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Best Hollywood gangster movies

From Goodfellas to American Gangster and The Irishman, here are some of the best Hollywood gangster movies that are available on various OTT platforms.

Best Hollywood gangster movies

Posters of a few Hollywood movies. 

Last Updated: 08.28 PM, May 27, 2024


Gangster films offer compelling stories that explore the lives of criminals, often showcasing their rise and fall in the underworld. Hollywood gangster movies are well known for their complex plots, well-written dialogues, and unpredictable storytelling. Goodfellas, American Gangster, and The Irishman are some of the popular gangster films that have won critical acclaim as well. We’ve curated a list of the best Hollywood gangster movies that are available on various OTT platforms. Check out the list below:

Top Hollywood gangster movies


Poster of Goodfellas.
Poster of Goodfellas.

This 1990 biographical crime drama film was directed by Martin Scorsese, who also co-wrote the film with Nicholas Pileggi. Based on Pileggi's 1985 nonfiction book Wiseguy, the film chronicles how Henry Hill begins his life in the criminal world and his subsequent rise and fall between 1955 and 1980.  The film stars Lorraine Bracco, Paul Sorvino, Joe Pesci, Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, and others.

IMDb rating: 8.7/10

OTT platform: Amazon Prime Video

American Gangster


American Gangster is a 2007 biographical crime film directed by Ridley Scott. The movie is partially inspired by the criminal life of Frank Lucas, a gangster from North Carolina, who entered the US illegally on a service aircraft after the Vietnam War and was eventually apprehended by a task force. The film stars Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe, alongside Ted Levine, John Ortiz, Josh Brolin, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Ruby Dee, Lymari Nadal, and Cuba Gooding Jr.

IMDb rating: 7.8/10

OTT platform: ZEE5, JioCinema, Amazon Prime Video

The Irishman

Based on Charles Brandt's 2004 novel I Heard You Paint Houses, The Irishman is an epic gangster film directed and produced by Martin Scorsese.  The 2019 film stars Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci, in addition to Ray Romano, Bobby Cannavale, Anna Paquin, Stephen Graham, and Harvey Keitel in key roles. The movie revolves around truck driver Frank Sheeran (De Niro). He first works as a hitman for mobster Russell Bufalino (Pesci) and his criminal family before working for the formidable Teamster Jimmy Hoffa (Pacino).

IMDb rating: 7.8/10

OTT platform: Netflix

Miller's Crossing

A still from Miller's Crossing.
A still from Miller's Crossing.

Miller's Crossing was selected by Time magazine in 2005 as one of the 100 best movies ever made. The 1990 gangster film stars Gabriel Byrne, Marcia Gay Harden, Jon Polito, John Turturro, J. E. Freeman, and Albert Finney. The film's plot revolves around two opposing gangs and how Tom Reagan (Byrne) manipulates both factions against one another.

IMDb rating: 7.7/10

OTT platform: Amazon Prime Video

Gangs of New York

Based on Herbert Asbury's 1927 book The Gangs of New York, Martin Scorsese's 2002 historical drama film stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Cameron Diaz, and Daniel Day-Lewis. The movie is set in 1863, during the Irish immigrant group's protests against military enlistment during the Civil War, even as a feud between religious factions breaks out in violence. Scorsese worked on the project for nearly 20 years.

IMDb rating: 7.5/10

OTT platform: Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV+

Get Carter

A still from Get Carter.
A still from Get Carter.

Mike Hodges wrote and directed the 1971 British gangster movie Get Carter, which starred Michael Caine, Ian Hendry, John Osborne, Britt Ekland, and Bryan Mosley. The film centers on London gangster Jack Carter (Caine), who returns to his hometown in North East England after learning of his brother's accidental death. He suspects foul play and goes about questioning people to get a better sense of the city and its criminals. The film is based on Ted Lewis's novel Jack's Return Home.

IMDb rating: 7.3/10

OTT platform: Amazon Prime Video

Mean Streets

Harvey Keitel and Robert De Niro star in Martin Scorsese's 1973 crime drama Mean Streets. The film stars Harvey Keitel as Charlie, a gambler, and Robert De Niro as his reckless friend Johnny Boy. For his performance as "Johnny Boy" Civello, De Niro won the Best Supporting Actor awards from both the New York Film Critics Circle and the National Society of Film Critics.

IMDb rating: 7.2/10

OTT platform: Amazon Prime Video

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