The Best '80s Gangster Movieby pere-25366 | created - 30 Jul 2018 | updated - 08 Sep 2018 | Public
How do you follow up a decade which many consider to have included the two single greatest gangster films in The Godfather (1972) AND The Godfather: Part II (1974)? It's no easy task, but the 1980s (a time full of underrated little gems) was a great time for the gangster genre, featuring some of the best actors and directors of our time at the top of their cinematic game.
Which of these 1980s Gangster movies will you most likely remember?
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2. Once Upon a Time in America (1984)
R | 229 min | Crime, Drama
A former Prohibition-era Jewish gangster returns to the Lower East Side of Manhattan over thirty years later, where he once again must confront the ghosts and regrets of his old life.
Votes: 284,473 | Gross: $5.32M
3. The Untouchables (1987)
R | 119 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
During the era of Prohibition in the United States, Federal Agent Eliot Ness sets out to stop ruthless Chicago gangster Al Capone, and because of rampant corruption, assembles a small, hand-picked team to help him.
Votes: 260,178 | Gross: $76.27M
5. Colors (1988)
R | 120 min | Action, Crime, Drama
An experienced cop and his rookie partner patrol the streets of East Los Angeles while trying to keep the gang violence under control.
Votes: 22,723 | Gross: $46.62M
8. The Cotton Club (1984)
R | 127 min | Crime, Drama, Music
The Cotton Club was a famous night club in Harlem. The story follows the people who visited the club, those who ran it, and is peppered with the Jazz music that made it so famous.
Votes: 15,164 | Gross: $25.93M
9. Harlem Nights (1989)
R | 116 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
During the 1930s, a New York City illegal gambling house owner and his associates must deal with strong competition, gangsters, and corrupt cops in order to stay in business.
Votes: 18,606 | Gross: $60.86M
11. Johnny Dangerously (1984)
PG-13 | 90 min | Comedy, Crime
Set in the 1930s, an honest, goodhearted man is forced to turn to a life of crime to finance his neurotic mother's skyrocketing medical bills.
12. Married to the Mob (1988)
R | 104 min | Comedy, Crime, Romance
An undercover FBI agent falls in love with a recently widowed mafia wife, who is trying to restart her life following her husband's murder while being pursued by a libidinous mafia kingpin seeking to claim her for himself.
Votes: 14,980 | Gross: $21.49M
13. Atlantic City (1980)
R | 104 min | Crime, Drama, Romance
In a corrupt city, a small-time gangster and the estranged wife of a pot dealer find themselves thrown together in an escapade of love, money, drugs and danger.
14. As Tears Go By (1988)
Not Rated | 102 min | Crime, Drama, Romance
Mid-level gangster Wah falls in love with his beautiful cousin, but must also continue to protect his volatile partner-in-crime and friend, Fly.
Votes: 7,470 | Gross: $0.01M
15. City Heat (1984)
PG | 93 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
Slick Private Investigator Mike Murphy (Burt Reynolds) and tough Police Lieutenant Speer (Clint Eastwood), once partners, now bitter enemies, reluctantly team up to investigate a murder.
Votes: 8,447 | Gross: $38.35M
16. Thief (1981)
R | 123 min | Action, Crime, Drama
Coming closer to his dream of leading a normal life, a professional safecracker agrees to do a job for the Mafia, who has other plans for him.
Votes: 22,282 | Gross: $11.49M
18. Choice of Arms (1981)
Not Rated | 114 min | Crime, Drama
Two men break out of prison; a rival gang ambushes them. One is mortally wounded and tells the other, Mickey, to take him to the estate of a retired robber, Noel, who lives in comfort with ... See full summary »
20. Stormy Monday (1988)
R | 93 min | Crime, Drama, Music
A crooked American businessman tries to push the shady influential owner of a nightclub in Newcastle, England to sell him the club. The club's new employee and the American's ex lover fall in love and inadvertently stir the pot.
Votes: 3,365 | Gross: $1.79M
21. Contraband (1980)
Unrated | 97 min | Action, Crime, Drama
Cigarette smugglers in Naples run into problems with cocaine operations being set up by a rival smuggler. Full of violence, including a women's face being burned off with a blow torch and a... See full summary »
22. McVicar (1980)
R | 112 min | Crime, Drama
'John McVicar' was a London Bad Boy. He graduated to armed bank robbery and was Britain's "Public Enemy No. 1". He was captured and put into a high security prison. Will even the highest ... See full summary »
23. The Hit (1984)
R | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
Ten years later, after ratting on his old mobster friends in exchange for personal immunity, two hit men drive a hardened criminal to Paris for his execution. However, while on the way, whatever can go wrong, does go wrong.
Votes: 6,667 | Gross: $0.88M
24. Gloria (1980)
PG | 123 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
When a young boy's family is killed by the mob, their tough neighbor Gloria becomes his reluctant guardian. In possession of a book that the gangsters want, the pair go on the run in New York.
25. Things Change (1988)
PG | 100 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
Shoe-shiner Gino is hired to take the rap for a mafia murder. Two-bit gangster Jerry watches over Gino and gives him a weekend to remember.
Votes: 2,971 | Gross: $3.53M
27. Fear City (1984)
R | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
Strippers in Manhattan are being stalked and maimed by a psycho-killer. A conflicted ex-boxer-turned-talent-manager and his business partner and friend, who represent some of the girls, set out to find him before he strikes again.
29. The Professor (1986)
171 min | Crime, Drama
Vaguely inspired to the real story of boss of the Camorra's bosses Raffaele Cutolo, this is the story of the criminal career of "Il professore" (the professor). He is in prison, and by ... See full summary »
32. Wise Guys (1986)
R | 100 min | Comedy, Crime
Harry Valentini and Moe Dickstein are both errand boys for the Mob. When they lose two hundred fifty thousand dollars, they are set up to kill each other. But they run off to Atlantic City, and comedy follows.
Votes: 4,996 | Gross: $8.48M
34. The Sicilian (1987)
R | 115 min | Action, Crime, Drama
Egocentric bandit Salvatore Giuliano fights the Church, the Mafia, and the landed gentry while leading a populist movement for Sicilian independence.
Votes: 4,357 | Gross: $5.41M
35. Prince of the City (1981)
R | 167 min | Crime, Drama
A New York City narcotics detective reluctantly agrees to cooperate with a special commission investigating police corruption. However, he soon discovers that he's in over his head, and nobody can be trusted.
Votes: 6,549 | Gross: $8.12M