5 Best Hollywood Gangster Movies Inspired By True Stories

There is literally no short stock for gangster movies in Hollywood some of which have also been inspired from real-life gangsters.

Gangster movies have always been a great hit with cinema lovers. There’s drama, there’s action, and of course, the thrill. Hollywood has brought to us the escapades and adventures of some of the real gangsters giving us an insight into their violent and prolific lifestyles.

Bonnie and Clyde

Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow are known to be American legends owing to their series of violent criminal actions and their even more violent ends. Arthur Penn’s ‘Bonnie and Clyde’ is the classic crime action drama that tells the tale of these two criminal masterminds.


While Bonnie and Clyde were household names, the gangsters from ‘Goodfellas’ were more of the ones who preferred laying low. Martin Scorsese’ ‘Goodfellas’ present the true story of the Lucchese family, one of the widely known “five families” who ruled New York’s culture of organised crime. Scorsese tells the story from the point of view of Henry Hill played by Ray Liotta. Being an integral part of the family, Henry Hill had the eyes into the details providing us the most thrilling and detailed experience.

Donnie Brasco

Almost similar to ‘Goodfellas’, Mike Newell’s crime drama, ‘Donnie Brasco’ tell us the story of an on-the-rise mobster and the aftermath of his entry into the world of organised crime. Johnny Depp has done a brilliant job in the role of Donnie Brasco offering us a peak into the luring taste of the gangster life even for a person dedicated to it dismantling.

The Untouchables

Of course, this one had to be on the list! Brian De Palma bases his most spectacular work, ‘the Untouchables’ on one of the most infamous criminals in history, Al Capone. This film has some of the most powerful action scenes mixed with some great character moments. Moreover, the film offers a very authentic and detailed but thrilling account of the notorious gangster’s exploits.

American Gangster

‘American Gangster’ by Ridley Scott does not glorify the gangster life but offers a very realistic picture into the life of New York’s mafia boss, Frank Lucas. It follows around Lucas and his methodical wit for business, his dedication to his family and his complete and unapologetic disregard for anybody came in between him and his goals.

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