#1 Edited by crusader8463 (14412 posts) -

So for the last few days I have been playing Omerta: City of Gangsters and now I find myself in the mood to dive into that era some more by watching some movies. I was wondering what were some of your folks favourite gangster movies set back in the early 1900's? Don't really care if its from the cops side or the gangsters just something involving organized crime in that time period.

EDIT: Just to be a bit more clear I'm looking more for modern made movies, like stuff made from the 70's-80's forward, but just set during the early 1900's. Or at this point I'm just happy with peoples favourite crime/gang themed movies. I'm trying to find stuff that's good that wouldn't necessarily be in every single top 10 gangster films of all time kind of thing.

#2 Posted by Mesoian (1572 posts) -

LA Confidential.

#3 Posted by EarlessShrimp (1631 posts) -

Matlese Falcon is good... The Big Sleep was alright, nowhere near as amazing as the book. I haven't seen other Raymond Chandler books made into movies, but I would say watch those too. Ummm a goo recent-er one would be Chinatown, it's a little long but the movie is so worth it! If I think of more I'll post some more.

#4 Posted by MistaSparkle (2148 posts) -

I just watched The Untouchables on Netflix a few days ago and really enjoyed it. Nothing spectacular, but I'm a sucker for anything in the style of the early 1900's.

#5 Posted by Video_Game_King (36026 posts) -

I think you mean old crimey.

#6 Posted by crusader8463 (14412 posts) -

@MistaSparkle said:

I just watched The Untouchables on Netflix a few days ago and really enjoyed it. Nothing spectacular, but I'm a sucker for anything in the style of the early 1900's.

I was trying to remember the name of that movie. That was one of the ones I was looking for.

#7 Posted by EarlessShrimp (1631 posts) -

@MistaSparkle said:

I just watched The Untouchables on Netflix a few days ago and really enjoyed it. Nothing spectacular, but I'm a sucker for anything in the style of the early 1900's.

That's a really good one too. Also I think it might be set a little later, but Once Upon a Time in America was pretty crazy too.

#8 Posted by Christoffer (1758 posts) -

I can never not recommend The Killers

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#9 Posted by MistaSparkle (2148 posts) -

@crusader8463: You should watch it! Also I think Gangster Squad is coming out soon or already is. I've been meaning to go see it, so hopefully sometime this week I can go do that.

#10 Posted by NicksCorner (410 posts) -

I've only seen it once many years ago, but I recall The Sting to be great.

#11 Posted by crusader8463 (14412 posts) -

@MistaSparkle: It looks like a good movie but I don't go to the theaters so I will have to wait for DVD.

#12 Edited by PrimalHorse (72 posts) -

I'd reccomend watching boardwalk empire, it deals with the exact same time period and setting.

http://www.hbo.com/boardwalk-empire/index.html

Its also awesome.

Once Upon a Time in America also

#13 Posted by ZeForgotten (10397 posts) -

The Godfather. 
I like all 3 of the movies though the first one is clearly the best. 
 
But I guess I'm the only one

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#14 Posted by JaredA (820 posts) -

The Godfather part I, The Godfather part II, and The Godfather part III.

#15 Posted by crusader8463 (14412 posts) -

@PrimalHorse: I just watched a trailer on youtube and it looks interesting. I had avoided it because all I ever heard people say about it was that they didn't enjoy it. Maybe I will feel the same way but the trailer looked good enough that I'm willing to give it a go.

@ZeForgotten: @JaredA: I'm gonna give them a go. I remember seeing them a long time ago but forget enough that I'm good rewatching them.

#16 Posted by I_Stay_Puft (3028 posts) -

Chinatown was a good 1930-40's piece on LA during that time.

#17 Posted by LiquidPrince (15844 posts) -

Double Indemnity?

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#18 Posted by Yummylee (21270 posts) -

@PrimalHorse said:

I'd reccomend watching boardwalk empire, it deals with the exact same time period and setting.

http://www.hbo.com/boardwalk-empire/index.html

Its also awesome.

Yes.

YES!

#19 Posted by VierasTalo (677 posts) -

The Big Heat is a cool noir from Fritz Lang. More police procedural-stuff than most noirs, giving it a distinctive feel.

#20 Posted by TheVeteran13 (1197 posts) -

It's not a gangster movie but the original Oceans Eleven is a favorite of mine.

#21 Posted by Grissefar (2842 posts) -

Rear Window is pretty good.

#22 Posted by Kidavenger (3511 posts) -
#23 Posted by Tylea002 (2295 posts) -

You should really watch LA Confidential.

#24 Posted by crusader8463 (14412 posts) -

@Tylea002: I am. It's at the top of my list at the moment. Looks good.

#25 Posted by Veektarius (4601 posts) -

@crusader8463 said:

@Tylea002: I am. It's at the top of my list at the moment. Looks good.

It's my favorite.

#26 Posted by Venatio (4482 posts) -
@Yummylee said:

@PrimalHorse said:

I'd reccomend watching boardwalk empire, it deals with the exact same time period and setting.

http://www.hbo.com/boardwalk-empire/index.html

Its also awesome.

Yes.

YES!

Watch Boardwalk Empire, just do it
#27 Edited by JadeGL (749 posts) -

Bonnie and Clyde

Road to Perdition fits, though I don't remember loving it.

I know this is a little older than the time frame you mentioned, but Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid is also great. I ended up watching The Sting (which was already mentioned) because of this movie.

And then, after all that, if you want a movie that makes fun of those tropes, there's always Johnny Dangerously which I have a weird love for, even though I know it's not a great movie.

#28 Edited by Morello (77 posts) -

@LiquidPrince: @LiquidPrince said:

Double Indemnity?

Great film. The Big Heat is also worth checking out if you get a taste for film noir.

Edit: whoops, beaten to it.

#29 Edited by Redbullet685 (6025 posts) -

The Godfather, LA Confidential, and The Untouchables are great. I haven't seen Goodfellas but that's supposed to be good. And I really love Dog Day Afternoon. It takes place during the early 70s so I'm not sure if that's "old timey" enough for ya but its a classic.

@JadeGL said:

Road to Perdition fits, though I don't remember loving it.

And I forgot about this one, but its also pretty great. And it stars Tom Hanks. Who doesn't love Tom Hanks?

#30 Posted by Fredddi43 (318 posts) -

The newly released Gangster Squad is pretty awesome

#31 Posted by Yummylee (21270 posts) -

@Redbullet685 said:

@JadeGL said:

Road to Perdition fits, though I don't remember loving it.

And I forgot about this one, but its also pretty great. And it stars Tom Hanks. Who doesn't love Tom Hanks?

I like Road to Perdition, but it's primarily for its fantastic soundtrack and cinematography. In all honesty I didn't think Tom Hanks really fit the role and I was just never able to properly perceive him as a mobster, least of all the silent, stoic kind. Both Jude Law and Paul Newman are great, though, and even Daniel Craig does an OK job at playing a total scumbag.

#32 Edited by ArtisanBreads (3753 posts) -

Chinatown.

There are other good ones but this is the best. It's one of my very favorite movies.

You really have to see it.

EDIT: I just put up a trailer but watching it, it shows more than I would recommend seeing going in.

#33 Edited by Daneian (1207 posts) -

Seijun Suzuji's Tokyo Drifter and Branded to Kill yakuza films.

#34 Posted by Pr1mus (3813 posts) -

@Yummylee said:

@Redbullet685 said:

@JadeGL said:

Road to Perdition fits, though I don't remember loving it.

And I forgot about this one, but its also pretty great. And it stars Tom Hanks. Who doesn't love Tom Hanks?

I like Road to Perdition, but it's primarily for its fantastic soundtrack and cinematography. In all honesty I didn't think Tom Hanks really fit the role and I was just never able to properly perceive him as a mobster, least of all the silent, stoic kind. Both Jude Law and Paul Newman are great, though, and even Daniel Craig does an OK job at playing a total scumbag.

That scene when

Sullivan walks into the hotel and shoots Rooney... one of my favorite scene of any movie ever.

Truly a beautiful movie... in a dark and violent kind of way i suppose.

As for other suggestions i'd say Public Enemies fits the profile and is definitely worth a watch.

#35 Posted by Bwast (1342 posts) -

Miller's Crossing.

#36 Posted by Counterclockwork87 (604 posts) -

White Heat

#37 Posted by Saik0u (76 posts) -

Dont know if it is any good, but The Black Dahlia fits i think.

I watched Lawless some time ago, and thought it was kind of cool. Lower tier booze mafia stuff.

#38 Posted by nintendoeats (5975 posts) -

I watched The Sting last week, that move is quite good. It's a bit like a less wacky version of The Italian Job.

#39 Posted by hwy_61 (922 posts) -

@Mesoian said:

LA Confidential.

That's not exactly early 1900's, but nonetheless a FANTASTIC, FUCKING MOVIE.

#40 Posted by thebatmobile (979 posts) -

@Video_Game_King said:

I think you mean old crimey.

Wibbly wobbly timey crimey.

#41 Posted by StudsMcKewl (68 posts) -

Goodfellas.

#42 Posted by Bismarck (430 posts) -

@EarlessShrimp said:

Matlese Falcon is good...

I totally agree

#43 Posted by XtremePudim (86 posts) -

if you are willing to be flexible, Brick is a great movie. While it takes place in what feels like a early 2000s American high school, it is a crime noir film through an through, and a really good one. its heavily influenced by the great noir movies and the hard-boiled detective novels of Dashiell Hammett.

#44 Edited by Castiel (2529 posts) -

It's already been mentioned, but that's not gonna stop me: You SHOULD really watch Boardwalk Empire.

I know it's a TV show and all but it's set in Atlantic city during the 1920'es and it stars Steve Buscemi in one of his best roles, plus Martin Scorcese is a producer, and he also directed the pilot, on the show and one of the head writers from The Sopranose created it... so... yeah it's pretty great to say the least.

Just watch it.

#45 Posted by BillyTheKid (484 posts) -

I second Boardwalk Empire. The characters are decent, one in particular is amazing and I love him. That is all I can say without spoiling, though it is one of my favorite gang related pieces of media, without a doubt my favorite gang drama TV show. I recommend checking it out.

Millers Crossing, The Departed, Reservoir Dogs, Scarface (old or new), Goodfellas (These last were listed in no particular order.)

#46 Posted by Chontamenti (153 posts) -

HEAT, with Pachino and de Niro. Great movie from the 90's!

Also The Godfather, and Scarface! "The world is yours" =D

#47 Posted by PenguinDust (12450 posts) -

Here are a few suggestions. Nearly all are set in the 40s or earlier. Two are set more recently but have an old film feel.

  1. The Asphalt Jungle (1950) [Trailer]
  2. The Road to Perdition (2002) [Trailer]
  3. Miller's Crossing (1990) [Trailer]
  4. Bonnie & Clyde (1967) [Trailer]
  5. The Untouchables (1987) [Trailer]
  6. The Sting (1973) [Trailer]
  7. The Killing (1956) [Trailer]
  8. Night and the City (1950) [Trailer]
  9. The Public Eye (1992) [Trailer]
  10. Dead Again (1991) [Trailer]
  11. The Grifters (1990) [Trailer]
  12. K-20: The Fiend with Twenty Faces (2008) [Trailer]
  13. Kung-Fu Hustle (2004) [Trailer]
  14. Let the Bullets Fly (2010) [Trailer]

Chinatown, L.A. Confidential and The Maltese Falcon have been mentioned already, but I fully support their suggestion.

#48 Edited by ArtisanBreads (3753 posts) -

I love when you can tell half the posters didn't read the OP. Or even half of the thread title.

#49 Posted by crusader8463 (14412 posts) -

@PenguinDust: Thanks for taking the time to make the list and include links. I know how much work a post like that can take some times. I already had a lot of those on the list, but I added the Asian films near the bottom for some variety. They look extremely interesting.

Any who, just got done watching LA Confidential -I really enjoyed it- and am about to watch road to perdition. It's been a movie I have been meaning to watch for awhile now but I kept putting it off. Here's hoping it's a good one!