Special Report

The Worst Gangster Films of All Time

Source: Courtesy of Touchstone Home Video

25. Playing God (1997)
> IMDb user rating: 5.6/10 (7,570 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 33% (9,697 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 16% (32 reviews)
> Directed by: Andy Wilson

David Duchovny plays a decertified surgeon who becomes the personal doctor for a gangster (Timothy Hutton). Gene Siskel of the Chicago Tribune said “David Duchovny is absolutely charming in a movie that combines medicine and crime and ultimately wears out its welcome by being too cute and repetitive with its throwaway humor.”

Source: Courtesy of Universal Pictures

24. Renegades (1989)
> IMDb user rating: 5.4/10 (3,527 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 28% (5,309 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 20% (5 reviews)
> Directed by: Jack Sholder

Keifer Sutherland portrays an undercover Philadelphia cop forced to take part in a robbery that leads to fatalities. Lou Diamond Phillips appears as the brother of one of those killed who teams with Sutherland to seek vengeance. Critic Scott Weinberg of eFilmCritic.com dismissed the movie as “another mismatched cop adventure.”

Source: Courtesy of Warner Bros.

23. City Heat (1984)
> IMDb user rating: 5.5/10 (9,700 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 24% (6,162 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 22% (18 reviews)
> Directed by: Richard Benjamin

Clint Eastwood and Burt Reynolds are two cops out to avenge the death of another policeman (Richard Roundtree). Jane Alexander is their love interest. What could go wrong with a movie with that kind of cast? Apparently almost everything: Dave Kehr of the Chicago Reader said “Under the direction of last-minute replacement Richard Benjamin, the results are insufferable — grotesque, chaotic, demoralized.”

Source: Courtesy of Orion Pictures

22. 8 Heads in a Duffel Bag (1997)
> IMDb user rating: 5.4/10 (10,281 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 35% (21,311 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 10% (20 reviews)
> Directed by: Tom Schulman

The title almost says it all. In this comedy, Joe Pesci plays a mobster transporting the severed heads of rivals and his duffel bag gets mixed up with that of a medical student. This was director Tom Schulman’s lowest-rated film by Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score.

Source: Courtesy of A24

21. Revenge of the Green Dragons (2014)
> IMDb user rating: 5.3/10 (3,944 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 30% (1,118 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 15% (26 reviews)
> Directed by: Andrew Lau & Andrew Loo

Andrew Lau and Andrew Loo directed this tale of two young men rising through the ranks of a Chinese-American gang in New York. Jordan Hoffman of the New York Daily News called the film a Chinese-American “Goodfellas” that failed.

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