Gangster Movies Term Paper by cee-cee

Gangster Movies
This paper provides an in-depth exploration of twentieth century gangster movies and crime films.
# 107649 | 9,352 words | 28 sources | MLA | 2008 | US
Published on Sep 09, 2008 in Film (General) , Criminology (General)

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The paper explains that, in the same way that the Wild West outlaw represented certain values to audiences of the nineteenth century, the urban, organized crime element came to represent many of the same values in the following century. The paper then discusses the films of the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s and relates that the first significant break from the traditional storytelling technique came with Francis Ford Coppola's 1972 creation of "The Godfather" that arguably set the tone for organized crime based films for the next three decades. The paper also focuses on the film "Goodfellas" by Martin Scorsese that attempted to make this picture of the dark side of the American dream a bit more vivid and even more gritty in its realism. Finally, the paper examines "The Sopranos" by David Chase that was a modern day fusion of many different ways of representing gangsters in entertainment that resulted in a shocking amount of realism.

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Biskend, Peter. "An American Family." Vanity Fair, April 2007. Available:
  • Earp Trial Homepage. "Shoot-Out Scenarios." University of Missouri, 2007. Available:
  • Faludi, Susan. "An American Myth rides off into the Sunset." New York Times, March 30, 2003. Available:
  • The Godfather. Feature film, directed by Francis Ford Coppola. 175 min. Paramount Pictures, 1972.
  • The Godfather Part II. Feature film, directed by Francis Ford Coppola. 200 min. Paramount Pictures, 1974.

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