With the vast variety of movie genres out there today, people still seem to flock to those that are “gangster” themed. Many of the most memorable movies of all time could be categorized as gangster movies. From the Godfather trilogy to Goodfellas and Casino, we all seem to have movies our personal favorites. They are packed with action, intrigue, thrills, drama that keeps the viewer on the edge of their seat throughout the entire film. Though confident that most of us do not need to be reminded, here are some of the best gangster movies of all time.
Goodfellas (1990) No one can forget this movie starring Robert DeNiro, Ray Liotta and Joe Pesce. Directed by Martin Scorsese, the wonderful performances, intriguing storyline and memorable characters makes this one of the best gangster movies ever made.
Godfather Trilogy (1972, 1974, 1990) Probably the most popular gangster movies of all time. They combined the acting talents of such icons as Marlon Brando, Robert DeNiro, Al Pacino, James Caan and a host of other talent actors. The movies included a memorable storyline, outstanding acting, drama, thrills, and every other emotion it could render up. Directed by Francis Ford Coppola the movies garnered 9 Oscars. Without a doubt, these are one of the top gangster movies.
Scarface (1983) Who can forget Al Pacino’s line “Say hello to my little friend” in this gory yet thrill seeking gangster movie. Also starring Michelle Pfeiffer, this gangster movie kept us on the edge of our seat. Not only a great gangster movie but also one of the best thriller movies of all time as well.
Pulp Fiction (1994) A deep, dark gangster movie not for the faint of heart, but an outstanding film directed by Quentin Tarantino. Starring such icons as John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson, this gangster movie kept us thinking. Excellent acting, intriguing storyline, unforgettable characters, makes this movie a two thumbs up for one of the top gangster movies ever made.
Donnie Brasco (1997) A top notch gangster movie that starred Johnny Depp and Al Pacino. The chemistry between these two actors made this movie an unforgettable one. Great storyline, roller coaster of emotions and a wonderful supporting cast puts this movie as a top notch gangster movie.
Casino (1995) Not much to say about this gangster movie, it speaks for itself. Starring a list of top actors including Robert DeNiro, Joe Pesce and Sharon Stone and directed by Martin Scorsese. This movie combines an unforgettable cast, great chemistry, and an amazing storyline. It definitely deserves as spot on the list of top gangster movies ever made.
Though there are many more that are on this list, these are just a few that have been extremely memorable. The genre of gangster movies reaches way back to 1912 and they have just become better with time. They draw us in and keep us under their spell. We will remember many of them for their fantastic actors, intriguing story lines and twists and turns. We will also look forward to many more of them in the future as they are not going away any time soon.