After the Western, is there anything as quintessentially American in cinema as the gangster film? From The Musketeers Of Pig Alley back in 1912, to Public Enemy, via White Heat, The Godfather, Goodfellas, and now Black Mass, there’s always been an appeal to the genre.

This means that there’s plenty to choose from when it comes to actually sitting down and enjoying the gloriously rapscallion tales. Obviously, some of these slip through the cracks and out of public consciousness, but they still deserve to be seen. So here are five great gangster movies that you have probably never seen before. And if you have, you deserve to give yourself a hearty pat on the back.

The Roaring Twenties
The genre’s definitive lead, James Cagney almost single-handedly turned the gangster film into a part of the mainstream consciousness with his tough, magnetic, and energetic performances.

And if you’re looking for a classic gangster flick to watch from the golden of age of Hollywood, it really must star the great man.

The Roaring Twenties is a perfect choice because it spans 14 years, is set during the prohibition, when bootlegging and gangsters thrived, is anchored by its morals, and oozes star appeal thanks to the presence of Cagney and Humphrey Bogart.

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