The gangster genre of film has delivered some absolute classics. Most film viewers are drawn tot he dark side of life, and the notoriety and fear that comes as part of it. It gives audiences the chance to vicariously experience things they would never normally dream of attempting, and gives us some of the all time great movie characters. Dark anti heroes we can’t help but sympathise with, even if we can not empathise. He we list some of our favourite movies about gangsters.
We start of the The Godfather part . The daddy of all gangster films, creating legendary performances, scenes and moments, not to mention so many amazing quotes. Stellar performances from Marlon Brando and Al Pacino defined their unreal careers. A lesson in how to set up tension, and deliver climactic ending’s to perfectly paced scenes. Simply out this was the benchmark for so many others to try and emulate. The sequel could arguably be considered even better, before a sharp down turn with part three. It is no doubt the best franchise, and series of gangster films of all time.
Next we have possibly my personal favourite, Goodfellas. Robert De Niro and Ray Liotta deliver towering performances, and once again so many iconic scenes and lines. Mix that with a stellar performance from Joe Pesci. Who could forget the terrifying scene in the bar when you are sure he is about to snap, only to be joking the entire time. His role earned him an Academy award for best supporting actor. Martin Scorsese proved to be the king of movies about organised crime, going on to release Casino and the final film on this list…
…we will talk about the departed. Probably the best modern film about organised crime, and winner of a Academy Award for best picture, this epic effort from Scorsese is a unique tale of the mob life from both sides of the law. As the lines between the good and bad get blurred. A mob employee infiltrating the FBI and and FBI agent doing anything to infiltrate an American Irish gang and bring down Jack Nicholson’s notorious mob boss. Matt Damon and Leonardo DiCaprio are supported well by Martin Sheen, and Mark Wahlberg. A fitting end to a superb list of films.