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Old 12-01-03, 10:38 AM
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The Greatest Mafia/Gangsta Movies

I am a freak about Mafia movies. You just gotta love that genre of film. I am curious to find more titles on DVD because it seems like I have seen them all already....Please everybody list your favorites and some good ones I am missing....thanks!

So far I have:

The Godfather 1-3
Sopranos 1-4
Scarface
Casino
Carlitos Way
Millers Crossing
Mobsters
Billy Bathgate
The Untouchables
Suicide Kings
Donnie Brasco
Goodfellas
Once upon a time in America
Boss of Bosses
The Last Don 1&2
Gotti
King of New York
A Bronx Tale
Kingpin
Heat
Old 12-01-03, 10:51 AM
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Old 12-01-03, 10:55 AM
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Good list

But Scarface = #1
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Mafia!
scarface 1932 should def. be in your collection, its only availible via the big scarface gift set.
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Public Enemy
The Long Good Friday
High Sierra

and there are many many others from the 30s-60s....but these are 3 of the all-time greatest imho.
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you might also want to check out a few other classics:

Rififi
Bob Le Flambeur
Pepe Le Moko
Bad Company (1931)
Angels with Dirty Faces
The Roaring Twenties (Bogart v. Cagney! )


and what about Sexy Beast? You should definately have that....
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not as good as the others...bur Road to Perdition (with DTS track) is quite a good movie (for my part)...
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most of the movies from the 30's are not on dvd
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If you want to see the "evolution" of the American gangster film, start here:

The Penalty (1920)
Outside the Law
Little Caesar
Public Enemy
The Roaring Twenties
Angels with Dirty Faces
White Heat
Scarface, 1932
High Sierra
The Asphalt Jungle
The Killing
Bonnie and Clyde
The Godfather
The Godfather II
The Godfather III
Scarface, 1983
Once Upon a Time in America
Carlitos Way
Goodfellas
Television, The Sopranos

I don't particularly care for some of the films on the list (Scarface 1983 or GF III) but all are essential viewing for those interested in the gangster sub-genre.
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Originally posted by Fred C. Dobbs
If you want to see the "evolution" of the American gangster film, start here:

The Penalty (1920)
Outside the Law
Little Caesar
Public Enemy
The Roaring Twenties
Angels with Dirty Faces
White Heat
Scarface, 1932
High Sierra
The Asphalt Jungle
The Killing
Bonnie and Clyde
The Godfather
The Godfather II
The Godfather III
Scarface, 1983
Once Upon a Time in America
Carlitos Way
Goodfellas
Television, The Sopranos

I don't particularly care for some of the films on the list (Scarface 1983 or GF III) but all are essential viewing for those interested in the gangster sub-genre.

Great summary. I've seen all but The Penalty, Outside the Law and the Killing. Angels with Dirty Faces is one of my personal favorites.
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Out of curiosity, how was Road to Perdition? I've not had a chance to see the movie yet, but the original graphic novel on which it was based was quite good.
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Originally posted by JasonFliegel
Out of curiosity, how was Road to Perdition? I've not had a chance to see the movie yet, but the original graphic novel on which it was based was quite good.
read my post above...

I liked it enought to buy it (with the DTS track...sweet!)

here's the DVDFile review...

http://www.dvdfile.com/software/revi...ition_dts.html
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The Funeral (same director as King of New York)
The Wanderers (not a gangster film, but about an Italian (mostly) gang.

Perhaps also The Warriors.
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Originally posted by Tha Freak
read my post above...

I liked it enought to buy it (with the DTS track...sweet!)

here's the DVDFile review...

http://www.dvdfile.com/software/revi...ition_dts.html
Oops! Somehow I missed your post the first time I read this thread.
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If you are interested in Asian mafia or triad movies from Hong Kong you could try the "Young and Dangerous" series...

--mike
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Originally posted by leemik
If you are interested in Asian mafia or triad movies from Hong Kong you could try the "Young and Dangerous" series...

--mike
Yeah I was bout to say, If you want a mafia movie list, you can't leave out the Asian mafiosos!

Check out:

Brother
The Killer
Sonatine
City on Fire
Friend
A Better Tomorrow 1 & 2
Fudoh:The New Generation

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Ichi the killer is an asian mafia movie... I guess in a way.

It is also one of the most graphic and violent movies I have ever seen.

Fear the psycho asian Yakuza
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Infernal Affairs?
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I don't think Internal Affairs qualifies as a gangster/mafia film.

Two that you should consider are:

State of Grace
Snitch (aka Monument Ave.)

Both are excellent.
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Re: The Greatest Mafia/Gangsta Movies

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I am a freak about Mafia movies. You just gotta love that genre of film. I am curious to find more titles on DVD because it seems like I have seen them all already....Please everybody list your favorites and some good ones I am missing....thanks!

So far I have:


Heat

Isn't Heat cops and robbers and not gangsters? I know Pacino and De niro remind us of gangsters as they do a good job as them, easy mistake to make.
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Heat is in need of a new DVD mine changes colors like halfway through!
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Bugsy
Palookaville - not really mob, just crime
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In random order...

Goodfellas
Carlito's Way
Casino
Mean Streets
Scarface (1983)
Snatch
Clockers
The Godfather 1
Resevoir Dogs
Pulp Fiction
Scarface (1932, but only for the actresses!)
Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels

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