“The Godfather” is a wonderful classic movie, but in this list of five movies it’s being left out. Everyone knows that it is one of the greats, so in this list other classic crime movies are being looked at. If you love “The Godfather” and don’t know where to go, this list will be very helpful in finding that next movie. So read on to see which movie you should be watching tonight or this weekend.
1. “The Racket” (1928)
“The Racket” was an early silent mobster film. It was directed by Lewis Milestone and produced by Howard Hughes. This early crime film takes on corruption when a cop decides that he will bring down mobster Scarsi and his organization. What stands in his way is politicians and judges that are on the mobster’s side. Thomas Meighan, Louis Wolheim, and Marie Prevost starred in “The Racket.” This was made one year after “Underworld,” which is considered the first modern gangster film.
2. “The Lights of New York” (1928)
“The Lights of New York” is considered the first sound gangster film. What’s also interesting is this film is considered also as the first talkie too. Definitely one film for film buffs to watch considering it’s milestones. Bryan Foy directed “The Lights of New York.” The stars in this 1928 film were Helene Costello, Cullen Landis, and Eugene Pallette.
3. “The Roaring Twenties” (1939)
James Cagney had starred in plenty of crime films during his career. It was him and Edward G. Robinson that were the popular gangster characters of the early ’30s. In “Roaring Twenties,” Cagney is joined by another great, Humphrey Bogart. Raoul Walsh had directed “The Roaring Twenties.” In the film three war buddies come back from fighting in World War I and find out that crime is the way to go in Prohibitionist America. Of course they also learn that greed can kill a friendship.
4. “Out of the Past” (1947)
“Out of the Past” can be called the greatest film noir out there. It’s the performances of Robert Mitchum, Jane Greer, and Kirk Douglas that made this film great. Jacques Tourneur had directed the film, he’s known for “Cat People.” Like its title, the past comes back to haunts Mitchum’s character and that past is a femme fatale and a gangster…
5. “Once Upon a Time in America” (1984)
Sergio Leone is well known for his spaghetti westerns, but he also had his run in with the gangster genre. “Once Upon a Time in America,” had an all-starred cast like Robert De Niro, James Woods, Elizabeth McGovern, Joe Pesci, and and Danny Aiello. It like “The Godfather” you can say is pretty long. The film is around 229 minutes.
So that is some other options for fans of “The Godfather” to watch, thought don’t forget to watch “The Godfather” series once in awhile too. There is a variety of films from the silent era to the early ’80s on the list. You have your essentials to lesser known actors. So which movie will you be watching tonight? Share your thoughts about the films in the comments!