Gangsters are among some of the most dangerous men and women in the world. They are part of organized crime groups who are either involved in drugs, theft, murder or a combination of all three and more, to gain profit and power. The world and Hollywood have seen an abundance of these men and woman over the years and it's now time to put that knowledge to the test. Just how many real and fictional gangsters can you name from just a picture?
Because of their popularity in real life, many Hollywood movie producers took inspiration from what actually happened and put it into film. Enter movies like "Scarface," "The Godfather," "The Public Enemy," and "Invisible Stripes." Some of these movies have gone down in history as some of the most successful of not just the gangster genre, but of all movies in the world.
Hollywood's gangster movie success, in turn, inspired many criminals to try to pull off the heists portrayed in the films. And although not many succeeded, a few did go down in history. They include Joaquin Archivaldo Guzman, Griselda Blanco, and John Gotti, all of whom are in this quiz. Are you enough of a fan to recognize them all?
Portrayed by Marlon Brando and Robert DeNiro, this notorious character is an orphaned Sicilian immigrant who eventually builds a mafia empire.
Known by his nickname, "Scarface," this American crime boss led the Chicago Outfit as its leader for seven years.
Portrayed by Al Pacino, this fictional character serves as the protagonist in the 1983 American film, "Scarface."
This Depression-era American gangster was, along with his gang, accused of robbing 24 banks.
Michael Corleone was the protagonist of the three Godfather films, and in 2003, was recognized as the eleventh most iconic villain in film history.
Daniel Day-Lewis portrays gang leader William "the Butch Bill" Cutting who leads his gang the, "Protestant," against their rivals the "Dead Rabbits."
Anthony John "Tony" Soprano is Italian-American fictional character, and the protagonist of the HBO hit show, "The Sopranos."
After spending 16 years in hiding, this Boston crime boss is currently serving time on multiple charges, including murder and racketeering.
John Gotti was an Italian-American mafia boss who, after living a life of poverty, rose to power as the head of the Gambino crime family in New York City.
Pablo Escobar was a Colombian drug lord who was dubbed "The King of Cocaine" and was one of the richest criminals in history.
George Kelly Barnes was a prohibition-era gangster who earned his nickname due to his preference for the weapon used during his crimes.
This American mobster was the leader of the North Side Gang and the main rival of Al Capone and Johnny Torrio during the Chicago bootlegging wars.
Christopher Moltisanti is a member of the DiMeo crime family. He rose through the ranks from associate to caporegime through the duration of the series.
Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel was a Jewish-American who, during his time as a mobster, founded and led the Murder Inc. organized crime group.
This Sicilian-American mobster was the head of the Chicago Outfit gang from 1957 until his death in 1966.
Joe Pantoliano portrayed the emotionally unstable Ralph Cifaretto who made his debut in the third season of "The Sopranos."
This Puerto Rican drug lord is the head of a major drug trafficking organization that produced 90 produced of cocaine in Puerto Rico.
American mobster Henry Hill was known for his association with the FBI as an informant whose testimony led to 50 convictions of various criminals.
Griselda Blanco, dubbed "The Cocaine Godmother," was a ruthless Colombian drug lord and the head of the Medellín Cartel.
This fictional character, played by actor Ron Perlman, is the main antagonist in the hit FX television series, "Sons of Anarchy."
Russell "Stringer" Bell, depicted by Idris Elba, is the second-in-command of drug kingpin Avon Barksdale in the TV series, "The Wire."
Roman Moronie was the nightclub owner and rival and of local crime boss Jocko Dundee in the 1984 American movie, "Johnny Dangerously."
Played by Wood Harris, this character is depicted as the head of the Barksdale Organization and one of the most powerful drug dealers in Baltimore.
Salvatore Vincent "Sal" Maroni is a fictional DC comic character, portrayed by David Zayas in the first season of the Fox TV series, "Gotham."
Enoch Malachi "Nucky" Thompson is the protagonist of the HBO TV show, "Boardwalk Empire," who lives a double life as a politician and a gangster.
This recurring character made his debut in the third season of "Justified" as the leader of the Noble's Holler.
This Italian-American crime boss was considered the father of organized crime due to his role in the development of the Commission of the American Mafia.
Frank Lucas is an American former drug trafficker who was known particularly for his claims of smuggling heroin in the coffins of dead soldiers.
Vinnie Terranova, the protagonist of the series, is an undercover agent who infiltrates criminal organizations in order to gain information.
Joseph Colombo was an Italian-American crime boss who served as the head of the Colombo crime family from 1962 until his death in 1978.
Played by Tony Sirico, this fictional character is depicted as a soldier turned underboss for the DiMeo crime family in the HBO TV series, "The Sopranos."
This Sicilian-born American Mafioso was the leader of the Gambino crime family and, for a short time, the head of the Commission of the American Mafia.
Portrayed by Michael Kenneth Williams, Albert "Chalky" White is a powerful African-American gangster based in Atlantic City.
Nicknamed "The Prime Minister," this Italian-American became one of the most influential and powerful mobsters in American history.
Fish Mooney, played by Jada Pinkett Smith, is a fictional character who served as Carmine Falcone's lieutenant during the first season of "Gotham."
Amado Fuentes is a Mexican drug lord, who, after personally assassinating his boss, became the new head of the Juárez Cartel.
James Burke is an American gangster and associate of the Lucchese crime family. He was believed to be the mastermind behind the 1978 Lufthansa heist.
Nicknamed "The Mob's Accountant," Meyer Lansky was a major organized crime figure who is considered one of the most financially successful mobsters in American history.
Actor Michael Chiklis portrays the corrupt officer Vic Mackey, who is known for his illegal methods and tactics in order to apprehend criminals.
This fictional character is a ruthless drug lord who uses several legitimate businesses as a cover for his drug operations.
Voiced by Joe Mantegna, this recurring character of the animated series, "The Simpsons," is a gangster and underboss in the Springfield Mafia.
Michael Stuhlbarg has portrayed real-life mobster Arnold Rothstein in the HBO series, "Boardwalk Empire," for more than four seasons.
In the Fox TV series, "Gotham," this DC comic character is depicted by John Doman as a powerful and influential Mafia Don in Gotham City.
Dubbed "The Ant," this American mobster worked as an enforcer for the Chicago Outfit. His job was to oversee the gang's illegal casino profits.
This former Colombian drug lord was the co-founder of the Medellin Cartel and is currently imprisoned in the United States.
This Italian-American mobster was the leader of the Genovese crime family and was known as "The Boss of all Bosses" from 1957 to 1958.
The Donbot, voiced by Maurice LaMarche, is the leader of the three-member Robot Mafia crime syndicate in the animated series, "Futurama."
In the TV series, "Gotham," Robin Lord Taylor portrays a young Oswald "The Penguin" Cobblepot, who rises through the ranks from an underling to a major crime boss.
Known as "El Chapo" due to his short stature, Joaquin Loera is a Mexican drug lord and the head of the Sinaloa Cartel.
Vincent "Mad Dog" Coll was an Irish-American prohibition-era gangster who served as a hitman for Dutch Schultz.