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Jeff Bowdren
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So I just got done reading The Ultimate Book of Gangster Movies by George Anastasia & Glen Macnow.

Its a must read for fans not only of gangster films, but of movies in general.
The book lists the top 100 gangster movies of alltime.....and I thought I'd give you some of the selections.
1) The Godfather (what...you were expecting something ELSE??)
2) The Godfather II
3) Goodfellas
4) On the Waterfront
5) Pulp Fiction
6) Little Ceasar
7) The Departed
8) Donnie Brasco
9) The Usual Suspects
10) Casino

Some other movies of interest:
16) Scarface (I hate this movie by the way)
20) Carlito's Way
30) The French Connection
37) A History of Violence
43) True Romance
59) Heat
72) American Me
94) New Jack City
95) Bound

Anyone with specific movie questions...just ask.
I'll let you know if the movie you're wondering about made the list!

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Did Infernal Affairs make the list?
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It's not a bad list, although I think Donnie Brasco and The Departed are hugely overrated. How about Once upon a time in New York, and Mean Streets.

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Did Dr. Mabuse make the list?

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quote:
Originally posted by Jeff Bowdren:
So I just got done reading The Ultimate Book of Gangster Movies by George Anastasia & Glen Macnow.

Its a must read for fans not only of gangster films, but of movies in general.
The book lists the top 100 gangster movies of alltime.....and I thought I'd give you some of the selections.
1) The Godfather (what...you were expecting something ELSE??)
2) The Godfather II
3) Goodfellas
4) On the Waterfront
5) Pulp Fiction
6) Little Ceasar
7) The Departed
8) Donnie Brasco
9) The Usual Suspects
10) Casino

Some other movies of interest:
16) Scarface (I hate this movie by the way)
20) Carlito's Way
30) The French Connection
37) A History of Violence
43) True Romance
59) Heat
72) American Me
94) New Jack City
95) Bound

Anyone with specific movie questions...just ask.
I'll let you know if the movie you're wondering about made the list!

1 and 2 are obvious.

I personally like Casino a lot more than Goodfellas, but I'm rare in that opinion.

Pulp Fiction I guess fits, but I kind of don't think of it as a gangster film.

I'd be interested to know where Gangs of New York was - that was excellent. Same with A Bronx Tale. I loved American Gangster, but it didn't do all that well. Do they consider Boyz in the Hood a gangster movie?

Once Upon A Time in America was a movie I just could not get through.

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Why did I put Once upon a time in New York? Obviously I meant Once upon a time in America.

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The Untouchables?

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Where's Johnny Dangerously?
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Miller's Crossing?
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Here are three left field choices:

The Cohens' "Miller's Crossing"

John Landis' vampire mob movie "Innocent Blood"

Brando doing Don Corleone again (sort of) in "The Freshman"

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And uhhh..."American Gangster?"

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Eastern Promises
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Where did Harlem Nights rank?

I must be the only 40+ year old in the world that has never seen the first two Godfather films. I have those two movies so built up in my head based on hearing for decades how great they are. I've always wanted to watch them, but I'm so afraid that it's not going to live up to the lofty expectations.

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quote:
Originally posted by elguapo1000%:
Miller's Crossing?

My all-time favorite movie
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The original Scarface with Muni needs to be there as well as Public Enemy with Cagney.

The Long Good Friday as well, just for Hoskins's performance.

I would also say the Musketeers of Pig Alley for inventing the genre.

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No Yakuza movies? Or anything not American?

Some of these I wouldn't really class as gangster movies. More crime movies.

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Public Enemy and scarface come to mind

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Did Sexy Beast make the list? Ben Kingsley was freakin awesome in that movie.

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Can't disagree with any of those listed. Did The Friends of Eddie Coyle or The Yakuza, both with Robert Mitchum, make the list?

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Okay, he's my issue. I loves me some Friends of Eddie Coyle, but what is the difference in this context between Gangster movies and crime movies. The Yakuza is a gangster movie, so is the Godfather, Public Enemy, The Long Good Friday, Little Caesar. Pulp Fiction and the Friends of Eddie Coyle aren't about crime groups as much as they are about individual criminals and crimes.

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Does anyone know the film that has an old gangster clip in one of the Home Alone movies?
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The most overlooked is King of New York with Christopher Walken, Wesley Snipes, Lawrence Fishburne and Caruso. I'd say that was one of Walken's best performances.

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I always considered Fort Apache, The Bronx to be a gangster movie, even though the gangsters were cops.
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quote:
Originally posted by greenhornet:
Does anyone know the film that has an old gangster clip in one of the Home Alone movies?

That was in both of the movies and it was filmed as part of the movie. All original...
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Where's White Heat? Any Cagney movie make the list?
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quote:
Originally posted by J.D. McKay's Stooge in Texas:
quote:
Originally posted by greenhornet:
Does anyone know the film that has an old gangster clip in one of the Home Alone movies?

That was in both of the movies and it was filmed as part of the movie. All original...
Thanks always thought it was a real clip from an old film.
Appreciate that.
Happen to know the actor with the machine gun?

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Need to add:

White Heat
Angels with Dirty Faces

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quote:
Originally posted by greenhornet:
quote:
Originally posted by J.D. McKay's Stooge in Texas:
quote:
Originally posted by greenhornet:
Does anyone know the film that has an old gangster clip in one of the Home Alone movies?

That was in both of the movies and it was filmed as part of the movie. All original...
Thanks always thought it was a real clip from an old film.
Appreciate that.
Happen to know the actor with the machine gun?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ralph_Foody
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quote:
Originally posted by Graymarii:
Need to add:

White Heat
Angels with Dirty Faces

Thanks Gray,

how could I have forgotten my favorite Cagney movie... Angels with Dirth Faces... cagney, O'brian, and the Dead end Kids....

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quote:
Originally posted by elguapo1000%:
Did Infernal Affairs make the list?

Came in at #41. Maybe they liked it better when they remade it as The Departed. The only other Hong Kong gangster movie was The Killer at #90--which I honestly thought wasn't as good as Hard Boiled, another John Woo movie.

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quote:
Originally posted by elguapo1000%:
Did Infernal Affairs make the list?

Came in at #41. Maybe they liked it better when they remade it as The Departed. The only other Hong Kong gangster movie was The Killer at #90--which I honestly thought wasn't as good as Hard Boiled, another John Woo movie.

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quote:
Originally posted by PoorlyToldJoke from OH:
It's not a bad list, although I think Donnie Brasco and The Departed are hugely overrated. How about Once upon a time in New York, and Mean Streets.

Once Upon a Time in America came in at #12.

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quote:
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Did Sexy Beast make the list? Ben Kingsley was freakin awesome in that movie.

agreed!!!!

how about Lock, Stock?

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quote:
Originally posted by mr. disco:
quote:
Originally posted by Jeff Bowdren:
So I just got done reading The Ultimate Book of Gangster Movies by George Anastasia & Glen Macnow.

Its a must read for fans not only of gangster films, but of movies in general.
The book lists the top 100 gangster movies of alltime.....and I thought I'd give you some of the selections.
1) The Godfather (what...you were expecting something ELSE??)
2) The Godfather II
3) Goodfellas
4) On the Waterfront
5) Pulp Fiction
6) Little Ceasar
7) The Departed
8) Donnie Brasco
9) The Usual Suspects
10) Casino

Some other movies of interest:
16) Scarface (I hate this movie by the way)
20) Carlito's Way
30) The French Connection
37) A History of Violence
43) True Romance
59) Heat
72) American Me
94) New Jack City
95) Bound

Anyone with specific movie questions...just ask.
I'll let you know if the movie you're wondering about made the list!

1 and 2 are obvious.

I personally like Casino a lot more than Goodfellas, but I'm rare in that opinion.

Pulp Fiction I guess fits, but I kind of don't think of it as a gangster film.

I'd be interested to know where Gangs of New York was - that was excellent. Same with A Bronx Tale. I loved American Gangster, but it didn't do all that well. Do they consider Boyz in the Hood a gangster movie?

Once Upon A Time in America was a movie I just could not get through.

Gangs of New York--#22.
A Bronx Tale--#18.
American Gangster--#33.
Boys in the Hood did not make the list. I guess that might answer your question.

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quote:
Originally posted by Stomper from SK:
The Untouchables?

Came in at #28.

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quote:
Originally posted by Martin Tori:
Here are three left field choices:

The Cohens' "Miller's Crossing"

John Landis' vampire mob movie "Innocent Blood"

Brando doing Don Corleone again (sort of) in "The Freshman"

Miller's Crossing at #40.
The Freshman at #100.
No vampire mob movies--sorry.

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quote:
Originally posted by elguapo1000%:
Eastern Promises

Eastern Promises comes in at #29. Great movie, and one of the alltime great fight scenes in movie history...in a Russian bathhouse.

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quote:
Originally posted by WickedNick1975:
The original Scarface with Muni needs to be there as well as Public Enemy with Cagney.

The Long Good Friday as well, just for Hoskins's performance.

I would also say the Musketeers of Pig Alley for inventing the genre.

Scarface--uh, the ORIGINAL Scarface--came in at #11.
Long Good Friday comes in at #34.
Musketeers of Pig Alley did not make the list, but there was a seperate chapter mentioning the film and discussing its role as the first gangster movie. So, ya got that going for ya.

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quote:
Originally posted by I am Yo-Yo's roomie:
No Yakuza movies? Or anything not American?

Some of these I wouldn't really class as gangster movies. More crime movies.

There are, by my count, 13 movies that are not American films. There are also chapters devoted to French & German gangster films and also a chapter devoted to Yakuza films. Also, the Robert Mitchum film The Yakuza comes in at #97.

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quote:
Originally posted by sparky1:
Public Enemy and scarface come to mind

Frank

Public Enemy comes in at #23.

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