Top Ten Gangster Movies, a Movies Era creation especially for all the Gangster Movie Freaks including myself . Gangster Movies are something more and mature than what we call Action Movies. In my point of view Crime, Gangs, Underworld, Cops, Politics, Guns and a perfect music to sustain are the main elements behind a perfect and watchable Gangster Movie. Keeping these factors in mind and the choices of the biggest critic, People, Movies Era presents the Best Gangster Movies of all time.
10. The Public Enemy:
This story of prohibition-era, presents two childhood hoodlum friends, Tom Powers (James Cagney) and Matt Doyle (Edward Woods) who grow rich and powerful with their age and get deep into the world of crime and money. When a guy from their gang dies in some freak accident, the gang weakens inside and the rivals bootlegging faction tries to benefit from it. The whole scenario results in a great gang war and inside gang war.
9. The Untouchables:
Based on the same tale and also sharing the same title with the TV Series, The Untouchables, (1987) is the story of the clash between the a Federal Agent Eliot Ness (Kevin Costner) and the crime king of the scenario, Al Capone (Robert De Niro). While trying to fight against this crime lord, Ness ultimately has to fight with the empire Capone has created and against his own corrupted system. The Untouchables is one of the most well crafted Robert De Niro movies.
8. American Gangster:
Following the footprints of his late boss Bumpy Johnson, Frank Lucas (Denzel Washington) climbs up to become the top drug supplier in the Harlem district of Manhattan. Buying heroin directly from the cultivated area in South East Asia, Lucas becomes king of the drugs importer in the United States. The lead on the other part of the story is played by Russell Crowe as Richie Roberts, an honest policeman who is hired by the narcotics department to go to the root of drug underworld. In time, Richie comes to collide with the emperor of the drug gangland, Frank Lucas.
7. The Departed:
The Massachusetts State Police and Irish Mafia both have their undercover pros in the enemy’s side. The 2006 Criminal Mystery starts getting better when discoveries are made and loyalties are tried to buy and sell. Leonardo DiCaprio and Matt Damon didn’t leave any flaws during their undercover journey. On one side, loyalty and trust while on the other, Blood, money and guns: this is what The Departed is all about. Suspense and thriller exists all the way.
Martin Scorsese has presented the story of a small time gangster, Henry Hill who eventually proceeds with a high pace towards a higher place. Learning and teaching his two bigger partners, James Conway and Tommy De Vito. Later, however, Hill doesn’t prefer his senior partners’ way of benefitting themselves and tries to collapse their identities.
5. Once Upon A Time In America:
A fantastic tale of a group of rising gangsters, who learn among themselves, fight among themselves and save each other throughout the tale. Presenting David “Noodles” Aaronson (Robert De Niro) as the lead of this story, Sergio Leone, made his final film a blockbuster with his incomparable cinematic skills. When Noodles returns to his place of origin after 35 years, he has to face the fears and results of his past, the remaining and the regrets of his past life.
In Scarface Al Pacino, plays the lead Tony Montana, a Cuban immigrant in United States begins his journey as a small time mobster with his friend Manny. As the desperation and determination keeps growing inside him, he wants to take it all and he does succeed in some ways. Taking over not only his boss’s business but also his girl, ruling over the underworld and not giving a damn to anyone; this is what Tony achieves. Bright burning candles die soon and the same thing happens to Tony Montana.
3. The Godfather II:
The saga of Vito Corleone crime tale continues with his son Michael (Al Pacino). Also considered as one of the best al pacino movies ever, The Godfather II not only presents the sequel of The Godfather I, showing Michael learning his positions, but also presents the prequel of The Godfather showing how Vito Corleone (Robert DeNiro) became The Godfather. Michael takes power in his hands after the death of Vito Corleone. Both the actors have given their fullest to the respective characters and Al Pacino, specifically has given real justice to the character of The Godfather II. The Godfather II is one of the best performances of Al Pacino and not to miss, one of the awesomely acted movies by Robert De Niro.
2. Pulp Fiction:
The movie runs round two hitmen Jules Winnfield (John Travolta) and Vincent Vega (Samuel L. Jackson), who are searching for a suitcase to retrieve it. This suitcase belongs to their boss Marsellus Wallace, who has also asked Vincent to take care of his wife and her time while he’s out of town. Another character, an aging boxer named Butch Coolidge (Bruce Willis) is paid by Marsellus Wallace to lose his upcoming fight. The story touches the stories of not only these four or five people but many of others too. Humor, thriller, crime and of course bloody incidents connect every one and their stories with the remaining.
1. The Godfather:
The Godfather has always been taken as one of the best American Films. The first and most probably the best of the three parts. The old king has built up his empire and is now ready to transfer his kingdom to his not so willing son. The Godfather is someone like the head of the family. The family here is made up of underworld families of New York. Don Corleone (Marlon Brando) is someone who takes care of the family. Those who obey the head and take care of everyone in the family gets loved and cared back and those who disrespect, disobey and stand against the family’s happiness and status, get merciless brutality as present. Crime, Rules, Politics, System, Underworld, Love, Family, Drama, Music and everything that would have been needed to make this movie a perfect gangster movie is integrated in this 1972′s greatest masterpiece.