Top 10 Gangster Movies, The World Recognized Classic

1. The Godfather (1972)

R | 2h 55min | Crime, Drama | 24 March 1972 (USA)
Director: Francis Ford Coppola

An organized crime dynasty's aging patriarch transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son.

2. Once Upon a Time in America (1984)

R | 3h 49min | Crime, Drama | 1 June 1984 (USA)
Director: Sergio Leone

A former Prohibition-era Jewish gangster returns to the Lower East Side of Manhattan over thirty years later, where he once again must confront the ghosts and regrets of his old life.

3. City of God (2002)Cidade de Deus (original title)

R | 2h 10min | Crime, Drama | 13 February 2004 (USA)
Directors: Fernando Meirelles, Kátia Lund (co-director)

The film begins in medias res with an armed gang chasing after an escaped chicken in a favela called the Cidade de Deus ("City of God"). The chicken stops between the gang and the narrator, a young man nicknamed Rocket ("Buscapé").

4. Sin City (2005)

R | 2h 4min | Crime, Thriller | 1 April 2005 (USA)
Directors: Frank Miller, Quentin Tarantino

An exploration of the dark and miserable Basin City and three of its residents, all of whom are caught up in violent corruption.

5. Reservoir Dogs (1992)

R | 1h 39min | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 2 September 1992 (France)
Director: Quentin Tarantino

When a simple jewelry heist goes horribly wrong, the surviving criminals begin to suspect that one of them is a police informant.

6. Les Lyonnais (2011)

R | 1h 42min | Drama, Thriller | 30 November 2011 (France)
Director: Olivier Marchal

After growing up in a poor gypsy camp, Edmond Vidal, aka Momon, has retained a sense of family, unfailing loyalty and pride in his origins. Most of all, he has remained friends with Serge Suttel, with whom he first discovered prison life - for stealing cherries. The two of them inevitably got involved in organized crime. The team they formed, the Gang Des Lyonnais, made them the most notorious armed robbers of the early 1970s. Their irresistible rise ended in 1974 with a spectacular arrest. Today, as he nears 60, Momon would like to forget that part of his life. He has found peace by retiring from the "business". He tends to his wife Janou, who suffered so in the past, and to his children and grandchildren, all of whom have great respect for this man of simple and universal values, so clear-headed and full of kindness. But then Serge Suttel, who has disowned nothing of his past, comes back into the picture.

7. New World (2013)

Sinsegye (original title)
Not Rated | 2h 15min | Action, Crime, Drama | 21 February 2013 (South Korea)

New World (Korean: 신세계; RR: Sinsegye) is a 2013 South Korean crime drama film written and directed by Park Hoon-jung. Starring Choi Min-sik, Hwang Jung-min, Song Ji-Hyo and Lee Jung-jae, the film is a melodrama revolving around an undercover cop who finds it difficult to play both a cop and a goon. New World is the first entry in a planned trilogy.

8. Biyeolhan geori (2006)

Not Rated | 2h 20min | Action, Crime, Drama | 15 June 2006 (South Korea)
Director: Ha Yoo (as Yoo Ha)

A Dirty Carnival is the story of Kim Byung-doo, a small-time gangster in his late 20s. Unable to acquire the money necessary to save his family from eviction, Byung-doo subverts his boss, Sang-chul, and takes a job directly from President Hwang, Sang-chul's boss, to eliminate Attorney Park, a public prosecutor who has been bothersome to President Hwang. On this job's completion, Byung-doo receives the money he was hoping for in addition to President Hwang's respect and a spot at his side. Byung-doo and President Hwang swear never to speak of the hit to anyone so that they, and the organization, will not be implicated.

9. Léon: The Professional (1994) Léon (original title)

R | 1h 50min | Action, Crime, Drama | 18 November 1994 (USA)
Director: Luc Besson

Mathilda, a 12-year-old girl, is reluctantly taken in by Léon, a professional assassin, after her family is murdered. An unusual relationship forms as she becomes his protégée and learns the assassin's trade.

10. Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)

R | 1h 47min | Action, Comedy, Crime | 28 August 1998 (UK)
Director: Guy Ritchie

Eddy persuades his three pals to pool money for a vital poker game against a powerful local mobster, Hatchet Harry. Eddy loses, after which Harry gives him a week to pay back 500,000 pounds.