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101 Gangster Movies You Must See

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Along with the 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die movie books, there are a number of genre-specific spin-offs, most of which are a mere 101 movies. I thought that I'd list those from the 101 Gangster Movies You Must See Before You Die in case anyone is interested in the list. The book was published in 2009, so any subsequent releases of note will be omitted. 

  1. The Musketeers of Pig Alley (1912)
  2. Regeneration (1915)
  3. Dr. Mabuse, the Gambler (1922)
  4. Underworld (1927)
  5. The Racket (1928)
  6. Little Caesar (1931)
  7. City Streets (1931)
  8. The Public Enemy (1931)
  9. Scarface (1932)
  10. The Testament of Dr. Mabuse (1933)
  11. Manhattan Melodrama (1934)
  12. G-Men (1935)
  13. The Petrified Forest (1936)
  14. Bullets or Ballots (1936)
  15. Pepe Le Moko (1937)
  16. Marked Woman (1937)
  17. Dead End (1937)
  18. Angels with Dirty Faces (1938)
  19. Each Dawn I Die (1939)
  20. The Roaring Twenties (1939)
  21. High Sierra (1941)
  22. This Gun for Hire (1942)
  23. The Glass Key (1942)
  24. The Killers (1946)
  25. The Big Sleep (1946)
  26. Kiss of Death (1947)
  27. T-Men (1947)
  28. Brighton Rock (1948)
  29. I Walk Alone (1948)
  30. Drunken Angel (1948)
  31. Key Largo (1948)
  32. Force of Evil (1948)
  33. They Live By Night (1948)
  34. White Heat (1949)
  35. Gun Crazy (1950)
  36. The Enforcer (1951)
  37. The Lavender Hill Mob (1951)
  38. The Big Heat (1953)
  39. The Big Combo (1955)
  40. Rififi (1955)
  41. The Killing (1956)
  42. Bob Le Flambeur (1956)
  43. Touch of Evil (1958)
  44. Al Capone (1959)
  45. The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond (1960)
  46. 1,000 Eyes of Dr. Mabuse (1960)
  47. Underworld USA (1961)
  48. Branded to Kill (1967)
  49. The St. Valentine's Day Massacre (1967)
  50. Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
  51. Point Blank (1967)
  52. Bullitt (1968)
  53. The Brotherhood (1968)
  54. Bloody Mama (1970)
  55. Get Carter (1971)
  56. Shaft (1971)
  57. The French Connection (1971)
  58. The Godfather (1972)
  59. Dillinger (1973)
  60. Mean Streets (1973)
  61. Thieves Like Us (1974)
  62. The Godfather, Part II (1974)
  63. Bugsy Malone (1976)
  64. Atlantic City (1980)
  65. The Long Good Friday (1980)
  66. Scarface (1983)
  67. Once Upon a Time in America (1984)
  68. Prizzi's Honor (1985)
  69. A Better Tomorrow (1986)
  70. The Untouchables (1987)
  71. The Krays (1990)
  72. Goodfellas (1990)
  73. King of New York (1990)
  74. Miller's Crossing (1990)
  75. The Grifters (1990)
  76. New Jack City (1990)
  77. Boyz N the Hood (1991)
  78. Bugsy (1991)
  79. American Me (1992)
  80. Hard Boiled (1992)
  81. Reservoir Dogs (1992)
  82. Menace II Society (1993)
  83. Sonatine (1993)
  84. A Bronx Tale (1993)
  85. Carlito's Way (1993)
  86. Pulp Fiction (1994)
  87. The Usual Suspects (1995) 
  88. Get Shorty (1995)
  89. Casino (1995)
  90. Heat (1995)
  91. Donnie Brasco (1997)
  92. L.A. Confidential (1997)
  93. Short Sharp Shock (1998)
  94. Lock, Stock & 2 Smoking Barrels (1998)
  95. Brother (2000)
  96. Sexy Beast (2000)
  97. Road to Perdition (2002)
  98. Infernal Affairs (2002)
  99. Gangs of New York (2002)
  100. The Departed (2006)
  101. Eastern Promises (2007)

 

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I see these are listed in chronological order. I'm surprised TIGHT SPOT (1955) isn't included.

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I haven't seen The Enforcer (1951), 1000 Eyes of Dr. Mabuse (1960), Underworld USA (1961), The Brotherhood (1968), or Short Sharp Shock (1998).

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46 minutes ago, LawrenceA said:

I haven't seen The Enforcer (1951), 1000 Eyes of Dr. Mabuse (1960), Underworld USA (1961), The Brotherhood (1968), or Short Sharp Shock (1998).

UNDERWORLD U.S.A has aired on TCM. Once it was part of a spotlight on Sam Fuller. Cliff Robertson is fantastic in the lead role.

It currently has a 7.5 rating on the IMDb (I gave it a 9):

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0055571/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

THE BROTHERHOOD used to air on Retroplex which is where I saw it. Unfortunately TCM never airs it, not even when Kirk Douglas turns 200 or 300 years old.

It currently has a 6.0 rating on the IMDb, way too low (I gave it a 9):

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0062760/?ref_=nv_sr_4

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I haven't seen

The Musketeers of Pig Alley (1912)
Regeneration (1915)
Underworld (1927)
The Racket (1928)
G-Men (1935)
I Walk Alone (1948)
1,000 Eyes of Dr. Mabuse (1960)
Branded to Kill (1967)
Bloody Mama (1970)
A Better Tomorrow (1986)
The Krays (1990)
Boyz N the Hood (1991)
American Me (1992)
Menace II Society (1993)
Sonatine (1993)
A Bronx Tale (1993)
Carlito's Way (1993)
Short Sharp Shock (1998)
Brother (2000)
Infernal Affairs (2002)
 

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47 minutes ago, cigarjoe said:

I haven't seen

The Musketeers of Pig Alley (1912)
Regeneration (1915)
Underworld (1927)
The Racket (1928)
G-Men (1935)
I Walk Alone (1948)
1,000 Eyes of Dr. Mabuse (1960)
Branded to Kill (1967)
Bloody Mama (1970)
A Better Tomorrow (1986)
The Krays (1990)
Boyz N the Hood (1991)
American Me (1992)
Menace II Society (1993)
Sonatine (1993)
A Bronx Tale (1993)
Carlito's Way (1993)
Short Sharp Shock (1998)
Brother (2000)
Infernal Affairs (2002)

You've got a lot of really good ones there. Many of the silent ones are on YouTube.

Several are foreign, so I don't know how you feel about subtitles. 

Branded to KillSonatine, and Brother are Japanese yakuza movies. 

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A Better Tomorrow and Infernal Affairs are Hong Kong features, the latter of which was remade as The Departed

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The Krays is British, but while I liked it fine, I enjoyed Legend (2015) more, and it's about the same subject. 

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American Me is the best movie that I've seen about the Mexican Mafia in California.

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Boyz N the Hood and Menace II Society are the best films about the predominantly black street gangs on the West Coast. Colors (1988) is another good one, more introductory on the subject. The cops are the main characters in that one, while in the two on the list the guys in the gangs are the center of attention.

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Carlito's Way is perhaps my favorite on the list, and a must-see for crime movie fans.

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I'm surprised, with your depth of knowledge and film-watching in the genre, that you haven't seen I Walk Alone. It hasn't been shown on TV as often, but I think it's been released on disc recently (edit: it comes out July 24), so it may be easier to track down now.

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1 hour ago, LawrenceA said:

I'm surprised, with your depth of knowledge and film-watching in the genre, that you haven't seen I Walk Alone. It hasn't been shown on TV as often, but I think it's been released on disc recently (edit: it comes out July 24), so it may be easier to track down now.

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This is the one where Burt went to the big house and Kirk ran their speakeasy/nightclub making a ton of dough, I have seen it I just didn't connect with the title.

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17 hours ago, LawrenceA said:

You've got a lot of really good ones there. Many of the silent ones are on YouTube.

Several are foreign, so I don't know how you feel about subtitles. 

Branded to KillSonatine, and Brother are Japanese yakuza movies. 

714F8E8JN6L._SY445_.gif

A Better Tomorrow and Infernal Affairs are Hong Kong features, the latter of which was remade as The Departed

5165Q82FPEL._SY445_.jpg

The Krays is British, but while I liked it fine, I enjoyed Legend (2015) more, and it's about the same subject. 

91H3V80JltL._SY445_.jpg

American Me is the best movie that I've seen about the Mexican Mafia in California.

51W6CTXCD6L._SY445_.jpg

Boyz N the Hood and Menace II Society are the best films about the predominantly black street gangs on the West Coast. Colors (1988) is another good one, more introductory on the subject. The cops are the main characters in that one, while in the two on the list the guys in the gangs are the center of attention.

menace-ii-society_u-L-F4JB2E0.jpg?src=gp

Carlito's Way is perhaps my favorite on the list, and a must-see for crime movie fans.

carlitosway.jpg

I'm surprised, with your depth of knowledge and film-watching in the genre, that you haven't seen I Walk Alone. It hasn't been shown on TV as often, but I think it's been released on disc recently (edit: it comes out July 24), so it may be easier to track down now.

51jPEWktzQL._SY300_QL70_.jpg

I saw a Japanese yakuza film recently that TCM aired.  It was called A Colt Is My Passport (1967).  It had a cool French New Wave vibe, kind of like Godard meets Melville. I liked the washed out black & white photography, and the airy, open visuals. I want to start seeing more yakuza films.

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Just now, cinemaspeak59 said:

I saw a Japanese yakuza film recently that TCM aired.  It was called A Colt Is My Passport (1967).  It had a cool French New Wave vibe, kind of like Godard meets Melville. I liked the washed out black & white photography, and the airy, open visuals. I want to start seeing more yakuza films.

There are a lot of very good ones, from the late 50's through the 60's into the 70's. They made a comeback in the 1990's with the movies of director Takashi Miike (Dead or Alive, Ichi the Killer), and actor-director Beat Takeshi (SonatineFireworks).

I also like Kanto WandererTattooed LifeTokyo DrifterFighting ElegyPale FlowerUnderworld Beauty, and Graveyard of Honor. There are a lot more, and dozens that I haven't seen.

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The Yakuza Poster

Mitchum was in this 1974 Japanese Gangster flim, surprised it's not on the list

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