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Greatest Classic Mob Characters: 7 Roles That Live on Through Big Screen

By    |   Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 12:38 PM

Fictional or historical, classic characters from mob movies more often than not rose from poverty to a world of high-power, high-risk crime. Such characters usually have a lust for power, a wicked ability to kill, and a tendency to manipulate.

The following are seven classic characters from mob movies that won't soon be forgotten:

1. Vito Corleone


Played by Robert De Niro and Marlon Brando, Vito Corleone is the patriarch of the Corleone family in the "The Godfather" franchise. Both De Niro and Brando received Oscars for their acting efforts. The American Film Institute voted Corleone's line, "I'm gonna make him an offer he can't refuse" the second-greatest movie quote of all time.

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2. Tony Montana

Ranked 27th on Empire's list of The 100 Greatest Movie Characters, Tony Montana (played by Al Pacino) is the main character in the 1983 film "Scarface." Memorable for his lust for power, ill-fated loyalty to his sister, and quickness to kill, Montana is truly a classic gangster character.

3. Marsellus Wallace

Played by Ving Rhames in the 1994 cult classic "Pulp Fiction," Marsellus Wallace is a powerful gangster who seems to be everyone's boss. According to The Huffington Post's list of "Pulp Fiction" Fan Theories, the briefcase that is continually used as a plot device and never explained really contains Wallace's soul.

4. Henry Hill


A real-life mobster from New York, Henry Hill (played by Ray Liotta) is the main character in the 1990 movie "Goodfellas." Hill was both a part of the Lucchese crime family and a police informant. According to Mental Floss, some of Hill's most famed crimes and escapades had to be left out of the movie due to length concerns.

5. Michael Corleone


The main character of the "The Godfather" franchise, Michael Corleone (played by Al Pacino), wants nothing to do with his family's business, the Mafia. However, circumstances require him to eventually get involved with the underworld of organized crime. Despite his pivotal role as a gangster, he still seeks honor and legitimacy. The first movie of the three-part franchise won three Academy Awards and seven Golden Globes.

6. Al Capone


The notorious gang lord has had two movies, "Al Capone" (1959) and "The Untouchables" (1987) made about his life. Both movies depict Capone (played by Rod Steiger in 1959 and Robert De Niro in 1987) as a scar-faced, ruthless, and ambitious man. Share Ranks considers Capone to be the second on its list of Top 20 Most Successful gangsters.

7. David 'Noodles' Aaronson

Protagonist of the 1984 "Once Upon a Time in America," David 'Noodles' Aaronson (Robert De Niro) is a gangster who tackles poverty, jail time, and high risk in his search for power and fame. The Boston Phoenix considers Aaronson to be a Hamlet figure.

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