Gangster films have always been known for their distinct vibe and style. Fans of the genre often have a deep commitment to the movies, and for good reason. No other movie genre has had as great an impact on shaping the public’s perception of criminals as gangster films. For many years, the best gangster films have captivated audiences and left a lasting impact. Despite the variety of stories and characters, the criminal underworld is the one common theme that ties these movies together.
Here is a list of the top 10 Most Iconic Gangster Films in Hollywood History
Set in Las Vegas in the early 1970s, Sam “Ace” Rothstein is a low-level mobster who is tasked by his bosses to head the Tangiers Casino. Initially, he excels in his role, but over time, various problems arise, including conflicts with his enforcer Nicky Santoro, his ex-hustler wife Ginger, her con artist ex Lester Diamond, and a few corrupt politicians. These challenges ultimately put Sam in increasing danger.
This film follows the story of a small-time hood who rises to the top through violence and cunning. The question remains, however, how long can he stay there?
3.Once Upon a Time in America
A former Jewish gangster from the Prohibition era, who has now returned to the Lower East Side of Manhattan, is forced to confront the ghosts of his past and come to terms with the regrets of his criminal life.
In an effort to take down the Irish Mafia in South Boston, the police send in one of their own to infiltrate the underworld. However, the syndicate has done the same, and both sides soon realize that there is a mole among them. The film explores the complex relationships between an undercover cop, a career criminal, and the mob kingpin.
After receiving a green card in exchange for assassinating a Cuban government official, Tony Montana takes control of the drug trade in Miami. He viciously eliminates anyone who stands in his way, eventually becoming the biggest drug lord in the state. However, increased pressure from the police, battles with Colombian drug cartels, and his own drug-fueled paranoia all contribute to his eventual downfall.
Spanning the years 1945 to 1955, this film chronicles the fictional Italian-American Corleone crime family. When the head of the family, Vito Corleone, barely survives an attempt on his life, his youngest son Michael steps in to take revenge and cement his power within the organization.
7.The Public Enemy
This film follows the rise of two young hoodlums from the slums of Chicago as they become petty thieves, bootleggers, and cold-blooded killers. Despite their ruthless reputation, Tom Powers tries to maintain connections with his family, but the demands of gang warfare and a desire for revenge eventually pull him away.
8.Boyz N the Hood
This film, directed by John Singleton, is a powerful social critique of the conditions in South Central Los Angeles, where gun violence and drug dealing are a daily reality for many teenagers.
Young Treasury Agent Eliot Ness arrives in Chicago and is determined to take down Al Capone, but it’s not going to be easy because Capone has the police in his pocket. Ness meets Jimmy Malone, a veteran patrolman and probably the most honorable one on the force. He asks Malone to help him get Capone, but Malone warns him that if he goes after Capone, he is going to war.
10.Bonnie and Clyde
In the 1930s, Bonnie Parker, a bored waitress, falls in love with an ex-con named Clyde Barrow, and together they embark on a violent crime spree that takes them across the country, robbing banks and stealing cars.