The Godfather (1972)

Top 10 classic gangster movies

The Godfather (1972)

Francis Ford Coppola directs an all-star cast including Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, and James Caan in a family drama about a man turning over control of the family business to his reluctant son.

Goodfellas (1990)

Based on the life of former gangster Henry Hill, this mob-drug misadventure is directed by Martin Scorsese and stars Ray Liotta, Robert De Niro, and Joe Pesci.

The Godfather Part II (1974)

Coppola again directs, as the Corleone family is explored more deeply and features an Oscar-winning performance by Robert De Niro. This was the first sequel to ever win an Oscar for Best Picture.

White Heat (1949)

Raul Walsh directs James Cagney in this 1940s Film Noir heist film; Cagney, known for his gangster roles, plays a psychopath in love with his mother.

Bonnie and Clyde (1967)

Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway star in this Arthur Penn-directed film about two Depression-era bank robbers in love.

Scarface: The Shame of a Nation (1932)

Howard Hawks and Richard Rosson co-direct this Film Noir picture about an unrelenting, brutal mob man who tries to take out his competition.

Pulp Fiction (1994)

Quentin Tarantino directs this non-linear gangster-drug-heist film starring John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis, and Uma Thurman in a complex story of intertwining lives.


The Public Enemy (1931)

This film gave James Cagney his start as the preeminent gangster actor of his day; directed by William A. Wellman, this film follows two men as they rise through the ranks of Chicago’s prohibition mob world.

Little Caesar (1931)

Known for being the first true mob movie and the prototype for the entire genre, this Mervyn LeRoy-directed film stars Edward G. Robinson as a country boy who makes it big as a gangster during Prohibition.

Scarface (1983)

A remake of the 1932 classic, the action moves to Latin American drug Cartels in this Brian De Palma film. Al Pacino plays a Cuban immigrant in early ’80s Miami, ruthlessly rising through the drug trade.