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AFI's 10 Top 10 Film Genres

Part 3 - Gangster Films



Gangster Films:
Please see Filmsite's extensive section on Gangster (Crime) Films

AFI described gangster films as "a genre that centers on organized crime or maverick criminals in a twentieth century setting. Profit-minded and highly entrepreneurial, the American gangster is the dark side of the American dream. The gangsters' lifestyles are portraits in extremes, with audiences cheering their excesses and reveling in their demise."

Nominees: Robert De Niro was the most featured actor with seven movies; James Cagney and Al Pacino were featured with five movies each.

Winners: The Godfather (1972) (# 1), GoodFellas (1990) (# 2), The Godfather, Part II (1974) (# 3), White Heat (1949) (# 4), Bonnie and Clyde (1967) (# 5), Scarface: The Shame of a Nation (1932) (# 6), Pulp Fiction (1994) (# 7), The Public Enemy (1931) (# 8), Little Caesar (1930) (# 9), Scarface (1983) (# 10).

Comments: Some Like It Hot (1959) was not a gangster film, by any stretch of the imagination, and shouldn't have been in the nominees list. Not included in the top 10: The Roaring Twenties (1939), Reservoir Dogs (1992), Miller's Crossing (1990), or Boyz N the Hood (1991)?


AFI's 10 Top 10 Film Genres
Introduction | Part 1 - Animated | Part 2 - Fantasy | Part 3 - Gangster | Part 4 - Science Fiction | Part 5 - Western
Part 6 - Sports | Part 7 - Mystery | Part 8 - Romantic Comedy | Part 9 - Courtroom Drama | Part 10 - Epic



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