Gangster based movies are loved by masses because these movies revolve around gangs and clashes and drugs and violence. Such adrenaline boosters always attract us. So to make your weekend an adventurous one, we have prepared for you a list of 18 All Time Favorite Gangster Based Movies. Here enjoy –
Goodfellas is a 1990 flick, which is still a part of movie buffs DVD collections. Why? Because of its thrilling plot. This gangster based movie is not a story but a biopic. The film’s protagonist is the Italian mafia Henry Hill, operating his business in New York. The film showcases the journey of the most dreaded goodfella- Henry Hill.
American Gangster is a Drama cum Crime cum Biographic film. Starring Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe, the film as the title suggests, is the story of gangsters operating in Manhattan. The plot’s hero i.e. the detective tries to bring down the drug empire of these gangsters. Watch the film to know how!
Donnie Brasco is the journey of an FBI Agent Joe Pistono who uses the name Donnie to hide his identity when he infiltrates the underworld. This popular Johnny Depp (who plays the role of Joe) film is definitely an adrenaline booster for all of action flicks’ fans.
The Godfather I is a famous one among gangster based movies starring superstar Marlon Grando as Don Vito Corleone. In the story, Marlon is the aging patriarch of a criminal family who is in quest of a successor. When unfortunate events unfold, his idealistic son Michael Corleone (Al Bacino) who wants to keep away from Mafia world becomes the unexpected legacy carrier.
Once Upon a Time in America is the life-story of four Jewish gangsters and their leader David Aaronson. Spanning over a period of 40 years, the plot constantly moves back and forth and undercover the penultimate twists and turns. This Sergio Leone film is definitely a tour de force.
Pulp Fiction is a 1994, Quentin Tarantino film. Much appreciated during that time and much loved even today, Pulp Fiction is a pulp fiction cum crime thriller. The story revolves around two hit men, one boxer, gangster and his wife and few other bandits, which is quite a generic plot but what keeps the audience’s attention intact is the intelligence with which the director has resurrected the crime plot.
Who can forget the famous line from this 2002 film, “What men do after work is what made us rich”. Road to Perdition is an emotional struggle of a hardcore and unbeatable criminal Mike Sullivan who is wronged by his most probably his own people. He is on a road to find out the betrayer and seek revenge. One of the best gangster based movies to indulge in!
The Godfather II is the sequel to Francis Coppola’s The Godfather I. Also starring Robert DE Niro and Al Pacino, the movie takes the story further showcasing how Michael expands the empire and takes it to Cuba.
Directorial of Brian De Palma, Carlito’s Way is the story of a convict who is released from prison. He decides to go ahead on a journey away from crime, drugs and destruction. But can he do that? This Al Pacino starrer film is a must watch for all the thriller enthusiasts!
Another masterpiece by Brian De Palma, Scarface involves all the ingredients of a crime drama. It has grudges, infiltration, cocaine, women and undoubtedly a lot of crime. The gangster Montana and the friend Ray rise on the power ladder and takes over the city. Watch the film to undercover how the gangster succumbs to greed and how long?
This 1987 film, The Untouchables is a story of 1920s Chicago and the places’ deeply embedded corrupt bureaucratic relations. But obviously, when crime’s mayhem takes over the city, a hero must rise. The hero in the film is Elliot Ness, played by Kostner, who beats all the odds to make the city crime-free. Since it is directorial of De Palma you can be rest assured that the film would turn out to be an undying experience.
“My theory on the Feds is that they’re like mushrooms, feed them shit and keep them in dark”- this dialogue which is ingrained in every Hollywood fan’s heart is from the very famous Leonardo De Caprio film ‘The Departed’. The flick is perfect among other gangster based movies and is filled with cries, groans, anger, and vigor, is one of the top notch films in the crime genre.
Reservoir Dog is a generic story but how the plot takes a 360-degree shift after the intermission is why you should watch the film. This 1992 flick is the story of a gang comprised of six members who are unfamiliar with each other, but they are hired to accomplish a fool proof plan. But when police ambush attacks them on the D-Day, these six start doubting each other and come to the conclusion that one of them is a police informant!
A Bronx Tale is a 1993 film starring the heartthrob for women of all ages, Robert De Niro who has also directed the film. De Niro plays the character of Lorenzo the worried gangster father who is worried that his son would be influenced by a local gangster Sonny. De Niro has nicely captured the theme of this coming-of-age story.
Casino is a brilliant depiction of two opposite scenarios. We all know that every coin has two sides; director Martin Scorcese showcases us both the enchanting and the heart-breaking face of Las Vegas. The main characters in the film mobsters Nicky and Ace move to the city to earn fortunes and land up facing their contrasted selves. A must watch for people who love paradox in crime based stories.
The Godfather III is the third and the final part of the Godfather series by Coppola. Released in 1990, 18 years after the first part’s release, the film has kept its essence alive. While in first part Vito tries to keep his legacy alive by deciding on a suitable successor, when his son reaches that point he is true to his character and tries to redeem himself.
Starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Cameron Diaz, Gangs of New York’s story is based on New York of 1863. One of the best gangster based movies, this one is a combination of crime and revenge genre, where a son vows to take revenge from his father’s killer.
The latest film in the stock, Public Enemies is the story of a notorious gangster John Dillinger and his counterparts’ adventures during the Great Depression of 1933-34. Every action film lover must watch this film not just for the story it has but also because the film stars Johnny Depp and Christian Bale.