The Most Famous Gangster: Ranking the Legends of Mob Culture

Choose the Gangster you think is the most famous!

Author: Gregor Krambs
Jun 16, 2023 10:18 (Updated on Nov 20, 2023 11:02)
Step right up and take part in the ultimate showdown of infamous outlaws, as StrawPoll proudly presents the most anticipated ranking in the world of crime - "Who is the most famous gangster?" Cast your vote and have your say in this thrilling battle of notoriety, where the most notorious mobsters, kingpins, and criminal masterminds face off for the title of the ultimate gangster. Will it be the legendary Al Capone or the elusive Pablo Escobar? Or perhaps you have a dark horse in mind who deserves a spot on this perilous pedestal? Don't miss your chance to rewrite the history books and make your opinion count! Vote now, or even suggest a missing option, as we delve into the shadowy underworld of the most infamous gangsters of all time. The power is in your hands - choose wisely!

Who Is the Most Famous Gangster?

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    Al Capone is the most notorious gangster of the Prohibition era, responsible for multiple murders and running a vast criminal empire in Chicago.
    Al Capone in other rankings
  2. 2
    John Gotti
    FBI New York · Public domain
    John Gotti - the "Teflon Don" of the Gambino crime family, known for his flamboyant style and ruthless tactics.
    John Gotti in other rankings
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    Lucky Luciano is considered the father of modern organized crime, he helped create the National Crime Syndicate and was a key figure in the Italian-American Mafia.
    Lucky Luciano in other rankings
  4. 4
    Pablo Escobar
    Colombian National Police · Public domain
    Pablo Escobar - the leader of the Medellin Cartel, responsible for smuggling massive amounts of cocaine into the US and orchestrating countless murders.
    Pablo Escobar in other rankings
  5. 5
    Meyer Lansky is a Jewish-American gangster who helped establish the modern Las Vegas casino industry and was a key figure in the National Crime Syndicate.
  6. 6
    Carlo Gambino
    New York Police Department · Public domain
    Carlo Gambino is the boss of the Gambino crime family, one of the most powerful Mafia organizations in history.
    Carlo Gambino in other rankings
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    Tony Soprano is while a fictional character, Tony Soprano from the HBO series The Sopranos is perhaps the most famous portrayal of a gangster in popular culture.
    Tony Soprano in other rankings
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    Bugsy Siegel
    New York Police Department · Public domain
    Bugsy Siegel is a key figure in the development of Las Vegas and founder of the Flamingo Casino, Siegel was also a notorious hitman for the Mafia.
    Bugsy Siegel in other rankings
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    Whitey Bulger is the leader of the Winter Hill Gang in Boston, Bulger was a ruthless killer and FBI informant who spent years on the run before being captured in 2011.
    Whitey Bulger in other rankings
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    Frank Costello is the boss of the Luciano crime family, Costello was a master of political corruption and a key figure in the National Crime Syndicate.
    Frank Costello in other rankings

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About this ranking

This is a community-based ranking of the most famous gangster. We do our best to provide fair voting, but it is not intended to be exhaustive. So if you notice something or Gangster is missing, feel free to help improve the ranking!


  • 240 votes
  • 10 ranked items

Voting Rules

A participant may cast an up or down vote for each Gangster once every 24 hours. The rank of each Gangster is then calculated from the weighted sum of all up and down votes.

More information on most famous gangster

The world of organized crime has always held a certain fascination for people. From the glamour and violence of the Prohibition Era to the modern-day drug cartels, the criminal underworld has produced some of the most notorious figures in history. One of the most iconic and enduring figures of this world is the gangster. These charismatic and ruthless individuals operate outside the law, using violence, intimidation, and bribery to control their territories and amass wealth and power. From the classic mobsters of the 1920s and 30s to the modern-day drug lords, there have been many contenders for the title of "most famous gangster." In this section, we will explore the lives and legacies of some of the most notorious figures in the criminal underworld, and examine what makes them such enduring cultural icons.

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