Top Gangster Movies
Pulp Fiction - 1994
Gangsters Jules & Vincent (John Travolta & Samuel L. Jackson), go about their business with a humdrum reality, discussing the finer points of cheeseburgers and foot massages. Director Quentin Tarantino described Pulp Fiction as "a satire on the American lifestyle."
Donnie Brasco - 1997
In this mob flick, based on a true story, Al Pacino's aging mafioso Lefty Ruggiero is too blind to realise that the guy he’s tutoring, Donnie Brasco, (Johnny Depp) is actually an undercover FBI agent.
Bugsy - 1991
Directed by and starring Warren Beatty, this is Beatty's take on mob legend Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel and how he started his dream of developing Las Vegas into a gambling mecca.
The Godfather - 1972
Marlon Brando stuffed his cheeks with cotton wool, revived his career and redefined the movie mobster with this epic portrayal of Mob patriarch Don Corleone. There's even a doll made of his character!
Goodfellas - 1990
Scorsese's seminal mob epic about the life of the real life Henry Hill (played by Ray Liotta) and his ascent through the ranks of the mob is perhaps the finest mob movie ever made.
Scarface - 1983
"Say hello to my lee-dle friend!" Al Pacino turned the volume up to 11 for his testosterone-fuelled portrayal of Cuban immigrant turned gangster Tony Montana who comes to America for a slice of the American dream. Here's Pacino celebrating the recent 30th anniversary of the movie.
Reservoir Dogs - 1992
23 years after it first galvanised the big screen, Tarantino’s energetic, tightly-plotted debut still feels fresh, cementing Tarantino's reputation as the modern master of 'gangster.'
Heat - 1995
Michael Mann's sumptuously shot gangster thriller also marked the first time that Al Pacino & Robert De Niro had appeared on screen together. They subsequently re-appeared in 2013's forgettable cop thriller Righteous Kill (pictured) to far less dramatic effect and withering reviews.
Mean Streets - 1973
Martin Scorsese's homage to the Little Italy of his youth may lack the polish of his later epics Goodfellas and Casino but makes up for it with a visceral energy and raw passion.