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Gangster movies have been a long standing benchmark in Hollywood. These movies are part of a culture and represent one of the best storytelling. The plot, the set, the characters, the sartorial sense and the women, all tie up together to make a great cinema and storytelling experience for the audience.

There are many great gangster movies like The Godfather, Goodfellas, and Mean Streets etc, which I am sure that everyone has seen or at least have heard off. Gangster movies just have a flair to it that attracts people from both genders weather it’s for the masculinity of the actors portrayed in the movies and as a society , we idolize and look up to people who have more power and money and raw coolness that the gangsters in the movies seem to have unconsciously have. Whatever the case, gangster movies are worth watching with their action.

Most of us are well aware of this genre’s highlights and all the great movies made till now, but then there are many perfectly good and entertaining movies you may not be aware of. We take a look at top 5 underrated gangster movies, you must watch.


1. Kill The Irishman

The true story about Danny Greene, an Irish mobster and his turf wars with the Italian mafia.

Based on a true story, “Kill the Irishman” chronicles Greene’s heroic rise from a tough Cleveland neighborhood to become an enforcer in the local mob. Turning the tables on loan shark Shondor Birns and allying himself with gangster John Nardi, Greene stops taking orders from the mafia and pursues his own power. Surviving countless assassination attempts from the mob and killing off anyone who went after him in retaliation, Danny Greene’s infamous invincibility and notorious fearlessness eventually led to the collapse of mafia syndicates across the U.S. and also earned him the status of the man the mob couldn’t kill.

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2. Donnie Brassco

Donnie Brasco is a 1997 American crime drama film directed by Mike Newell and starring Al Pacino and Johnny Depp. Michael Madsen, Bruno Kirby, James Russo, and Anne Heche appeared in supporting roles.

The film is based on the true story of Joseph D. Pistone (Depp), an FBI undercover agent who infiltrated the Mafia Bonanno crime family in New York City during the 1970s, under the alias Donnie Brasco, aka “The Jewel Man”. Brasco maneuvers his way into the confidence of an aging hit-man, Lefty Ruggiero (Pacino), who vouches for him. As Donnie moves deeper into the Mafia, he realizes that not only is he crossing the line between federal agent and criminal, but also leading his friend Lefty to an almost certain death

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3. A Bronx Tale

A Bronx Tale is a 1993 American crime drama film set in the Bronx during the turbulent era of the 1960s. It was the directorial debut of Robert De Niro that follows a young Italian-American teenager in The Bronx, New York as his path in life is guided by two father figures, played by De Niro as his biological father and Chazz Palminteri as a local mafia boss. It also includes a brief appearance by Joe Pesci. It was written by Palminteri, based partially upon his childhood. The film grossed over $17 million at the North American domestic box office.

This is the directorial debut of Robert De Niro who is known for playing gangster roles but he plays a father raising a family in New York city crime streets.

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4. My Blue Heaven

Everyone loves Goodfellas, but what happened “after” Goodfellas? That’s the question Herbert Ross’s lighthearted comedy asks, based as it is (very loosely) and the misadventures of mob snitch Henry Hill after he joined the witness protection program. What does a lifelong mafioso do in suburbia? Steal cars, grift from local charities, boost books from B. Dalton’s and, somehow, make everyone’s life better in the process. Starring Steve Martin, Rick Moranis and Joan Cusack, My Blue Heaven will have you be dancing the merengue in no time.

Who says gangster can’t be funny.

(And yes, we know that My Blue Heaven came out a month before Goodfellas.)

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5. Snatch

Snatch is a 2000 British crime comedy film written and directed by Guy Ritchie, featuring an ensemble cast. Set in the London criminal underworld, the film contains two intertwined plots: one dealing with the search for a stolen diamond, the other with a small-time boxing promoter (Jason Statham) who finds himself under the thumb of a ruthless gangster (Alan Ford) who is ready and willing to have his subordinates carry out severe and sadistic acts of violence.

The film features an assortment of characters, including Irish Traveller Mickey O’Neil (Brad Pitt), referred to as a “pikey”, arms-dealer Boris “the Blade” Yurinov (Rade Šerbedžija), professional thief and gambling addict Franky “Four-Fingers” (Benicio del Toro), American gangster-jeweller Abraham Denovitz known as “Cousin Avi” (Dennis Farina), and bounty hunter Bullet-Tooth Tony (Vinnie Jones). It is also distinguished by a kinetic direction and editing style, a circular plot featuring numerous ironic twists of chance and causality, and a fast pace.

The film shares themes, ideas and motifs with Ritchie’s first film, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. It is also filmed in the same visual style and features many of the same actors, including Jones, Statham, and Ford.

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Words by Alongba Kechuchar,
Customer Experience Wizard and Stylist at MR BUTTON