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The Best Gang Movies and TV Shows on The Criterion Channel

Finding a good Gang movie and TV show to watch can be hard, so we've ranked the best ones and included where to watch them. Check out our list of the best Gang movies and TV shows of all time streaming on The Criterion Channel.

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1. Escape from New York

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7.2/10
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76/100
Released: 1981Rated: R
Science-Fiction, Action & Adventure

What it's about: In the future, crime is out of control and New York City's Manhattan is a maximum security prison. Grabbing a bargaining chip right out of the air, convicts bring down the President's plane in bad old Gotham. Gruff Snake Plissken, a one-eyed lone warrior new to prison life, is coerced into bringing the President, and his cargo, out of this land of undesirables.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Shudder & The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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2. West Side Story

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7.5/10
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74/100
Released: 1961Rated: PG
Musical, Romance

What it's about: In the slums of the upper West Side of Manhattan, New York, a gang of Polish-American teenagers called the Jets compete with a rival gang of recently immigrated Puerto Ricans, the Sharks, to "own" the neighborhood streets. Tensions are high between the gangs but two kids, one from each rival gang, fall in love leading to tragedy.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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3. Gomorrah

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7.0/10
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68/100
Released: 2008
Crime, Drama

What it's about: An inside look at Italy's modern-day crime families, the Camorra in Naples and Caserta. Based on a book by Roberto Saviano. Power, money and blood: these are the "values" that the residents of the Province of Naples and Caserta have to face every day. They hardly ever have a choice and are forced to obey the rules of the Camorra. Only a lucky few can even think of leading a normal life.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

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4. Stagecoach

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72/100
Released: 1939Rated: PG
Action & Adventure, Drama

What it's about: A group of people traveling on a stagecoach find their journey complicated by the threat of Geronimo, and learn something about each other in the process.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi, PlutoTV & The Roku Channel), stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video, HBO MAX, The Criterion Channel & 2 others) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Prime Video & Vudu).

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5. Mustang

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70/100
Released: 2015Rated: PG-13
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: In a Turkish village, five orphaned sisters live under strict rule while members of their family prepare their arranged marriages.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi), stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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6. As Tears Go By

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62/100
Released: 1988
Crime, Drama

What it's about: Two parallel stories of Wah caught in the mist of a love affair with his beloved cousin, Ngor, and his relationship with his triad brother, Fly, who seems to never fall out of trouble.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel).

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7. Casque d'Or

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78/100
Released: 1952
Crime, Romance

What it's about: Ex-convict Georges Manda returns to the free world determined to go straight and takes a steady job as a carpenter. Unable to completely shake his connections with the underground, he meets with a former prison mate, older gangster Félix Leca, who introduces him to his mistress, the sweet but guarded Marie "Casque d'Or". Marie and Georges fall into a passionate relationship, driving Félix to do everything in his power to ruin the couple.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel).

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8. A Brighter Summer Day

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67/100
Released: 1991
Romance, Drama

What it's about: A boy experiences first love, friendships and injustices growing up in 1960s Taiwan.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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9. I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang

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66/100
Released: 1932
Crime, Drama

What it's about: A World War I veteran’s dreams of becoming a master architect evaporate in the cold light of economic realities. Things get even worse when he’s falsely convicted of a crime and sent to work on a chain gang.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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10. Pépé le Moko

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7.8/10
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62/100
Released: 1937
Crime, Romance

What it's about: Pépé le Moko, one of France's most wanted criminals, hides out in the Casbah section of Algiers. He knows police will be waiting for him if he tries to leave the city. When Pépé meets Gaby, a gorgeous woman from Paris who is lost in the Casbah, he falls for her.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 1 service (iTunes).

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11. Dillinger

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61/100
Released: 1973Rated: R
Crime, Action & Adventure

What it's about: After a shoot-out kills five FBI agents in Kansas City the Bureau target John Dillinger as one of the men to hunt down. Waiting for him to break Federal law they sort out several other mobsters, while Dillinger's bank robbing exploits make him something of a folk hero. Escaping from jail he finds Pretty Boy Floyd and Baby Face Nelson have joined the gang and pretty soon he is Public Enemy Number One. Now the G-men really are after him.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (YouTube), stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Prime Video & Microsoft).

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12. The League of Gentlemen

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7.3/10
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59/100
Released: 1960
Comedy, Crime

What it's about: Involuntarily-retired Colonel Hyde recruits seven other dissatisfied ex-servicemen for a special project. Each of the men has a skeleton in the cupboard, is short of money, and is a service-trained expert in his field. The job is a bank robbery, and military discipline and planning are imposed by Hyde and second-in-command Race on the team, although civilian irritations do start getting in the way.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

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13. Zatôichi on the Road

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53/100
Released: 1963
Action & Adventure, Drama

What it's about: Zatoichi is sworn to protect the life of a young girl and without any real allies finds himself in the middle of a bloody turf war.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

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14. The Sun's Burial

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7.1/10
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49/100
Released: 1960
Action & Adventure, Drama

What it's about: In Osaka's slum, youth without futures engage in pilfering, assault and robbery, prostitution, and the buying and selling of identity cards and of blood. Alliances constantly shift. Tatsu and Takeshi, friends since boyhood, reluctantly join Shin's gang. Shin's an upstart and moves his gang often to avoid the local kingpin. Hanoko is a young woman with ambitions: first she's in the blood business with her father, then she joins forces with Shin. She soon breaks off that partnership, even though she's taken the sensitive Takeshi under her wing. Double crosses multiply. Those with the closest bonds become each others' murderers.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel).

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