America's 100 Greatest Movies
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AFI's 10 Top 10 Film Genres

Part 3 - Gangster Films



Gangster Films:
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."

(Winners marked with this icon and ranking number)

  1. AL CAPONE, Allied Artists, 1959
  2. ANGELS WITH DIRTY FACES, Warner Bros., 1938
  3. ATLANTIC CITY, Paramount, 1980
  4. THE BIG HEAT, Columbia, 1953
  5. BLOODY MAMA, American International, 1970
  6. BONNIE AND CLYDE, Warner Bros., 1967 (# 5)
  7. BOYZ N THE HOOD, TriStar, 1991
  8. A BRONX TALE, Savoy, 1993
  9. BROTHER ORCHID, Warner Bros., 1940
  10. BUGSY, TriStar, 1991
  11. BUGSY MALONE, Paramount, 1976
  12. BULLETS OVER BROADWAY, Miramax, 1994
  13. CASINO, Universal, 1995
  14. CITY STREETS, Paramount, 1931
  15. DEAD END, United Artists, 1937
  16. THE DEPARTED, Warner Bros., 2006
  17. DONNIE BRASCO, TriStar, 1997
  18. FORCE OF EVIL, MGM, 1948
  19. ‘G' MEN, Warner Bros., 1935
  20. GET SHORTY, MGM, 1995
  21. THE GODFATHER, Paramount, 1972 (# 1)
  22. THE GODFATHER PART II, Paramount, 1974 (# 3)
  23. GOODFELLAS, Warner Bros., 1990 (# 2)
  24. GUN CRAZY, United Artists, 1949
  25. HEAT, Warner Bros., 1995
  26. A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE, New Line, 2005
  27. KEY LARGO, Warner Bros., 1948
  28. THE KILLERS, Universal, 1946
  29. LITTLE CAESAR, First National, 1930 (# 9)
  30. MILLER'S CROSSING, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1990
  31. NEW JACK CITY, Warner Bros., 1991
  32. ON THE WATERFRONT, Columbia, 1954
  33. ONCE UPON A TIME IN AMERICA, Warner Bros., 1984
  34. OUT OF SIGHT, Universal, 1998
  35. PRIZZI'S HONOR, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1985
  36. THE PUBLIC ENEMY, Warner Bros., 1931 (# 8)
  37. PULP FICTION, Miramax, 1994 (# 7)
  38. RESERVOIR DOGS, Miramax, 1992
  39. THE RISE AND FALL OF LEGS DIAMOND, Warner Bros., 1960
  40. THE ROARING TWENTIES, Warner Bros., 1939
  41. SCARFACE: THE SHAME OF A NATION, United Artists, 1932 (# 6)
  42. SCARFACE, Universal, 1983 (# 10)
  43. SCARLET STREET, Universal, 1945
  44. SOME LIKE IT HOT, United Artists, 1959
  45. THIEVES LIKE US, United Artists, 1974
  46. TOUCH OF EVIL, Universal, 1958
  47. UNDERWORLD, Paramount, 1927
  48. THE UNTOUCHABLES, Paramount, 1987
  49. THE USUAL SUSPECTS, Gramercy, 1995
  50. WHITE HEAT, Warner Bros., 1949 (# 4)

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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