The world of crime has, often, been a thing of fascination for the people who aren’t in it. We wonder about the gangsters, their lifestyle, about how they get where they get, about the power and danger that their position brings them, and how they’re able to sleep after having all the blood on their hands. These questions have led the filmmakers to make up stories, often deriving from the real ones, to shed some light on how the other side fares. In these stories, we meet with convoluted characters who are driven by all sorts of motivations. Among other things, these films become a source for the study of human nature, serving the tales of power struggles, and, in some cases, acting as a lesson, because things don’t generally end on a high note for the protagonists of these stories. Preaching apart, the audience loves these stories.
Thrill, mystery, anticipation and characters that you can dote on, what more can we want from a tale? When in need of a good old story about the rise and fall of a man who changes the world of crime, Netflix is there to serve you with the best ones ever. The following is the list of really good gangster movies on Netflix. You can also watch many of these crime movies on Hulu or Amazon Prime. The list includes black gangster movies on Netflix.
10. Live by Night (2016)
Based on the book of the same name by Dennis Lehane, set in the second half of the 1920s, ‘Live by Night’ tells the story of a man’s rise in the criminal world and then his subsequent downfall. Ben Affleck stars as Joe Coughlin, who is a war veteran and is in love with the mistress of a gangster. Even though he is warned by his father, who is an officer in the Boston police force, Joe pursues his love for the woman and this eventually leads him into the world of crime. From the beginning, he starts out with the intent of getting out, as soon as possible. His first act of robbery is supposed to help him run away so he can live in peace, but like every plan, it backfires on him and he gets more and more involved in the world of crime. Apart from Affleck, the film also stars Elle Fanning, Brendon Gleeson, Sienna Miller and Zoe Saldana.
9. Gangster Squad (2013)
Mickey Cohen was another gangster who got his name written in the history of criminals as one of the most ruthless ones. He mostly ruled over Los Angeles and was the boss of the Cohen crime family. With all this money and power, he had control over the law as well, because he could easily bribe any official and threaten, or kill, anyone who would testify against him. To counter his growing power, Chief Bill Parker puts together the idea of a secret team that could succeed in putting Cohen to rest. Reaching out to a decorated war veteran, Seargent John O’Mara, Parker carefully handpicks the team. This team was called ‘Gangster Squad’. The film follows their efforts to completely sabotage Cohen, one blow at a time. Sean Penn played the role of Cohen, while Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling and Anthony Mackie played the part of the Squad. Emma Stone played the role of Cohen’s girlfriend who later becomes one of the factors for his downfall. While ‘Gangster Squad’ is not a perfect gangster-crime film, you can relive the suave and the charm of those times in the performances of the actors.