Best gangster movies other than godfathers, scarface and goodfellas

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I personally felt like coen's quirky style didn't exactly vibe with cool badass gangster genre in miller's crossing. Why is it that all coen brothers movies have unattractive cast ? even they make attractive leads purposefully look ugly. There by draining all the excitement and coolness of those respective genres.

Albert finney as a badass gangster ? really? marcia gay harden as a femme fatale ? she is far from pretty. Its just me though.
Well, that's probably why I liked it, since I actually don't like Goodfellas all that much other than as an exercise in cinema. And I didn't think any of those guys were cool, I thought they were all little boys playing at being tough because they had guns and should all die in fire. The coolest guy in Goodfellas was Paul Sorvino. But Albert Finney with that Tommy Gun? THAT was cool. And Marcia Gay Harden's Vera is probably one of my 5 (maybe 10) favorite femme fatales in cinema.



If you don't mind looking at foreign movies, then I would recommend the following Indian gangster movies which are amazing.


1) Satya A brilliant take on 90s Mumbai underworld scene.


2) Gangs of Wasseypur Loosely based on a true story about gangsters and politicians from Bihar and Jharkhand. It's a two part movie series which covers three generations of a family.
On a side note, Martin Scorsese loved it.



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Man, I used to love this movie but I haven't seen it in like 30 yards.



I just saw Baby Driver. I loved it for its non-gangster element. Living in Baby's head, listening to music constantly, having one's life move in time to the music to such an extent that he won't peel away from a crime scene cause the timing with the music wasn't right was exciting. If you like a movie, that is predominately a music video you will love this. As to the gangster elements they are there: guns, car chases, sociopathic behavior. And for the person who likes there movie stars to look like movie stars there is Jon Hamm, Lily James and Eliza Gonzalez.What more can you ask for?



Man, I used to love this movie but I haven't seen it in like 30 yards.
I'm not surprised. Unless you've got a massive TV or are at the cinema, you should sit much closer to the screen.



Casino, Donnie Brasco, Pulp Fiction, Boyz 'N The Hood, The Departed, State of Grace, The Irishman, Carlito's Way, American Gangster, New Jack City, Gangs of New York...
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This thread needs more Japanese gangster movies. Some of my favorites are Sonatine, Dead or Alive 1 and 2 and Tokyo Drifter.
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I'm not surprised. Unless you've got a massive TV or are at the cinema, you should sit much closer to the screen.
Ha! How'd that happen?



Most of the best ones have already been mentioned, but one little film that surprised me back in the 90s, and that I still enjoy is Suicide Kings



It's not perfect, but it has a solid young cast (Henry Thomas, Jeremy Sisto, Jay Mohr, Johnny Galecki), plus Christopher Walken. Denis Leary is also great as Walken's "muscle".
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Well, that's probably why I liked it, since I actually don't like Goodfellas all that much other than as an exercise in cinema.
It's interesting that you say that about Goodfellas, as I've always felt that that criticism applies much more to Crossing; yes, it did a pretty good job of updating old-school Gangster movies & Film Noir/literature with the Coens' quirky sensibilities, but it still mostly felt like an excuse to just tribute other movies, failing somewhat to tell a story that was legitimately engaging in its own right. It doesn't fare very when compared to something like L.A. Confidential, which was obviously intended as a tribute to Noir conventions/cliches to a certain extent, but whose plot was still just as engaging as just about anything else in that genre, as it's a film that stands on its own two feet even when not comparing it to any older work, something that Miller's Crossing just doesn't do IMO, so I have to agree with Ebert on this one.



I watched Romanzo Criminale (2005) yesterday and thought that was very good. Suburra (2015) is another good one and I also like the Japanese films Outrage and Brother starring Takeshi Kitano.



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Pixote is basically a gangster movie, yeah?



It's interesting that you say that about Goodfellas, as I've always felt that that criticism applies much more to Crossing; yes, it did a pretty good job of updating old-school Gangster movies & Film Noir/literature with the Coens' quirky sensibilities, but it still mostly felt like an excuse to just tribute other movies, failing somewhat to tell a story that was legitimately engaging in its own right. It doesn't fare very when compared to something like L.A. Confidential, which was obviously intended as a tribute to Noir conventions/cliches to a certain extent, but whose plot was still just as engaging as just about anything else in that genre, as it's a film that stands on its own two feet even when not comparing it to any older work, something that Miller's Crossing just doesn't do IMO, so I have to agree with Ebert on this one.
Yeah, I definitely don't feel that about MC, it feels like a unique little film to me very much standing on its own, from the characters to the story to the acting to the Coen's direction, a rewarding third act and climax, probably a lot of other things I like about it too. I really love the story and arc of Tom Reagan, one of my favorite film characters.
When I say I don't enjoy Goodfellas except as an exercise in cinema what I mean is that I have great respect for the filmmaking that went into creating it, I just don't care for the story, I pretty much hate every character (again, except for Paul Sorvino), and I get really bored watching it, especially the third act. It's a great outing for Scorsese as a director, but I just don't give a **** about anything that happens in the movie and I don't care if Henry Hill lives or dies or gets shot in the foot by Joe Pesci or anything else. I know I'm on an island on this but, like I said, this isn't a genre I enjoy much, I really don't enjoy watching bad people act badly. If I watch it at all, I watch it for Scorsese's craft, not because I like the movie as a whole, which I don't. Maybe if Goodfellas strayed more from the true story and gave me a third act that was exciting I could warm up to it at least, but maybe not. I do have love for The Godfather, Miller's Crossing, and some old black and white gangster movies, but GF is not for me.