Even though the gangster genre’s films feature remarkably identical plots, the 2000s saw a significant diversity in the genre’s styles, making it by far the most fascinating decade. The world’s most nefarious mobster might be the subject of a 2000s gangster film that could be directed as either a glitzy, thrilling thrill ride or as a sombre Shakespearean tragedy. The following is a list of IMDb‘s best gangster movies.
1. City of God (2002
Director(s)- Kátia Lund, Fernando Meirelles
Two young men make divergent decisions in Rio de Janeiro’s impoverished favelas in the 1970s. Rocket, an aspiring photographer, captures the rising drug-related violence in his community. A territorial dispute between José “Zé” Pequeno and his competitor, “Knockout Ned,” causes José to become more famous by using Rocket and his images. The movie was filmed on location in some of Rio’s most impoverished areas.
2. The Departed (2006)
Director- Martin Scorsese
In order to infiltrate the Irish-American gang of the neighbourhood mob boss, Frank Costello, the young police officer Billy Costigan compromises his morals and sanity. Colin Sullivan, a detective with the Massachusetts State police, becomes Costello’s hired informant as Billy earns his trust. Each man continues to devote more and more time to his dual existence, learning about the strategies and activities of the other side. However, as it becomes obvious that there is a mole among them, both impostors at once recognise that this explosive situation could blow their cover, setting off a frantic race against time to reveal the other’s identity in order to preserve their skin.
3. Snatch (2002)
Director- Guy Ritchie
A big-time gangster named Brick Top wants Turkish, a boxing promoter without a license, to set up and manipulate a fight, which gets him into problems. However, the 84 karat stone is missing while a diamond theft is stopped. With the assistance of his cousin, Doug The Head, and Bullet Tooth Tony, Avi, the boss who was supposed to get the stone, decides to travel to England in order to look for it. The two scenarios merge into one as things go in different directions, setting off a series of events that affect every single participant.
4. A Prophet (2009)
Director- Jacques Audiard
Malik El Djebena, an illiterate 18-year-old Franco-Algerian who assaulted police officers, received a six-year sentence and was transported to Brécourt jail. Malik discovers himself exposed, alone, and in a world of violence and corruption divided between Corsican and Muslim gangs. He is coerced into killing the Muslin Reyeb by the notorious Corsican gangster César Luciani, who afterwards supports and protects him. Malik encounters Ryad, who instructs him in reading and writing, and the two grow close. In the meantime, César employs Malik to assist him outside the prison in his shady dealings with casinos. Along with learning how to sell drugs, Malik advances through the ranks of César’s mob.
5. American Gangster (2007)
Director- Ridley Scott
Frank Lucas becomes the top heroin importer in the Manhattan neighbourhood of Harlem after the passing of his boss and mentor, Bumpy Johnson. He accomplishes this by purchasing heroin straight from the producer in South East Asia and devising a novel method of bringing the drugs into the country. His pricing are lower and his product is therefore better than what is currently on the market. His position is guaranteed by his relationship with the New York Mafia. It also tells the tale of Richie Roberts, a committed and honourable police officer in charge of a joint federal and state drug task team.
6. Lucky Number Slevin (2006)
Director- Paul McGuigan
The narrative of a manipulated horse race that claimed a family’s lives in 1979 is told by a man in a wheelchair to a complete stranger in an airport waiting area. Two bookies, together with the son of a mob boss, pass away in Manhattan. The door is answered by a young man who has just come out of the shower. He introduces himself as a visitor who has had a difficult week, including getting mugged, and who doesn’t know where his friend who lives there is. A coroner, the next-door neighbour is chatty. When two thugs show up, they take the visitor to meet the boss with the deceased son, who orders him to kill the son of his rival mob. They think the guest is the person who lives there.
7. Road To Perdition (2002)
Director- Sam Mendes
Currently, it is 1931. John Rooney, the criminal lord in southern Illinois, has Mike Sullivan on his payroll. Rooney’s paternal instincts for Sullivan are larger than for his violent and dangerous son and heir, Connor Rooney, who he adopted as an orphan. Michael Sullivan, Sullivan’s eldest son, accidentally sees a mob hit that carries out by his father and Connor while trying to learn more about his strange father. Connor sees Michael as a loose end even when he is apprehend and sworn to secrecy. Because of this, Rooney is forced to support his son and side against Sullivan, making Sullivan an enemy of the mob. Sullivan then takes steps to save his family and eliminate the danger.
8. Eastern Promises (2007)
Director- David Cronenberg
A member of one of London’s most hazardous crime families, Nikolai is vicious and enigmatic. When he runs across Anna, a midwife who has discover potentially embarrassing information about the family. He gets force to start working on a scheme involving murder and retaliation.
9. Gangs of New York (2002)
Director- Martin Scorsese
In the godforsaken Five Points neighbourhood of Lower Manhattan in the early 1860s, the bloodthirsty Nativist Bill “The Butcher” Cutting rules supremely over a region rife with crime, prostitution, thievery, and murder as the American Civil War still rages. An orphaned Irish-American named Amsterdam Vallon returns to this hotbed of corruption sixteen full years. After his father got brutally murder by Bill’s blood-stained hands to get revenge. However, a lot has happened since then.
10. RocknRolla (2008)
Director- Guy Ritchie
All neighbourhood real estate deals are regulate by London mob boss Lenny Cole. He’s assisting Russian developer Uri Omovich in exchange for large sums. Omovich lends Cole a priceless artwork as a mark of good faith, which is then swiftly taken off Cole’s wall. While Cole’s men, under the capable leadership of Archie, search for the canvas, three neighbourhood miscreants known as the Wild Bunch steal money from the Russian using inside information provided by Stella, his gorgeous accountant. Johnny Quid, a local drug-addle rocker, is supposedly drown in the meantime. Cole’s relationship to him holds the key to uncovering the double crosses and lies of underworld life.
Finally, the best gangster movies of the 2000s have captivated audiences with their raw and brutal depictions of the criminal underworld. These films have won their place in cinematic history thanks to their sophisticated narratives, tremendous action sequences, and iconic performances. The IMDb ranking can help viewers who want to learn more about this interesting category.