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Top 10 Movie Portrayals of Real Life Gangsters

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Marcus Smith (2 days ago)
Tom Hardy should've been on here for his role in LAWLESS
Can't touch This (2 days ago)
if u want the best gang movie fam by the best actor of all time (my opinion) Denzel Washington is “American Gangster”
JL (3 days ago)
new jack city nino brown
Dan Wacker (6 days ago)
Liotta was good but it should have gone to Pecsi as Tommy DeSimone.
RATAN KUMAR (7 days ago)
where is 'gangs of wasseypur'
awandererTJ (8 days ago)
Ray Liotta #1? Denzel Washington looks like a mafia for God's sake? Gangs of New York fantasy movie? Give me a break. ANY supporting actor in Godfather, or in Mean Streets, or in Scarface, or in Donnie Brasco is a better choice than your top 3.
Morten Aanstad (4 days ago)
+awandererTJ William Poole was a real person. Michael Corleone and Tony Montana were not
awandererTJ (4 days ago)
+Morten Aanstad Any gangster movie is less fictional than fairy tale Gangs of New York. If you use a real name for a phony story and overplayed performance that does not make a movie less fictional. All those names are legends after all. When it comes to detail and lifelike characters, there is much more real life in those classic movies that I mentioned, although they change names. Hope you get my point.
Morten Aanstad (5 days ago)
You mentioned a lot of fictional movies here
Thomas Knelsen (9 days ago)
Had this video been made after 2015, the likes of Tom Hardy playing the infamous Kray brothers in Legend, and Johnny Depp playing Whitey Bulger in Black Mass should go on this list.
Took some x a couple mins ago still haven’t came up yet think ima go smoke some meth now
Chance Warren (9 days ago)
They finally got the number 1 pick right
Gabriel Richardson (9 days ago)
Number 1 should of been Tony Montana
Morten Aanstad (8 days ago)
Not when he's fictional
Jairo Osorio (10 days ago)
6:32 he sounds like Tony Montana 😂
you haha (11 days ago)
This is a bullshit, WhatchMojo is a bullshit we're is Marlon Brando - The Godfather, Al Pachino. 👎😬👎👎👎👎😬
Morten Aanstad (8 days ago)
We're talking about REAL-life gangsters here
mark nakashima (11 days ago)
great work on the video but i don't agree with the list my all time favorite american gangsters are: JOHN DILLINGER BONNIE PARKER + CLYDE BARROW GEORGE NELSON AL CAPONE JIMMY BULGER
alberto fuentes (12 days ago)
No Scarface?
CAMERONCOSTELLO6 (12 days ago)
John Gotti
eduardo herrera (13 days ago)
Did I skip through the part that mention scarface???
Mr. Minero (11 days ago)
eduardo herrera he is a fictional character though.
Mr. Minero (11 days ago)
eduardo herrera I was thinking the same thing. Not many comments about it either.
will hall (13 days ago)
Legend and the iceman should be on here forsure
ganjasmoke21 (14 days ago)
Narcos should so be on here!!!!
this channel is bollshett it videos are bollshetts its opinions about the things are bullshett too. Also, it subs number is the most bollshetest bullshett ever..
Jese Garcia (14 days ago)
They shoukd do a part 2 where new movies come out.
Kim Westwood (14 days ago)
DeNiro is a chump over rated actor. Wenstein's chump
Jack Florio (14 days ago)
No mention on De Niro as Conway/Burke?
Jordan100% (14 days ago)
Why wasn’t Scarface’s Al Pacino on this?
Jordan100% (8 days ago)
Oh I feel dumb asf I just googled the shit and found out he was actually not real. So Scarface wasn’t an 80’s drug lord? He was fake? Bruh this whole time I thought that shit actually happened and they were remaking it 🤦🏽‍♂️ this explains why tf Al Pacino came up when I googled Scarface or Tony Montana 💀
Morten Aanstad (8 days ago)
Because he's fictional?
Harrie Hardcore (15 days ago)
1:12 ex-boxer or Xbox-er?
Sylan 0610 (15 days ago)
Anyone notice that the guy who plays Bumpy Johnson in American Gangster is in the film hoodlum with Lawrence Fishburne as Bumpy Johnson lol? crazy
aissam azarkan (15 days ago)
xb the1st (16 days ago)
Kaizaro123 (16 days ago)
1:52 Are Jews really acceptable to the mob? I thought one required Sicilian roots or some such to even be considered? EDIT: Ha! Watched to 12:14 where....
Richard Ainsworth (17 days ago)
Capone was not a mastermind. He was a Syphilitic moron for most of his life. Look it up.
Alw7sh Al-Rafedi (18 days ago)
Al pacino >> Carlito’s way
davion king (19 days ago)
Lame al pacino scarface not # this is stupid
Morten Aanstad (8 days ago)
This is for REAL-LIFE gangsters
RAW and UNCUT REVIEWS (19 days ago)
I gotta catch up on all these movies
Ken Fung (19 days ago)
Bugsey was terrible warren bettys performance made it a joke
210raab 210raab (19 days ago)
The Godfather, Scarface, Carlitos Way? WTF!
210raab 210raab (17 days ago)
My bad. In that case Johnny Depp in Blow...
C W (17 days ago)
This list is about real life people... Godfather, Scarface, and Carlito's Way are all fictional characters
Wade Davis (19 days ago)
Not even a mention for Ray Stevenson as Danny Greene in Kill the Irishman???
Richard Jolly (20 days ago)
Goodfellas will never be beaten by anyone or any movie. I've even got the goodfellas canvas up on my wall.
John F Kennedy. (20 days ago)
What about Scarface
G Hernandez (20 days ago)
No Edward James Olmos? Racist bastards
h fenner (21 days ago)
you forgot bonnie and clyde
Cobra (21 days ago)
12:32 reminds me of mafia 2
Isak Joseph (22 days ago)
Where is the legend?
Juan Bernardo Morales (22 days ago)
Black mass ?????????
Morten Aanstad (8 days ago)
Didn't exist yet
JERICHO the WARRIOR (22 days ago)
Were in the fuk is Johnny deep from public enemy
Wise beardedman (22 days ago)
Wasn't surprised at #1 amazing performance.
Michael Peck (22 days ago)
Kill the Irishman?
Cdawgthree (22 days ago)
Nobody from Boardwalk empire? Its not a movie, but the portrayals of some of the characters are insanely believable.
adelkarim bouchane (23 days ago)
Rebert Deniro joe P
Matt Lombardo (24 days ago)
Bill the Butcher was the greatest bad guy in movie history. He wasn't even bad, his morals were strong and he didnt wrong or cross anyone. He got robbed for the oscar.
M Trapo (24 days ago)
Eric Bana as Mark ‘Chopper’ Read?
benno291980 (24 days ago)
C'mon Paul Sorvino deserved at least a nod here
Chris Walsh (25 days ago)
Scare face?
kickinwings420 (25 days ago)
why does Cliff Curtis get an honorable mention?? He was in the movie for less than ten minutes...
Jake Vaud (25 days ago)
Jim Buldger acted by Johnny Dep from Black Mass should have been on here
Linden William (23 days ago)
The biggest Snitch 😂
firstname lastname (26 days ago)
Kill the Irishman (2011).
doug mckay (26 days ago)
What about Pesci? Hole in the wall gang? Ring a bell? How are you going to talk about ace, and not nicky spilotro? He WAS Vegas.
Darth Ludicrous (26 days ago)
Wowowow Robert De Niro's Al Capone should be higher on the list.
St_Cena (26 days ago)
If Ray Liotta didn’t get number 1
reaper6669 (28 days ago)
No scarface?
Carl Charles (28 days ago)
Khaled Sawan (29 days ago)
God father
nivsnivs nivsnivs (30 days ago)
where's Legend. god father. gangster squad. etc etc etc.
Tanmoy Tarafder (30 days ago)
How the hell The Godfather is not included!!!
Rona Szn (26 days ago)
Tanmoy Tarafder because it’s a fictional movie based on a book don’t get me wrong it’s a great movie. But these movies are based on real life mobsters
Hastin Nuraini (1 month ago)
BenJolly (1 month ago)
Legend tom hardy
Antonio Castro (1 month ago)
jean Claude (21 days ago)
Playing a black muslim in Hollywood Will never gets you an Oscar.
Zhian Beltran (1 month ago)
bad top !!!!!!!!
iBourne xx 1994 (1 month ago)
"Real" very loose terms
Truth and Downfall (1 month ago)
Denzel Washington as Frank Lucas is some of the best acting I have ever seen. Truly an amazing movie.
Patrick Bryce (10 days ago)
Now that salt on to the plate was that sum Santeria shit?
mire it means it goes in you deepp
Kenjamin Slutton (1 month ago)
Goodfellas is best and non fiction
Mr Glock (1 month ago)
Training day
Creature 354 (1 month ago)
Sub to pewdiepie and stop t-series
Ben Berman (1 month ago)
Where's Whitey Bulger (Jack Nicholson) The Departed?
Ben Berman (1 month ago)
Kenjamin Slutton you are mistaking, Jack Costello was Whitey Bulger
Kenjamin Slutton (1 month ago)
Fiction wasn’t actually whitey bugler
Jon Smith (1 month ago)
Goodfellas and Casino are in my top ten ever
Jon Smith (1 month ago)
Sean penn is s terrible human being
MrAbsbvbsdfbsdfvbdab (1 month ago)
Scarface isn't number 1? What is this a joke? all i have in this world are my balls and my word and i ain't breaking them for no one,you hear me? So trust me when i say Scarface number 1
MrAbsbvbsdfbsdfvbdab (1 month ago)
Ohhh shoot i forgot about that,still his performance tops all these
Craig Archer (1 month ago)
Not a real life gangster?
Elliot Evans (1 month ago)
Tom hardy as the Krays???
TX Johnson (1 month ago)
Deep Cover superb gangster film. Real shit
Leo Leo (1 month ago)
Actually you guys consider only Hollywood and not any other film industry. Check out with all those in India you will get more than this. I have seen all movies you opted above and I personally feel that none is better than KAMAL HASSAN'S ''NAYAGAN '' .iam not a kamalfan but still it is a movie all should've watched
Morten Aanstad (8 days ago)
Look, I found another Indian nationalist
Eric Baker (1 month ago)
Wtf!! Franklin and Lamar not on this list!!!😡🤬
Eugene Gutierrez (1 month ago)
Joe Pesci should be #1.
Will King (1 month ago)
Johnny depp as John dillonger
alanmeires (1 month ago)
Gary Oldman in Leon were he plays the nut case policemen. Then the film True romantic were he plays Drexel , State of grace were he plays the mad Irishman . Gary is one of them underestimate actors but if you have watch he's movies then you will know just how good he can play a gangster or bad man.
alanmeires (1 month ago)
American films and gangsters are always played over the top if you want to watch real close to the mark gangster films then watch British movies because they don't go over the top they keep it real.
Troy Vann (1 month ago)
I really enjoy this channel but the lists really piss me off this is the second video I saw where a solid top 3 was not even in the top ten!! No Vaseline was an honorable mention on top ten diss songs 🤣🤣🤣also no blood in blood out or American me smh
VersusARCH (1 month ago)
Richard Roxburgh as the crooked Detective Seargent Roger Rogerson of Sydney Police in "Blue Murder" should have DEFINITELY been on this list. Why are only US films considered?
Antonio Hamboney (1 month ago)
How tf iz Al pacino not on this list for micheal corleone....or Scarface which was Al Capone.....next let a guy make this list....yall aint even say joe pesci....maaaanstop it!!!!
Morten Aanstad (8 days ago)
1. Michael Corleone is fictional 2. Al Pacino's Scarface has very little to do with the 1932 version, which again only touched barely upon Al Capone
Rollo Tomassi (1 month ago)
There are some real morons on here that can't figure out the difference between a real person that existed and a fictional character.
Rollo Tomassi (1 month ago)
"You're nothing but a lot of talk and a badge"!
searay26 (2 months ago)
Hill supported the movie? Of course he did, he was making big money from it.
Tk the ghost (2 months ago)
Morten Aanstad (8 days ago)
Veli Karppinen (2 months ago)
Jimmy Hoffa was no gangster, so he doesn't belong to this list. Pacino's Lefty Ruggiero is more like real-life Sonny Black according to Pistone. Sam Rothstein is completely fictional character.
Aldo Susanto (2 months ago)
the meme
AESCULAPTORmark3 (2 months ago)
Casino and Goodfellas best. Some awesome portrayals of real life gangsters in both films.
AESCULAPTORmark3 (2 months ago)
I'd whack all of these motherfuckers.
Everyone snubs the Depp. Black Mass was terrifying. What about Public Enemies? Both good flicks should have at least been mentioned.
Solitaria Nihilista (2 months ago)
Number 1 should have been John Travolta's magnificent depiction of John Gotti. Ha, ha. Only kidding. Fuhgedabahtit!
Gonzalo Perez (2 months ago)
América love gánsters
Soad A (2 months ago)
If they don’t have an Italian accent they don’t deserve to be on this list (Except for Denzel he’s great in any role)
UKIMACKICA (2 months ago)
You really put Escobar from Blow and not Johnny?? You're literally avoiding Johnny Depp, it's so obvious
Robinson Bc (2 months ago)
Blow is trash fucking movie.

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