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Top 10 Best Gangster movies on HBO Max 2022

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Since the silent era, gangster movies have played a significant role in Hollywood. Little Caesar (1931), generally considered the first fully developed gangster film, established a model still used today – a rags-to-riches story illustrating the dramatic ascent and humiliating fall of a hoodlum trying to hit it big in the mob.

So, if you’re in the mood for the genre, find your pick of gangster movies filled with action, mystery, and treachery on HBO MAX. Here’s the list of the 10 best gangster movies on HBO Max.

Brooklyn's Finest (2009)

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Brooklyn’s Finest

Director: Antoine Fuqua

Writer: Michael C. Martin

Cast: Richard Gere, Don Cheadle, Ethan Hawke

IMDb Rating: 6.7

Runtime: 2 hrs.12 mins

The American crime drama Brooklyn’s Finest was released in theatres across the US on March 5, 2010.

After having traveled quite diverse career routes, three unrelated Brooklyn police officers find themselves in the same dangerous spot.

Son of a Gun

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Son of a Gun

Director: Julius Avery

Writer: Julius Avery, John Collee

Cast: Ewan McGregor, Brenton Thwaites, Alicia Vikander

IMDb Rating: 6.4

Runtime: 1 hr.48 mins

It’s a crime thriller drama released in 2004. The film received a nomination for the ASSG Award for Feature Film Soundtrack of the Year.

Brendan Lynch, Australia’s most known thug, helps JR break out of jail. They then join Lynch’s crew for a gold robbery, which soon turns the two men against each other.

The Departed (2006)

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The Departed

Director: Martin Scorsese

Writer: William Monahan, Alan Mak, Felix Chong

Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson

IMDb Rating: 8.5

Runtime: 2 hrs.31 mins

A 2006 American epic criminal thriller, The Departed is a remake of the Infernal Affairs movie from 2002 Hong Kong. It is also largely modeled on the actual Boston Winter Hill Gang. The film won the Oscar for Best Motion Picture of the Year.

While joining an Irish mafia in South Boston, a covert officer and a police mole try to figure out who the other is.


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Director: Martin Scorsese

Writer: Nicholas Pileggi, Martin Scorsese

Cast: Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci

IMDb Rating: 8.7

Runtime: 2 hr,25 mins

Goodfellas is a 1990 American historical crime film that Warner Bros. premiered in the US on September 19, 1990. It is a movie based on Pileggi’s nonfiction work Wiseguy, published in 1985. Goodfellas is one of the greatest movies ever filmed, especially in the gangster genre.

It is a biography of Henry Hill’s life in the mob. The film discusses his personal relationship with his wife and the Italian American criminal gang as partners.

Jackie Brown

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Jackie Brown

Director: Quentin Tarantino

Writer: Quentin Tarantino, Elmore Leonard

Cast: Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster

IMDb Rating: 7.5

Runtime: 2 hr.34 mins

An American crime movie, Jackie Brown, premiered on December 25, 1997. The film earned $74 million globally and garnered mostly favorable reviews from critics.

The ATF detains a flight crew who has a criminal history of smuggling. As a result, she faces pressure to turn informant on the drug trafficker she serves, and now she needs to find a method to do it without dying.

The Untouchables

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The Untouchables

Director: Brian De Palma

Writer: David Mamet, Oscar Fraley, Eliot Ness

Cast: Kevin Costner, Sean Connery, Robert De Niro

IMDb Rating: 7.9

Runtime: 1 hr.59 mins

American crime movie The Untouchables was released in 1987. The movie’s storyline is mostly fiction, yet it is partially modeled on the 1957 book with the same title and the real events. The film earned $106.2 million globally and garnered largely favorable reviews.

It is a time of widespread corruption during Prohibition in the U. S. Federal Agent Eliot Ness must form a small, hand-picked unit to stop the brutal Chicago criminal, Al Capone.


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Director: Guy Ritchie

Writer: Luc Besson, Guy Ritchie

Cast: Jason Statham, Ray Liotta, André 3000

IMDb Rating: 6.3

Runtime: 1 hr.51 mins

Revolver, an action thriller from 2005, opened in a few US theatres on December 7, 2007. Despite its dismal box office performance and unfavorable reviews, Ritchie’s earlier crime film fans have developed a minor cult following.

Its story follows Jake Green, a gambler, who participates in a game that could have fatal repercussions.


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Director: Philip G. Atwell

Writer: Lee Anthony Smith, Gregory J. Bradley

Cast: Jet Li, Jason Statham, Nadine Velazquez

IMDb Rating: 6.2

Runtime: 1 hr.43 mins

On August 24, 2007, this American action thriller War premiered in the US. War’s original working title was Rogue, which was changed to prevent conflict with a different film of the same name.

An FBI agent seeks retaliation for his partner’s assassination against the mysterious assailant identified only as “Rogue.”

A Most Violent Year (2014)

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A Most Violent Year

Director: J.C. Chandor

Writer: J.C. Chandor

Cast: Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain, David Oyelowo

IMDb Rating: 7.0

Runtime: 2 hr.5 mins

The American crime thriller, A Most Violent Year, premiered in theatres on December 31, 2014. The film won the NBR Award for Best Film from the National Board of Review USA.

Its story follows an aspiring immigrant battling to defend his family, enterprise, and community in 1981 – the most deadly year in New York City’s record.

The Long Good Friday

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The Long Good Friday

Director: John Mackenzie

Writer: Barrie Keeffe

Cast: Bob Hoskins, Helen Mirren, Paul Freeman

IMDb Rating: 7.6

Runtime: 1 hr.54 mins

It’s a British gangster movie from 1980 titled The Long Good Friday. The movie received 21 votes, placing it at the 21st spot on the British Film Institute’s list of the “BFI Top 100 British films.”

The resurgence of a mysterious, extremely potent menace puts a young mobster to the test.



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