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The Best Movies About Al Capone, Ranked

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Al Capone is arguably the most notorious mobster/gangster in the history of the United States. From his vast Chicago empire, to bootlegging, to the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, Capone did it all and experienced it all in his life. Along with America’s morbid obsession with murder, crime, and more (as shown by shows such as The First 48 and Dateline) Al Capone has created a life so full of shocking moments and milestones that filmmakers and producers have pounced upon for ideas.

Many films have been made about Al Capone, or have been based around Al Capone. Scarface, starring Al Pacino, or the self-named film Capone from 2020, starring Tom Hardy; the list for Capone movies is long and star-studded. Most have cemented themselves in pop culture and cinema history; others have massive critical acclaim and star attraction. Nonetheless, here are the best movies about Al Capone, ranked.

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The first film on Al Capone released just a mere twelve years after his death, is 1959’s Al Capone, starring Rod Seiger. It follows the beginning and rise of Capone’s life in the mafia, along with his expansion of his criminal empire. Featuring the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, dealings with infamous mobsters such as Bugs Moran and Johnny Torrio, and Capone’s time in the notorious Alcatraz prison, Al Capone was the forefather of how such biopics that followed would handle the legend of the man. The film has generally positive reviews, both at the time of its release and in the current day and age (6.7/10 on IMDB and 60% on Rotten Tomatoes), and made a profit at the box office.

What could be better than a film with one legendary gangster? A film with two legendary gangsters, and that’s exactly what Hillwood Entertainment did with 1995’s Dillinger and Capone. Featuring Martin Sheen and F. Murray Abraham in the titular roles, Dillinger and Capone is a fictional imaging, in which Al Capone blackmails John Dillinger (who doesn’t die in the Biograph Theater shooting, and is retired) into pulling a mafia heist with him. A truly unique concept for gangster films, Dillinger and Capone did not live up to the hype for critics and audiences, with the film receiving 5/10 in IMDB, and 41% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Getting into the grittiness of Capone’s career, director Roger Corman takes Capone’s most infamous event, and in turn gives audiences one of the best gangster films of the modern film era. Starring Jason Robards Jr, Dick Miller, and Jack Nicholson, the movie chronicles the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre in a docu-drama style, showing the events leading up to the event, while mixing in fictitious scenes to build out suspense and more. Though it was a box office bomb ($1.7 million USD made off of a $2.5 million USD budget), it was well-received by critics, being ranked #7 in Empire Magazine’s Top 20 gangster films of all time, and receiving both a 6.6/10 on IMDB and an 89% on Rotten Tomatoes.

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