Best gangster movies other than godfathers, scarface and goodfellas


I love gangster movies. My favorite might be goodfellas even though I never been able to watch it full because of joe pesci character. I will watch it soon though. The most recent one I watched was the very good netflix original the drug king a south korean biopic. Watching that movie made me want to verify 2 theories. The first one was the raise and fall of the characters and the second one was the running time. Please feel free to mention gangster movies that are bad and good. Thank you and have a nice day

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Carlitos Way, Donnie Brasco, American Gangster, and Casino.
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I like ones from the 1930s the most, my two favourites being Little Caesar (1931) and The Public Enemy (1931). Really good performances from Edward G. Robinson and James Cagney respectively.

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Does City of God count?

The Untouchables (1987) is a great all rounder. Superb direction, acting, cinematography and score.

White Heat (1949) with James Cagney is also a movie Id class as gangster even though it may be described more as noir/crime.

Many of my favorites have been recommended already by others but one of my all time favorites is Miller's Crossing a great Coen Bros. film that got overshadowed by Goodfella's in 1990. I would throw a couple of humorous British gangster flicks in there Snatch and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. And I don't know if most would consider it a "Gangster" movie but I loved James Gandolfini's last film The Drop. Both he and Tom Hardy are amazing in that.

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I always enjoyed Angels with Dirty Faces with a terrific performance by some guy named Cagney and a early, decent supporting role by some other guy named Bogart.

White Heat (1949)
A Prophet (2009)... If you can call it gangsta flick.
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I'm not crazy about mafia movies so this is probably not the style you're looking for, but IMO, besides Pulp Fiction, the best gangster movies ever are:

In China They Eat Dogs (1999)
Old Men In New Cars (2002)

In that order. The first one is without a doubt the strongest of the two. Both are more on the black comedy side of things than straight up gangster movies, sort of a mix between Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Pulp Fiction, Palookaville and The Green Butchers, only different. Both have a good plot, solid drive, plenty of hilarious scenes and some great acting. In fact I'll challenge anyone to come up with a more believable psycho than what Kim Bodnia is delivering especially in the first one.

I'd say for anyone into any kind of gangster movies, those who have not yet seen these are missing out.

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I like Miller's Crossing myself. Although, admittedly, this is not my genre.

I like Miller's Crossing myself. Although, admittedly, this is not my genre.
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.

Some people appreciate it when movies have normal looking people in them, since it's manifestly silly when career criminals look like movie stars. And I have no idea why you feel "excitement and coolness" are tied to pretty looking actors, as opposed to how the film itself is constructed.

But, again, this is a sentiment for people who view movies as an art form rather than a purely commercial enterprise. It won't make sense to someone who views the world that way.