Gangsters are, by definition, bad people. They're criminals and lowlifes and killers. The best new gangster films take us deep into their worlds. Although these people do very bad things, it's hard not to be fascinated by them. We all like staring into the dark abyss every once in a while. Seeing a film that dramatizes what it's like to live and operate in the violent underworld of crime holds a certain you-can't-look-away appeal. Ever since Francis Ford Coppola's classic The Godfather rocked the world, movies about gangsters of all varieties have been released with great consistency. Each year brings at least a few modern gangster movies.
Actors love playing these characters, as many recent gangster movies can attest to. John Travolta played notorious mob boss John Gotti in Gotti, while Johnny Depp earned raves as organized crime boss Whitey Bulger in Black Mass. Across the pond, Tom Hardy played twin British gangsters Reggie and Ron Kray in Legend. Other A-list stars have played fictional gangsters or people who come into contact with gangsters. Liam Neeson, Armie Hammer, and Brie Larson are three examples.
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