I dunno what it is, exactly, about gangster films being so enjoyable… but they are. Maybe they help us release our inner violent demons, maybe it's because we all secretly enjoy seeing two people in nice suits yell profanities at each other, or maybe it's just that great gangster films can bring out the best in writers, directors, and actors….I don't know.
What I do know is that these 10 films belong not only on a list of great gangster flicks, but a list of great films, period. Despite their sometimes numbing violence and narcissism, these are inherently very entertaining movies, every last one of them, and I hope you agree.
Of course, there are the admissions. Many flicks that several other people consider "gangster" films, I would put in another category — films like Heat, French Connection, and L.A. Confidential would be more "cop" movies, for me, and I wasn't quite sure what to classify Bonnie & Clyde.
And here are the ones I do consider gangster films, but sadly, these came up just a little bit short: Reservoir Dogs, Miller's Crossing, Road to Perdition, The Untouchables, Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch, Carlito's Way, Public Enemies, Mean Streets, Scarface (1932), and Little Caesar. I know, some of you will hate me for snubbing the above mentioned, but there is only room for the Top 10, and so it goes….