101 Gangster Movies You Must See Before You Die

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Synopsis: Long before the release of such memorable gangster films as The Godfather and Bonnie and Clyde, tough guys portrayed by Edward G. Robinson, Jimmy Cagney, Humphrey Bogart, and other pioneers in the crime genre were shooting up movie screens. This intensely readable summary of the best gangster films ever made spans the decades from the 1930s to the present day. Films cited in this book include:

The Big Sleep * Bonnie and Clyde * Bullitt * Dillinger * Each Dawn I Die * Gangs of New York * The Godfather, I and II * L.A. Confidential * Little Caesar * The Petrified Forest * Scarface * This Gun for Hire * White Heat . . . and many more

Films are presented in chronological order to illustrate the genre's development and the impact early artists had on later directors, actors, and technicians. Plot summaries are presented, casts and credits are listed, and illustrations include ad posters and evocative movie stills. More than 200 illustrations.

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Angels With Dirty Faces * Dillinger * Get Shorty * King of New York * Donnie Brasco * The Big Sleep * Bloody Mama * The Godfather * The Departed * Get Carter * Infernal Affairs * Force of Evil * Goodfellas * Little Caesar * The Krays * Hard-Boiled * Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels * Marked Woman * The Glass Key * The Killers * Carlito's Way * Bonnie and Clyde * Pépé le Moko * Point Blank * Reservoir Dogs * Underworld * Rififi * White Heat * The St. Valentine's Day Massacre * Sexy Beast * Scarface * Shaft * Touch of Evil * Prizzi's Honor * The Musketeers of Pig Alley * Road to Perdition * The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond * The French Connection * Menace II Society * New Jack City * Heat * The Long Good Friday * This Gun for Hire * The Usual Suspects * Casino * Dead End * Brother * City Streets

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From the Prohibition-era classics of Mervyn LeRoy and William A. Wellman to the mean streets and Mafiosi of Francis Ford Coppola and Martin Scorsese, 101 Gangster Movies You Must See Before You Die explores the rise of the gangster movie to the popular phenomenon it is today. Whether holding up the local liquor store or wheeling and dealing in the spider web of organized crime, the fictional characters on the big screen are never too far from the real world.

The gangster genre kicked off with actors like James Cagney and Edward G. Robinson. Their tough-guy stances set the tone for the development of the devious, crazy, and charismatic crooks played by Al Pacino and Robert De Niro. One-line quips, sharp suits, a sense of camaraderie, and grisly killings define the genre that has given us some of cinema's most memorable moments depicting society's underbelly in action.

With insight from critics, film historians, and academics, 101 Gangster Movies You Must See Before You Die brings passion and knowledge to a wealth of dirty rats, dons, molls, hoods, shootouts, holdups, heists, gangs, murders, drug deals, and car chases. And in the closing reels you will wonder whose side you are really on--the good guys' or the bad guys'?

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Steven Jay Schneider is a film critic, scholar, and producer. He is editor of 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die, 101 Horror Movies You Must See Before You Die, and 101 Sci-Fi Movies You Must See Before You Die, all available from Barron's. He is also the author and editor of many other books on film.

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Publisher: Barron's Educational Series
Publication Date: 2009
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