As any solid movie buff knows, there’s a certain number of ingredients that go into making a movie about gang life. Whether it be the mob or street gangs, a crucial component in the world of those violent killers and drug-runners is the women that love them. They’re usually bad dames, dumb broads, or diabolical femme fatales that navigate the underworld just as deftly as the man (or men) they’re screwing (or screwing).
And because of their love for the dark side, we love them right back.
I bravely delved into the underworld to return with the 10 Sexiest Gangster Girlfriends and a few images that should act as a helpful visual aid. Plus, some of the movies on this list are a few of the best gangland films ever made so it’s okay if you start geeking out over the movies instead of the women.
Grab your tommy gun and check out these gorgeous molls – now in glorious chronological order!
10. Kitty from The Public Enemy (1931)
Sure, Jean Harlow is the buxom blonde love interest Gwen in the film (which gives me an excuse to put images of her in the photo gallery), but Mae Clark‘s Kitty steals the show in the most iconic scene. Besides, she’s also Tom Powers’s (James Cagney) main squeeze. Which probably explains why he shoves a grapefruit into her face. Although women didn’t play much of a role in this film beyond being eye candy for vicious thugs and furthering the iconic moll figure, The Public Enemy still stands as one of the grandfather’s of all gangster flicks. Plus, it launched Cagney’s career in a major way.
9. Verna from White Heat (1949)
Proof that James Cagney is not only a major gangster film figure, but that he also attracts the hottest females, his character Cody Jarrett is married to Verna (played by Virginia Mayo). She proves to be a devil in disguise, taking out the only woman he ever loved – his mother. Perhaps it’s that murderous streak that makes Verna so sexy.
8. Bonnie Parker from Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
There’s no denying that Faye Dunaway is gorgeous, but it turns out that Faye Dunaway packing heat is even better. Bonnie gets bonus points for being a member of the gang and for often being more malicious than her lover Clyde Barrow (played by Warren Beatty).
7. Anna from Get Carter (1971)
Appearing very naked in certain parts of the film, Britt Ekland plays Anna brilliantly. She exhibits an important rule for molls everywhere – why sleep with the boss, when you can also be sleeping with his best henchman? Especially if that henchman is played by Michael Caine, has his name in the title, and plans on running away to South America with you.
6. Elvira Hancock from Scarface (1983)
Oh, Michelle Pfeiffer, is there anyone else’s stomach we’d rather do blow off of? We’d be willing to buy you a Porsche 928 if you’d let us. It’s pretty clear why Elvira was able to catch the eye of both mob boss Frank and up-and-coming Tony Montana, but what’s unclear is why countless dorm rooms have posters of Al Pacino’s ugly mug when Elvira’s a lot prettier to look at.
5. Carol from Once Upon a Time in America (1984)
Yet again, another film that features two beautiful women to choose from. Elizabeth McGovern‘s character Deborah is definitely a high class girl looking to head to Hollywood, and Noodles does his best to impress her (mostly by raping her in the back of a limousine (classy!)), but the true siren of the film is Tuesday Weld as Carol (who Noodles only violently has sex with). Carol seems to have a heart lurking underneath it all, but damn if she doesn’t hang around some serious assholes.
4. Mia Wallace from Pulp Fiction (1994)
Not only is Mia married to the mob boss of all mob bosses, she also loves $5 milkshakes, doing the twist and OD’ing. What is it with mob wives and drug abuse? A better question: who didn’t fall in love with Uma Thurman as she sweated through her shirt and had a needle plunged right through her sternum into her heart? Sigh. I know I did. A bloody nose never looked so good.
3. Mary from Infernal Affairs (2002)
Mary plays such a small part in the movie (besides intercepting a certain important disc) that I couldn’t find a screenshot with her in it. However, Mary is included on the list because Sammi Cheng Sau-Man is hot. Although after watching the movie I’m confused as to whether she’s the wife of a cop or a gang member or both or neither. Feel free to watch The Departed if you want, but in my book, it’s Infernal Affairs all the way.
2. Eva Lucas from American Gangster (2007)
Eva, played by Lymari Nadal, is a Puerto Rican beauty queen. I’m not sure I need to say anything else on the subject, but luckily, her character raises an important question, too. Would you want to leave your husband if his rivals tried to kill you? What if it was Denzel Washington?
1. Martha Marlene from Sin Nombre (2009)
Diana Garcia’s character in this movie experiences something rare in the life of a gang girlfriend. For most of her relationship with El Casper, he keeps her hidden from his fellow gang members. Since, you know, gangs share everything. So essentially, she’s mostly not a gang-member girlfriend, spending her days rolling around in her underwear as sunlight beams into her room. That is until gang leader Lil’ Mago finds out she exists and demands that El Casper be generous with his young beauty.
Bonus Gallery of Gorgeous Gangster Wives, Girlfriends and Molls