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Taylor Swift Can Perform Her Old Songs At The AMAs, Big Machine Says

The last several days have been interesting for Taylor Swift and her fans, who, until now, weren’t sure if the pop star would be cleared to perform her early hits at this year’s American Music Awards on Sunday, November 24. But now, after a public discourse about Swift’s rights as an artist and Big Machine’s rights as a label, the company has released another statement that seemingly approves the performance in question.

“The Big Machine Label Group and Dick Clark Productions announce that they have come to terms on a licensing agreement that approves their artists’ performances to stream post show and for re-broadcast on mutually approved platforms,” the statement reads. “This includes the upcoming American Music Awards performances.”

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Without naming Swift specifically, the label also tried to put an end to any confusion regarding whether or not artists need permission from their labels to perform on live TV. “It should be noted that recording artists do not need label approval for live performances on television or any other live media,” the statement continued. “Record label approval is only needed for contracted artists’ audio and visual recordings and in determining how those works are distributed.”

A few hours later, Dick Clark Productions, the producers of the AMAs, released a statement of their own — one that claims they never came to an agreement with Big Machine at all. “At no time did Dick Clark Productions agree to, create, authorize or distribute a statement in partnership with Big Machine Label Group regarding Taylor Swift’s performance at the 2019 American Music Awards,” the statement read. “Any final agreement on this matter needs to be made directly with Taylor Swift’s management team. We have no further comment.”

Though it’s unclear where all parties involved will go from here, there’s one thing we do know for sure: Swifties would love to see Swift perform some of her OG hits. And if what Big Machine said is true, we have a lot to look forward to come Sunday night.

Last Christmas’ Henry Golding Responds To James Bond Rumors

James Bond rumors have been absolutely rampant for years now. Given we’ve known Daniel Craig will be wrapping up his run after next year’s No Time To Die, there’s been a lot of open space and time for speculation. One of the names that has been more recently bandied about has been Henry Golding, the star of last year’s Crazy Rich Asians and this year’s Last Christmas. Now he’s spoken out about how he feels about the possibility of playing James Bond.

During a recent appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to promote Last Christmas, the late night host happened to mention the actor has made the Vegas leaderboard in regards to the odds he could become James Bond. Of course, this is simply based on fan betting at this point, but it does drive home the possibility. How does Henry Golding feel about the prospect? He said:

Of course, at this point it would be foolish for Henry Golding to extrapolate out the possibility too far. That would be setting yourself up for disappointment, and if you know anything about Golding’s background you should know he’s the type of person who has smoothly transitioned from career opportunity to career opportunity by rolling with the punches and saying yes to brand new experiences when they have come his way.

In fact, in the same interview, Henry Golding spoke out about the jobs he had prior to becoming a famous name in Hollywood, which included working red carpet gigs such as those for the Harry Potter franchise movies. He also was a TV host and even a hairdresser, noting that each time he’s transitioned it’s been because he strayed from the straight lane laid out before him.

Ultimately, we’ll have to wait and see if Henry Golding remains in the conversation once Barbara Broccoli and co. start taking a good, hard look at what’s coming next for the franchise (although they may have already), but having a Bond joke in Last Christmas likely will keep this particular conversation going a little longer. Plus, at the very least, Henry Golding is in good company in this particular Vegas-oriented rumor mill. Some other names being bandied about for the gig include the ever-popular Idris Elba, Richard Madden, Tom Hiddleston, Michael Fassbender and Cillian Murphy, according to recent betting odds. Those names join plenty of others that have been rumored over the last few years.

In the meantime, it’s worth pointing out that James Bond’s 25th feature No Time To Die has wrapped production and will be coming out on April 8 2020. We know a little bit about what that will entail, including a Jamaica setting at the beginning of the movie and a new 007. Check out more with our full guide.

Mortal Kombat Screenwriter Teases ‘Big Plans’ For Jax

While there are new fighters introduced with each successive Mortal Kombat game, some characters stand the test of time and become mainstays of the fighting game franchise. Major Jackson “Jax” Briggs is one of those characters, having appeared in most of the series’ entries following his debut in Mortal Kombat II. Now Jax is headed to the big screen in the theatrical reboot of the property and Mortal Kombat screenwriter Greg Russo is teasing that he has ‘big plans’ for the character. Take a look:

In director Simon McQuoid’s Mortal Kombat, Supergirl actor Mehcad Brooks will portray Jax. He may play James Olsen and the Guardian on Supergirl, but he is sporting a Superman-esque physique for his role in Mortal Kombat. The actor’s physical transformation was noted by a fan on Twitter and caught the attention of Mortal Kombat screenwriter Greg Russo, who offered the slightest tease of what we can expect from Jax.

Greg Russo is impressed with Mehcad Brooks’ dedication to the role of Jax that is on display with the actor’s carved from granite physique. Fortunately, it sounds like all that hard work won’t be for naught because Greg Russo has big plans for the character of Jax in the Mortal Kombat film. What those plans are he doesn’t say exactly, but it sound like Jax will definitely have something to do and will potentially play a significant role in the film.

That would be a departure from the first Mortal Kombat film from 1995, where Gregory McKinney appeared in a small role. Jax was recast with Lynn Williams in Mortal Kombat: Annihilation and in the Mortal Kombat: Rebirth short film and the Mortal Kombat: Legacy web series, the character was played by Michael Jai White. But for Jax fans it sounds like the upcoming movie will potentially give the character his best cinematic appearance yet.

What that will be we don’t yet know. Although the story varies from game to game, the character of Jax is generally portrayed as a Special Forces officer or the leader of the Outer World Investigation Agency. Greg Russo refers to him as the Major here so it sounds like the new Mortal Kombat, which is now filming, will be keeping Jax’s story as some sort of officer working for the military or some sort of governmental agency.

In the Special Forces, Jax was Sonya Blade’s director superior, so one imagines that if that story is maintained or if they are partners, the film will feature him taking on the forces of evil alongside Jessica McNamee’s Sonya Blade and hopefully duking it out with nemesis Kano– who will be played by Josh Lawson.

Either way, Mehcad Brooks is looking jacked to play Jax. And while Jax is usually depicted as clean-shaven or with a beard, it looks like Mortal Kombat may be going in a slightly different direction as the actor is sporting a serious cop mustache here. Greg Russo has also praised the film’s costumes, so hopefully Mehcad Brooks will get to have Jax’s iconic metal arms. Now just bring on the fatalities.

The Mortal Kombat tournament begins, in theaters on March 5, 2021. That’s a long ways off, but there are plenty of huge movies coming next year. Check them out in our 2020 Release Schedule.

Brown Ale Hair Is Fall’s Coolest New Hair Color

Just as you might swap a pale summer ale for something heartier when the temperature drops, hair colors are following suit for fall. Sure, that’s nothing unusual for this time of year, but this season, thanks to hair colorist Colin Caruso, it’s a bit more, well, literal. While visiting a brewery earlier this fall, the John Paul Mitchell Systems Artistic Director of Color didn’t only kick back a few pints of brown ale—he turned it into a hair color.

Like its namesake beverage, Brown Ale hair has a deep mahogany base and swirls of amber highlights. “It’s different from traditional brunettes because of the richness and the depth it provides,” Caruso tells Glamour. “It’s warm without the brassy or mousey undertones some people associate with traditional brunettes.” He says the shade is perfect for this time of year since it’s a great way to go deeper and richer for the cold weather ahead, while still offering a touch of warmth.

To get that warmth without veering into brassy territory, Caruso emphasizes to ask your stylist for rich and warm highlights, and that dimension is key. “If you’re cautious about going darker, tell them to start slow,” he says. “Add some lowlights or drop your toner down a level or two. No need to rush—you have all winter to take the plunge.” He also recommends asking your colorist for a demi-permanent color if your hair has been damaged from your summer blond.

Colin Caruso 

Another reason he says a demi-permanent color is key to this shade is because of the crazy shine it provides. “Dark hair needs to look rich and healthy, and the demi-permanent color is ammonia-free to ensure your hair is shiny and healthy,” says Caruso. He also notes that another bonus with demi-permanent color is that it only lasts six to eight weeks, which is perfect if you’re just dipping your toes into a color trend. “You get the rich healthy look of Brown Ale hair without the long term commitment, ensuring your hair will be happy, healthy, and ready for summer blonding soon enough.”

If you’re ready to cross over to the dark side (permanent or not), scroll on for some of our favorite examples of the trend, and get ready to screenshot your heart out.

Bella Cacciatore is the beauty associate at Glamour. Follow her on Instagram @bellacacciatore_.

From Cats To ‘Crazier,’ Taylor Swift’s Film Soundtrack History Showcases Her Versatility

Though Taylor Swift recently had a chaotic several days as her battle with Big Machine Label Group rages on, she nevertheless closed out last week on a high note — literally. Swift released “Beautiful Ghosts,” the song that she wrote for the upcoming Cats soundtrack. And yes, it’s absolutely stunning.

The song was created for the character of Victoria after it was decided that the movie should include at least one original song, and it’s safe to say the songwriting duo of Swift and Broadway legend Andrew Lloyd Webber nailed it. “There was an ambition and an aspiration to have an original song in the movie,” Swift said in a “Beautiful Ghosts” featurette posted to the film’s Instagram account. “Just very much this understanding of, like, let’s write the best song we can.”

But writing a song for the musical was even more challenging because, as Swift said, “You can’t write a modern lyric for Cats.” And since poet T.S. Eliot, whose work provided the basis for the songs Webber wrote in the original 1981 musical, is long dead, Swift took the reins. “If you can’t get T.S. Eliot, get T.S,” she said. “I’m here for you.”

This isn’t the first time Swift’s come through with an incredible song for a film soundtrack; it’s happened six other times as well. Let’s check out all the other tracks the Lover songstress has written for movies. After all, she’s certainly no rookie.

  • “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever” from Fifty Shades Darker (2016)

    Cats isn’t the first big film Swift’s written a song for. In 2016, she dropped “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever” with Zayn for the Fifty Shades Darker soundtrack. Between the song’s sexy lyrics, Zayn’s impeccable falsetto, and Swift’s breathy vocals, the track was all that fans of both artists and the popular movie franchise could’ve asked for. And yes, the music video is just as sultry and provocative as the track itself, but who’s complaining?

  • “Sweeter Than Fiction” from One Chance (2013)

    Several years before hopping on the Fifty Shades Darker soundtrack, Swift wrote “Sweeter Than Fiction” for the British Film One Chance, a rom-com that was based on Britain’s Got Talent singer Paul Potts. The track can only be described as a bubblegum bop, and Swift told Taste of Country that she wrote it because she was so inspired by the love Potts’ wife had for him. “That was the story that hit me and really affected me,” she said. “I wanted to tell a story musically from that perspective.” It’s a song we should all keep on deck for the bad days because — trust us — it’s an instant mood-booster.

  • “Eyes Open” from The Hunger Games (2012)

    One thing that Swifties will never forget is the pop star’s contribution to The Hunger Games soundtrack — and that’s because she wrote two songs for the album. Among them was “Eyes Open,” an alternative rock track about Katniss Everdeen and the importance of keeping a watchful eye in the Capitol, where she was constantly in danger. Although the song wasn’t included in the actual film, it was released as a radio single for everyone to enjoy, whether they watched the movie or not.

  • “Safe and Sound” ft. The Civil Wars from The Hunger Games (2012)

    Swift also wrote “Safe and Sound” with The Civil Wars for The Hunger Games soundtrack. Unlike “Eyes Open,” this track includes more folk elements and, thematically, it’s a tribute from Katniss to some of her allies in the film, such as Rue and Peeta. The corresponding video is just as pretty and haunting as the song itself, showing Swift wandering through a cemetery in a long white dress before stumbling upon a mockingjay pin.

  • “Today Was A Fairytale” from Valentine’s Day (2010)

    “Today Was a Fairytale” was special for a lot of reasons — first, because Swift was actually in Garry Marshalle’s rom-com Valentine’s Day, and second, because it sounded just like it could fit on her early albums. It makes sense why; it was actually written in 2008. After shelving it for a while and realizing it didn’t have a place on her LP, Swift offered it up to the soundtrack’s producers. And now that nearly a whole decade has passed, we can confidently say that we’re so glad she did. This is a song that simply needed to be heard.

  • “Crazier” from Hannah Montana: The Movie (2009)

    Like “Today Was a Fairytale,” “Crazier” was not written specifically for Hannah Montana: The Movie. Instead, it was a song that Swift held onto until she could determine its fate. Then, when producers came to the then-country star asking for a country love song (the kind she was a total pro at writing), she happily turned it over. Oh yeah, and she got a movie cameo out of it, too.

The $25 Gift Ideas for Everyone on Your List

There’s an art to gift shopping, especially when you’re maxing out at $25 gift ideas. But don’t feel bad for sticking to a budget. Spending more doesn’t necessarily mean you’re going to buy a better gift—believe it or not, finding the best gifts under $25 is surprisingly easy.

It’s the Goldilocks gifting amount: $25 won’t burn a hole in your pocket, but it’s also enough to find a gift that will actually surprise your loved one once they’ve unwrapped their present (though, some of the gifts in our list are so beautiful you can skip the wrapping paper altogether).

So, whether you’re shopping for the person you don’t know that well, or the person you know so well you know exactly which is their least favorite Jelly Bean (more on that later), we found unique yet practical gifts that will have you say, Why didn’t I think of that? From cat tarot cards (yes, you read that correctly) to a glass cloud that predicts the weather, to the single most random ASMR-like stress toy for your fidgety coworker, read on for 50 of the best $25 gift ideas.

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The Best Gifts Under $25 for Everyone on Your List

There’s an art to gift shopping, especially when you’re capping out at $25. But don’t feel bad for sticking to a budget. Spending more doesn’t necessarily mean you’re going to buy a better gift—believe it or not, finding the best gifts under $25 is surprisingly easy.

It’s the Goldilocks gifting amount: $25 won’t burn a hole in your pocket, but it’s also enough to find a gift that will actually surprise your loved one once they’ve unwrapped their present (though, some of the gifts in our list are so beautiful you can skip the wrapping paper altogether).

So, whether you’re shopping for the person you don’t know that well, or the person you know so well you know exactly which is their least favorite Jelly Bean (more on that later), we found 50 unique yet practical gift ideas under $25 that will have you say, Why didn’t I think of that? From cat tarot cards (yes, you read that correctly) to a glass cloud that predicts the weather, to the single most random ASMR-like stress toy for your fidgety coworker, read on for the best gifts under $25 this holiday season.

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Margot Robbie Explains Why Birds Of Prey Will Be More Important For Harley Quinn Than Suicide Squad

The DC live-action universe has had quite the tenure in theaters, full of peaks and valleys. But following a rocky start and a box office bomb with Justice League, Warner Bros. seems to have course corrected the DCEU. The next installment in the shared universe is Cathy Yan’s Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn), which will see the return of Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn. And according to Robbie, that upcoming blockbuster will be way more important to Harley than her other movies.

Sign me up. It looks like Birds of Prey will bring something wholly unique to the DCEU, and truly capture the psyche of Harley Quinn. As such, we should expect much more from the character than in her adventures with the Suicide Squad.

Margot Robbie’s comments to Variety are sure to be exciting for the DC fans out there. Harley Quinn has been a fan favorite character since her inception, so it was very exciting to see Robbie playing the villain in live-action. While Suicide Squad served as an introduction and showed how toxic her relationship with Jared Leto’s Joker was, Birds of Prey will really be her starring vehicle. After all, Harley’s name is in the film’s (long) title.

As the trailers teased, Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) will be told through the titular villain’s perspective. Audiences will get a glimpse into Harley’s fractured psyche. The cast has been teasing how that macguffin will bring something unique to the superhero genre. Margot Robbie’s above quote seems to echo this, as all of those adjectives tease a movie that will be a far cry from the most recent installments like Shazam! and Aquaman.

Since David Ayer’s Suicide Squad and James Gunn’s upcoming The Suicide Squad have so many characters to balance, Harley won’t get nearly as much screen time as Birds of Prey. Those movies require a more objective narrator, while Cathy Yan’s movie will give Harley Quinn room to surprise and explore.

Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) will hit theaters on February 7th, 2020. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies. And our 2020 release list to look ahead toward the New Year.

Black Widow’s Florence Pugh Calls The Marvel Movie ‘Raw’ And ‘Painful,’ Yet ‘Beautiful’

Balancing “raw” and “painful” elements with beauty is no easy feat, so it’ll be interesting to see how Black Widow pulls that off. Still, an action movie with a lot of heart is consistent with what we’ve seen from many past Marvel Cinematic Universe entries, and Pugh is clearly pleased with how it all turned out, especially since it gave her the chance to work with Scarlett Johansson.

As everyone who’s caught up on the MCU timeline knows, Natasha Romanoff sacrificed herself in Avengers: Endgame so that Clint Barton, a.k.a. Hawkeye/Ronin, could obtain the Soul Stone and bring it back to 2023. That marked the end of her story, but Black Widow will delve into an untold chapter of Natasha’s life, one which will see Florence Pugh (whose other credits include Fighting with My Family, Midsommar and the upcoming Little Women) playing Yelena Belova, who shares the Black Widow mantle.

Black Widow opens in theaters on May 1. If you’re curious about what else is coming out in Phase 4 and beyond, look through our Marvel movies guide.

11 Best Gangster Movies Worth Streaming Along With Netflix’s The Irishman

Joe Pesci Goodfellas Al Pacino The Godfather Part II Robert De Niro Mean Streets

Martin Scorsese’s new movie The Irishman is already out in theaters for some lucky moviegoers, but most of us will have to wait until November 27 to see it on Netflix. The very highly acclaimed film follows Robert De Niro’s mafia hitman Frank Sheeran in Scorsese’s latest gangster/mobster crime movie with De Niro and Joe Pesci. The Irishman actually marks the first time Scorsese worked with Al Pacino, but the whole film team is very familiar with the mob movie genre. Every Monday I recommend stuff worth streaming, and today I’m focusing on 11 movies that show how damn good it feels to be a gangster…

Mean Streets

Mean Streets 

If we’re talking about Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro, you have to start with Mean Streets. Scorsese made his feature film directorial debut with 1967’s Who’s That Knocking at My Door, starring Harvey Keitel, and Keitel returned for Scorsese’s classic crime movie Mean Streets. The 1973 movie gave Scorsese co-writing credits and a cameo and launched his career as a respected filmmaker, as well as starting his longtime partnership with De Niro.

Goodfellas

Goodfellas 

One of the all-time gangster classics. Goodfellas vs. The Godfather or Godfather Part II as best of the genre? It’s a debate worth having. Like Mean Streets, Goodfellas was also directed by Martin Scorsese and starred Robert De Niro. The 1990 crime film adapted the book Wiseguy by Nicholas Pileggi, telling the true story of mobster Henry Hill, played in the movie by Ray Liotta. Joe Pesci won his Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role as Tommy DeVito, and the film also earned nominations for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay (including for Scorsese again), Best Supporting Actress for Lorraine Bracco, and Best Film Editing for Thelma Schoonmaker.

Stream Goodfellas on Philo with a subscription, or for about $4 on Amazon Prime, Vudu, Google Play, YouTube, or iTunes.

The Godfather Part II

The Godfather, The Godfather Part II & The Godfather Part III

I’m putting all three Godfather films together, even if some fans would rather stop after Part II.  Francis Ford Coppola directed the iconic mafia movies, based on Mario Puzo’s novel following the Corleone family. Al Pacino played Michael Corleone in all three movies, with Robert De Niro winning an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor as young Vito Corleone in Part II. The two actors wouldn’t actually share a scene together until Heat. The Godfather is still considered one of the greatest movies of any genre. I’m one of those people who’d argue the second film was even better.

Stream all three Godfather movies for $4 each to rent on Amazon or YouTube.

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Casino 

Martin Scorsese brought Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci back for this 1995 gangster film based once again on a book by Nicholas Pileggi, who co-wrote the film script with Scorsese. This time, De Niro plays “Ace” Rothstein, who is sent to Las Vegas by the crime syndicate called the Chicago Outfit to run the Tangiers Casino. Since Goodfellas had just come out five years before, some critics and viewers couldn’t help but compare the two Scorsese movies, finding this one more wanting. But now that more time has passed, modern viewers won’t have the same associations.

Stream Casino on Starz with a subscription, or through Amazon, YouTube, iTunes, etc., for $4.

Scarface Michelle Pfeiffer Al Pacino

Scarface 

Al Pacino has tremendous range as an actor, but he does tend to find himself leading a lot of gangster movies — from The Godfather and Carlito’s Way to Scarface. Brian De Palma directed the 1983 movie from Oliver Stone’s script, as a remake of the 1932 Scarface movie by Howard Hawks. Al Pacino plays Cuban refugee Tony Montana, with Michelle Pfeiffer breaking out as a serious star in her role as Elvira Hancock. The film was initially met with some backlash due to what was deemed excessively graphic content. Now it’s considered one of the best remakes of all time. Say “hello” to my little cinematic re-evaluation?

Stream Scarface right now on Starz, with a subscription, or for $4 from Amazon Prime, Google Play, YouTube, Vudu, iTunes.

Once Upon a Time in America

Once Upon a Time In America 

Robert De Niro stars as Noodles, opposite James Woods as Max, in Sergio Leone’s 1984 gangster movie following a former Prohibition-era Jewish gangster who returns to his New York neighborhood after 30 years to confront the ghosts of his past. It was Leone’s final film before he died, and the third in his Once Upon a Time trilogy after Once Upon a Time in the West and Once Upon a Time… the Revolution (which was also called A Fistful of Dynamite and Duck, You Sucker!). Once Upon a Time in America is epic in every sense. The director’s cut was a whopping 250 minutes. The theatrical version was 229 minutes, with a controversial edit cutting it down to 139 minutes.

You can stream Once Upon a Time in America on Amazon and YouTube, etc. for $4. It looks like they have the 3 hour, 49 minute theatrical version.

The Untouchables

The Untouchables 

It was only a matter of time before Robert De Niro played gangster Al Capone. He looms large over Brian De Palma’s 1987 film The Untouchables, telling the story of the team led by Kevin Costner’s Eliot Ness. They worked hard to bring down Capone — albeit in the most-anticlimactic way, through tax evasion sentence — during Prohibition. It’s worth streaming this one again just for the classic Union Station shootout scene, inspired by the Odessa Steps scene in Battleship Potemkin:

Stream The Untouchables now on Starz with a subscription, or for $3 at Amazon Prime, Google Play, YouTube, iTunes, and Vudu.

Gangs of New York

Gangs of New York 

I can’t call myself the biggest fan of Martin Scorsese’s 2002 movie, but it was nominated for 10 Oscars and Daniel Day-Lewis always knows how to put on a show. I appreciated the exploration of a little-covered time and place in American history — the slums of the Five Points in Manhattan in the mid-19th Century. It was also the first of three films in a row that Leonardo DiCaprio made with Scorsese — followed by The Aviator and The Departed.

Stream Gangs of New York on Netflix.

American Gangster

American Gangster 

Sometimes it’s good to get a fresh perspective on the gangster genre — away from Scorsese, De Niro, Pacino, and the usual suspects. Ridley Scott directed and produced this gritty winner, from a script by Steven Zaillian, loosely based on the real life of gangster Frank Lucas. Denzel Washington plays Frank in the 2007 movie, with a strong supporting cast in Russell Crowe, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Cuba Gooding Jr., Josh Brolin, and Ted Levine. American Gangster got strong reviews and made good money, although there were some gripes about the movie taking liberties with real-life events. Hey, it’s a movie!

Stream American Gangster for $4 on Amazon Prime, YouTube, etc.

The Road to Perdition

Road to Perdition 

This beautifully shot 2002 Sam Mendes movie is set in the 1930s Depression, following Tom Hanks’ enforcer for the Irish mob. Paul Newman plays mob boss John Rooney in a film packed with strong performances — especially from Daniel Craig in one of his first major showcase roles. Interestingly enough, this isn’t just a gangster movie, it’s a comic book movie; David Self’s screenplay was based on the comics by Max Allan Collins. Conrad L. Hall deservedly won a posthumous Oscar for Best Cinematography for the film, which was also nominated in several other categories, including Best Supporting Actor for Paul Newman.

Stream Road to Perdition on Philo with a subscription, or for $3 on Amazon, YouTube, etc.

Donnie Brasco

Donnie Brasco 

Al Pacino plays gangster Lefty, who shows Donnie Brasco (Johnny Depp) the ways of the mafia in this 1997 mob movie from Mike Newell. Paul Attanasio’s script was based on the true story of an FBI undercover agent who infiltrated the Bonanno crime family in New York in the 1970s. The film was praised for the script and performances and made solid money at the box office, even with a decent amount of gangster movie competition in the mid-’90s.

Stream Donnie Brasco with a Showtime subscription or for the usual fees at the usual places.

BONUS: The Departed & Heat & Carlito’s Way & Public Enemies 

I didn’t include Martin Scorsese’s gangster movie The Departed because I just mentioned it in a recent streaming column on movies with twist endings. But The Departed is a classic, and so is the Hong Kong movie it was based on As for Heat? Definitely worth streaming before or after The Irishman to see the first time Robert De Niro and Al Pacino faced off on screen. But I wouldn’t really call that one a gangster movie. It’s just a quality crime drama. Carlito’s Way is another worthy addition to a gangster list; the 1993 movie is another Brian De Palma crime classic starring Al Pacino. Public Enemies is about the hunt for gangster John Dillinger, so it would qualify too. There are just too many gangster films to list, sometimes you have to [throat-slash] take some out to make room for the rest.

If you’re looking for more streaming recommendations, check out these past features:

What other gangster movies would you recommend streaming?

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