Italian Gangsters

Rank the Most Wicked Italian Gangsters

Right IconThis ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

 1 
Carlo Gambino
(Italian-American Crime Boss of the Gambino Crime Family)
Carlo Gambino
16
Birthdate: August 24, 1902
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Palermo, Italy
Died: October 15, 1976

Carlo Gambino was an Italian-American kingpin of the famous Gambino crime family. He took over the Commission of the Mafia after the incarceration of Vito Genovese in 1959. Although he was involved in organized crime for more than five decades, he was imprisoned for only 22 months for a tax evasion charge. Carlo Gambino is often portrayed in crime films.

 2 
Joe Gallo
(Mobster)
Joe Gallo
21
Birthdate: April 7, 1929
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: April 7, 1972

Italian-American gangster Joe Gallo, nicknamed "Crazy Joe,” was part of New York’s Colombo crime family. Initially an associate of the Profaci crime family, Gallo was later involved in the First Colombo War. He was suspected of launching an attack on Joseph Colombo and was shot dead on his 43rd birthday.

 3 
Vito Genovese
(American Mobster and Head of the Notorious 'Genovese Crime Family')
Vito Genovese
17
Birthdate: November 21, 1897
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Tufino, Italy
Died: February 14, 1969
Italian-born American mafia leader Vito Genovese was an associate of Lucky Luciano. Genovese was part of the Castellammarese War and was instrumental in the rise of organized crime in the U.S. He later led the Luciano crime family, which became known as the Genovese crime family.
Recommended Lists:
 4 
Albert Anastasia
(One of the Founders of the Modern American Mafia and Co-founder of 'Murder, Inc' Crime Group)
Albert Anastasia
14
Birthdate: February 26, 1902
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Parghelia, Italy
Died: October 25, 1957
Italian-American mobster Umberto "Albert" Anastasia, or Anastasio, co-founded the American Mafia and later co-established Murder, Inc. Nicknamed The One-Man Army, he later became the boss of the Gambino crime family and also began controlling the New York waterfront. He was killed on the orders of Carlo Gambino and Vito Genovese.
 5 
Salvatore Maranzano
(Italian-American Mobster, Mafia Boss)
Salvatore Maranzano
12
Birthdate: July 31, 1886
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Castellammare del Golfo, Italy
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.
 6 
Frank Nitti
(Italian-American Gangster and Body Guard of Al Capone)
Frank Nitti
14
Birthdate: January 27, 1886
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Angri, Italy
Died: March 19, 1943

Frank Nitti was an Italian born-American mobster and one of Al Capone's main henchmen. Renowned for his leadership skills, Nitti succeeded Al Capone to become the boss of the Chicago Outfit. His life and work inspired the 1988 biopic Nitti: The Enforcer.

 7 
Joseph Bonanno
(Italian-American Crime Boss of the Bonanno Crime Family)
Joseph Bonanno
11
Birthdate: January 18, 1905
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Castellammare del Golfo, Italy
Died: May 11, 2002

Italian-American crime boss Joseph Bonanno was the leader of the Bonanno crime family for almost four decades. Introduced to organized crime as a child, he proceeded to become one of the youngest-ever bosses of a crime family at just 26. He successfully evaded arrest for many decades. He lived a long life and became a writer in his later years.  

 8 
Johnny Torrio
(Gangster)
Johnny Torrio
16
Birthdate: January 20, 1882
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Irsina, Italy
Died: April 16, 1957
 9 
Joe Masseria
(Italian-American Mafia Boss of ‘Genovese Crime Family’)
Joe Masseria
16
Birthdate: January 17, 1887
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Menfi, Italy
Died: April 15, 1931

Joe Masseria was an Italian-American Mafia boss who controlled the Genovese crime family from 1922 to 1931. He was killed in the Castellammarese War, which was fought for control over illegal activities in New York City. Since his death, Joe Masseria has been portrayed in several films like The Valachi Papers, Lucky Luciano, Mobsters, and Lansky.

 10 
Russell Bufalino
(Gangster)
Russell Bufalino
10
Birthdate: September 29, 1903
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Montedoro, Sicily, Kingdom of Italy
Died: February 25, 1994
 11 
Ralph Capone
(Al Capone's Brother)
Ralph Capone
6
Birthdate: January 12, 1894
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Italy
Died: November 22, 1974

Ralph Capone, older brother of infamous gangsters Al and Frank Capone, was a mobster in his own right. He followed his brothers to Chicago, where he formed his own legitimate soft drink business, earning the nickname “Bottles.” His business was once second only to Coca-Cola in the non-alcoholic beverage market.

 12 
Vincent Mangano
(Criminal)
Vincent Mangano
7
Birthdate: March 28, 1888
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Villabate, Italy
Died: April 19, 1951
 13 
Gaetano Reina
(Gangster)
Gaetano Reina
4
Birthdate: September 27, 1889
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Corleone, Italy
Died: February 26, 1930
 14 
Michele Greco
(Murderer)
Michele Greco
5
Birthdate: May 12, 1924
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Ciaculli, Sicily, Italy
Died: February 13, 2008
 15 
Salvatore Riina
(Italian Mobster and Chief of the Sicilian Mafia)
Salvatore Riina
8
Birthdate: November 16, 1930
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Sicily, Italy
Died: November 17, 2017
 16 
Tommaso Buscetta
(Criminal)
Tommaso Buscetta
6
Birthdate: July 13, 1928
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Palermo, Sicily, Italy
Died: April 2, 2000
 17 
Domenico Cefalù
(Crime boss)
Domenico Cefalù
21
Birthdate: May 8, 1947
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Palermo, Sicily, Italy
 18 
Bernardo Provenzano
(Mobster and chief of the Sicilian Mafia clan)
Bernardo Provenzano
6
Birthdate: January 31, 1933
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Corleone, Italy
Died: July 13, 2016
 19 
Giovanni Brusca
(Italian Mobster)
Giovanni Brusca
13
Birthdate: February 20, 1957
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: San Giuseppe Jato, Italy