Best new Gangster movies & Crime drama's (2017) - Top Netflix & Cinema

The popularity of the gangster film never seems to decrease, even though the best movies within the language were made decades ago. From time to time, a decent gangster film still surfaces though. These are the crime dramas we liked the most.
The Vore's Film staff selects the top best gangster movies of 2017 in cinema or on DVD or Netfix. Are Scott Cooper, Pablo Trapero & Rupert Wyatt our new gangster genre directors?

gangster genre statistics

Rank#25 (List of most popular genres)
Actors Johnny Depp, Benedict Cumberbatch & Dakota Johnson
TrendingBlack Mass, El Clan & Blackhat
Amount of genre films per year from 2010 to 2017

9 gangster movies scheduled for release this year.

The old genre is in decline. It used to be quite steady, almost stagnating. But in the last three years the mobster genre is clearly becoming less popular in Hollywood.

List of highest grossers of the decade & budget

The times that big classic gangster movies reeled in all box office money seems to be gone. They even run the risk of performing quite badly, like Gangster Squad. Strangely enough, indie filmmaker turned box office canon David O. Russel has the number 1 spot here with American Hustle.
TitleBox officeBudget
American Hustle (2013)$150M$40M
Black Mass (2015)$62.5M$53M
Gangster Squad (2013)$60M$46M
(Read: Who needs big budgets? 25 low budget success stories!)

2017 anticipated releases to watch

    Live by Night (Friday January 13, 2017)

    Live by Night film poster Director
    Ben Affleck
    Ben Affleck
    Elle Fanning
    Brendan Gleeson

    Coming back from the war, he is no longer the man he used to be. Ben Affleck is a Boston gangster taking over the state of Florida with violence. ... Read more


Best gangster movies on Netflix or DVD in 2017

2010's best rated gangster movies out on DVD, Bluray or streaming on VOD (Netflix, Amazon).

  1. The Infiltrator (13-07-2016, 127 minutes)
  2. Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) stars in 'The Infiltrator', a brilliant film about an undercover agent winding up in money laundering scheme led by Colombian cartel leader Pablo Escobar. As he dives deeper in this murky world, he has more and more problems deciding where his loyalty lies.
    StarringBryan Cranston, John Leguizamo & Diane Kruger
    DirectorBrad Furman (The Lincoln Lawyer & The Take)
    Similar moviesDonnie Brasco
    Themesbetrayal, drugs, police, crime, historical,
    CountryUnited States
    Keywordshistorical, retro, thrilling,
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

  3. Suburra (24-06-2016, 130 minutes)
  4. Italian director Stefano Sollima returns with a unforgiving, bleak and stylized maffia film after he made the very well received TV-series Gomorrah. Suburra evolves around a gangster named 'The Samurai' with bold ambitions: creating an Atlantic City-like resort. The local mob bosses are willing to cooperate at first, but soon things run out of control..
    StarringPierfrancesco Favino, Greta Scarano & Jean-Hugues Anglade
    DirectorStefano Sollima (Gomorra (TV-series))
    Similar moviesGomorra
    Themesindustry, mafia, manipulation, gangster, thriller,
    Keywordsexcellent, hard-hitting,
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

  5. Cold in July (31-12-2014, 109 minutes)
    Starring Michael C. Hall, Sam Shepard & Don Johnson
    Director Jim Mickle (Stake Land, We Are What We Are & Mulberry St )
    CountryFrance United States
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

  7. Son of a Gun (11-12-2014, 108 minutes)
    Starring Ewan McGregor, Brendan Kerkvliet & Brenton Thwaites
    DirectorJulius Avery (Jerrycan, Little Man & Yardbird )
    CountryAustralia Canada United Kingdom
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

  9. Rob the Mob (15-03-2014, 104 minutes)
    StarringMichael Pitt, Nina Arianda & Andy Garcia
    DirectorRaymond De Felitta (City Island, Two Family House & The Thing About My Folks )
    CountryUnited States
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

  11. The Gambler (25-12-2014, 111 minutes)
    StarringMark Wahlberg, Jessica Lange & John Goodman
    Director Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes, The Escapist & Get the Picture )
    CountryUnited States
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

  13. Salvo (22-08-2014, 110 minutes)
    StarringSaleh Bakri, Luigi Lo Cascio & Sara Serraiocco
    DirectorFabio Grassadonia & Antonio Piazza (Ogni volta che te ne vai & Gli occhi dell'amore)
    CountryFrance Italy
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

New gangster movies out now

Best recent & upcoming gangster movies with release dates.

Free Fire by Ben Wheatley

Release date2016
StarringArmie Hammer, Brie Larson & Cillian Murphy
Previous releasesKill List, Sightseers & A Field in England
Associated with crime,

Escobar by Fernando León de Aranoa

Release date2017
CountrySpain United States
StarringJavier Bardem & Penélope Cruz
Previous releasesMondays in the Sun, Princesas & Barrio
Associated with biographical, crime,

Going in Style by Zach Braff

Release date2017
CountryUnited States
StarringJoey King, Morgan Freeman & Michael Caine
Previous releasesScrubs, Garden State & Oz the Great and Powerful
Associated with comedy,

Legend (03-09-2015, 132 minutes))
DirectorBrian Helgeland (42 & The Order)
StarringTom Hardy, Emily Browning & Taron Egerton
Similar moviesRocknRolla
Themescrime, gay, mafia, crime, gangster,
CountryUnited Kingdom
Keywordsfunny, great, violent,
Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

Black Mass (18-09-2015, 122 minutes))
DirectorScott Cooper (Crazy Heart, Out of the Furnace & Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me )
Starring Johnny Depp, Benedict Cumberbatch & Dakota Johnson
CountryUnited Kingdom United States
Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

El Clan (13-08-2015, 110 minutes))
DirectorPablo Trapero (Carancho, Lion's Den & White Elephant )
StarringAntonia Bengoechea, Gastón Cocchiarale & Guillermo Francella
CountryArgentina Spain
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The Rise of the Krays (16-05-2015, 110 minutes))
DirectorZackary Adler (I'm Reed Fish, The Cookie Story & Familiar Strangers )
StarringMark Preston, Nicola Stapleton & Simon Cotton
CountryUnited Kingdom
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Blackhat (16-01-2015, 133 minutes))
DirectorMichael Mann (Heat, Public Enemies & The Insider )
StarringChris Hemsworth, Viola Davis & Wei Tang
CountryUnited States
Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix