If you're looking to find the 5 best Mexican gangster movies out there, then these hot choices may suit your fancy. The gangster movie genre is among the few that have contributed some memorable masterpieces to our cinematic history, and the Mexican gangster movie sub-genre is no exception. It all began with independent film director Robert Rodriguez, who introduced the world to the cult classic "El Mariachi," and it didn't take long for movie-goers to fall in love with the world of the Mexican gangster film.
- "Desperado" Following up after "El Mariachi," Robert Rodriguez constructs one of the greatest sequels ever, replacing the unknown cast of his original with a well-picked group of stars such as Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek. This time, El Mariachi is wounded from the previous film but finds himself in more trouble as he is mistaken for a hit man yet again as he hunts down the man who killed his girlfriend.
- "El Mariachi" This is the film that started it all. It tells the story of El Mariachi, a down-on-his-luck, unemployed musician seeking work in Mexico who ends up in the wrong place at the wrong time. He ends up getting mistaken for a similar-looking hit man who carries a weapon in his guitar case. Not only is this one of the best Mexican gangster movies ever made, it is a milestone in independent filmmaking itself.
- "From Dusk Till Dawn" Directors Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino collaborated on this action-horror tale mixed with gang-related elements set in Mexico. George Clooney and Quentin Tarantino play two outlaws who find themselves swamped by vampires at a local bar/strip club.
- "Once Upon a Time in Mexico" Following "El Mariachi" and "Desperado," director Robert Rodriguez continues the tale of El Mariachi, who is now recruited by the CIA to take out a vicious Mexican drug-lord who plots to overthrow the Mexican government itself by assassinating its president. While it still holds up against the previous two films, it has been criticized for making El Mariachi somewhat of a secondary character in the story.
- "Blood In, Blood Out" Taylor Hackford directs this crime drama, also known as "Bound by Honor," that depicts a trio of Chicano family members and their street gang beginnings between the early '70s and mid '80s. Throughout the film, their lives intertwine and are changed forever.