15 Best Gangster Films of All Time

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 Best Gangster Films of all Time

Controversial? May be. Enthralling? Definitely. With the emergence of crime genre in the film industry, the gangster culture has become one of the most admired entities in the art of directing movies, fashion and beyond. Whether its called organized crime, mob or mafia, such category of the film industry has very well established its reputation as one of the most cunning and well-regarded entity of entertainment. Here are 15 of the best gangster films of all time:


15. A Bronx Tale (1993)

A Bronx Tale

Robert De Niro is one of the best practitioners of the art known as method-acting. With the brains as well as looks of a drastic criminal, the actor starred and directed the 1993 classic A Bronx Tale, a film revolving around a man who makes a commitment with the vast and corrupt world of crime in order to raise his family.


14. Gangs of New York (2002)

Gangs of New York

Set in the mid-19th century in Five Points, the film showcases Bill “The Butcher” Cutting as a crime boss and his struggle for power against rival gangs.

Directed by Martin Scorsese, the film capitalizes that America was born in the streets and accomplished what many gangster films fail to do so: winning an Academy Award for Best Picture.


13. Carlito’s Way (1993)

Carlito’s Way

Carlito’s Way is a collaborative effort of two of the most well-known gangster icons in the film industry: actor Al Pacino and director Brian Da Palma. After 5 years of a 30-year prison sentence, Carlito Brigante gets freed from jail thanks to his friend and lawyer, Dave Kleinfeld.

Despite turning over a new leaf and trying to purify himself from his early wrong doings, the passion for crime proves to be too strong for the newly-free criminal.


12. Reservoir Dogs (1992)

Reservoir Dogs 1992

A team of six criminals unknown to each other carefully plan their heist to be fool proof but when the police rushes to the crime scene and kills one of them, the remaining five conclude that one of them must have been the informant for the police.

A crime film with immense suspense and detective skills, the five – using their skills relevant to the knack of criminology – begin to determine the snitch.


11. Con Air (1997)

Con Air

When a group of the country’s most dangerous criminals, rapist and murderers are being set for a prison transfer on an airplane, hell breaks loose and so does the passengers.

Starring Nicholas Cage as the only man in the plane with dignity in his blood, the words ‘rumble’ and ‘ruckus’ do not even cover the mayhem caused by the outlaws in this epic gangster film.


10. The Dark Knight (2008)

The Dark Knight

No matter how amazing the film was, it chronicles the world of crime rather than the Dark Knight. Let’s face it, Batman is not a superhero. He is basically a vigilante and detective.

When the mass murdering psychopath known simply as The Joker begins to terrorize Gotham City, the caped crusader realizes that the Clown Prince of Crime isn’t after anything materialistic or wealth, he just wants to introduce a better class of criminal to the humanity.


9. The Usual Suspects (1995)

The Usual Suspects

Bryan Singer’s critically acclaimed The Usual Suspects revolves around a really mind boggling plot in which a lone blast survivor tries to explain to the New York police the series of events which lead him and his four fellow criminals to the blast site. Things get really sketchy when the survivor starts mentioning the influence of an omnipotent criminal mastermind named ‘Keyser Soze’.

Christopher McQuarrie went on to win an Academy Award for the Best Original Screenplay for his epic mystery screenplay.


8. The Untouchables (1987)

The Untouchables (1987)

Unlike many other crime-drama films, The Untouchables relies heavily on narration and flashback to make it worth a while and successful from a film making point of view.

Directed by Bryan Singer, the film convinces the audience that the greatest trick the devil ever pulled was making the entire world believe that he does not exist.