Themes have also included methods of evasion, attempts to escape or prove innocence, social consciousness and concern about the prison system, and the death-row experience. Editor's Picks Slimmer Suits The typical 1950s gangster dressed very similar to a common businessman not only because of their fedora but also because they wore suits. Mick Jagger — in his acting debut — plays reclusive rock star Turner. He was tried for her alleged murder when he took her for a boat ride on a lake and she drowned - and he ended up condemned to be executed. Director George Stevens' melodrama about class striving, , starred Montgomery Clift as young working-class George Eastman who fell passionately in love with debutante Angela Vickers Elizabeth Taylor , but then found that the world of privilege and wealth was unattainable when his needy, lower-class ex-girlfriend Shelley Winters revealed that she was pregnant. A 1992 Night and the City remake relocated to the story to New York, with Robert De Niro playing the lead, but that version lacked the tension and nervous energy that so infused the original. Layer Cake 2004 Layer Cake was instrumental in landing Daniel Craig the Bond role.
Mona Lisa is a quieter, more understated entry than the other films on this list. Dillinger - 1973, John Milius Warren Oates, Ben Johnson, Cloris Leachman 79. Most importantly, Meirelles paints a complex picture showing how great love and tragedy can coexist in the worst of conditions. Lang fled his homeland shortly thereafter. In Each Dawn I Die 1938 , Cagney starred as a reporter who was framed for murder by gangsters and sent to prison, where he was befriended by inmate gang boss George Raft. Cast solely with children, Bugsy Malone manages to turn the story of Al Capone into kid-friendly fare complete with musical numbers. It was a far more romanticized feel that was given to the films and something that was more along the lines of explaining just why the gangsters were the way they were.
Wellman James Cagney, Jean Harlow, Joan Blondell 9. King of the Roaring 20s - 1961, Joseph M. Tony Montana may have a chainsaw and a little friend, but the way Tony Paul Muni casually guns down a guy in a hospital bed is just as disturbing. In the light comedic caper Ocean's 11 1960 , the 'Rat Pack' Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. . James Cagney in his first staring role, plays Tom Powers, a cocky brutal and ruthless villain rising through the ranks of the Chicago crime world. Performance 1970 Mick Jagger and James Fox in Performance.
Child stars Elizabeth Taylor and Mickey Rooney were also paired in the popular family classic film Lassie Come Home 1943. Rififi — Jules Dassin 1955 I hate to make this point to the French, but one of the greatest French crime films ever made was actually directed by an American. In the film's twisting fateful conclusion, Ballentine jumped to his death from a window he expected to be convicted before the jury revealed its verdict - not guilty! City of God City of God Miramax While most gangster movies are set in grimy alleyways or lush mansions, City of God features an entirely different backdrop. Guy Ritchie injected new energy into the then-slumbering British gangster movie with. To stay in line with Gangster Squad, all of these films were made before 1950, so they lived in the era of the glamorous underworld and all the seedy, ruthless behavior it entailed. By Dave Calhoun, Cath Clarke, David Ehrlich, Tom Huddleston and Joshua Rothkopf.
In this case, they welcomed another genius in Jules Dassin, who was one of the many victims of the blacklisting craze in Hollywood during the McCarthy era. In 1912, directed , a short drama film about crime on the streets of filmed, however, at rumored to have included real gangsters as extras. Highlights include authentic New York locations and a velvety-voiced supporting cast. Corman's trashy gangster film Bloody Mama 1969 starred Shelley Winters as Ma Barker, in the first of his series of 'Mama' movies. All text is copyright of ©DigitalDreamDoor. Scarface - 1983, Brian De Palma Al Pacino, Steven Bauer 7.
The film indicted the prison system and cruel chain-gang treatment for causing his criminality. The only thing about this is that the reason he went up, not paying his taxes, is kind of a joke since he had more blood on his hands than many people in Chicago combined. But they are worth the wait, with his 2000 effort unlike any gangster movie ever made. At the meeting, Cory's henchman, Cute Freddie, shoots Martin and the latter kills Freddie. Hoodlum - 1997, Bill Duke Laurence Fishburne, Andy Garcia, Tim Roth 90.
Clitterhouse - 1938, Anatole Litvak Edward G. In a swing from the mostly sympathetic protagonist of that earlier film, Cagney plays the positively psychopathic Cody Jarrett, a ruthless gang leader with a semi-Oedipal fixation on his mother Margaret Wycherly. Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels Summit Entertainment The U. Griffith Elmer Booth, Lillian Gish, Alfred Paget 69. While The Public Enemy is moralistic, White Heat carries an air of tragedy. Diabolique — Henri-Georges Clouzot 1955 This film really still holds up some sixty years later, and the ending will leave you blown away and with a solid case of the goose bumps.
Morris off easily, the two men have a nasty confrontation. He used the dilapidated imagery of Great Depression-era America to tell the story of a gangster and his son fighting for revenge among the rubble. The first, clearly definitive example was one of the best hard-boiled detective pictures ever made - director John Huston's remarkable debut film. Some of Hollywood's finest exports are crime sagas, and the indie and foreign-film worlds have followed suit with classics of their own. Pro tennis player Guy Haines Farley Granger met deranged, maniacal sociopath Bruno Antony Robert Walker , who suggested that they solve each other's problems by swapping murders the killing of Guy's two-timing wife Miriam, and the elimination of Bruno's hated father. Following their collaboration in Goodfellas, Scorsese, De Niro and Pesci would team up again in 1995 with the film , based on , an associate of the who ran multiple casinos in Las Vegas during the 1970s and 1980s. Blandings Builds His Dream House 1948.
Miller's Crossing - 1990, Joel Coen Gabriel Byrne, Marcia Gay Harden, John Turturro 33. As stated, many films pushed the message that criminals were the result of a poor moral and economic society, and many are portrayed as having foreign backgrounds or coming from the lower class. Valentine's Day Massacre 1967 provided an account of the battle for Chicago's bootleg business between Al Capone and Bugs Moran. Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels finds the comedy in crime as a few hapless friends decide to become two-bit gangsters set on robbing their gun-toting neighbors. And Howard Hawks ended helming this tale of the rise — and inevitable fall — of Italian immigrant Tony Camonte Paul Muni , who goes from low-level enforcer to running Chicago, only to fall foul of the law. During the early years of crime film, Scarface, arguably the most violent of gangster films created during the entire decade, particularly was the subject of criticism.
When I do I don't tell the cops. And as soon as it does, Cagney swaggers and crackles his way onscreen and all thoughts of overfamiliarity are blown away. And one of the greatest final shots in film history. Martin Scorsese is undoubtedly one of the masters of the gangster movie. James Stewart as George Bailey contemplated suicide but after viewing the evil vision of Pottersville and being aided by angel Clarence decided to be reunited with his family in the sentimental ending. Max is one of the first classy and complex film gangsters with a morality of his own. Katharine Hepburn also played the role of socialite Tracy Lord opposite hand-picked Cary Grant as estranged husband C.