American films about gangs

List of the best American films about gangs according to the audience: Scarface, Gangs of New York, Angels with Dirty Faces, Straight Outta Compton, The Many Saints of Newark, Legend, The Baytown Outlaws, King of New York, The Raid 2, Boyz n the Hood.

In the top there are new films of 2022, a plot description and trailers for films that have already been released.

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Markimdb: 7.8
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime
CountryUSA
Duration01:33
CharactersMafia, Gangsters, Lovers
PlotObsession, Rivalry
PlaceChicago, USA
StyleAction, Atmospheric, Heavy, Serious

A murderous thug shoots his way to the top of the mobs while trying to protect his sister from the criminal life.

Markimdb: 7.5
Genredrama, crime
CountryUSA, Germany, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Italy
Duration02:47
CharactersGangsters, Gangsters
PlotSkirmishes, Revenge, Chase
PlaceUSA, New York
Time19th century
StyleAction, Atmospheric, Fascinating, Heavy, Serious

It's 1863. America was born in the streets. Amsterdam Vallon returns to the Five Points of America to seek vengeance against the psychotic gangland kingpin, Bill the Butcher, who murdered his father years earlier. With an eager pickpocket by his side and a whole new army, Vallon fights his way to seek vengeance on the Butcher and restore peace in the area.

Markimdb: 7.9
Genrethriller, drama, crime, film noir
CountryUSA
Duration01:37
CharactersGangsters, Priests
PlotFriendship
PlaceCasino, Night Clubs, New York
StyleAction, Fascinating, Tense, Serious

In New York, the boys Rocky Sullivan and Jerry Connelly are best friends and small time thieves. After a robbery, Rocky is arrested and sent to a reformatory school, where he begins his criminal career. Jerry escapes and later becomes a priest. After three years in prison, Rocky is released and demands the return of $100,000 deposited with his solicitor - prior to his jail term.

Markimdb: 7.8
Genredrama, music, biography, history
CountryUSA
Duration01:35
CharactersGangsters, Musicians, Rappers, Friends, Terminally ill
PlotOn real events, Travel, Music, Art, Hip Hop
PlaceGhetto, USA, Night Clubs, Los Angeles
StyleFascinating, Serious

In 1987, five young men, using brutally honest rhymes and hardcore beats, put their frustration and anger about life in the most dangerous place in America into the most powerful weapon they had: their music. Taking us back to where it all began, Straight Outta Compton tells the true story of how these cultural rebels—armed only with their lyrics, swagger, bravado and raw talent—stood up to the authorities that meant to keep them down and formed the world’s most dangerous group, N.W.A. And as they spoke the truth that no one had before and exposed life in the hood, their voice ignited a social revolution that is still reverberating today.

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Genredrama, crime
CountryUSA
CharactersMafia, Gangsters, Criminals
PlotSkirmishes
PlaceUSA
StyleSerious

Set in Newark during the 1960s race riots between the African-American and Italian communities. The war between the cultural mobs turns especially lethal. Prequel to the TV series The Sopranos.

Markimdb: 6.9
Genrethriller, drama, crime
CountryUnited Kingdom, France, USA
Duration02:29
CharactersMafia, Gangsters, Twins, Brothers, Detectives
PlotOn real events, Dancing, Soccer, Investigation, Mental disorders
PlacePrison, England, London
TimeNew Year
StyleExciting, Action, Fascinating, Heavy, Serious

Suave, charming and volatile, Reggie Kray and his unstable twin brother Ronnie start to leave their mark on the London underworld in the 1960s. Using violence to get what they want, the siblings orchestrate robberies and murders while running nightclubs and protection rackets. With police Detective Leonard "Nipper" Read hot on their heels, the brothers continue their rapid rise to power and achieve tabloid notoriety.

Markimdb: 6.4
Genreaction, comedy, crime
CountryUSA
Duration01:38
CharactersMute
PlotSkirmishes, Revenge, Fight, Rivalry
StyleHeavy, Fancy, For men

When three redneck brothers agree to help a woman save her son from an abusive father, they become targets on the run from an odd cast of characters.

Markimdb: 7
Genrethriller, crime
CountryItaly, USA
Duration01:43
CharactersMafia, Gangsters
PlotSkirmishes, Chase, Rivalry
PlaceNew York
StyleAction, Atmospheric, Fascinating, Heavy, Tense

A former drug lord returns from prison determined to wipe out all his competition and distribute the profits of his operations to New York's poor and lower classes in this stylish and ultra violent modern twist on Robin Hood.

Markimdb: 8
Genreaction, thriller, crime
CountryIndonesia, France, USA
Duration02:30
CharactersMafia, Gangsters, Special Forces, Warriors
PlotSurvival, Martial Arts, Skirmishes, Fight, Death
PlacePrison, Indonesia
StyleHeavy, Tense, For men

After fighting his way through an apartment building populated by an army of dangerous criminals and escaping with his life, SWAT team member Rama goes undercover, joining a powerful Indonesian crime syndicate to protect his family and uncover corrupt members of his own force.

Markimdb: 7.8
Genredrama, crime
CountryUSA
Duration01:52
CharactersTeens, Rappers, Poor
PlotFriendship, Hip Hop
PlaceGhetto, Party, Los Angeles
StyleAction, Heavy, Explicit scenes, Makes me think

Boyz n the Hood is the popular and successful film and social criticism from John Singleton about the conditions in South Central Los Angeles where teenagers are involved in gun fights and drug dealing on a daily basis.

Markimdb: 6.9
Genrecomedy, musical, family, crime
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA
Duration01:33
CharactersGangsters, Friends, Partners
PlotBoxing, Rivalry
PlaceNew York
StyleExciting

A pint-sized cast illuminates this musical that is unlike any other ever made. Set in 1929 New York City, Bugsy Malone captures a flashy world of would-be hoodlums, showgirls, and dreamers - all played by child actors! As Tallulah, the sassy girlfriend of the owner of Fat Sam's Grand Slam Speakeasy, future superstar Jodie Foster dances and sings her way into our hearts.

Markimdb: 7.6
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime, music
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA
Duration02:36
CharactersTeens, Gangsters, Geniuses, Thieves, Musicians
PlotLove, Robbery, Racing, Dancing, Bank robbery
PlacePrison
StyleRomantic, Unexpected ending, Action, Twisted plot, Tense

After being coerced into working for a crime boss, a young getaway driver finds himself taking part in a heist doomed to fail.

Markimdb: 5.3
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime
CountryUSA, Bulgaria
Duration01:59
CharactersDogs, Criminals, Veterans
PlotMotorcycles, Money, Friendship
PlaceAfghanistan, Kitchen
StyleHeavy, Tense, Makes me think, Depressive, For men

Lucas, a 14-year-old boy inducted into the gang life in Washington D.C., is determined that his 10-year-old brother won't follow the same path. When an Afghanistan war veteran comes into the neighborhood, an opportunity arises.

Markimdb: 6.5
Genrethriller, drama, crime, military, biography
CountryUSA
Duration02:15
CharactersTerrorists, Jews, FBI
PlotOn real events, Dancing, Investigation, Political, Betrayal
PlaceUSA
StyleAction, Smart, Tense, Disturbing

Nate Foster, a young, idealistic FBI agent, goes undercover to take down a radical white supremacy terrorist group. The bright up-and-coming analyst must confront the challenge of sticking to a new identity while maintaining his real principles as he navigates the dangerous underworld of white supremacy. Inspired by real events.

Markimdb: 6.7
Genredrama, crime
CountryUSA
Duration01:38
CharactersGangsters, Hired assassins
PlaceNew York
StyleAction, Twisted plot, Heavy, Gloomy, Depressive

The film follows the personal relationship between a father and his two sons, one of whom is a hit-man for the Russian mafia in Brooklyn.

Markimdb: 6.6
Genrecomedy, crime
CountryUSA
Duration01:29
CharactersTeens, Gangsters, Friends, Fathers, Poets
PlotFriendship, Weapon
PlaceGhetto, Los Angeles
StyleFancy

When Ashtray (Shawn Wayans) moves to South Central L.A. to live with his father (who appears to be the same age he is) and grandmother (who likes to talk tough and smoke reefer), he falls in with his gang-banging cousin Loc Dog (Marlon Wayans), who along with the requisite pistols and Uzi carries a thermo-nuclear warhead for self-defense. Will Ashtray be able to keep living the straight life?

Duration01:51
CharactersGangsters, Gangsters, Partners, Sheriffs
PlotOn real events, Robbery, Bank robbery, Chase
PlaceTexas
StyleExciting, To cry, Fascinating, Smart, For men

Bonnie and Clyde is based on the true stories of the gangster pair Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow who in the 1930s began robbing banks in U.S. cities until they were eventually killed. The film is a major landmark in the aesthetic movement known as the New Hollywood.

Markimdb: 7.3
Genredrama, crime, biography
CountryUSA
Duration01:56
CharactersMafia, Gangsters, Gangsters, Police, Family
PlotOn real events, Skirmishes, Money, Uprising, Rivalry
StyleAtmospheric, Heavy, Depressive, Serious

Set in the Depression-era Franklin County, Virginia, a bootlegging gang is threatened by authorities who want a cut of their profits.

Markimdb: 6.9
Genremelodrama, drama, crime, biography
CountryUSA, Canada, Brazil, China
CharactersDogs, FBI, Sisters, Orphans
PlotOn real events, Weapon, Parenting
PlaceUSA

A destitute young man, raised by racist skinheads and notorious among white supremacists, turns his back on hatred and violence to transform his life, with the help of a black activist and the woman he loves.

Markimdb: 4.8
Genreaction, comedy, adventure, western
CountryUSA
Duration02:10
CharactersIndians, Family, Criminals, Brothers, Orphans
PlotRobbery, Adventure, Martial Arts, Bank robbery, Skirmishes
PlaceWild West, USA
StyleLight, By books

When his long-lost outlaw father returns, Tommy "White Knife" Stockburn goes on an adventure-filled journey across the Old West with his five brothers.

Markimdb: 3.7
Genredrama
CountryUSA
Duration01:38
PlotIntrigue, Rivalry
PlaceUSA
StyleAction, Heavy, Smart, Serious, Disturbing

War erupts between dirty cops and outlaw bikers as a drug kingpin (Ed Harris) tries to protect his empire.

Markimdb: 5.5
Genrehorror, action, thriller, fantasy
CountryUSA
CharactersIndians, Shamans
PlotRevenge, Supernatural, Ghosts, Rivalry
PlaceUSA
StyleExciting, Heavy, Serious, For men

After thugs brutalize a deaf-mute woman, the spirit of an Apache warrior takes over her lifeless body and sets out on a bloodthirsty quest for revenge.

Markimdb: 4.4
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime
CountryUSA
CharactersPartners
PlotInvestigation
PlaceUSA
StyleExciting, Heavy, Serious, For men, Disturbing

Two detectives investigating a gang-related find themselves targeted by both gang members and crooked cops.

Markimdb: 5.4
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime
CountryUSA
Duration01:48
CharactersSnipers, Gangsters, Hired assassins, Bodyguards, Lawyers
PlotRobbery, Martial Arts, Revenge, Cars, Fight
PlaceUSA
StyleUnexpected ending, Exciting, Action, Tense, Depressive

A man is out for justice after a group of corrupt police officers are unable to catch his wife's killer.

Markimdb: 4.3
Genreaction, drama, adventure
CountryUSA
Duration02:08
CharactersTeens, Heroes, Police, FBI, Criminals
PlotSurvival, Adventure, Skirmishes, Fight, Money
PlaceDeserts, Mexico, USA
TimeFuture
StyleExciting, Twisted plot, Fascinating, Tense, Serious

A troubled man runs away to Mexico and is recruited to join a paramilitary group of teens fighting the drug cartels. He proves himself to the group, but questions their motive.

Markimdb: 5.9
Genredrama
CountryUSA
PlotSurvival, Breakup, Fear
PlaceCourt, USA
StyleHeavy, Tense, Touching, Disturbing

Forced to flee his home in Honduras, Óscar seeks asylum in the United States, only to find himself trapped in the immigration system.

Markimdb: 7
Genrefantasy, drama
CountryUSA
Duration02:09
CharactersFriends, Fathers, Partners
PlotLife, Friendship, Fate, Family life
PlaceUSA
StyleSoulful, Touching, Serious, Disturbing

As law enforcement officers, Adam Mitchell, Nathan Hayes, and their partners are confident and focused. They willingly stand up to the worst the streets have to offer. Yet at the end of the day, they face a challenge that none of them are truly prepared to tackle: fatherhood. They know that God desires to turn the hearts of fathers to their children, but their children are beginning to drift further and further away from them. When tragedy hits home, these men are left wrestling with their hopes, their fears, their faith, and their fathering. Can a new found urgency help these dads draw closer to God ... and to their children? COURAGEOUS is the fourth release of Sherwood Pictures, the movie making ministry of Sherwood Church in Albany, Georgia.

Markimdb: 5.1
Genrethriller, melodrama, drama, crime
CountryFrance, Belgium, China, USA
Duration02:21
CharactersPolice, Neighbors, Foster children, Single mothers, Poor
PlotOn real events, Death, Supernatural, Life after death, Mystery
PlaceUSA, Los Angeles
StyleAtmospheric, Tense, Depressive, Serious

A foster family in South Central a few weeks before the city erupts in violence following the verdict of the Rodney King trial in 1992.

Markimdb: 5
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime
CountryUSA, Russia
Duration01:31
CharactersThieves
PlotRobbery, Bank robbery, Death, Self-sacrifice
PlacePrison, USA
StyleUnexpected ending, Action, Serious, For men, Disturbing

Two brothers, both with troubled paths, find themselves in the middle of one last bank job.

Markimdb: 8.1
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime
CountryUSA
CharactersPolice, FBI, Lawyers, Partners
PlotAbduction, Fear
PlaceUSA
StyleExciting, Action, Serious, For men, Disturbing

A riveting police drama about the men and women of the Chicago Police Department's District 21 who put it all on the line to serve and protect their community. District 21 is made up of two distinctly different groups: the uniformed cops who patrol the beat and go head-to-head with the city's street crimes and the Intelligence Unit that combats the city's major offenses - organized crime, drug trafficking, high profile murders and beyond.





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