Rock n Rolla is quite good too.
Once Upon A Time In America
I can only assume that the posters which leave Scarface from their top 3 have never seen the film.
Scarface (Pacino) is massively overhyped.
Other excellent films include Once Upon a Time in America, Carlito's Way, The Departed, Lock Stock, Eastern Promises and Blow.
Blow & The Departed are two of my recent favourites.
I also think 'crime' should be separated from 'gangster'.
Godfather(s) and Scarface have to be amongst the most overrated films ever. Well, at least Godfather is recognised as the template for all other mafia type films but Scarface is actually a bit rubbish. I'd easily have the likes of Goodfellas, Casino, Donnie Brasco...ahead of them.
Funny how WirralRiddler pretends his opinions are above those of others when they're almost always wrong. Scarface is definitely overated.
Scarface was excellent till the last scene where he holds a light machine gun in one hand & an assault rifle in the other & destroys his enemies, we should have taught the British Army this technique we`d have had Iraq sorted in a week & have left Afghanistan 5 years ago victorious.
Gangs of New York
In that order, all top films, some based on actual events, whilst some are fiction but based on facts.
Was trying to think of A Bronx Tale.
I'll back WirralRiddler up here a little and say i love Scarface. Always have. Its not better than Godfather or Goodfellas but its not far off. I just love the soundtrack as well so much. Pacino's performance is magnificent as well. Its certainly not overrated.
Miller's Crossing is one not mentioned that i rate highly as well. True Romance is great shout, love that film. In the crime section some unmentioned i'd rate Leon The Professional, Chinatown, LA Confidential, No Country for Old Men and Sin City.
Top 5 Gangster i'd say right now without too much thought
Godfather (Trilogy, beats Goodfellas mainly cause three bigger than one)
Once Upon a Time in America
Was very difficult to choose after the top two. There's plenty of films all rated roughly the same in my head.
Once Upon A Time In America, L.A. Confidential and Chinatown are great shouts. You mention Miller's Crossing and I'm a bit surprised noone's said another Coen Brothers film - Fargo - yet.
Another crime film I highly rate and only recently rewatched is the French Connection with Gene Hackman.
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