily the worst on the list. But Garcia does a good job, all things considered. Film quality aside, both he and Luciano deserved a mention.

Michael Badalucco as Baby Face Nelson

While Michael Badalucco's take on Baby Face Nelson in O Brother, Where Art Thou? is far from accurate, it certainly is memorable. Then again, maybe I'm just a softy when it comes to the senseless shooting of cows.

Warren Beatty as Bugsy Siegel

In Bugsy, Warren Beatty gives a compelling performance as the gangster, wannabe actor and father of Las Vegas, Bugsy Siegel. In fact, his performance was nominated for an Academy Award. Unfortunately, 1991 was the same year that Anthony Hopkins was nominated for The Silence of the Lambs, so in the end, much like Bugsy, Beatty didn't have a chance.

Lee Strasberg as Hyman Roth (Meyer Lansky)

Lee Strasberg's classic portrayal of Hyman Roth in The Godfather Part II was actually based on real life gangster Meyer Lansky. Like Roth, Lansky was a famous figure in the Jewish underworld. Unlike Roth, Lansky died of lung cancer, not "lead poisoning."

Robert De Niro as Al Capone

Al Capone has been depicted in numerous films. But nostalgia forced me to choose Robert De Niro's performance in The Untouchables. While it might not be the most realistic film, it certainly is a lot of fun, and that says a lot given the subject matter.

Robert De Niro as Sam Rothstein (Frank Rosenthal)

While we're on the subject of De Niro, his role in Casino was based on real life mafia bookie Frank Rosenthal. Most of what was depicted in the film really happened, including the tragic death of Rosenthal's wife, his bizarre stint as a talk-show host, and his near fatal involvement in a car bombing.

Joe Pesci as Nicky Santoro (Anthony Spilotro)

Unfortunately, most of what was depicted involving Joe Pesci's character in Casino was also accurate, including the brutal beating and corn-field burial he received. The character of Nicky Santoro was based on Anthony Spilotro, a member of The Chicago Outfit.

Ray Liotta as Henry Hill

Aside from Casino, Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci both shared the screen in the Martin Scorsese classic, Goodfellas. But the most memorable gangster depicted in that film was Henry Hill, and thanks to the film, he's now better known as an FBI informant.

Stanley Tucci as Frank Nitti

Frank Nitti's role as Al Capone's number-two man catapulted this mobster to a larger than life status, and Hollywood's fascination with gangsters cemented the image. But in actuality, once Capone was out of the picture, Nitti was little more than a figurehead for The Chicago Outfit, rather than the man pulling the strings. Of course, that's not a very compelling story. Luckily, Stanley Tucci's portrayal of Frank Nitti in The Road to Perdition is more in line with the myth.

Denzel Washington as Frank Lucas

Last but not least, we have Frank Lucas. In American Gangster, Lucas is played by Oscar winner Denzel Washington. This Ridley Scott film follows the gangsters rise and fall in his quest to control the Harlem heroin trade.

Who did I leave off? Let me know in the comment section below. And while we're on the subject of Boston-area gangsters, check out our Great Fahkin’ Boston Movie Moments mash-up.