We’re beside ourselves as we anticipate the new season of Mob Wives, starting tomorrow at 10/9c only on VH1. Yet the women on the reality show aren’t the only first ladies of crime we love — who are our favorite female characters from TV and film who’ve found themselves knee-deep on the wrong side of the law?
We don’t even have to stop at women whose lives are connected to the mafia, since pop culture has given us peeks into the Baltimore drug game, central California biker gangs, and more. But no matter what kind of organized crime outfit these wives, sisters, and girlfriends found themselves in, they tried to stay loyal to their families, which almost always left them in complex situations.
Take a look through our gallery to see which strong female characters have left their mark on pop culture and in the comments, tell us which ones are your favorites! And don’t forget to tune into Mob Wives: New Blood, premiering December 5 on VH1.
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