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Favorite Gangster Films
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The Untouchables (1987)
Director: Brian De Palma
Starring: Kevin Costner, Sean Connery, Robert De Niro, Andy Garcia, Charles Martin Smith, Richard Bradford, Billy Drago and Patricia Clarkson
Federal Agent Eliot Ness sets out to stop Al Capone; because of rampant corruption, he assembles a small, hand-picked team.
Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
Director: Arthur Penn
Starring: Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, Michael J. Pollard, Gene Hackman, Estelle Parsons, Denver Pyle, Dub Taylor and Gene Wilder
Bonnie Parker is bored with life and wants a change. She gets her chance when she meets a charming young drifter by the name of Clyde Barrow. Clyde has dreams of a life of crime that will free him from the hardships of the Depression. The two fall in love and begin a crime spree that extends from Oklahoma to Texas.
They rob small banks with skill and panache, soon becoming minor celebrities known across the country. People are proud to have been held up by Bonnie and Clyde; to their victims, the duo is doing what nobody else has the guts to do. To the law, the two are evil bank robbers who deserve to be gunned down where they stand.
The Cotton Club (1984)
Directed by Francis Ford Coppola
Starring: Richard Gere, Gregory Hines, Diane Lane, Lonette McKee, Bob Hoskins, Fred Gwynne, Nicolas Cage, James Remar, Allen Garfield, Gwen Verdon, Maurice Hines, Laurence Fishburne, Tom Waits, Jennifer Grey, James Russo and John P.Ryan
The Cotton Club was a famous night club in Harlem owned by gangster Owney Madden. The story follows the people that visited the club: movie stars, entertainers and mobsters including Dutch Schultz and Lucky Luciano, and those who ran it. It is peppered with the Jazz music that made it so famous.
Director: John Milius
Starring: Warren Oates, Ben Johnson, Michelle Phillips, Harry Dean Stanton, Geoffrey Lewis, John P. Ryan, Richard Dreyfuss, Steve Kanaly and Cloris Leachman
John Dillinger and his gang, including Baby Face Nelson, Henry Pierpont, Homer Van Meter and Pretty Boy Floyd, go on a bank robbing spree across the mid-west but one G-Man, Melvin Purvis, is determined to bring them down.
Donnie Brasco (1997)
Director: Mike Newell
Starring: Al Pacino, Johnny Depp, Michael Madsen, Bruno Kirby, Anne Heche, James Russo and Zeljko Ivanek
Joseph Pistone, an FBI undercover agent, infilitrates the mob and finds himself identifying more with the Mafia life at the expense of his real one, especially because of his close friendship with gangster Benjamin 'Lefty' Ruggiero.
Director: Barry Levinson
Starring: Warren Beatty, Annette Bening, Harvey Keitel, Ben Kingsley, Elliott Gould, Joe Mantegna, Richard C. Sarafian and Bebe Neuwirth
The story of how gangster Benjamin 'Bugsy' Siegel built and opened The Pink Flamingo Hotel & Casino and brought the mob to Las Vegas.
Public Enemies (2009)
Director: Michael Mann
Starring: Christian Bale, Johnny Depp, Marion Cotillard, Giovanni Ribisi, Channing Tatum, Stephen Graham, James Russo, Stephen Dorff, David Wenham, Jason Clarke, Carey Mulligan, Casey Siemaszko, Lili Taylor, Leelee Sobieski, Billy Crudup and Diana Krall
In the shadow of the Great Depression, criminal minds are thriving, notorious men such as John Dillinger, "Baby Face" Nelson and "Pretty Boy" Floyd, and it's up to J. Edgar Hoover and the FBI to bring them down in this gritty crime drama.
The Krays (1990)
Director: Peter Medak
Starring: Gary Kemp, Martin Kemp, Billie Whitelaw, Tom Bell, Susan Fleetwood, Charlotte Cornwell, Kate Hardie, Avis Bunnage, Alfred Lynch, Gary Love, Steven Berkoff, Jimmy Jewel, Barbara Ferris, Victor Spinetti and John McEnery
Fact-based drama following the lives of the twin crime-lords in London's '60s underworld.
Director: John Gray
Starring: Adrian Pasdar, Eric Roberts, Ally Sheedy, Titus Welliver, Anthony Crivello, Maria Pitillo, Jimmie F. Skaggs and Dominic Chianese
While Al Capone works his way up from top-dog street gang thug captain in Chicago to U.S. crime king, his brother Jimmy Capone chooses the righteous way, leaving Illinois for small town Harmony in Nebraska, where he adopts the alias Richard Hart, marries teacher Kathleen, has offspring and becomes its incorruptible town marshal with a loyal Indian deputy.
When his efficient fight against Al's illegal alcohol trade starts to bite financially, the gang's top lawyer is sent to buy 'Hart' or order his death he but recognizes Jimmy and arranges a fraternal reunion in Chicago. Yet no money nor threats can turn Jimmy bad...
Bloody Mama (1970)
Director: Roger Corman
Starring: Shelley Winters, Don Stroud, Pat Hingle, Diane Varsi, Bruce Dern, Clint Kimbrough, Robert De Niro, Robert Walden, Alex Nicol and Scatman Crothers
A psychological gangster film based on fact. Machine gun totin' Ma Barker lead her family gang (her sons) on a crime spree in the Depression era, including kidnapping a happy-go-lucky millionaire and holding him for ransom.
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