Mob films/gangster films are a sub genre of
American crime films dealing with organised
crime, usually specific with the mafia in a lot of
gangster films. Also, in a lot of gangster/mob films
there is a considerable overlap of film noir
meaning that the gangster films will be marked
with pessimism, fatalism and menace.
The first ever gangster film that was created was called The musketeers
of pig alley released in 1912.
The film was produced in America by a man called D.W Griffith.
The film is about a poor married couple living in New York City. The
husband works as a musician and must travel often for work. When
returning, his wallet is taken by a gangster His wife goes to a ball where
a man tries to drug her, but his attempt is stopped by the same man
who robbed the husband. The two criminals become rivals, and a
shootout ensues. The husband gets caught in the shootout and
recognizes one of the men as the gangster who took his money. The
husband sneaks his wallet back and the gangster goes to safety in the
couple's apartment. Policemen track the gangster down but the wife
gives him a false alibi.
Another early gangster film produced was called Underworld, this was
an American gangster film that was released in 1927.
The film was produced by B.P Schulberg and Hector Turnbull with
cinematography by Bert Glennon and E Lloyd Sheldon.
The film narrative runs through four stages, 1st stage being where the
main character Bull Weed meets a drunk guy who is seen as a witness
of a bank robbery, his nickname is Rolls Royce. 2nd stage is where we
mainly focus on the main characters girlfriend called feathers. 3rd stage
is where Bull weed gets arrested for killing his rival gangster Buck
Mulligan for messing with his girlfriend feathers, and feathers and
Rolls Royce try and get Bull weed out of jail. 4th stage is where Bull
weed escapes from jail.
The killing was a gangster film noir made in America in 1956.
The film was produced by James B. Harris and directed by Stanley
Narrative: The narrative is about a veteran criminal called Johnny Clay
planning to rob 2 million dollars, George Petty (the teller) tells his wife
Sherry about the upcoming robbery and after learning about the
robbery coming up, she enlists her lover Val Cannon to steal the money.
The robbery is successful and the conspirators meet at an apartment to
meet up with Johnny to divide the money. A shootout breaks out when
Val shows up, and George being the sole survivor, goes back home and
shoots sherry before dying. On his way to the apartment, Johnny sees
George is badly wounded and buys the biggest suitcase he finds to put
the money in, he then goes to the airport with his wife Faye to escape,
but 2 officers arrive and arrest them.
This film made a profit of $320,000.
American gangster is a biographical crime film made in American in
The film was produced and directed by Ridley Scott and was
distributed by Universal pictures.
The film is about the 1970s Harlem drug lord Frank Lucas and Richie
Roberts, the straight-arrow cop who took him down. Lucas's career is
heavily pregnant with one irresistible metaphor; he claimed to have
directly imported high-grade heroin into the United States from the far
east during the Vietnam war, hiding the drugs in the flag-bedecked
coffins of fallen American troops - containers that, naturally, no one
dared touch. Criminals tend also to be liars, of course, and it is possible
that this particular juicy detail may be exaggerated or just invented, but
director Ridley Scott has taken the inner-city urban myth at face value
in this muscular period drama starring Denzel Washington as New
York's emperor of smack, and Russell Crowe as the rumpled officer
coming after him.
American gangster made over $1oo million in profit
Since the first ever gangster film was made, the content has changed
loads from how they were made back in the early 1900’s to the 2000’s
and today. Most of the early gangster films are quite short films, Alot of
gangster films made in the 2000’s are a lot longer ad show a lot more
action than when they were first started being produced. Also a lot of
gangster films from the early 1900’s don’t show as much violence as
they do today. Overall the gangster genre has changed loads from when
it was first introduced.