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Best Gangster Movies

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Lew Crippen, Aug 5, 2002.

  1. Lew Crippen

    Lew Crippen Executive Producer

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    This morning's Dallas Morning News had an article on the evolution of the family in gangster movies. This occasioned by Road to Perdition.

    A sidebar to the article contained yet another top 10 list: the best gangster flicks. Their top, The Sopranos, I exclude as it is not a movie, but as the list also has a two for one, its back to a top ten. The others in the order listed:
    1.GoodFellas
    2.The Godfather, Part 1
    3.The Godfather, Part 2
    (original list had both ranked together at 3)
    4.Public Enemy
    5.Miller’s Crossing
    6.Scarface
    7.Menace II Society
    8.The Long Good Friday
    9.The Killer
    10.White Heat


    Not a bad list, imo.

    Your comments and additions and deletions expected.
     
  2. Jan H

    Jan H Cinematographer

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    The Killer is the John Woo version, no?

    Good list, I would replace Scarface (if it's the Pacino version) with Once Upon a Time in America. Otherwise, there are some really good movies on that list.
     
  3. Lew Crippen

    Lew Crippen Executive Producer

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    Jim_K Executive Producer

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    Its a good list but Woo's Killer needs to go.
    Other worthy traditional Gangster films would be: Once Upon a Time in America, Casino, Donnie Brasco
    For British mobster films I like Stephen Frears The Hit as much as The Long Good Friday.
    The Yakuza for the Japanese Gangster film.
    Plenty of Noir Gangster films. Off the top of my head - Kiss of Death '47, The Killers '46 & Point Blank
    Not sure which version of Scarface they listed. The Hawks version is a classic. DePalma's version is also excellent. The Untouchables is just a fun Old Fashioned Gangster throwback film which I also enjoy.
     
  5. Lew Crippen

    Lew Crippen Executive Producer

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    Goodfellas is wonderful. Screened the thing twice last week, in fact.
     
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    george kaplan Executive Producer

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    I think Goodfellas is great, but I'd rank it at number 3, after the 2 Godfather films. And if the list did include tv shows, I'd put Wiseguy on it, even above the Sopranos.

    I don't know if Rififi counts, but if so, I'd put that on the list also.

    And, just because I like to take a broad view of things, and think outside the box, I'd also stick in Analyze This.

    And frankly, I prefer The Killers (1946) to the Killer.
     
  8. Lew Crippen

    Lew Crippen Executive Producer

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    Where's Casino? [​IMG]
     
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    The Godfather I & II should be 1st and 2nd.
    They are easily the best 2 gangster films ever made.
    None of these other films come close to them.
     
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    Goodfellas is hands down the best. I really like both of the first two Godfather films but they can't hold a candle to Scorsese's classic. Casino on the other hand, was a complete embarrassment.
     
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    I really think that Once Upon a Time in America belongs on the top ten list!
    The first two Godfather movies and Goodfellas all deserve to occupy the top three spots (although I am not sure in what order)!
     
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    I'll go with Goodfellas.
     
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    The Godfather films are my favorite.

    I liked Casino quite a bit and on initial viewing preferred it to Goodfellas, though I've since seen the light.

    Better choices for Asian gangster films would have been Afraid To Die or Sonatine.
     

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