Aside from Casino, Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci both shared the screen in the Martin Scorsese classic, Goodfellas. But the most memorable gangster depicted in that film was Henry Hill, and thanks to the film, he’s now better known as an FBI informant.
Frank Nitti’s role as Al Capone’s number-two man catapulted this mobster to a larger than life status, and Hollywood’s fascination with gangsters cemented the image. But in actuality, once Capone was out of the picture, Nitti was little more than a figurehead for The Chicago Outfit, rather than the man pulling the strings. Of course, that’s not a very compelling story. Luckily, Stanley Tucci‘s portrayal of Frank Nitti in The Road to Perdition is more in line with the myth.
Last but not least, we have Frank Lucas. In American Gangster, Lucas is played by Oscar winner Denzel Washington. This Ridley Scott film follows the gangsters rise and fall in his quest to control the Harlem heroin trade.