American Gangsters

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Rank the Most Wicked American Gangsters

 1 Al Capone

Al Capone
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Famous As: Gangster
Birthdate: January 17, 1899
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Died: January 25, 1947

Al Capone, also known by the nickname Scarface, was one of the most notorious American gangsters who controlled the organised crime in Chicago between 1925 and 1931. He was known for violence and cruelty in eliminating rival gang members, the most infamous incident being the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre. His life inspired numerous books and films.

 2 Henry Hill

Henry Hill
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Famous As: Criminal
Birthdate: June 11, 1943
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: June 12, 2012
Henry Hill was a mobster from New York’s Lucchese crime family, who later testified against his former associates. His life inspired the book Wiseguy: Life in a Mafia Family and the film Goodfellas. He was associated with crimes such as gambling, drug trafficking, and high-profile robberies at the JFK Airport.
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 3 Frank Lucas

Frank Lucas
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Famous As: Drug Trafficker
Birthdate: September 9, 1930
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Died: May 30, 2019
Frank Lucas was a notorious drug trafficker from the 1960s and the 1970s. Legends state that he bought drugs from the "Golden Triangle" and smuggled them into the U.S. using the coffins of servicemen. His 70-year prison sentence was commuted to a 5-year sentence, after he became an informant.

 4 Michael Franzese

Michael Franzese
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Famous As: Crime Boss
Birthdate: May 27, 1951
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

Michael Franzese's story of being an influential member of the Colombo crime family to becoming a motivational speaker and writer inspired several works of art, including Martin Scorsese's 1990 film Goodfellas where he was played by actor Joseph Bono. In 1986, he was named in Fortune magazine's list of Fifty Most Wealthy and Powerful Mafia Bosses.

 5 Bugsy Siegel

Bugsy Siegel
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Famous As: Mobster
Birthdate: February 28, 1906
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: June 20, 1947

Notorious mobster Bugsy Siegel held significant influence within the Italian-American Mafia and was regarded as a “celebrity gangster.” Good-looking and charismatic, he was an enigmatic figure. He played a key role in the development of the Las Vegas Strip. Noted for his prowess with guns, he met a grisly end when he was shot dead in 1947.

 6 Frank Costello

Frank Costello
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Famous As: Crime Boss
Birthdate: January 26, 1891
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: February 18, 1973

Frank Costello was an Italian-American kingpin of the famous Luciano crime family. After serving as a trusted consigliere for the Luciano crime family under Lucky Luciano, Costello became acting boss in 1937 when underboss Genovese fled to Italy, while Luciano was imprisoned. However, he retired in 1957 to avoid an altercation with Genovese, who wanted to rule the crime family.

 7 Anthony Salerno

Anthony Salerno
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Famous As: Mobster
Birthdate: August 15, 1911
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Died: July 27, 1992
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 8 Stanley Williams

Stanley Tookie Williams
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Famous As: Murderer
Birthdate: December 29, 1953
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Died: December 13, 2005

 9 Mickey Cohen

Mickey Cohen
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Famous As: Gangster
Birthdate: September 4, 1913
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Died: July 29, 1976

Mickey Cohen was a gangster who became involved with the Chicago Outfit before running multiple businesses like casinos, nightclubs, gas stations, and floral shops. His association with the underworld and his violent methods make him a popular choice for gangster character in crime films; he has been portrayed by popular actors in films like Bugsy, L.A. Confidential, and Gangster Squad.

 10 Anthony Spilotro

Anthony Spilotro
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Famous As: Mobster
Birthdate: May 19, 1938
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: June 14, 1986
Anthony Spilotro, or Tony the Ant, was a gangster who was part of the Chicago Outfit. He led the Hole in the Wall Gang, which he had created in Las Vegas, and also managed the illegal casino business of the Outfit. He ended up being murdered by his opponents.

 11 Salvatore Maranzano

Salvatore Maranzano
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Famous As: Mafia Boss
Birthdate: July 31, 1886
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Died: September 10, 1931
Italian crime lord Salvatore Maranzano was associated with the organized crime sector of Castellammare del Golfo of Sicily. A Cosa Nostra leader, he later joined the Bonanno Crime Family of New York. He initiated the Castellammarese War and formed New York’s Five Families. Lucky Luciano got him murdered.

 12 Dutch Schultz

Dutch Schultz
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Famous As: Gangster
Birthdate: August 6, 1901
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Died: October 24, 1935
American mobster Dutch Schultz had a difficult childhood and grew up to control the New York-based bootlegging and the numbers racket businesses. He was threatened by mobster Lucky Luciano’s gang and also faced two tax evasion trials. His attempt to kill prosecutor Thomas Dewey got him murdered by the Commission.

 13 Paul Vario

Paul Vario
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Famous As: Gangster
Birthdate: July 9, 1914
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: May 3, 1988
Paul Vario was an American gangster belonging to the New York-based Vario Crew of the Lucchese crime family. He and his brothers owned a number of legitimate businesses, including a restaurant, which served as a cover for their illegal dealings. He was eventually convicted of fraud and extortion.

 14 Danny Greene

Danny Greene
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Famous As: Gangster
Birthdate: November 14, 1933
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
Died: October 6, 1977

Mobster Danny Greene was an associate of Cleveland-based gangster John Nardi in the 1970s’ gang war, in which they set off car bombs. Greene served as the president of the International Longshoremen's Association and also had his own gang, named the Celtic Club. He was assassinated in a car-bomb attack.

 15 Roy DeMeo

Roy DeMeo
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Famous As: Gangster
Birthdate: September 7, 1942
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Died: January 10, 1983

Roy DeMeo was an Italian-American gangster in the Gambino crime family of New York City. He was the leader of the DeMeo crew, a gang notorious for committing a series of brutal murders. He was involved in various illegal endeavors and was a silent partner in a peep show/prostitution establishment. His bullet-ridden body was found under mysterious circumstances in 1983. 

 16 Carmine Persico

Carmine Persico
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Famous As: Boss of the Colombo Crime Family
Birthdate: August 8, 1933
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Died: March 7, 2019

Gangster and mafia boss Carmine Persico, also known as The Snake, Junior, and Immortal, led the New York-based Colombo crime family for a long time. He had been convicted for a number of crimes, including racketeering and loan-sharking and was serving a 139-year sentence when he died in 2019.

 17 Johnny Torrio

Johnny Torrio
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Famous As: Gangster
Birthdate: January 20, 1882
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Died: April 16, 1957

 18 Sam Giancana

Sam Giancana
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Famous As: Mobster
Birthdate: June 15, 1908
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: June 19, 1975

Sam Giancana was an American gangster. From 1957 to 1966, Giancana was the boss of the Chicago Outfit. He played a major role in the Central Intelligence Agency's plot to kill Cuban leader Fidel Castro as the CIA sought his help in their bid to assassinate Castro. Over the years, Giancana has been depicted in films, TV series, and literature.

 19 Carmine Galante

Carmine Galante
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Famous As: Drug Trafficker
Birthdate: February 21, 1910
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: July 12, 1979

 20 Anthony Provenzano

Anthony Provenzano
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Famous As: Gangster
Birthdate: May 7, 1917
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: December 12, 1988
Anthony Provenzano, better known as Tony Pro, was a caporegime of the New Jersey faction of the Genovese crime family. He was close to Jimmy Hoffa, the director of the labor union Teamsters Union. The 2019  Martin Scorsese movie The Irishman featured actor Stephen Graham in Provenzano’s role. 

 21 Joseph Colombo

Joseph Colombo
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Famous As: Mafia Boss
Birthdate: June 16, 1923
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: May 22, 1978

 22 Joseph Massino

Joseph Massino
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Famous As: Criminal
Birthdate: January 10, 1943
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

 23 Ma Barker

Ma Barker
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Famous As: Matriarch of the Barker Family
Birthdate: October 8, 1873
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Died: January 16, 1935

 24 Frank Capone

Frank Capone
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Famous As: Mobster, Gangster
Birthdate: July 16, 1895
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: April 1, 1924

 25 Tony Accardo

Tony Accardo
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Famous As: Gangster
Birthdate: April 28, 1906
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: May 22, 1992

 26 Sundance Kid

Sundance Kid
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Famous As: Criminal
Birthdate: 1867 AD
Nationality: American
Died: November 7, 1908

 27 Nicodemo Scarfo

Nicodemo Scarfo
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Famous As: Gangster
Birthdate: March 8, 1929
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: January 13, 2017

 28 Aniello Dellacroce

Aniello Dellacroce
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Famous As: Gangster
Birthdate: March 15, 1914
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: December 2, 1985

 29 Joseph Valachi

Joseph Valachi
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Famous As: Gangster
Birthdate: September 22, 1903
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Died: April 3, 1971

 30 Frank Cullotta

Frank Cullotta
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Famous As: Gangster
Birthdate: December 14, 1938
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Died: August 20, 2020

 31 Dean O'Banion

Dean O'Banion
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Famous As: Mobster
Birthdate: July 8, 1892
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: November 10, 1924

 32 Philip Testa

Philip Testa
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Famous As: Mafia Boss
Birthdate: April 21, 1924
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: March 15, 1981

 33 Giuseppe Morello

Giuseppe Morello
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Famous As: Criminal
Birthdate: May 2, 1867
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: August 15, 1930

 34 Abe Reles

Abe Reles
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Famous As: Mobster
Birthdate: May 10, 1906
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: November 12, 1941

 35 Buck Barrow

Buck Barrow
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Famous As: Gangster
Birthdate: March 14, 1903
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: July 29, 1933

 36 Pat DiCicco

Pat DiCicco
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Famous As: Producer
Birthdate: February 14, 1909
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: October 24, 1978

 37 Louis Buchalter

Louis Buchalter
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Famous As: Gangster
Birthdate: February 6, 1897
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: March 4, 1944

 38 Joseph Barboza

Joseph Barboza
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Famous As: Mobster
Birthdate: September 20, 1932
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Died: February 11, 1976

 39 Dominick Cirillo

Dominick Cirillo
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Famous As: Criminal
Birthdate: July 4, 1929
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 40 Roger Touhy

Roger Touhy
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Famous As: Crime boss
Birthdate: September 18, 1898
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Died: December 16, 1959