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The Best Gangster Movies on Kanopy

Finding a good Gangster movie 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 Gangster movies of all time streaming on Kanopy.

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1. La Haine

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8.1/10
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87/100
Released: 1995
Crime, Drama

What it's about: After a chaotic night of rioting in a marginal suburb of Paris, three young friends, Vinz, Hubert and Saïd, wander around unoccupied waiting for news about the state of health of a mutual friend who has been seriously injured when confronting the police.

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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2. Tell No One

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7.5/10
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82/100
Released: 2006
Crime, Drama

What it's about: A man receives a mysterious e-mail appearing to be from his wife, who was murdered years earlier. As he frantically tries to find out whether she's alive, he finds himself being implicated in her death.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (PopcornFlix & Tubi), stream on a subscription service (Fandor & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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3. The Boondock Saints

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7.8/10
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81/100
Released: 1999Rated: R
Action & Adventure, Crime

What it's about: Tired of the crime overrunning the streets of Boston, Irish Catholic twin brothers Conner and Murphy are inspired by their faith to cleanse their hometown of evil with their own brand of zealous vigilante justice. As they hunt down and kill one notorious gangster after another, they become controversial folk heroes in the community. But Paul Smecker, an eccentric FBI agent, is fast closing in on their blood-soaked trail.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (PlutoTV & Tubi), stream on a subscription service (Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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4. A Brighter Summer Day

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8.4/10
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79/100
Released: 1991
Crime, 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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5. Fireworks

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7.8/10
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79/100
Released: 1997Rated: R
Crime, Drama

What it's about: A police officer leaves the force in the face of harrowing personal and professional difficulties. Spiraling into a depression, he makes questionable decisions.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Kanopy & Hoopla) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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6. Once Were Warriors

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7.9/10
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77/100
Released: 1994Rated: R
Crime, Independent

What it's about: A drama about a Maori family living in Auckland, New Zealand. Lee Tamahori tells the story of Beth Heke’s strong will to keep her family together during times of unemployment and abuse from her violent and alcoholic husband.

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

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7. Ball of Fire

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7.8/10
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77/100
Released: 1941
Comedy, Romance

What it's about: A group of academics have spent years shut up in a house working on the definitive encyclopedia. When one of them discovers that his entry on slang is hopelessly outdated, he ventures into the wide world to learn about the evolving language. Here he meets Sugarpuss O’Shea, a nightclub singer, who’s on top of all the slang—and, it just so happens, needs a place to stay.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Prime Video & Vudu).

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8. Mesrine: Killer Instinct

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7.5/10
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76/100
Released: 2008Rated: R
Action & Adventure, Biography

What it's about: Jacques Mesrine, a loyal son and dedicated soldier, is back home and living with his parents after serving in the Algerian War. Soon he is seduced by the neon glamour of sixties Paris and the easy money it presents. Mentored by Guido, Mesrine turns his back on middle class law-abiding and soon moves swiftly up the criminal ladder.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (PopcornFlix), stream on a subscription service (Fandor, Kanopy & Hoopla) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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9. Mesrine: Public Enemy #1

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7.5/10
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74/100
Released: 2008Rated: R
Action & Adventure, Biography

What it's about: The story of Jacques Mesrine, France's public enemy No. 1 during the 1970s. After nearly two decades of legendary criminal feats -- from multiple bank robberies and to prison breaks -- Mesrine was gunned down by the French police in Paris.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (PopcornFlix), stream on a subscription service (Fandor & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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10. 36th Precinct

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7.1/10
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74/100
Released: 2004
Action & Adventure, Crime

What it's about: The Film takes place in Paris, where two cops are competing for the vacant seat of chief of police while in the middle of a search for a gang of violent thieves. The movie is directed by Olivier Marchal, a former police officer who spent 12 years with the french police before creating this story, which in part is taken from real facts that happened during the 1980s in France.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi) & stream on a subscription service (Kanopy).

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11. Nameless Gangster

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7.1/10
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74/100
Released: 2012
Crime, Thriller

What it's about: A corrupted customs officer, Choi Ik-hyeon, faces losing his job. Then, his life turns around as he meets ganster Choi Hyeong-bae who has connection with the Yakuza. They quickly form a partnership; Hyeong-bae helps Ik-hyeon set up a business with the money from drug trafficking while Ik-hyeon lobbies for his partner Hyeong-bae. As the government declares war on crime, however, their partnership begins to crack.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (PlutoTV & Tubi), stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video, Kanopy & Hoopla) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 3 services (Google Play, Prime Video & YouTube).

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12. Romper Stomper

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74/100
Released: 1992Rated: R
Crime, Cult

What it's about: Nazi skinheads in Melbourne take out their anger on local Vietnamese, who are seen as threatening racial purity. Finally the Vietnamese have had enough and confront the skinheads in an all-out confrontation, sending the skinheads running. A woman who is prone to epileptic seizures joins the skins' merry band, and helps them on their run from justice, but is her affliction also a sign of impurity?

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (PlutoTV), stream on a subscription service (Kanopy & Hoopla) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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13. Drunken Angel

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7.7/10
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74/100
Released: 1948
Crime, Drama

What it's about: The chaotic worlds of the Yakuza and an alcoholic doctor collide in this film noir classic from Akira Kurosawa. Gangster Toshiro Mifune visits doctor Takashi Shimura, after an unfortunate incident with a bullet. The doctor, who despises the Yakuza, discovers the young man is suffering from tuberculosis, a disease symbolic of what is happening to the doctor and the community he serves. Facing his own anger and fear, the doctor aligns himself with the gangster's world.

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

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14. The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call - New Orleans

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6.6/10
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74/100
Released: 2009Rated: R
Crime, Drama

What it's about: Terrence McDonagh is a New Orleans Police sergeant, who recieves a medal and a promotion to lieutenant for heroism during Hurricane Katrina. Due to his heroic act, McDonagh injures his back and becomes addicted to prescription pain medication. He then finds himself involved with a drug dealer who is suspected of murdering a family of African immigrants.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (PlutoTV, Tubi, Vudu & 1 other) & stream on a subscription service (Kanopy & Hoopla).

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15. Election

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7.1/10
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72/100
Released: 2005
Crime, Drama

What it's about: A drama-thriller centered on a democratic election within an organized crime society.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi) & stream on a subscription service (Kanopy).

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16. Branded to Kill

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7.4/10
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72/100
Released: 1967
Action & Adventure, Crime

What it's about: After botching his latest assignment, a third-ranked Japanese hit man becomes the target of another assassin.

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

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17. The Time to Live and the Time to Die

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7.7/10
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71/100
Released: 1985Rated: PG
Drama, Biography

What it's about: The semi-autobiographical film on director Hou Hsiao-Hsien's childhood and adolescence, when he was growing up in Taiwan.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video, Mubi & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

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18. Mr. Six

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7.0/10
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71/100
Released: 2015Rated: PG-13
Action & Adventure, Drama

What it's about: Many years ago Mr. Six was a notorious gangster. That was back when there was still such a thing as honour among thieves, when criminals earned respect and maintained principles. These days Mr. Six is all but forgotten, a living relic residing in a narrow alley. One day Six's son, Xiaobo, is abducted by some spoiled punks after he scratches their precious Ferrari. Mr. Six realizes that he must do whatever it takes to get his son back — even if that means returning to the life he thought he had left behind.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

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19. Touchez Pas au Grisbi

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7.8/10
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71/100
Released: 1954
Action & Adventure, Crime

What it's about: Gentleman gangster Max and his partner, Riton, pull off their last, most successful heist and find themselves comfortable enough to retire in the style they enjoy. However, Max confides the details of the theft to his younger mistress, Josey -- who has secretly taken up with ambitious young rival gangster Angelo. Angelo then has Riton kidnapped and demands the stash of gold as ransom, which threatens Max's dreams of the perfect retirement.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Kanopy).

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20. Pale Flower

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7.8/10
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69/100
Released: 1964
Crime, Thriller

What it's about: Muraki, a hardboiled Yakuza gangster, has just been released from prison after serving a sentence for murder. Revisiting his old gambling haunts, he meets Saeko, a striking young upper-class woman who is out seeking thrills, and whose presence adds spice to the staid masculine underworld rituals. Muraki becomes her mentor while simultaneously coping with the shifts of power that have affected the gangs while he was interred. When he notices a rogue, drug-addicted young punk hanging around the gambling dens, he realizes that Saeko's insatiable lust for intense pleasures may be leading her to self-destruction.

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

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21. City on Fire

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7.1/10
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69/100
Released: 1987Rated: R
Action & Adventure, Crime

What it's about: Ko Chow is an undercover cop who is under pressure from all sides. His boss, Inspector Lau, wants him to infiltrate a gang of ruthless jewel thieves; in order to do this he must obtain some handguns; his girlfriend wants him to commit to marriage or she will leave Hong Kong with another lover; and he is being pursued by other cops who are unaware that he is a colleague.What is more Chow would rather quit the force. He feels guilty about having to betray people who have become his friends, even if they do happen to be killers, drug dealers, loan sharks and protection racketeers: "I do my job, but I betray my friends."To add to his problems, he begins to bond with Fu, a member of the gang.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Kanopy).

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22. Boiling Point

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6.8/10
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67/100
Released: 1990
Action & Adventure, Comedy

What it's about: Masaki, a baseball player and gas-station attendant, gets into trouble with the local Yakuza and goes to Okinawa to get a gun to defend himself. There he meets Uehara, a tough gangster, who is in serious debt to the yakuza and planning revenge.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi), stream on a subscription service (Kanopy & Hoopla) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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23. Capone

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4.7/10
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60/100
Released: 2020Rated: R
Crime, Drama

What it's about: The 47-year old Al Capone, after 10 years in prison, starts suffering from dementia and comes to be haunted by his violent past.

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

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24. Trespass Against Us

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5.8/10
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56/100
Released: 2016Rated: R
Action & Adventure, Crime

What it's about: Three generations of the rowdy Cutler family live as outlaws in some of Britain's richest countryside – hunting hares, ram-raiding stately homes, and taunting the police. Struggling to retain a way of life fast becoming extinct, Chad Cutler ends up caught between his father's archaic principles and trying to do right by his kids, whilst the full force of the law is finally catching up with him.

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

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25. Caliber 9

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7.5/10
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56/100
Released: 1972
Action & Adventure, Crime

What it's about: Just out of prison, ex-con Ugo Piazza meets his former employer, a psychopathic gangster Rocco who enjoys sick violence and torture. Both the gangsters and the police believe Ugo has hidden $300,000 that should have gone to an American drug syndicate boss.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 1 service (iTunes).

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26. The Sicilian Girl

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6.9/10
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55/100
Released: 2008
Crime, Drama

What it's about: Inspired to a true story, on November 5th 1991, Rita Atria a young 17-year-old Sicilian girl, goes to see an anti-Mafia judge Paolo Borsellino to denounce the Mafia system that was responsible for the murder of her father and her brother. It is the first time that such a young woman from a Mafia family rebels and betrays the Mafia. From that moment on, Rita's days are numbered. She only has nine months to live...

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

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27. Prince

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6.5/10
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53/100
Released: 2015
Drama, Comedy

What it's about: A troubled teenager attempts to conquer the girl he's in love with, who seems out of reach. He's lured into criminal activities and becomes alienated from family and friends.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi) & stream on a subscription service (Kanopy).

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28. Keyhole

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5.4/10
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51/100
Released: 2011Rated: R
Drama, Thriller

What it's about: Gangster and deadbeat dad, Ulysses Pick, embarks on an unusual journey through his home.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor, Kanopy & Hoopla) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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29. Lucky Luciano

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6.3/10
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46/100
Released: 1973Rated: R
Crime, Drama

What it's about: Lucky Luciano is one of the bosses of the Mafia. He orders the slaughter of 40 other responsibles, therefore becoming the only boss. But a few years later he is put into jail. In 1946, he got a pardon and is sent back to Sicilia. There, he begins becoming one of the chief of the Mafia. The US Army seems to refrain from interfering.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Kanopy).

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30. Gang War in Milan

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6.5/10
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39/100
Released: 1973Rated: R
Crime, Drama

What it's about: A Milan pimp faces off against a ruthless and greedy French gangster whom wants to unite organized crime in Italy.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Kanopy) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 1 service (iTunes).

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31. Creature from the Haunted Sea

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3.5/10
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32/100
Released: 1961
Comedy, Independent

What it's about: A crook decides to bump off members of his inept crew and blame their deaths on a legendary sea creature. What he doesn't know is that the creature is real.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (PopcornFlix & Tubi), stream on a subscription service (Epix, ConTV & Kanopy), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Epix) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).