Thursday, April 14, 2016

10 Best Gangster Movies of all Time

Although we believe that the terms, “Best”, and “Gangster”, usually go hand-in-hand, our sentiments can quickly go for a toss if the Gangster movies aren’t adapted and depicted well. Nonetheless for every shoddy movie, there is a neat badass movie as well, that defines and re-defines the entire meaning of “Best.” Today, we will be diving into the world of cinemas. We have compiled a list on Top 10 Best Gangster Movies of all Time. The list isn’t in any particular order because it would be an injustice to put one over the other.

10. Infernal Affairs

You must have known that the movie, The Departed, was a remake of this one, Infernal Affairs. If you’ve seen The Departed, you know exactly how good it is. But, nothing is as good as the original, and this is the reason why we put Infernal Affairs on the list. The movie is directed by Alan Mak and Wai-Keung Lau; the actors are Shawn Yue and Edison Chen. In the Hollywood version, Leonardo DiCaprio and Matt Damon play the main roles respectively.

9. Reservoir Dogs

We wouldn’t dare to make a list on cool gangster movies without including a Tarantino flick in the mix. Although Quentin has a litany of kick-ass movies under his belt, we think Reservoir Dogs is his magnum opus. According to numerous rumors, this movie wouldn’t have seen the light at the end of the tunnel, had Harvey Keitel not pitched in with his own money. Thank you, Harvey! The plot isn’t complicated at all: a criminal boss hires a group of criminals to do a particular job. Unfortunately, the heist goes horribly wrong because of a rat in the group. The characters in the group turn on each other to find the rat and it gets real bloody by the end.

8. Sonatine

Sonatine is a Japanese movie which centers on the criminal world in Japan. The movie tells a wonderful tale of betrayal in the tight-knit criminal community. The protagonist is played by Takeshi Kitano, who also happens to be the director of the movie. Although the film bombed at the Japanese box office upon release, the European market welcomed it with open arms. Kitano earned legions of fans worldwide for this movie and garnered an international fame.

7. Miller’s Crossing

Although the movie, bears a close resemblance and feel to Once Upon a Time in America because the events take place during the prohibition era, Miller’s Crossing deserves recognition and a mention of its own. The movie revolves around two gangs pitted against one another for the ultimate control of a city. Tom Reagan masters the role of the anti-hero to perfection. The movie also propelled the collaborators, Joel and Ethan Coen, to greater heights upon release.

6. Donnie Brasco

Al Pacino makes yet another appearance on our list thanks to his role in the 1997 movie, Donnie Brasco. Another A-lister, Johnny Depp, appears in the movie, which revolves around hiws character, Joe Pistone, and his role as an undercover cop to infiltrate the Mafia.  Based on a true story, the film perfectly captures the feeling of the era and makes us believe in the characters.

5. Once Upon a Time in America
Once upon a time in

Released in 1984, the movie immediately struck a chord with audiences worldwide. The plot focuses on the life of a Jewish gangster during the prohibition period and his life in New York during the 60’s. The usual suspects, Robert Di Niro and James Woods, keep the audience interested with their performances. The flashback-flash forward scenes are presented in a clear and understandable fashion.

4. Scarface

“Say Hello to my little friend,” utters Tony Montana before shooting through the door with an M-16A1 machine gun. That was cool as hell and the catchphrase stuck with us. Al Pacino did a stellar job of portraying the protagonist, Tony Montana in the movie. Like many Gangster movies, Scarface shows the rise of a Cuban immigrant to the upper echelon of criminals in the States.

3. Goodfellas

Martin Scorsese scores on our list again; this time with his 1990 flick, Goodfellas. Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, and Ray Liotta were up to their usual shenanigans and were at their brilliant best throughout the movie. We were totally captivated by the mafia life that was carefully portrayed by Ray Liotta as Henry Hill. The movie shows an underdog making it to the top of the chain only to lose it all again.

2. Casino

When Martin Scorsese provides his expertise on a film, we can be assured of a well-crafted movie. Although Casino isn’t well known these days, it still does have a cult following and rightly so. The star-studded cast does a stellar job of giving life to the movie. Spearheaded by Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci, the movie focuses on the life of two mobster friends who fight tooth and nail to gain control of a criminal empire. Of course, there is a casino involved in the midst of it all.

1. The Godfather Series
The Godfather

It is not often that we get to witness a trilogy that is of the highest quality. Although the third installment of the trilogy couldn’t live up to its billing, the outstanding first two films are enough to make The Godfather series a classic. The movie focuses on the pros and cons of organized crime and the character development in the series must be lauded. Of course, the unexpected plot twists also add to the charm of the movie. Marlon Brando does an impeccable job of bringing the protagonist, Vito Corleone, to life. Al Pacino, who plays his son, Michael Corleone, also skillfully enacts scenes in the films with assurance and poise.


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