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The Best Gangster Movies on Shudder

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 Shudder.

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1. Oldboy

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8.4/10
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92/100
Released: 2003Rated: R
Drama, Mystery

What it's about: With no clue how he came to be imprisoned, drugged and tortured for 15 years, a desperate businessman seeks revenge on his captors.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (PopcornFlix, Tubi & Vudu), stream on a subscription service (Fandor, Shudder, Sundance Now & 1 other) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 1 service (Vudu).

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2. Escape from New York

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7.2/10
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80/100
Released: 1981Rated: R
Action & Adventure, Cult

What it's about: In 1997, the island of Manhattan has been walled off and turned into a giant maximum security prison within which the country's worst criminals are left to form their own anarchic society. However, when the President of the United States crash lands on the island, the authorities turn to a former soldier and current convict to rescue him.

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

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3. Ichi the Killer

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7.0/10
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74/100
Released: 2001Rated: R
Action & Adventure, Comedy

What it's about: As sadomasochistic yakuza enforcer Kakihara searches for his missing boss he comes across Ichi, a repressed and psychotic killer who may be able to inflict levels of pain that Kakihara has only dreamed of.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Hiyah & Shudder) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Prime Video & 2 others).

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4. Pusher III: I'm the Angel of Death

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7.3/10
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71/100
Released: 2005
Crime, Drama

What it's about: In this third installment of the 'Pusher' trilogy, we follow Milo, the drug lord from the two first films. He is aging, he is planning his daughter's 25th birthday and his shipment of heroin turns out to be 10.000 pills of ecstasy. When Milo tries to sell the pills anyway, all Hell breaks loose and his only chance is to ask for help from his ex-henchman and old friend Radovan

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

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5. Battles Without Honor and Humanity

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7.5/10
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58/100
Released: 1973
Crime, Drama

What it's about: In the teeming black markets of postwar Japan, Shozo Hirono and his buddies find themselves in a new war between factious and ambitious yakuza...

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

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6. Dead or Alive

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54/100
Released: 1999Rated: R
Action & Adventure, Comedy

What it's about: Ryūichi and his small gang of Triad vie for control of the Japanese underworld in a crime-ridden Shinjuku quarter while Detective Jojima tries to bring it down.

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

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7. Rainy Dog

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7.1/10
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53/100
Released: 1997
Crime, Drama

What it's about: A Japanese assassin stranded in Taiwan must take work from a local crime boss to make ends meet when suddenly a woman from his past delivers a son to him.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi), stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video & Shudder) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 1 service (iTunes).

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8. Dead or Alive 2: Birds

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Released: 2000
Crime, Drama

What it's about: Two contract killers cross paths in the middle of the same job and realize they are childhood friends. Together they take a break from killing and visit the small island they once called home. After reflecting on their past lives they decided to team up and use their talents in killing for good... much to the upset of the crime syndicates.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video & Shudder) & rent or buy from $0.99 on 3 services (Google Play, Prime Video & YouTube).

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9. Ley Lines

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50/100
Released: 1999
Crime, Drama

What it's about: The story follows a trio of Japanese youths of Chinese descent who escape their semi-rural upbringing and relocate to Shinjuku, Tokyo, where they befriend a troubled Shanghai prostitute and fall foul of a local crime syndicate. Like many of Miike's works, the film examines the underbelly of respectable Japanese society and the problems of assimilation faced by non-ethnically Japanese people in Japan.

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

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10. Shinjuku Triad Society

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6.7/10
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50/100
Released: 1995Rated: R
Crime, LGBTQ

What it's about: Tatsuhito, a cop, pursues Chinese warlord Wang through the underworld of Shinjuku and over to Taiwan.

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

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11. Battles Without Honor and Humanity: Proxy War

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46/100
Released: 1973
Action & Adventure, Drama

What it's about: Shozo Hirono has managed to separate from the Yamamori family and create his own small family, and extend his circle of acquaintances. These new friendships include a powerful underboss of the Muraoka family, Noboru Uchimoto.

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