The best gangster movies of all time


If you are interested in the genre of movies that focuses on gangs and organised crime, then, you are going to be fully engaged with our list of the best gangster movies of all time we have compiled for you. From the Yakuza to Italian-American gangster movies, we have got you covered.

Grab a bowl of popcorn and drinks and get ready to be captivated as we usher you into the world of crime, corruption, drugs, assault rifles and of course, all types of mafia you can think of.

The Godfather

Year: 1972
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Writers: Mario Puzo
Cast: Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan

The Godfather is one of the best gangster movies of all time and is based on Mario Puzo’s best-selling novel with the same title. The film follows the lives of Vito Corleone and his family and chronicles their reign in the mafia world. Starring Al Pacino, and Marlon Brando, this mobster movie is widely regarded as one of the greatest films in world cinema and one of the most influential movies in the gangster genre.

The Godfather II

Year: 1974
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Writers: Mario Puzo
Cast: Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, Diane Keaton

Sequel to The Godfather, The Godfather II focuses on the life of Michael Corleone, played by Al Pacino. It shares how Michael protected the family business after he was almost assassinated. The Godfather II is one of the best gangster movies of all time and proceeded to win 6 Oscar awards in 1975.


Year: 1990
Director: Martin Scorsese
Writers: Nicholas Pileggi
Cast: Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci

If you are searching for top mafia movies, Goodfellas is a must watch. An adaptation of the novel, Wiseguy, written by Nicholas Pileggi, Goodfellas is centred on the life of Henry Hill and his life within the Italian-American mob. This movie is widely regarded as one of the greatest mafia movies of all time.


Year: 1983
Director: Brian De Palma
Writers: Oliver Stone
Cast: Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer, Steven Bauer

Tony Montana, a Cuban immigrant, determines and takes over a drug cartel in Miami, in the ‘80s. As ruthless as he is, he quickly rises to become a feared and powerful drug lord. Scarface shows the rise and fall of Tony Montana and is considered one of the best gangster movies of all time.

American Gangster

Year: 2007
Director: Ridley Scott
Writers: Steven Zaillian,
Cast: Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Chiwetel Ejiofor

Set in New York in the 1970s, American Gangster is a fictitious biographical film based on the criminal life of Frank Lucas, a gangster. Also starring Cuba Gooding Jr, the movie details the gangster’s rise to power in the mafia empire and an honest policeman dedicated to bringing him down. A list of mobster movies is not complete if American Gangster is not on it.

The Usual Suspects

Year: 1995
Director: Bryan Singer
Writers: Christopher McQuarrie
Cast: Kevin Spacey, Gabriel Byrne, Chazz Palminteri

The Usual Suspects follows the interrogation of a small-time swindler, Roger “Verbal” Kint, who is also one of only two survivors of a massacre and fire on a ship. The con man tells a very twisty tale of the events leading up the horrific gun battle on the ship. Even though his story is tough to dispute, something still doesn’t add up.

Pulp Fiction

Year: 1994
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Writers: Roger Avary, Quentin Tarantino
Cast: John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Samuel L. Jackson

Pulp fiction is centred on two hitmen played by John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson with a habit of philosophical discussions, and how they are intertwined in four tales of violence and redemption that involve a washed-out boxer, a pair of diner bandits, and a gangster’s wife. Pulp Fiction has been widely noted as one of Quentin Tarantino’s best movies as well as one of the best mob movies of all times.

Donnie Brasco

Year: 1997
Director: Mike Newell
Writers: Joseph D. Pistone
Cast: Woody Allen, Tony Roberts, Diane Keaton, Carol Kane

Donny Brasco is lightly based on the true-life story of Joseph D. Pistone, played by Johnny Depp, an FBI agent who goes undercover to infiltrate the mob. He finds himself identifying more and more with the mafia. Will he have the strength to do the right and ethical thing when the time comes?

The Untouchables

Year: 1987
Director: Brian De Palma
Writers: Eliot Ness, Oscar Fraley
Cast: Kevin Costner, Sean Connery, Robert De Niro

During the Prohibition era, Eliot Ness, a federal agent, sets out to stop Al Capone, a ruthless Chicago gangster, and due to the high level of corruption, he assembles a small, hand-picked Untouchables team to help him bring Al Capone to justice. The Untouchables is one of the best mafia movies that will keep you on the edge of your seat from start to finish.

Road to Perdition

Year: 2002
Director: Sam Mendes
Writers: Max Allan Collins, Richard Piers Rayner
Cast: Tom Hanks, Tyler Hoechlin, Rob Maxey

The movie, Road to perdition is an adaptation of Max Allan Collins’ graphic novel with the same name. Set in the period of the great depression in 1931, the story centres around a mob enforcer’s son, who is the key witness to a murder that forces him and his father to hit the road as they seek vengeance against a mobster who killed the rest of their family.