How to find a cool gangster movie
When it comes to movies, we all have our favorite genres, actors, and directors. Whether we are talking about comedies, romances, dramas, actions or horrors, there are thousands of films worth mentioning in any top counting for the best movies in the history.
However, if we are strictly talking about gangster movies, there are a few that really made history. There was a time where gangsters and everything related to their lifestyle were highly appreciated and en vogue. Everybody wanted to be a gangster, or fight against them in the justice. But what their life truly was like few of us will ever know.
Luckily, there are still plenty of movie directors fascinated by these characters, willing to bring them to live in new screen adaptations of former Hollywood movie successes or, on the contrary, in brand new stories.
Whatever the case, one thing is for sure – you will require plenty of time to search and see some cool gangster movies of the 20th and 21st century.
Whether we are talking about new or older stories, we get it that you won’t probably have enough time to go through the entire filmography in the search for masterpieces. This is why we have come up with a list of guidelines on how to find the perfect and coolest gangster movies to watch.
How we chose the coolest gangster movies
As previously noted, gangsters have made the interest of film directors for many years. Their secret identities, opposed to their lavish lifestyles and influent politics have inspired plenty of directors and actors in created epic movie characters since the 20th century. So can you be sure you are going to watch the best gangster movies? Here is what you should take into consideration.
Do your research first
Whenever searching for a movie genre or typology, it is best to do your homework and research prior to watching. And, since we are talking about a rather vast filmography, we suggest going through gangster movies reviews to see what others have to say about these movies.
Some of them are redeemed as spectacular, while others remain pure bad jokes, rather offensive to such strong and influential persons in real life. If many of these titles seem relevant or tempting, having previously read their synopsis or online ranks will help you easier decide which ones truly deserve your attention and which should be avoided or left for later. You can find most of these movies for sale or rental at your local DVD shop, so prepare yourself for a prolonged weekend filled with cool movies with gangsters.
Start with the classics
If you haven’t seen all of the classics yet, it is time to start with what is unanimously considered as the masterpieces of the genre, some movies so epic that we even find it hard to believe that you don’t know them by heart by now.
Apparently, the top of the list is attributed to the 70s classic, The Godfather. Starring Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, and Diane Keaton just to name of few, this masterpiece was directed by ultra-popular director Francis Ford Coppola. And, no matter how many reinterpretations this one had over the years, one thing is for sure – Marlon Brando will always be remembered as Don Vito Corleone, “il capo di tutti capi”.
Another classic of the genre is also one of the movies that definitely turned a young Johnny Depp into a Hollywood superstar. Directed by Mike Newell back in 1997, Donnie Brasco is considered Al Pacino’s last gangster movie, but also one of his best. The story depicts a young FBI agent who goes undercover and infiltrates into the mob only to identify himself more by the day with what is going on inside the mafia.
Last but not least, we can also include in this list the 1990’s Goodfellas, starring a much younger but similarly talented Robert de Niro. Directed by another titan of the industry, Martin Scorsese, the movie tells the story of Henry Hill, a guy who joins the mafia after a rough adolescence.
As you may have noticed already, some of the genre’s masterpieces are played by the same actors, almost each of them having a crucial role in the development of the American “gangster” movie genre. Robert De Niro, Al Pacino or Johnny Depp all play their parts brilliantly, managing to humanize the rather cruel and violent existence of the world’s most famous mafia leaders in the world.
By the director
The world’s biggest movie directors have made history with their own versions of gangsters. Each of them brought their own perspective and tried to depict as accurately as possible the duality of the most influential mob leaders – the cruelty showed in business by comparison to their soft side when it came to their families and, especially their wives.
If you want to know the gangster filmography closer, all you have to do is watch the masterpieces brought to light by some of the world’s greatest directors of the 20th and 21st century. Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, Gonzalo Inarritu, Quentin Tarantino – they all created, without a doubt, the best Mob movies in the history of cinema.
Our top picks
Apart from the classics we already told you about, we think you should know there are also some other mandatory movies that you have to see in order to fully understand the life of an American mob and all its subtleties. So, make sure to grab yourself a large pile of popcorn because you will have a busy weekend ahead if you want to catch up in this field.
Quentin Tarantino’s first big hit, Pulp Fiction, is our first choice on the list of mandatory mob movies you have to watch in a lifetime. The movie is a unique blend of action and dark comedy, complete with the performance of top Hollywood actors such as Uma Thurman, John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, and Bruce Willis.
The second movie on our list has to be Reservoir Dogs, another classic directed by the same Tarantino.
Cidade de Deus or City of God remains, without a doubt, Brazil’s best movie ever, directed by talented Fernando Meirelles. The movie was nominated for 4 Oscars and tells the story of two close friends from Rio de Janeiro who take completely paths in their lives.
Another movie to take into consideration is one of Inarritu’s masterpieces from 2000, Amores Perros, starring Gael Garcia Bernal.