all about Mobsters
I had to think about mobster movies I've enjoyed. It's not my favorite genre, which made this a bit of a challenge.
1. Goodfellas: I watched this as part of my first 101 Things in 1001 Days, not expecting to like it, but I did after all. Ray Liotta grows up in the New York mob.
2. On the Waterfront: "I coulda been a contender," Marlon Brando laments, "instead of a bum" (or a longshoreman) "which is what I am." But what a longshoreman as he stands tall against the dockside mob.
3. The Public Enemy: Mashing a grapefruit in his girlfriend's face is mild compared to the lengths James Cagney will go to as he climbs the ranks of the Chicago underworld.
4. White Heat: More James Cagney, this time as a psychopathic criminal bent on assembling a gang and knocking over the payroll of a chemical plant. He'll shoot his best friend in the face. But he loves his ma.
5. Pulp Fiction: Lives in and out of the underworld intersect, but easily the most entertaining segments are the interchanges between hitmen Samuel L. Jackson and John Travolta.