Played by: Stephen Graham
No one in the history of American gangsters can touch Al Capone, so it shouldn’t come as a shock that the man makes it on this list for two separate portrayals. This one from Boardwalk Empire edges out the one from The Untouchables simply because this show airs on HBO where Capone is allowed to show off the brutal side we all know he had.
Boardwalk Empire shows young Capone making his way through the bootlegging world, while leaving piles of beaten, broken bodies in his wake. The man is a complete psychotic obsessed with power and money. There is an uncompromising rage that actor Stephen Graham captures perfectly as everyone needs to be on their guard at all times around Capone. His volatile unpredictability makes him the type of scary badass that we admire from afar, but wouldn’t want to go anywhere near.