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Top Grossing Gangster Movies

Hollywood has long had a love affair with the world of organized crime. The sex, drugs, greed and violence were seemingly made for film.

It all started in 1932, when the original "Scarface," directed by Howard Hawks and produced by Howard Hughes, hit the big screen. Censors demanded the subtitle “The Shame of the Nation” be added so filmgoers wouldn’t view the movie as a glorification of gangster life. So much for that.

"Scarface" was the most violent film of its time, and set the bar high for future gang-related movies.

Here, we take a look at a full baker's dozen of the most successful gangster movies of all time based on inflation-adjusted box office sales.

Posted 25 July, 2011
By Constance Parten, Senior Producer

Photo: Cover: Paramount Pictures | Moviepix | Getty Images