Gangster movies have been an important part of cinematic history. The classic story of the rise and fall, greed, power, crime and corruption captivates us all. They provide us with a glimpse into the ruthless, dark and sometimes comical underworld of the criminal empire. Whether it is criminals chasing the ‘American Dream’, fame and fortune or just plain revenge, these elements adapt to film perfectly. Some of the best and most accomplished directors and actors have achieved their best work in gangster films which only goes to show how highly regarded this genre really is. However, which are the best gangster films ever made? We count down ten of the best gangster films and find out what makes them so great.