Everyone who loves action and thriller movies can never say no to a gangster movie. Engaging storylines, iconic dialogues, and action-packed scenes, what’s not to love about gangster movies? Hollywood has gangsters like The Godfather’s Don Corleone to Scarface‘s Tony Montana who are loved by many and have ruled pop culture for years.

Here, in Bollywood, we have gangsters like Faizal Khan from Gangs Of Wasseypur to Kancha Cheena in Agneepath who are pop culture icons. Gangster movies always keep you glued to the screen eager to know what happens next. 

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If you are someone who loves crime, chaos, violence, and lots of bloodshed, then you would love the following list of 15 gangster movies that we have prepared for you. With a brilliant star cast and gripping storylines, you can watch these gangster movies on Netflix.

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Here are some of the best gangster movies on Netflix that you can stream when you are looking for some kickass action. Are you ready? Let’s check these out!

1. Sky High (2021)

This crime thriller revolves around a young man and the progression of his criminal career after he meets a young woman in a club. Directed by Daniel Calparsoro, this movie features Miguel Herrán, Luis Tosar, Carolina Yuste, Patricia Vico, Fernando Cayo, Richard Holmes, Asia Ortega, Ayax Pedrosa, and Dollar Selmouni in prominent roles. Miguel Herrán, who plays the protagonist in this movie, is popularly known for playing the lead role in the series Money Heist as Aníbal Cortés / Rio. The movie premiered at the 23rd Málaga Spanish Film Festival (FMCE). Netflix acquired the streaming rights to the film and it was subsequently dubbed in English for the platform. The movie is rated 5.5 on IMDb. 

Sky High (2021)
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2. Yakuza And The Family (2021)

Directed by Michihito Fujii, the movie stars Gô Ayano, Naoyuki Fernandez, Hayato Ichihara, Hayato Isomura, Machiko Ono, Shun Sugata, Hiroshi Tachi, and Shinobu Terajima in pivotal roles. This crime drama movie focuses on a man, who joins a crime syndicate, where he meets the boss and develops a close relationship with him. The Asian action movie was screened at Toronto Japanese Film Festival (TJFF). You can watch the movie on Netflix. The movie has an IMDb rating of 7.  

Yakuza And The Family
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3. Gatao: The Last Stray (2021)

Featuring Rexen Cheng, Nikki Hsieh, Jack Kao, Alex Ko, Chang Tsai Hasing, and Gary Tang in the main roles, this action-romance is directed by Jui-Chih Chiang. This movie was the third installment, after Gatao (2015) and Gatao 2 – The New Leader Rising (2018). The movie revolves around a gang, who recently come out of prison and learns that a rival gang has expanded their turf for a business deal. The movie was nominated for Golden Horse Film Festival and Udine Far East Film Festival. The movie has an IMDb rating of 5.9. You can watch it on Netflix with English audio.

Gatao: The Last Stray (2021)

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4. Jagame Thandhiram (2021)

This 2021 action thriller centers on a kind-hearted gangster, who gets involved in criminal activities in a foreign land, but everything changes when he falls in love with a singer. Starring Dhanush, James Cosmo, Aishwarya Lekshmi, and Joju George in the lead roles, the movie is directed by Karthik Subbaraj. The movie was originally scheduled for a theatrical release in 2020 but was postponed indefinitely due to the global pandemic. While the makers initially planned on releasing the movie only in theatres, the decision was dropped in February and the movie was finally released digitally in June this year. Catch the movie on Netflix. The movie is rated 5.8 on IMDb.

Jagame Thandhiram (2021)

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5. Ferry (2021)

Directed by Cecilia Verheyden, this crime drama movie features Frank Lammers, Elise Schaap, and Huub Stapel in prominent roles. Serving as a prequel to the Netflix series Undercover, the plotline of the movie revolves around a middle-aged man, working for a drug lord, who goes on a deadly mission in his hometown. Touted as one of the biggest drug traffickers in the world, this movie is loosely inspired by real-life Dutch gangster, Janus Van Wessenbeeck. This real-life gangster movie is rated 7 on IMDb.

Ferry (2021)

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6. Xtreme (2021)

Starring Teo García, Óscar Jaenada, Sergio Peris-Mencheta, and Óscar Casas in the lead roles, this action thriller is directed by Daniel Benmayor. The movie focuses on a retired hitman who creates a revenge plan against the killer of his son and father- his own brother. Originally made in Spanish, you can watch it in English only on Netflix. The movie has an IMDb rating of 5.8. If you love some John Wick style action, this movie is the best pick for you.

Xtreme (2021)

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7. Kurup (2021)

This crime thriller revolves around a consummate criminal, who is on a hunt to find a man of a similar appearance to him, to fake his own death, and claim the insurance money. Directed by Srinath Rajendran, the movie features Dulquer Salmaan in the titular role along with Indrajith Sukumaran, Sobhita Dhulipala, Shine Tom Chacko, Sunny Wayne, Bharath Srinivasan, Shivajith, Surabhi Lakshmi, Vijayaraghavan and Tovino Thomas in the supporting roles. This is the first Indian movie to have non-fungible token (NFT) collectibles. This Malayalam movie is rated 7.1 on IMDb.

Kurup (2021)
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8. Kate (2021)

Directed by Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, this action thriller stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Miku Martineau, Woody Harrelson, Tadanobu Asano, Michiel Huisman, Miyavi, and Jun Kunimura in the lead roles. This gripping movie focuses on a female assassin, who has just 24 hours to get vengeance on her poisoner before she dies. What makes Kate stand out is the Japanese pop songs in the background. The movie is a visual spectacle and its cinematography has a separate fan base. Kate is rated on IMDb.

Kate (2021)
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9. The Highwaymen (2019)

Directed by John Lee Hancock, The Highwaymen stars Kevin Costner, Woody Harrelson, Kathy Bates, and John Carroll Lynch in lead roles. Unlike other movies from this list, The Highwaymen is a period crime thriller film. The film follows the lives of two former Texas Rangers who have retired. As things pan out, the two rangers come out of retirement and join forces to try and track Bonnie and Clyde. The movie has a 6.9 rating on IMDb.

The Highwaymen (2019)

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10. Shootout at Lokhandwala (2007)

This action thriller film is loosely based on a real-life gun battle between the gangsters of Lokhandwala and the police. Directed by Apoorva Lakhia, the film features Sanjay Dutt, Vivek Oberoi, Suniel Shetty, and Abhishek Bachchan in lead roles. This Bollywood movie went on to secure many nominations at several award functions. The movie collected a total revenue of ₹41.29 crores at the Indian box office. It is rated 7.1 on IMDb.

Shootout at Lokandwala (2007)
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11. The Outsider (2018)

This action thriller film revolves around the life of an American prisoner of war who stays in Japan after the Second World War. The man works through the hardships of the yakuza in order to become a member of the crime organization. Directed by Martin Zandvliet, the movie features Jared Leto, Tadanobu Asano, Kippei Shiina, Shioli Kutsuna, and Emile Hirsch in pivotal roles. The movie has a 6.2 rating on IMDb. You can watch the film on Netflix.

The Outsider (2018)

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12. The Drug King (2018)

Korean movies never disappoint and this South Korean crime drama film is no exception. Directed by Woo Min-ho, the movie stars Song Kang-ho, Jo Jung-suk, and Bae Doona in lead roles. The movie follows the life of an ordinary small-time narcotics dealer who rises to become an infamous drug lord in Korea during the 1970s. The movie is loosely based on the real-life story of Lee Doo-sam, a drug smuggler in Busan in the 1970s. The Drug King is rated 6.2 on IMDb and you can stream it on Netflix.

The Drug King (2018)
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13. Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai (2010)

Based on the lives of two infamous gangsters in Mumbai, this period film takes you back to the Mumbai of the 1970s. The gangsters brush shoulders with the police and even Bollywood. Directed by Milan Luthria, the movie stars Ajay Devgn, Emraan Hashmi, Kangana Ranaut, and Prachi Desai in lead roles. This Bollywood film was nominated at various award shows. The success of this movie prompted the makers to create a sequel to the film. The movie is rated 7.4 on IMDb and you can stream it on Netflix.

Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai

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14. Toro (2016)

Directed by Kike Maíllo, this Spanish action thriller film stars Mario Casas, Luis Tosar, and José Sacristán in lead roles. The movie revolves around the life of an ex-con man and his former partner in crime. One has just gotten out of jail, while the other is running away from law enforcement agencies. All the action in the movie takes place within 48 hours and this makes the movie a fast-paced watch. The movie has a 5.9 rating on IMDb. You can watch the movie on Netflix.

Toro (2016)

15. Kaapa (2022)

Directed by Shaji Kailas, this Malayalam movie stars Prithviraj Sukumaran, Asif Ali, Aparna Balamurali, Vijaykumar Prabhakaran, and Anna Ben. The movie is loosely based on a novel, Shankumukhi, by Indugopan. Located against the backdrop of Thiruvananthapuram, Kaapa revolves around the clash between rival gangs that arose as a result of them trying to establish their reigns over the suburbs and the slums. The movie is rated 6.2 on IMDb.

Kaapa (2022)

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Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: Is Agneepath a remake?

A: Agneepath (2012) is a remake of the 1990 Amitabh Bachchan starrer, Agneepath. The 1990 film was directed by Mukul S. Anand. In the 2012 Agneepath, Hrithik Roshan plays the part that was originally played by Amitabh Bachchan.

Q: What are the other films Prithviraj Sukumaran has worked in?

A: Prithviraj Sukumaran has worked in more than 100 films. He has done films in Malayalam, Tamil, Telegu, and even Hindi. He marked his Bollywood debut alongside Rani Mukerji in Aiyyaa (2012). He has also received a National Award.

Q: Is Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai based on a real story?

A: Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai is loosely based on real-life events and people. The movie is hailed for its near-accurate description of the people and the underworld of Mumbai in the 1970s. The sequel of this film was a commercial success.

Q: Is there a sequel to Shootout At Lokhandwala?

A: Shootout At Wadala (2013) is a prequel to the 2007 film Shootout at Lokhandwala. The movie is based on a book by Hussain Zaidi and it dramatizes the encounter by the Bombay police in which a gangster was shot dead.

Q: How many awards has Kurup won?

A: Kurup won the award for Best Cinematography at the 10th South Indian International Movie Awards. The movie was also nominated for Best Film, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Music Director, Best Lyricist, Best Playback Singer, and Best Actor in a Negative Role.

We compiled a list of gangster movies you can find on Netflix across multiple languages. Bookmark this page for days when you want to watch an action-packed gangster movie on Netflix and you are confused about what you actually want to watch. These gripping movies definitely made our year better. Which is your favourite gangster movie from the list? Let us know in the comments.

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