We’ve already covered some of the best crime movies ever made, but what about the individual gangsters who made those movies so great? We wanted to go back and take a look at some of the performances that defined those iconic gangster films, and see if we couldn’t isolate the 10 best gangsters in movie history and take a peek at what makes these violent, psychopathic criminals so compelling. Steeped in violence, crime, and profanity, many of the individuals portrayed here are downright despicable folks; so why can’t we turn off the television when they’re on the screen? That’s what we want to talk about today, and that’s what we want to hear from our readers about. Which one of these famous performances is your favorite, and why? Sound off in our comments section and let us know which gangster you’d root for in a shootout of epic proportions.
10. Bullet Tooth Tony (Snatch)
Guy Ritchie films are a gold mine for lists like this, as his movies tend to focus on the criminal underworld of the United Kingdom and feature a wide array of intriguing characters, not the least of which is Bullet Tooth Tony, the smarmy and intimidating enforcer portrayed by Vinnie Jones in Snatch. A big, nasty man with an even bigger and nastier gun (a Desert Eagle, .50 to be exact), Bullet Tooth Tony is an expert in intimidation, retrieval and enforcement services, a set of skills which make him very valuable to the higher ups of London’s seedy sects; when he’s called upon to do a job, Bullet Tooth Tony gets it done, as we see numerous times over the course of the film. Ritchie, who always pairs his violence with a wry sense of humor, imbues Bullet Tooth Tony with a levity that makes it almost amusing to watch him slam a car door on a man’s head. Funny how that works, eh?