Some of their appeal certainly related to the mobsters' embrace of wealth and power which were sadly lacking in the lives of so many during the Depression. But the films also gained popularity because the screen gangster died or, in some instances, was incarcerated at the finale. The importance of this reassuring closure, a convention of the genre even before the Production Code Administration cracked down on it inshould not be overlooked.
Here are the top 25 gangster films of the last 40 years: The biopic of Harlem gangster Frank Lucas moves swiftly with dazzling cinematography, yet the story never explores the depths of the notorious criminal.
Washington, though, performs lights out, making up for the superficiality with a raw sense of humanity. Adapted from the graphic novel of the same name, Road to Perdition tells a captivating tale about a father and son—gangster and future gangster.
Through powerful performances from Cuba Gooding Jr. Snatch Love or hate him, Guy Ritchie has redefined the gangster genre with his hyper-stylized touch. Snatch may be a lesser remix of Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, but it boasts a multifaceted plot, frenzied action and dazzling eye candy.
Gangs of New York Though not at the top of the Scorsese totem pole, Gangs of New York will still live on as a top-notch gangster flick.
The revenge saga has an epic scope with a beautiful setting and unforgettable characters. Though actually pretty silly, this British production proves strange and creative enough to leave its imprint on the gangster genre.
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels The debut film from Guy Ritchie, this super stylistic take on the gangster formula pays homage to the work of Quentin Tarantino. From the sardonic humor, to slapstick violence, to the twisty plot, you could call it the British Reservoir Dogs on crack.
Its obtrusive soundtrack—a mix of classic rock, reggae and pop—brings it all together. Though not as cohesive, well acted or dramatically riveting as part one or two, it represents a more socially, politically and morally aware frame of mind from Coppola.Greatest Early Crime and Gangster Films: The Musketeers of Pig Alley () The Regeneration () Dr.
Mabuse: The Gambler () Underworld (). Crime films encompass or cross over many levels, and may include at least these different types of films: the gangster film, the detective (or who-dun-it) film, the crime comedy, the suspense-thriller, and the police (procedural) film.
Gangster Films. Crime and gangster films are developed around the sinister actions of criminals or gangsters, particularly bank robbers, underworld figures, or ruthless hoodlums who operate outside the law, stealing and violently murdering their way through life.
The popularity of the gangster film never seems to decrease, even though the best movies within the language were made decades ago. From time to time, a decent gangster film still surfaces though.
These are the crime dramas we liked the most. Crime June 8th, Debbie Ocean, a criminal mastermind, gathers a crew of seven other female thieves to pull off the heist of the century at New York's annual Met Gala. Gangster/crime films are usually set in large, jam-packed cities, to provide a view of the covert world of the gangster: contraband, dark nightclubs or streets with flashy neon signs, super cars, tons of cash, bars, run down homes or boarding houses.