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Director: Brian De Palma
Starring: Kevin Costner, Sean Connery, Robert De Niro, Andy Garcia, Charles Martin Smith, Richard Bradford, Billy Drago and Patricia Clarkson

Federal Agent Eliot Ness sets out to stop Al Capone; because of rampant corruption, he assembles a small, hand-picked team.
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Director: Arthur Penn
Starring: Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, Michael J. Pollard, Gene Hackman, Estelle Parsons, Denver Pyle, Dub Taylor and Gene Wilder

Bonnie Parker is bored with life and wants a change. She gets her chance when she meets a charming young drifter by the name of Clyde Barrow. Clyde has dreams of a life of crime that will free him from the hardships of the Depression. The two fall in love and begin a crime spree that extends from Oklahoma to Texas.

They rob small banks with skill and panache, soon becoming minor celebrities known across the country. People are proud to have been held up by Bonnie and Clyde; to their victims, the duo is doing what nobody else has the guts to do. To the law, the two are evil bank robbers who deserve to be gunned down where they stand.
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Directed by Francis Ford Coppola
Starring: Richard Gere, Gregory Hines, Diane Lane, Lonette McKee, Bob Hoskins, Fred Gwynne, Nicolas Cage, James Remar, Allen Garfield, Gwen Verdon, Maurice Hines, Laurence Fishburne, Tom Waits, Jennifer Grey, James Russo and John P.Ryan

The Cotton Club was a famous night club in Harlem owned by gangster Owney Madden. The story follows the people that visited the club: movie stars, entertainers and mobsters including Dutch Schultz and Lucky Luciano, and those who ran it. It is peppered with the Jazz music that made it so famous.
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People who added this item 69 Average listal rating (40 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7
Dillinger (1973)

Director: John Milius
Starring: Warren Oates, Ben Johnson, Michelle Phillips, Harry Dean Stanton, Geoffrey Lewis, John P. Ryan, Richard Dreyfuss, Steve Kanaly and Cloris Leachman

John Dillinger and his gang, including Baby Face Nelson, Henry Pierpont, Homer Van Meter and Pretty Boy Floyd, go on a bank robbing spree across the mid-west but one G-Man, Melvin Purvis, is determined to bring them down.
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People who added this item 1880 Average listal rating (1139 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.8

Director: Mike Newell
Starring: Al Pacino, Johnny Depp, Michael Madsen, Bruno Kirby, Anne Heche, James Russo and Zeljko Ivanek

Joseph Pistone, an FBI undercover agent, infilitrates the mob and finds himself identifying more with the Mafia life at the expense of his real one, especially because of his close friendship with gangster Benjamin 'Lefty' Ruggiero.
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People who added this item 259 Average listal rating (148 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 6.8

Director: Barry Levinson
Starring: Warren Beatty, Annette Bening, Harvey Keitel, Ben Kingsley, Elliott Gould, Joe Mantegna, Richard C. Sarafian and Bebe Neuwirth

The story of how gangster Benjamin 'Bugsy' Siegel built and opened The Pink Flamingo Hotel & Casino and brought the mob to Las Vegas.
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People who added this item 2640 Average listal rating (1539 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 7

Director: Michael Mann
Starring: Christian Bale, Johnny Depp, Marion Cotillard, Giovanni Ribisi, Channing Tatum, Stephen Graham, James Russo, Stephen Dorff, David Wenham, Jason Clarke, Carey Mulligan, Casey Siemaszko, Lili Taylor, Leelee Sobieski, Billy Crudup and Diana Krall

In the shadow of the Great Depression, criminal minds are thriving, notorious men such as John Dillinger, "Baby Face" Nelson and "Pretty Boy" Floyd, and it's up to J. Edgar Hoover and the FBI to bring them down in this gritty crime drama.
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People who added this item 84 Average listal rating (49 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 6.7
The Krays (1990)

Director: Peter Medak
Starring: Gary Kemp, Martin Kemp, Billie Whitelaw, Tom Bell, Susan Fleetwood, Charlotte Cornwell, Kate Hardie, Avis Bunnage, Alfred Lynch, Gary Love, Steven Berkoff, Jimmy Jewel, Barbara Ferris, Victor Spinetti and John McEnery

Fact-based drama following the lives of the twin crime-lords in London's '60s underworld.
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People who added this item 5 Average listal rating (2 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 5.9

Director: John Gray
Starring: Adrian Pasdar, Eric Roberts, Ally Sheedy, Titus Welliver, Anthony Crivello, Maria Pitillo, Jimmie F. Skaggs and Dominic Chianese

While Al Capone works his way up from top-dog street gang thug captain in Chicago to U.S. crime king, his brother Jimmy Capone chooses the righteous way, leaving Illinois for small town Harmony in Nebraska, where he adopts the alias Richard Hart, marries teacher Kathleen, has offspring and becomes its incorruptible town marshal with a loyal Indian deputy.

When his efficient fight against Al's illegal alcohol trade starts to bite financially, the gang's top lawyer is sent to buy 'Hart' or order his death he but recognizes Jimmy and arranges a fraternal reunion in Chicago. Yet no money nor threats can turn Jimmy bad...
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People who added this item 67 Average listal rating (32 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 5.6
Bloody Mama (1970)

Director: Roger Corman
Starring: Shelley Winters, Don Stroud, Pat Hingle, Diane Varsi, Bruce Dern, Clint Kimbrough, Robert De Niro, Robert Walden, Alex Nicol and Scatman Crothers

A psychological gangster film based on fact. Machine gun totin' Ma Barker lead her family gang (her sons) on a crime spree in the Depression era, including kidnapping a happy-go-lucky millionaire and holding him for ransom.
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A list of my favorite films about REAL LIFE gangsters.

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Posted: 4 years, 9 months ago at Jan 21 14:58
unusual favorite gangster movies list when you think there's no godfather movies,no goodfellas,no the departed, no scarface or no carlito's way but everyone as is own taste in movies and that's alright with me my friend : )
Posted: 4 years, 9 months ago at Jan 22 4:02
Thoroughly enjoyed "The Krays". Wasn't sure how the Spandau Ballet boys would be in this movie, but they did a bang up job.
Posted: 4 years, 9 months ago at Jan 22 14:35
nice.'the untouchables' is very underrated
Posted: 4 years, 9 months ago at Jan 22 16:16
Dark Warrier: as I mentioned in the description, this is a list of my favorite films about REAL LIFE gangsters. I love 'The Godfather' films but they feature fictional characters, although sometimes loosley based on actual people with their names changed. I haven't yet seen the other films you mentioned so I am not in a position to say whether or not they are favorite films of mine in this genre.
cfcblue: I agree with you, they were both surprisingly good.
pulpbukowskiDeth: Very true, it's a great film.
Thanks to you all for your votes and comments. :)
Posted: 4 years, 8 months ago at Jan 24 14:55
it's like me i didn't see The Lost Capone & The Krays. Scarface (1983) & Carlito's Way (1993) are with Al Pacino and the 2 movie's were directed by Brian DePalma the same who did The Untouchables. The Departed (2006) and Goodfellas (1990) were directed by Martin Scorsese. i would suggest also Once Upon A Time In America (1984) directed by Sergio Leone with Robert De Niro... they are all outstanding movies. : )

P.S. Look at my favorite gangster movie and if you wanna know The Untouchables is at # 11 on my list : ) www.listal.com/list/dark-warriors-10-best-gangster
Posted: 4 years, 8 months ago at Jan 24 15:06
Thanks for the suggestions D.W. I do know all of the films you mentioned but I haven't got round to seeing them yet. :)
Posted: 12 months ago at Oct 21 22:30
It's still on my list of films to see, John. Will try and watch it soon.

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