Gangster movies: A look at their enduring popularity

Nowadays, gangster movies are treated mostly like period pieces, occasions for actors to wear fedoras and shoot tommy guns and ride around in old jalopies. Sometimes the results are great — the contemporary touchstone for the gangster masterpiece is probably The Godfather, parts one and two. And recently, the great filmmaker Michael Mann threw his fedora into this ring with Public Enemies.

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