1. The Godfather Part II is arguably the greatest gangster film of all-time. I agree that it is better than the original, and the film has become the blueprint for all gangster movies. The Godfather Part II chronicles the story of the Corleone crime family. Al Pacino should have won an Academy Award for his role as Michael Corleone in this film. This epic film also stars Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall, and Diane Keaton.
2.GoodFellas is one of the greatest movies ever, both in the genre of crime and in film. Martin Scorsese bases the film on the non-fiction book Wiseguy by Nicholas Pileggi, and it follows the crime life of Henry Hill, a former family associate. The film stars Ray Liotta, Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Lorraine Bracco, and Paul Sorvino.
3. King of New York is my favorite gangster film of all-time. This classic crime drama centered on Frank White, a wealthy and powerful drug lord who challenges fellow New York drug lords in bloody gunfights for a piece of the action. The film is thrilling, seductive, and haunting. The movie stars Christopher Walken, David Caruso, Victor Argo, Larry Fishburne, and Wesley Snipes. King of New York is also very popular in the hip-hop community. One of the greatest rappers ever, The Notorious B.I.G., often referred to himself as “Frank White” and “The King of NY” about this film.
4.Scarface is one of the most influential and beloved gangster films ever. This classic epic crime drama has its mark on comic books, hip-hop videos, video games, and apparel. The film tells the story of a fictional Cuban refugee named Antonio Montana who becomes a major player in the Miami drug world. Scarface stars Al Pacino, Steven Bauer Michelle Pfeiffer, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, and Robert Loggia. Giorgio Moroder does a great job with the music.
5. American Gangster is one of the best latest gangster films. It follows the criminal past of Frank Lucas, a real-life heroin kingpin from Harlem. The film really does depict the devastation heroin had on the Harlem community in the 1970s. Denzel Washington plays the role of Frank Lucas so effortlessly. He is definitely one of the great actors of our time. The movie also stars Russell Crowe, Cuba Gooding Jr., Josh Brolin, John Ortiz, Lymari Nadal and Ruby Dee. American Gangster even inspired Jay-Z to record an album with the same name.