If you want to know more about organized crime you should definitely watch our picks for the best gangster movies.
10. American Gangster (2007)
American Gangster is a 2007 biographical crime film directed by Ridley Scott and stars Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Josh Brolin. The movie fictionally based on the criminal career of Frank Lucas, a gangster who smuggled heroin into the United States on American service planes returning from the Vietnam War. But is is also the story of a dedicated and honest policeman, Richie Roberts, who heads up a joint narcotics task force with the Federal government, seeking the leaders of the dealers.
Drama, Crime | Director: Ridley Scott
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9. Carlito’s Way (1993)
A Puerto Rican convict newly released from prison decides to leave his criminal past behind and start his life again outside New York City. However, he soon realizes that cutting ties with his violent past is not as easy as he had initially thought. The thriller crime drama manages to impeccably showcase the gangster life with its powerful soundtrack and incredible performances. Directed by Brian De Palma, the movie stars Al Pacino, Sean Penn, and Penelope Ann Miller in lead roles.
Crime, Thriller | Director: Brian De Palma
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8. The Gentlemen (2019)
The Gentlemen is a 2020 action crime film written and directed by Guy Ritchie and stars Matthew McConaughey, Charlie Hunnam, Henry Golding, Michelle Dockery, Jeremy Strong, Eddie Marsan, Colin Farrell and Hugh Grant. The story follows Mickey Pearson who has done very well financially with his highly profitable cannabis empire. He is now looking into cashing in his business which he has come to value at nearly 400 million and tries to sell it off to a dynasty of Oklahoma billionaires.
Action, Crime, Comedy | Director: Guy Ritchie
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7. Snatch (2000)
Snatch is a 2000 British crime comedy film written and directed by Guy Ritchie and stars Benicio del Toro, Dennis Farina, Vinnie Jones, Brad Pitt and Jason Statham. The movie contains two intertwined plots: one dealing with the search for a stolen diamond and the other with a small-time boxing promoter who finds himself under the thumb of a ruthless gangster. As events twist and turn, the two plots blend into one with a chain reaction of events carrying on for each and every character.
Thriller, Crime | Director: Guy Ritchie
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6. Reservoir Dogs (1992)
Reservoir Dogs is a 1992 independent crime film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino in his feature-length debut and it stars him alongside Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Chris Penn, Steve Buscemi and Michael Madsen. Joe Cabot, a small-time crime boss, assembles five strangers to steal a lot of diamonds. But when the police arrive at the scene before the burglars can even make their getaway, it becomes apparent that one of them is an undercover cop. But who?
Crime, Thriller | Director: Quentin Tarantino
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5. The Usual Suspects (1995)
The Usual Suspects is a 1995 neo-noir mystery film directed by Bryan Singer and stars Stephen Baldwin, Gabriel Byrne, Benicio del Toro, Kevin Pollak and Kevin Spacey. After a truck robbery in New York, five criminals are arrested and brought together for questioning. They all agree to do a job together in revenge. However, little do they know that someone else is pulling the strings and that they are puppets. But the question is… who is the one controlling everything?
Drama, Crime, Thriller | Director: Bryan Singer
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4. City of God (2002)
City of God is a 2002 Brazilian crime film directed by Fernando Meirelles and Kátia Lund. It stars Alexandre Rodrigues, Leandro Firmino da Hora, Phellipe Haagensen and Douglas Silva. The movie depicts the growth of organized crime in the Cidade de Deus suburb of Rio de Janeiro, between the end of the 1960s and the beginning of the 1980s. The story is told through the eyes of Buscape, a poor young fisherman’s son who realizes that his niche as a photographer is his only means of staying honest.
Drama, Crime | Director: Fernando Meirelles, Kátia Lund
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3. Once Upon a Time in America (1984)
The film tells the story of two Jewish best friends, David Aaronson and Maximilian Bercovicz, who rise in ranks as gangsters in the organized crime world of New York City. Regarded as one of the best gangster movies of all time, Once Upon a Time in America is a cinematic masterpiece. The 1984 film stars Robert De Niro and James Woods in lead roles. The essence of the story is beautifully captured by director Sergio Leone.
Drama, Crime | Director: Sergio Leone
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2. Scarface (1983)
Scarface follows the story of Tony Montana, a Cuban immigrant who comes to Miami with nothing but ultimately rises to become the powerful owner of a drug cartel. However, Tony’s greed brings his whole life crumbling down as he becomes a target in the gangster world. Directed by Brian De Palma, the crime drama film was released in 1983 and stars Al Pacino in the lead role with Michelle Pfeiffer and Steven Bauer in the supporting roles.
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller | Director: Brian De Palma
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1. Pulp Fiction (1994)
The lives of two hitmen, a boxer, a gangster and his wife, and a pair of bandits intertwine in four tales of violence and redemption. Pulp Fiction is a 1994 crime film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino and starring John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis, and Uma Thurman. The movie is widely regarded as Tarantino’s masterpiece and won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay. The self-reflexivity, unconventional structure, and extensive homage have prompted critics to call it a touchstone of post-modern film.
Thriller, Crime | Director: Quentin Tarantino
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