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5 Best Gangster Movies


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5. Miller's Crossing

Typical Coen brothers' fare, by which I mean excellence. A marriage of old-fashioned mannered, snappy, not-quite-realistic dialogue, and contemporary violence and gallows humour. Like most, or maybe all, of the Coens' films, this one is ultimately quite nihilistic. Note that the protaganist, the hero, betrays everybody. Every character, without exception. He is, along with John Turturro's Bernie Birnbaum, the least pirncipled character in the movie, though it takes a bit of reflection to realize this.

4. The Departed

More nihilism. But here there IS a moral centre: Detective Queenan, played by Martin Sheen. But of course he gets murdered...and his murder is shortly followed by an almost funny succession of head-shots and splattered blood. A great movie: cops are gangsters, gangsters are cops. Sociopaths are everywhere. This is a masterpiece of pacing and character.

3. The Godfather Part 2

Robert de Niro and Al Pacino are geniuses. Enough said.

2. The Godfather

The one that started it all, the revision of the gangster film into what we know it as today. There would be no gangster films—or at least they'd be utterly different than they are—if it weren't for this beautiful monstrous thing.

1. GoodFellas

Pure genius. This is about the Business of the mob, which is why the title has a capital “G”, capital “F,” like a corporate logo. Flicks away, piece by violent piece, the tradition of family and loyalty in mob movies (and which The Godfather has been criticized for by some people). These gangsters are often likeable, but they're also cold-blooded killers, and quick to betray family and friends. Joe Pesci steals the show. The movie lampoons the ideal (or one ideal) of the "American dream," and closes with Sid Vicious's rendition of "My Way". Even aside from the genre, this is one of my favourite movies of all time.

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Someone pointed out the basic flaw with The Departed is that Jack Nicholson should have easily known who the snitch was from the start - it was the NEW guy.

I liked that film, though, and this is a fun genre. I'm currently watching the HBO series The Wire, which is basically a 60 hour gangster film. Recommended.

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That's not why at all....you just haven't seen many others from anyplace else, like The Long Good Friday .

Yeah, I really should have included movies I haven't seen on to my list of movies I like.

American media rules your world!

What an odd thing to say. :)

Only you could turn something as benign as a short list of admired movies into an opportunity to put your insecure nationalism on display.

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Yeah, I really should have included movies I haven't seen on to my list of movies I like.

"5 Best Gangster Movies".....that's what you posted, and now you admit that your film domain is very limited. You are not qualified to propose best films if your horizon is so stunted.

What an odd thing to say. :)

Only you could turn something as benign as a short list of admired movies into an opportunity to put your insecure nationalism on display.

.....it is the perfect opportunity to mock your sanctimonious rebukes of all things American, even as you suck down whatever dreck Hollywood sends your way. Pathetic.....

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.....it is the perfect opportunity to mock your sanctimonious rebukes of all things American, even as you suck down whatever dreck Hollywood sends your way. Pathetic.....

You have to understsand, B_C, that animosity towards American things doesn't include things that we "liberals" () love about America:

Dylan, The Simpsons, Rock N Roll, Jazz, Woodstock, (BurningMan for me), gay and women's lib, fad diets... the list is unlimited really.

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"5 Best Gangster Movies".....that's what you posted, and now you admit that your film domain is very limited. You are not qualified to propose best films if your horizon is so stunted.

"Not qualified." :)

Listen to yourself, inventing an issue where none exists. Ridiculous.

.....it is the perfect opportunity to mock your sanctimonious rebukes of all things American, even as you suck down whatever dreck Hollywood sends your way. Pathetic.....

I don't "rebuke all things American."

By definition of this very thread.

You're not too quick-witted, are you?

Again, you're just insecure and hyper-sensitive. Relax and grow a pair, little guy.

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"Not qualified." :)

Listen to yourself, inventing an issue where none exists. Ridiculous.

Listen to yourself....running from an ass whupping!

I don't "rebuke all things American."

By definition of this very thread.

...but not other threads. Payback is a bitch

You're not too quick-witted, are you?

Again, you're just insecure and hyper-sensitive. Relax and grow a pair, little guy.

Yup...yup....I'm just a stupid, insecure nationalist that will call out your smug crap whenever I see it.

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I never liked the GodFather movies, and I despised GoodFellas. Joe Pesci as the tough guy just doesn't work for me.

Generally though, I'm not that keen on movies that idolize gangsters who have no problem killing people, but they're kind to their friends and family, so we're supposed to have some respect for them.

The Departed wasn't really your typical gangster movie. It was awesome.

I liked Donnie Brasco a lot as well as the Untouchables. Generally, I like my gangster movies with a few good guys thrown in.

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I did consider "Casino" and "Scarface," but I like the others better.

I don't rate "Donny Brasco" at all. That's just a so-so movie.

Meh...loved the 'Lefty' character in DB. Once Upon A Time In America is still my personal favorite. The old New York scenes are just great, much like in GF2.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mzhX2PD6Srw

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People just love to see those machine gun killings...It might be the facination or the thought of - If I was being filled with copper coated lead rounds whould I bother to twitch about or would their be auto-reactions to the shreding of long muscle fiber that causes contractions? Just a morbid thought to go along with yours.

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Aye...there's many not mentioned. Like...

Scar Face...both versions.

Once Upon A Time In America

Bugsy

Donnie Brasco

Mean Streets

Casino

White Heat

Carlito's Way

I thought of some of these too. I once thought Casino was a good gangster movie but its violence was simply too graphic. Scorcese is the Sam Peckinpah of the modern era and he replaces true art with fake violence.

But the movie that really struck me is Sexy Beast because of the character played by Ben Kingsley. He's generally quiet and cool, sarcastic, but there's a scene where Kingsley captures the terrifying psychopathy of two-bit criminals.

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