Feb 20 2009
Movie gangster or real gangster, it’s always been an allure for us in the public.Â Why? Â I think it’s pretty simple really.Â We’re always intrigued by people who don’t follow the rules.Â It doesn’t mean that we’ll go out and be gangsters, but for a couple hours we can imagine what a life like that might be like.
And when the directors and actors get it right, you actually root for these criminals.Â And these guys take form in all shapes and sizes, country of origin, and most importantly, willing to do anything and everything for their cause.
You won’t find anything from Goodfellas in here.Â These are the most 20 badasses fictional movie gangsters
The Godfather – Vito Corleone
Obviously you don’t start a list like this without the Godfather himself.Â Never has there been a bad guy portrayed in such a good light in cinema before.Â It’s amazing how much you root for this guy. Â Â Although I have to say I think De Niro playing a young Vito is a bit more badass than Brando.Â Brando’s character is a bit too old.Â Still though, highly badass.
Nikolai – Eastern Promises
It doesn’t get tougher than that naked knife fight scene in the bathroom.Â Viggo show’s his junk and also kills a guy in the process.Â Plus the dude is a cop.Â He ends up staying mafia though.Â Very badass.
Bricktop – Snatch
If I could understand half the words this guy was saying, I’d give him much more credit as a badass.Â Although feeding his victims to pigs was certainly an interesting move.Â Still though, Brad Pitt gets the best of him.
Frank Costello – The Departed
I personally thought this was one of Nicholson’s better roles.Â Â And it gave great insight into the Irish Mafia (what a dumb sentence).Â My favorite line:Â “snort it till your numb.”Â He truly was a sadistic son of a bitch wasn’t he?
Lil Ze – City of God
Perhaps no one was more psycho than the character of Lil Ze in City of God.Â The guy shot up an entire motel before the age of 13.Â Then he goes on to take over practically all of the drug trade in the slums of Rio.Â The guy is an absolute machine.Â If you haven’t see City of God, then you must.
Alex De Large – Clockwork Orange
If you don’t think that Clockwork Orange classifies as a gangster movie then what the hell do you call Alex’s little group?Â A book club?Â Nope, that was a gang and Alex was the King of that gang.Â Plus he masturbated to beheadings.Â It doesn’t get more hardcore than that.
Sonny LoSpecchio – Bronx Tale
Inventor of the door test and king of the neighborhood, Sonny was both a role model and a man to fear.Â What a great movie Bronx Tale was.Â Sonny definitely made it better.Â Â When he took out that biker gang, that was the epitome of badass.
Frank White – King of New York
Oh come on now.Â When you’re used in the lyrics of over 200 rap songs you know you have to have a large amount of street cred.
Michael CorleoneÂ -The Godfather
Second to Vito and first in our hearts is Michael Corleone.Â From goody two shoes solider to ruthless dictator, Corleone transforms before our eyes to become one of the most vicious gangsters that cinema has ever seen.Â Killing your own brother?Â Quite badass.
Big Chris – Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
It doesn’t get much cooler than the gun scene.Â Remember?Â Big Chris uses the term “balls” and how they’re definitely shriveling up for his enemies because they’re carrying replica guns unlike his massive pistol.Â Plus the guy is carrying around his son the whole time.Â What a stud.
Michael Sullivan – Road to Perdition
Irish mob movies don’t get much better than Road to Perdition.Â And I never thought I’d ever say Tom Hanks was a badass in anything but come on.Â The man has the balls to come back and wipe out almost an entire mob by himself.Â And he basically sacrifices himself for his son.
Marsellus Wallace – Pulp Fiction
Possibly given some of the coolest lines in movie history, Marsellus is one badass guy you do not want to mess with.Â If you do, “he’ll get medieval on your ass.”
Johnny Boy – Mean Streets
Robert De Niro getting two spots here.Â Most of you may not have seen Mean Streets but Johnny Boy is one crazy character.Â He may not have been a big time gangster, but he feared no man.
Joe Cabot – Reservoir Dogs
The leader.Â Not to mention it’s Laurence Tierney.Â Guy was born a badass.
Cody Jarrett – White Heat
Going back to 1949, Jame Cagney played this role to a tee.Â If you haven’t seen White Heat, it’s definitely worth it.Â Cagney plays a guy who breaks out of prison to lead his old gang in a chemical plant payroll heist.
Tony Montana – Scarface
Anyone who used the word f*&k that often has to be on this list.
Sonny Corleone – The Godfather
He may have died but you just don’t get much cooler than Sonny.Â Devoted to his family and will take down anyone who even remotely threatens them.Â Highly tempered but great with the ladies.
Han – Enter the Dragon
Han built up quite a little gang there in his private island.Â If it weren’t for Bruce Lee coming in and busting his ass he’d probably still be running his dope operation overseas.
Junior – Kiss of Death
He may have had asthma but he made a guy strip and bench pressed a chick 40 times.
The JokerÂ – Either Batman
Certainly a different kind of gangster and perhaps the scariest, the Joker isn’t on any side.Â He just is.
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