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Guy Ritchie’s Best Gangster Movies, Ranked

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English director, producer, and screenwriter Guy Ritchie put himself back on the filmmaking map when he came out with his adaptation of Sherlock. Robert Downey Jr. was cast in the classic role of Sherlock Holmes, and the film’s positive reception inspired a slew of sequels, including one set to be released in 2022. However, before Sherlock, Ritchie actually was better known for his British gangster movies; his feature film debut, Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels was a black comedy crime movie. Outside of a high-profile marriage to singer Madonna, these crime movies form the basis of what will be his legacy in the movie world.

In recent years, Disney also turned to his talents to direct the live adaptation of Aladdin. After recently signing with WME, per Variety, Ritchie will be returning sometime in the near future with an untitled action and thriller project, but, until then, fans can savor his previous content: a filmography that includes quite a few gangster movies. These are his best gangster movies, ranked.

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2005’s Revolver made have had bad press among the critics and may not have performed well at the box office, but it managed to capture the hearts of fans to attain cult status. The movie was heavily based on the methodologies of Kabbalah, a branch of thought in Jewish mysticism. A gangster finds himself released from prison after seven years, and when he and his brother turn up at a gangster’s casino, believing that he owes something to them, chaos breaks out. When he discovers a method to trick anyone in any game or scenario, it increases his odds of achieving the revenge he seeks against those who have wronged him.

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RocknRolla featured an all-star cast including Gerard Butler, Idris Elba, and Tom Wilkinson, among several other well-known actors. A mob boss who controls almost all of London’s real estate business (Wilkinson) finds himself at odds with a Russian billionaire seeking a specific land deal. For 7 million Euros, the billionaire agrees to bribe the local council for a piece of that land, but he is double-crossed, and a group known as the Wild Bunch steals all the money. Almost a copy-paste of several of Ritchie’s other films, including a cockney protagonist, RocknRolla is formulaic but still entertaining.

The Gentlemen was Guy Ritchie’s first foray back into the world of gangs after a brief hiatus on that kind of storytelling — his last gangster film before this was RocknRolla, released 11 years prior. Starring Matthew McConaughey, Charlie Hunnam, Henry Golding, and Colin Farrell, the story begins when a magazine editor hires a private investigator to sniff out some details on a big name in the cannabis world and his connections to England’s elite. Once a promising young American student on a Rhodes Scholarship, Pearson’s origins seem humble, but then his story slowly becomes darker the deeper he gets into the industry. It only gets weirder from there. The Gentlemen does not do much to distinguish itself from Ritchie’s previous work, proving itself to his core fanbase.

Wrath of Man is Guy Ritchie’s most recent film, as it was released in 2021. A crime thriller, its story is splintered into four different parts to show how one catalyst led to all of these events occurring. In one storyline, an armored truck is mugged, and a man named Patrick (Jason Statham) applies for a job at a security company. When he is forced to confront the robbers himself, something peculiar happens, leading the viewers down a spiral, winding path twisting and turning on what is the truth and what happened here.

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