The Gangster movie genre has an extra layer of grit which takes a certain type of movie director to make a masterpiece out of. When it comes to mob movies, these are the movie directors who know exactly what the crowd wants, and the box office response proved it. Here are the greatest gangster film movie directors in Hollywood’s history.

Martin Scorcese

  • Famous for directing the films The Departed, The Wolf on Wall Street, Goodfellas and Shutter Island.
  • Notable awards; Won an Oscar for The Departed and nominated for 10 others for films which included The Wolf on Wall Street, Hugo, The Aviator, Gangs of New York, The Age of Innocence, Goodfellas, The Last Temptation of Christ and Raging bull. Won 4 Golden Globes and was nominated for 5 more.

Francis Ford Coppola

  • Famous for directing the films The Godfather and The Godfather Part II, The Godfather Part III and Apocalypse Now.
  • Notable awards; 7 Oscars for the Godfather films and another 9 nominations. 4 Golden Globe awards as well as a further 7 nominations.

Raoul Walsh

  • Famous for directing the films High Sierra, White Heat, The Thief of Bagdad and The Roaring Twenties.
  • Notable awards; A Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, a Kinemo Junpo Award and 6 other nominations.

Howard Hawks

  • Famous for directing the films Scarface, Rio Bravo, The Big Sleep, His Girl Friday and Bringing Up Baby.
  • Notable awards; Won an Academy Award in 1975 for being “A master American filmmaker whose creative efforts hold a distinguished place in world cinema.” Also nominated for another Oscar, as well as for 3 Directors’ Guild of America awards. He was also nominated for 2 Laurel awards and won a spot in the Online Film and Television association Hall of Fame.

William Wellman

  • Famous for directing the films The Ox-Bow Incident, The Public Enemy, A Star is Born and Battleground.
  • Notable awards; An Oscar for A Star is Born, and 3 Academy Award nominations.