This may be my favorite genre of movies. Any movie about organized crime is appointment viewing for me really. I love it. It will also be interesting to see how many Scorsese movies make it onto this list. At least three or four probably. That guy is good at his craft. Okay, Gangster Movies. Here we go!
Jimmy is in blue. Evan is in green.
Just a great fun film. Any movie that becomes a cult classic deserves a lot of credit. No big media push. No big theatre release but somehow this guy found it's way into everyones homes. That's impressive and proof enough that this is a good movie. I hate cold crime scenes!!!
Two greats going up against each other. The scene where Crowe is interrogating Denzel is very well done. They don't have a seen together the entire first two acts. When we finally see them in the same shot it became edge of your seat viewing. Them passing the coffee cup back and forth was a nice little touch as well.
The juxtaposition of Denzel vs. Crowe really makes the movie. The poor, down on his luck, clean cop going after the powerful, rich, untouchable boss. Denzel plays a mob boss shockingly well, and the supporting cast is really deep and great. Common, RZA, Idris Elba, Cuba Gooding Jr. (Is he still alive?)
Gangs of New York
A Bronx Tale
A legend of the game. People will be mad that this isn't an automatic number one. Those people aren't wrong but they are also really old probably. I watched the Godfather movies when I was fourteen for the first time because I was sick of hearing about it and not knowing. It lived up to all the hype and then some. It's worth all the acclaim, I just think there have been better movies made since. It's a matter of time really. The Godfather has become very dated (naturally).
Parts 1 and 2 both kinda jumble together for me so I'll give this spot to both of them. Like Jimmy, I haven't seen them in a while but I remember my favorite characters being Young Vito (De Niro obv) and Robert Duvall as Tom Hagen. I love how all these movie mobs seem to have the 1 Irish guy who gets adopted in seamlessly.
A Bronx Tale
This movie takes place in the Bronx in the sixties. My mothers life also took place in the Bronx in the sixties so I always watch this a like to think it was the world my mom grew up in. She says it's pretty close. It's written by Chazz Palminteri and directed by Robert De Niro, who are also the stars. I'm pretty sure Chazz wrote it based on his childhood and the guy who plays Mush is actually the real life Mush from his childhood. This movie is full of so many good quotes and scenes. Is it better to be loved or feared? Putting Mush in the closet. The door test. Nothing worse than wasted talent. Now yis can't leave. Also that scene were Sonny drives backwards through the streets of the Bronx. Never understood what that was all about or what that represented. It adds to the king stature and mystique of Sonny though so I love it.
Gangs of New York
A young Irish immigrant infiltrates a gang that hates Irish immigrants who are lead by the man who murdered his father! Love it. I love this movie. I love period pieces. I love this time in American history. I took many classes on this time in American history. It's right up my alley. You've got Leo doing his thing and Daniel Day Lewis being his psychopath self. A little John C Reilly and Brendan Gleeson (who is awesome). It's really long and almost two different movies altogether but I'll watch it any time I come around it.
I know everyone likes Goodfellas more and Casino is little brother but I just fucking love this movie. De Niro walking around a casino like an absolute bad ass. Catching cheaters and breaking their hand with a hammer. Pesci plays the perfect villain. James Woods got a call saying Scorsese wanted him for a movie and Woods said, any time , any place, any character. Pretty funny that Scorsese was like well, okay then, you're going to play a huge creep scumbag dude who makes people cringe at sight. I haven't seen Casino on TV in a while so I'm going to have to go watch it now. I think the biggest shame Hollywood has is Pesci retiring early. Followed by Dean dying at 24 and Ledger dying at 28. I wish Pesci never retired. He crushed every role. Comedy, drama, hero, villain, he was the best. (I once rang his doorbell at his house in New Jersey when I was like 8 years old).
"For as long as I can remember I always wanted to be a gangster." This is in my Top 1 of favorite movies ever. Liotta, De Niro & Pesci make for a great trio and I wish this movie was even longer so I could watch them pal around more. I guess it's not a coincidence that all the best gangster movies (IMHO) are based on real events. Seems like all the mafia stuff really was stranger than fiction, and Hollywood can't think of anything more interesting than what really went down.
Mystic River, Lock Stock, Road to Perdition,
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