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For those who are fans of the genre, which gangster films are your faves?

Asked by ucme (39922 points ) April 18th, 2014

I’ve a feeling I may have asked this in the dim & distant past, but hey, “whatsamadda I breakayaface!”
There are tons to choose from & loads I personally love, but the movie I rate above all others is The Long Good Friday…fairly appropriate given I ask this today.

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GloPro's avatar

Scarface. Always Scarface.
You need people like me.

zenvelo's avatar

Goodfellas.

You know, we always called each other good fellas. Like you said to, uh, somebody, :You’re gonna like this guy. He’s all right. He’s a good fella. He’s one of us.: You understand? We were good fellas. Wiseguys. But Jimmy and I could never be made because we had Irish blood. It didn’t even matter that my mother was Sicilian. To become a member of a crew you’ve got to be one hundred per cent Italian so they can trace all your relatives back to the old country. See, it’s the highest honor they can give you. It means you belong to a family and crew. It means that nobody can fuck around with you. It also means you could fuck around with anybody just as long as they aren’t also a member. It’s like a license to steal. It’s a license to do anything. As far as Jimmy was concerned with Tommy being made, it was like we were all being made. We would now have one of our own as a member.

ucme's avatar

As fine a film as Goodfellas clearly is, I still think Casino is better.

boffin's avatar

Chinatown

hominid's avatar

Goodfellas is by far the greatest mob movie.

@ucme: “As fine a film as Goodfellas clearly is, I still think Casino is better.”

Wow.

ucme's avatar

@hominid “Wow”
Strange

Pachy's avatar

Without hesitation I say film ‘40s and very early ‘50s film noir.

ucme's avatar

@Pachy White Heat remains a true classic.

filmfann's avatar

The 10 best gangster films?

1: The Godfather
2: Pulp Fiction
3: The Godfather Part II
4: Reservoir Dogs
5: Payback
6: The Petrified Forest
7: Scarface (the original 1932 film)
8: Bonnie & Clyde
9: Key Largo
10: Little Caesar

Chinatown is a detective film, not a gangster film.
Goodfellas is good, but the first half is so polished, and when it falls into a drug film, it isn’t a good as the first half.
If I could add a television series to the list, The Sopranos obviously deserves a spot.

ucme's avatar

Agree that Payback is a fine gangster film, far superior to Point Blank.
I watched Bonnie & Clyde recently, first time in years & it left me feeling there are too few gaps where I was quite bored.

Pachy's avatar

@ucme… top of the world, ma!

ucme's avatar

I of course meant to say too many gaps, makes no sense otherwise.
@Pachy Loved that film since I was around 14yrs young.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

Definitely White Heat. Cagney was amazing.

stanleybmanly's avatar

I too vote for “White Heat” “Top of the world Ma”

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

High Sierra is one of them. 1941, directed by Raoul Walsh, screenplay by John Huston. Bogart and Lupino. Great story. Outdoor scenes filmed near downtown LA, the La Brea tar pits, old Echo Park, Angel’s Flight streetcar shots, the town of Big Bear Lake, Death Valley and Lake Arrowhead in 1940. The cars are all late ‘30s models. Great stuff. Bogart’s “Mad Dog” Earl is up against Lupino’s spunky little moll. Evidently, upstart Bogie didn’t break character off set and star Lupino—on her way to becoming a Hollywood director—felt she wasn’t given the supplications she felt she deserved, so she refused to ever work with him again. He didn’t like little fucking high-maintenance divas, even if they were incredibly talented. Good boy, Bogie.

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