Best Quotes About Gangster

Like art and politics, gangsterism is a very important avenue of assimilation into society. -E. L. Doctorow

The great nations have always acted like gangsters, and the small nations like prostitutes. -Stanley Kubrick

I decided that if the police couldn't catch the gangsters, I'd create a fellow who could. -Chester Gould

Americans accept that gangsters are running the government. -Tim Robbins

I'd love to play a gangster but I think people might say I looked a bit too young and cheeky to play a character who'd just blown someones head off! -Dominic Monaghan

We had an apartment on west side of Central Park. The rent was very reasonable. We found out later that it belonged to a gangster called Legs Diamond and it was a front to his headquarters. It was fine. -James Stewart

How did we suddenly become entranced with gangster culture? I saw it this morning on campus. When did the black community say we should all look like criminals? -Tim Reid

Westerns was why I got into the business. I grew up on a small farm in California and all I ever wanted to do was to play gangsters and cowboys in movies. -Brion James

George Raft may or may not have gone both ways, but he was very sensitive to what they said about him, and it was one factor why he decided to play all those gangsters in the movies. -Cesar Romero

We did not get any money from the early records. It was all taken by crooked managers. It is just a gangster's paradise. -Robert Wyatt

How many gangsters you know, from Al Capone up to John Gotti, been gay? -Method Man

My strangest media moment a photo session they all had dressed up like 50 gangsters. That was pretty cool. We have to get some more of those kind of photos sometimes. -Kerry King

I have consciously not taken the role of a gangster, which has been offered to me far too many times. -Stanley Tucci

We got into all the trouble you could ever imagine. We figured that if the Jones boys and all the gangsters ran Chicago, we had our own territory now. All the stores, all the crime, we were in charge of everything, my stepbrother and my brother. -Quincy Jones

We were in the heart of the ghetto in Chicago during the Depression, and every block – it was probably the biggest black ghetto in America – every block also is the spawning ground practically for every gangster, black and white, in America too. -Quincy Jones

I definitely would like to do something serious. Not like a love story, but serious like maybe a gangster or a mobster. A gang or a mob movie would be great. -Jason Mewes

The Italian gangster thing has become a form of the modern-day Western. -Armand Assante

I had the advantage of reading the book, and when the script was first submitted to me, it was just another gangster story – the east side taking over the west side and all that. -Edward G. Robinson

As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a gangster. -Nicholas Pileggi

And remember, where you have a concentration of power in a few hands, all too frequently men with the mentality of gangsters get control. History has proven that. -John Dalberg-Acton

I consciously decided not to be a 'London' actor. Those gangster movies made a lot of East End actors think they were movie stars. And I was very aware that they were going to go out of fashion. -Eddie Marsan

Having a persona people recognize, it's the thing that probably gets you paid the most – but it's also the thing that virtually every actor in the world doesn't want. 'Cause, like, no one would believe me if I wanted to play something ultra-realistic, like a gangster or something. -Robert Pattinson

I like to mumble when I act, 'cause I think it's more realistic. For some reason, the impediment has given me the accent of a Mexican gangster. -David Arquette

I don't think there's much a person could say about me. My gangster's never been on trial. -Beanie Sigel

Attitude is attitude, whether you're a West Coast gangster or East Coast gangster, you know? -Paul Walker

I'm a gangster, and gangsters don't ask questions. -Lil Wayne

I've played some gangster roles, but that's obviously not me. When you're an Italian-American New York actor, it's just an easy way to get cast. -Michael Imperioli

I like the days when all the filmmakers had was a film roll, a camera and a gangster. The Mack Sennett comedies were all like that. They'd create little teams to go out and shoot films. -Michel Gondry

Mulberry Street was the beating heart of the Italian-American experience, but you don't find those gangsters now. I live with a bunch of yuppies and models. -Abel Ferrara

I think the part of media that romanticizes criminal behavior, things that a person will say against women, profanity, being gangster, having multiple children with multiple men and women and not wanting to is prevalent. When you look at the majority of shows on television they placate that kind of behavior. -Bill Cosby

The area of teenage life is not necessarily rarefied; we've all gone through that period. It's not as rarefied as a western or a space adventure or a gangster film, but it has its own dynamic. -Gus Van Sant

A lot of my friends are gangsters. Not like gangsters – well, yeah, all sorts of levels of criminality – but not the types that are preying on innocent people. I have no interest in the type of criminality that has no respect for collateral damage. -Charlie Hunnam

I'd like to do a number of films. Westerns. Genre pieces. Maybe another film about Italian Americans where they're not gangsters, just to prove that not all Italians are gangsters. -Martin Scorsese

I was raised in Chicago and I guess that was one of the special breeding grounds for gangsters of all colors. That was the Detroit of the gangster world. The car industry was thugs. -Quincy Jones

Playing the game, and unfortunately, playing the gangster game is very profitable. -Quincy Jones

Old Americana vintage gangster stuff has a fantastical feel; it feels less dirty in a way. It feels like the opera of crime. -Shia LaBeouf

I was always raised on cowboy films, and then when I could start making choices about the movies I wanted to watch I found myself wanting to watch gangster films which were slightly more sophisticated than the baseline stuff that was in westerns. -Shia LaBeouf

I know nothing of what it is to be a gangster. -Michael K. Williams

What Wall Street and credit card companies are doing is really not much different from what gangsters and loan sharks do who make predatory loans. While the bankers wear three-piece suits and don't break the knee caps of those who can't pay back, they still are destroying people's lives. -Bernie Sanders

'The Sopranos' gets praised as novelistic, but it follows the most banal of life patterns, showing the sheer tedium of being a mobster. It has dead spots, boring plotlines, weak episodes. Characters develop slowly, or don't. Like viewers, a gangster might get bored, fade out of the action, then come back to find none of his debts forgotten. -Rob Sheffield

You know, Castle's the kind of guy that when he meets somebody, that's a connection for him. He remains connected to the people that he meets. That's the kind of guy he is, be they criminals, gangster rappers, mafia guys, art thieves, whoever it is, he nurtures those relationships. -Nathan Fillion

I'm not a gangster, bro. -ASAP Rocky

I'm the number-one fan of gangster movies. -David Chase

My father ran London Films. He made films like 'The Red Shoes,' 'The Third Man.' And he had had a long career in the film business, which was bifurcated with a career in intelligence. He had to deal with gangsters, and sometimes he would take me with him. Also, I went to school with their children. -Mark Helprin

I reread Mesrine's book every year because the way the story is told is fascinating. Today, we don't have gangsters like Mesrine – he had humor. -Thomas Langmann

The classy gangster is a Hollywood invention. -Orson Welles

Celebrated in the Bob Dylan ballad 'Joey,' Crazy Joe Gallo was a charismatic beatnik gangster whose forays into Greenwich Village in the 1960s inspired his bloody revolution against the Mafia. -Tom Folsom

Everybody who is anyone wanted to meet a real life gangster, and here's Joey Gallo hitting the scene. What more could you want with a gangster? He looked the part. They call it gangster chic. He dressed like the 'Reservoir Dogs' – black suit, white shirt, skinny black tie. You know, he had the whole look down. And the big shades, of course. -Tom Folsom

You know the slow-motion walking shot in 'Reservoir Dogs?' That was in the Tommy Udo tradition. That strut, that way of wearing your suit, is what I think gangster chic is. -Tom Folsom

I think we have always had a fascination for gangs and gangsters, and I think we always will. -Ross Kemp

After a show, I'll get the 16-year-old white kid whose lip is pierced, his head is shaved and his parents hate him, and the young gangster from the screwed-up 'hood, and they say that now they realize there's someone out there who thinks like they do. -Michael Franti

Some of your worst gangsters are guys who were very low-key. -Mickey Rourke

I've done, like, 45 movies, played 40 gangsters and five crooked cops. -Tony Sirico

It was funny on '24' because I'm a Scots-Canadian, and I was working with the great Scottish actor Tony Curran, and we were both playing Russian gangsters. -Callum Keith Rennie

When I was growing up, kids used to talk about snitching… It never extended as a cultural norm outside of the gangsters. -Geoffrey Canada

It's funny how the ruthless, murderous gangster has really been romanticized by the media. I mean, I grew up watching the 'Godfathers' and 'Scarface,' and they were the coolest. They're just really interesting stories with great characters. They're rock stars. -Elena Satine

I think I could totally be a gangster, but I could never be the kind of gangster that carries things out myself. I would have to be the kingpin that has my minions go and do the dirty bidding. I think I'd be pretty good at giving orders. -Elena Satine

I play a lot of hard men and gangsters, and I'm not like that at all. -Sean Pertwee

I've always been interested in the gangster genre, so to play Mickey Cohen was a real thrill. It's always fun to do your take on someone so iconic. -Patrick Fischler

I never was that boy who loved gangster films, but when I was growing up, I was obsessed with the detective Dick Tracy. It was one of my favourite movies as a kid, and he really inspired me. I would have loved to be part of that golden age of Hollywood in the 1940s. It made me want to become an actor. -Ryan Gosling

When we die, our souls still live. If you are a gangster or a bastard or a crook, your soul inhabits a donkey or something terrible. -Mohamed Al-Fayed

People want to classify and say, 'OK, this is a gangster film.' 'This is a Western.' 'This is a… ' You know? It's easy to classify and it makes people feel comfortable, but it doesn't matter, it doesn't really matter. -Martin Scorsese

I knew so many gangsters, and I call on that experience with them for characters. -Frank Vincent

I don't only like rap music. There's everything from R&B to crazy gangster rap, hip hop… everything! But it all blends together nicely. It's like a magical music rainbow. -Kreayshawn

You can fail in films because you don't have the talent, or you have too much humility, or you lack ferociousness. I'm a gangster. If I want something, I'll grab it. -John Cassavetes

In my career, I have played a gangster, an ex cop, a journalist and a film director. Yet, the label of a serial kisser refuses to leave me. -Emraan Hashmi

Every human being has a bit of gangster in him. -Binyavanga Wainaina

There are many people who think I'm actually a gangster or a mafioso, largely because of 'Goodfella.' -Paul Sorvino

The primary school I attended in Shanghai was a very liberal one, established by scholars who had return from an education in France. The children of leading families were enrolled there, including the son of a well-known man believed to be a top gangster of the underworld! -Charles K. Kao

Any distraction tends to get in the way of being an effective gangster. -Terence Winter

I think rap music is brought up, gangster rap in particular, as well as video games, every other thing they try to hang the ills of society on as a scapegoat. -Ice Cube

Some music comes from a real place; some music comes from your imagination. It's difficult to find out what's real and what's not, especially with the gangster stuff. -Ice T

Melissa Barak, an ex-City Ballet dancer and sometime choreographer, has put together an unspeakably dopey and incompetent mess called 'Call Me Ben,' combining ultra-generic dance, terrible dialogue and disastrous storytelling, about the founding of Las Vegas by the gangster Bugsy Siegel, who insists, violently, on being addressed as 'Ben.' -Robert Gottlieb

I like 'The Usual Suspects'. Great film. I also like 'Scarface', films like that. Lots of gangster films. I really like watching all kinds of films, dramas, romance. I'll watch comedies. I like Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Denzel Washington, Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle. I'd like to meet them. -Barkhad Abdi

We got skate parks in different states, but me skating? Nah, I'm too gangster; I can't rock with it. But I watch it. -Birdman

Our country has been overtaken by murderous thugs… gangsters who lust after fortunes and power. -Cindy Sheehan

As a child, I was always drawn to heroic characters. I decided I wanted to act when I realised that Superman and all those gangsters and Indians were just real people in costume. -Orlando Bloom

I am a close friend of Robert Loggia. And I just love how, with actors, there's the screen persona. Here is Robert, known for his portrayal of many characters, including gangsters. But in real life, he is elegant and erudite. He sits in the garden reading the sonnets of William Shakespeare. -Luanne Rice

I look at old performance videos now, and it's really funny – I thought I was such a gangster! -Becky G

Before we made films about gangsters, everything was about the royal families. They contain so much drama. -Mads Mikkelsen

Maybe it's stress or anger or adrenaline or disillusionment or a bullying nature or simple fear of getting killed themselves, but there is a problem if a cop cannot tell the difference between a menacing gangster and the far more common person they encounter whose life is a little frayed and messy. -David Horsey

People generally thought that sharks are dumb eating machines. After some study, I began to realize that these 'gangsters' of the deep had gotten a bad rap. -Eugenie Clark

Playing gangsters is great. They usually dress you sharp. And you have a license to pretty much bully anybody. I mean, I wouldn't dare do that at home. My wife will give me a back hander. -Alex Rocco

Dancing in speakeasies was a job, and none of us knew for sure who were gangsters. No one told us, so how could we know? My mother used to come and take me home. We thought nothing of walking home together at two in the morning. -Ruby Keeler

In the 1970s and early '80s, Shanghai was quiet, cautious, a ghost of a once-great city – and yet physically, little was changed from its glittering heyday. When visiting, I enjoyed reading books on local history and used my time off to scope out the former haunts of gangsters and jazzmen. -Nicole Mones

When you're 16, the top of the world is directing a gangster movie. -Daniel Espinosa

The individualists stare into each other's eyes and yet deny each other's existence. We walk in circles, so limited by our own anxieties that we can no longer distinguish between true and false, between the gangster's whim and the purest ideal. -Ingmar Bergman

I think the reason 'Sexy Beast' was so good was it wasn't just another run-of-the-mill gangster film; it was a love story. -Ian McShane

Jay-Z is a hero, Sam Walton is a hero – these are not exactly communitarian champions. These are – in some cases, literally; in others, just figuratively – gangster heroes. That's who is worshipped: people who get away with it. -George Packer

I think American audiences like gangster movies. You know, it's part of the culture. -Vincent Cassel

I feel as if I have been blessed to undergo a transformation from 'gangster' to 'redeemed sinner with gangster proclivities.' -Cornel West

In my world, of course, it don't matter. You could be a gangster with a dress, you could be a gangster with baggy pants. -Young Thug

My dad is Scottish, and he read in the newspaper about the plight of the Scottish Freshwater Mussel, which is a real thing – like, a very real, serious conservation issue. And he's a writer, and he was going to do a film about a Glaswegian gangster, and then I stole the idea and turned it into a romantic comedy. -Talulah Riley

When this ugly gangster told Joe Glaser that he must take the name of Armstrong down, off of the marquee, and it was an 'order from Al Capone,' Mr. Glaser looked this cat straight in the face and told him these words: 'I think that Louis Armstrong is the world's greatest, and this is my place, and I defy anybody to take his name down from there.' -Louis Armstrong

Gigantic sums are now required to maintain prisons and insane asylums and protect the public against gangsters and lunatics. Why do we preserve these useless and harmful beings? The abnormal prevent development of the normal. -Alexis Carrel

I'm a culinary gangsta with a very spiritual side, so when I was introduced to the 'spiritual gangster' line, I had to have it. -Guy Fieri

My dad wasn't a gangster, and he wasn't a criminal, but he sure liked to rub padded shoulders with them. -Jerry Heller

The FBI was formed because the gangsters were better armed, better financed. -Michael Horse

I've been an actor for 20 years, and I think the first 14 years, it was all struggling. At first, it was all gangsters. -Michael Pena

I'm a Honey G fan. She can spit some vibes on one of my songs; she's got rhymes for days! She's gangster. I love her. -James Arthur

If you look at the movie 'Belly,' I identify with Sincere the most. I am a gangster. I love my lady to death. I'm not in the game for the wrong reasons. I'm not in the game for the glory. I'm in the game to survive so the people that I love could be straight. I'm a highly intelligent individual. -Kevin Gates

Among the many things 'Boardwalk Empire' is, is a gangster show. -Tim Van Patten

All the great artists had their dark sides. Look at Amy Winehouse or anyone who has achieved a certain level of success. Even Adele, and the people that you wouldn't put in the same category as a gangster rapper. These women have exposed their vulnerabilities, demons, and things that have hurt them. -Kat Graham

Harlem for me is Atlanta, Las Vegas, and Washington, D.C., in one place. You have very significant churches that have had national ramifications. At the same time, you have politics. On top of all that, you have entertainment because you have 70 years of music that came out of here, and if you scratch that, gangsterism happens. -Mike Colter

Ice Cube is doing so great. He went from being this hardcore gangster rapper to this actor now. He's doing children's movies and all this stuff – he's rocking it. -Darius Rucker

When I say I'm going gangster, I'm working really hard at something. -Lisa Lampanelli

I am an undisputed gangster. To me, that means playing by my own rules. -Katherine Ryan

There was an article about me once, and the first line was, 'It's good to be a gangster.' Well, I'm not a gangster. I'm an actor. -Frank Vincent

'The Godfather' changed the way gangsters acted. -Frank Vincent

I've never seen a Western that was really truthful. Most are just morality plays. Good guys and bad guys – and the good guys always win, whereas in reality, most of the sheriffs were as bad as the gangsters they were after. -Harry Dean Stanton

I'm tired of Italian gangsters. Not that I don't watch 'The Godfather' every morning when I get up and 'Goodfellas' when I go to sleep at night. But I've just always been fascinated by Russia as a country, by the Russian personality. And now Russia is literally a gangster nation. -Richard Belzer

Guys in our sport bump their gums quite a bit, and they get you to think they're these huge tough guys… they're these gangsters, that they'll fight anybody, anytime. And then when you get in front of a person like me… the crickets start to come out. They don't really wanna fight. -Tyron Woodley

All my cop/gangster dramas have been spaced out, but somewhere, the films in which I played the bad guy were extremely successful, so people are under the impression that I play only such roles. I call it selective amnesia. -Ajith Kumar

Trump wants to be the first American tsar. With his hero worship of Putin, his admiration for the apparent omnipotence of the Kremlin, schoolboyish crush on Putin's gangster swagger and his contempt for democracy, Trump wants to rule with his family, taking decisions purely because he's right about everything like a tsar. -Simon Sebag Montefiore

I'm an emotional gangster. I cry once every month. -Cardi B

The laws of the lowly gangster govern Qaddafi and his sons. -Hisham Matar

I have always been against the gangster as hero. -Ruby Dee

If you are black on television, you are probably going to be some kind of thug, gangster, or portrayed in a negative light. If you are some type of Muslim, you are going to be blowing stuff up. If you are Hispanic, you are going to be some type of gangbanger. I've felt like this for years. -Charles Barkley

I love country music, but I also love gangster rap. -Anderson East

I'm the gorgeous gangster. -Cam'ron

Where is Conor? He wanna fight with a bus. I want to fight with a real gangster. Iaquinta, thank you so much. -Khabib Nurmagomedov

I think when people think of Compton, of course, they always think of gangster rap. But if you ever had an opportunity to go to Compton, you would know that Compton is a beautiful city. -Aja Brown

The perpetuation of gangster rap has really put a negative image on the city of Compton… So I look forward to addressing that image, changing it and making it more accurate. -Aja Brown

I never quite lived up to the image of the black man as I saw it growing up. I was never listening to the right music at the right time or wearing the right clothes at the right time. I was still listening to Michael Jackson, and everyone had sort of moved on to gangster rap. Alanis Morissette when everyone else was listening to En Vogue. -Justin Simien

'The Godfather' is the talismanic giant that hangs over everything in the gangster genre. -James Watkins

We want 'McMafia' to be a tense gangster story but also a family story. It's a collusion of those two worlds. -James Watkins

I remember my first thing was 'CSI: Miami.' I played a Cuban gangster. And that was it. I was like, 'Wow, I don't have to clean toilets.' I could actually dress up and get paid equivalent to that. So that was my introduction into the Hollywood industry. -Richard Cabral

Homeboy Industries is a healing center for broken children. I was a broken child, and they showed me how to put all those pieces back together. It's not about being a gangster. It's about being a man or a woman trying to recover and live better. -Richard Cabral

Music fills peoples with life. It doesn't have to be a 'happy song.' If you have that one song that relates to you, whether it's a sad song or a gangster song, whatever relates to you the most in that moment, it can literally get you through the day. -Kyle

Roles constantly have to be redefined in any form of entertainment. Look back at the gangster pics of the 1930s and 1940s and the way James Cagney or Humphrey Bogart would play the part. These roles were redefined in the 1970s by Al Pacino and Rober DeNiro. And again in the 1990s by Gary Oldman and Anthony Hopkins. -Paul Heyman

If you lose your house and your life savings to a broker, you'd probably throw them in the same category as the worst gangsters in history. Everybody's definition of carnage and evil is different. -Terence Winter

I was always interested in the 1920s and the gangster world, in general. -Terence Winter

There's a certain type of person drawn to the gangster world, and they're generally young men who were predisposed to violence and risk-taking, who like to make a lot of money quickly and wear flashy clothes. -Terence Winter

I used to tell my friends, 'Art Blakey is way more gangster than Eazy-E!' I ended up getting my friends into jazz, and all of a sudden there was this little group of kids in the middle of South Central that were all into hard-bop. -Kamasi Washington

I wasn't fully aware of the things that Madlib did musically, but my manager put me up on game. I'm not gonna act like I was a Madlib head when I wasn't. I didn't understand a lot of it at first. But it opened my mind to some things, and it's me bringing that gangster element to things that he does. It's like a perfect marriage. -Freddie Gibbs

I'm trying to bring gangster rap back to the forefront, like in the early '90s. -Freddie Gibbs

My core thing is gangster rap, but a lot of my music is melodic and carries a message of survival. -Freddie Gibbs

I couldn't get roles as bad guys. They could see John Travolta as a gangster but not me, really. But, you know, that's just how things are. -Sinbad

If you want street fight, let's go. If you want boxing, I show you. But people think I am, like, gangster. No. Ring is different world. Very dangerous. -Gennady Golovkin

I'm not a gangster. I'm a musician. -Mike Dean

The thing that was fascinating and frustrating about Pac was that he clearly knew better than to go down the gangster road that he went down. Pac knew – and he was right – that thug energy could be redirected into fearless positivity. -Cheo Hodari Coker

You are not going to silence me. You are not going to silence America. You are literally like a little gangster thug. Rubio just threatened to silence me. -Alex Jones

Jacare is a gangster. He's been in the game for a long time. -Luke Rockhold

Accosting somebody in public can be regrettable. Accosting a gangster can be hazardous. -Chael Sonnen

In 'Vagabond,' I'm acting like a gangster; it's very tough. I have to use my body for action scenes, and there is nothing gentlemanly about this character at all. -Lee Seung-gi

If you look at my acting career, I never played a role that was similar to anything my brother played. I was always cast as the bad guy or a gangster, because my brother didn't do those kind of roles. -Charlie Murphy

I've been into clothes since I was a kid, going to garage raves and seeing all the Tottenham gangsters wearing Moschino and Versace; I just always had a passion for it. -Skepta

I originally got my name after a gun because the way I rap; a gangster gave me the name in 1988. -Tech N9ne

You don't have to be a gangster rapper to be successful. You can do anything. -YG

I got into an argument with someone because I said I think 2Pac will be regarded as a great poet. They said he was just a punk gangster. People said the same thing about Francois Villon, and he's now considered the best French Romantic poet of all time. -Scott Glenn

We get the impression through film and TV that Americans are violent gangsters with guns or upper-middle-class people in romcoms. I really liked the people. They were really warm. They could have been Brits. I mean that in the nicest possible way. -David Jason

Hip-hop is not about crime. Hip-hop is not about being a gangster. -KRS-One

Our Bollywood industry works in such a way that when an actor is seen in a gangster's role, he is offered similar roles. -Pankaj Tripathi

I prefer comedy, as I have to act while playing a gangster. I have to put in a lot of effort to turn into a gangster, as I am not like that in real life. In comedy, one doesn't have to take up such stress. -Pankaj Tripathi

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