9 Best Gangster Movies on Netflix

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Gangster movies will always be a solid choice for a movie night if you feel like some gritty action and thrilling suspense. Now that online platforms have come along, hundreds of movies are ready to play, on-demand. Netflix has a great selection of gangster movies.

Below you will find the top nine best gangster movies available on Netflix.

9 of the Best Gangster Movies Available on Netflix

  1. The Irishman
  2. Gun City
  3. The Departed
  4. Legend
  5. Shot Caller
  6. Triple 9
  7. The Debt Collector 
  8. Once Upon a Time in London
  9. Master Z: The Ip Man Legacy 

1. The Irishman

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The Irishman (2019) – IMDb

IMDb RatingRotten Tomatoes Rating Where Else to Watch
7.8/1095/100Netflix (Subscription)

Reviewers rave about how the film is exciting the whole way through despite its long length. Scorsese delivers a top-quality film full of a talented cast and amazing performances. If you are looking for a good mafia film, this is one of the best. 

Frank Sheeran is a former labor union official and mob hitman. He finds himself reflecting on the most instrumental murders through his career as he sits in a nursing home stuck in a wheelchair. One of the film’s main focal points is the mystery of Jimmy Hoffa, a man who disappeared in 1975. 

2. Gun City

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Gun City (2018) – IMDb

IMDb RatingRotten Tomatoes Rating Where Else to Watch
6.3/1067/100Netflix (Subscription)

If you like Peaky Blinders, you will love this gangster movie. Something a few reviewers like about the film is that it is a character-driven story mixed with the right amount of violence. The period costumes and sets also make for great visuals. 

The film is set in the 1920s and revolves around a veteran soldier named Anibal Uriarte (Luis Tosar). Now a cop, Uriarte’s team sends him to Barcelona to retrieve a stolen shipment of military weapons. Uriarte meets several characters along the way that complicates the mission. 

3. The Departed 

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The Departed (2006) – IMDb

IMDb RatingRotten Tomatoes Rating Where Else to Watch
8.5/1090/100Netflix (Subscription), HBO Max (Subscription), or buy or rent on Apple TV, Amazon, Google Play, YouTube, Fandango, Vudu, Microsoft, Redbox, Direct TV, and AMC

If you want a film with top actors giving top performances, this will be a great pick. Mark Wahlberg, Matt Damon, and Leonardo DiCaprio give this action-packed film their all. This film, directed by Martin Scorsese, is an entertaining gangster movie and has a well-structured and intricate plot. 

The film follows two men: a mob member and a cop. Billy Costigan (Leonardo DiCaprio) is assigned to go undercover and gain the American-Irish mob’s trust. Simultaneously, Colin Sullivan is a current mob member who is a police cadet sent by his mob boss to become a trained cop. Chaos ensues as morals turn grey and motives begin to change.  

4. Legend 

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Legend (2015) – IMDb

IMDb RatingRotten Tomatoes Rating Where Else to Watch
6.9/1061/100Netflix (Subscription), or buy or rent on Apple TV, Amazon, Google Play, YouTube, Fandango, Vudu, Microsoft, Redbox, Direct TV, and AMC

The thing that makes this movie fantastic, reviewers say, is the dual performance of Tom Hardy, who plays two brothers in the film. His performance upstages everything else in the film and makes it a worthwhile watch. Even so, this gangster movie has enough violence and clever writing to satisfy anyone. 

This movie follows two twins, Ronnie and Reggie Kray. The twins rise to the top of the crime world, but the two have clashing motivations. While Ronnie steams full-ahead, not afraid to use violence to get his way, Reggie struggles with his feelings for a girl named Frances. As the two brothers slowly face new challenges in their crime life and relationships, their long-standing empire threatens to fall to pieces. 

5. Shot Caller

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Shot Caller (2017) – IMDb

IMDb RatingRotten Tomatoes Rating Where Else to Watch
7.3/1069/100Netflix (Subscription), or buy or rent on Apple TV, Amazon, Google Play, YouTube, Fandango, Vudu, Microsoft, and Redbox

This thriller set in prison will keep you on the edge of your seats the entire time. Audiences everywhere love the intense and raw action set with a fast-paced plot. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau does not disappoint in the film. He channels the same intensity viewers loved in Game of Thrones. 

Jacob is a normal, white-collar businessman enjoying married life. Everything is fine until he is involved in a fatal DUI accident. During the first few days of his prison sentence, he enters a gang in exchange for protection. His life continues to become more chaotic as his actions start pulling him away further from his family. 

6. Triple 9 

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Triple 9 (2016) – IMDb

IMDb RatingRotten Tomatoes Rating Where Else to Watch
6.3/1054/100Netflix (Subscription), or buy or rent on Apple TV, Amazon, Google Play, YouTube, Fandango, Vudu, Microsoft, and Redbox

The Russian mob blackmails some dirty cops into pulling off a next-to-impossible heist. However, their plans soon change when a rookie cop (Casey Affleck) makes matters difficult. The cops face more troubled-waters as the police chief begins to suspect the cops’ involvement with the heist. 

Action-packed and suspenseful, this film will be a solid choice for any movie night. 

7. The Debt Collector 

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The Debt Collector (2018) – IMDb

IMDb RatingRotten Tomatoes Rating Where Else to Watch
5.8/1083/100Netflix (Subscription), or buy or rent on Apple TV, Amazon, Google Play, YouTube, Fandango, Vudu, and Redbox

When a martial artist gets a job as a debt collector for a mob, the job soon becomes more complicated than he thought it would. French (Scott Adkins) finds himself over his head when a client drags him into a messy situation. The film follows French as he attempts to escape his new-found troubles. 

Critics rave about how fun this movie is. If you are looking for a buddy-cop type feel, this will be a great choice. The action will not disappoint, and the random, well-delivered comedic lines will keep you entertained. 

8. Once Upon a Time in London

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Once Upon a Time in London (2019) – IMDb

IMDb RatingRotten Tomatoes Rating Where Else to Watch
5.4/1099/100Netflix (Subscription), or buy or rent on Apple TV, Amazon, Google Play, YouTube, and Microsoft

Even though the critic rating is low for this movie, over 500 reviewers rated this movie over four stars, and for good reason. This action-packed film follows two notorious gangsters in London, Jack Comer (Terry Stone) and Billy Hill (Leo Gregory). 

If you are looking for a film that follows the events of the London crime empire lasting from the 1930s to the 1950s, this will be a perfect pick for you. Gritty, suspenseful, and at times comedic, this gangster movie is one of the best. 

9. Master Z: The Ip Man Legacy 

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Master Z: The Ip Man Legacy (2018) – IMDb

IMDb RatingRotten Tomatoes Rating Where Else to Watch
6.5/1089/100Netflix (Subscription), Hoopla (Subscription), or buy or rent on Apple TV, Amazon, Google Play, YouTube, Microsoft, Redbox, Youtube, Fandango, and Vudu

Audiences love the visually-satisfying fight scenes and compelling plot in this gangster film. The creative action sequences take this movie to the next level and will not disappoint. If you are a fan of the previous Ip Man movies, this will be one for the books. 

Cheung Tin Chi (Jin Zhang) tries to lead a normal and quiet life after his eventful and dangerous past. However, when he soon finds himself fighting a skilled foreigner, trouble ensues. Cheung Tin Chi finds himself slowly being reeled back into the fighting life after trying to avoid it.