Maybe it is the best ritual that poker tables accompanied by gangster movies. When you are playing, these movies are just turning a background to make you a better poker player in the mood of gangster’s paradise… Here is my personal top 5 gangster movies list.

#5 The Untouchables by Brian De Palma (1987)

“I’m gonna tell you something. Somebody messes with me, I’m gonna mess with with him. Somebody steals from me, I’m gonna say you stole. Not talk to him for spitting on the sidewalk. Understand? Now, I have done nothing to harm these people but they are angered with me, so what do they do, doctor up some income tax, for which they have no case. To speak to me like me, no, to harass a peaceful man. I pray to god if I ever had a grievance I’d have a little more self respect. One more thing, you have an all out prize fight, you wait until the fight is over, one guy is left standing. And that’s how you know who won.”  Capone

#4 Once Upon A Time In America by Sergio Leone (1984)

“Life is stranger than shit, that’s all. It’s a pisser. No big story. I got this insurance agent, this Jew kid named David. He conned me into every policy in the world. Every policy, name it, dogs, house, wife, life, anything. I’m drinking with the boys one night. He comes in with his wife, a brunette with a nice ass who works for a jeweller. And he’s still on the hustle, this guy. So I wink at the guys, I say, “Look… the most serious policy, you don’t have me covered for.” He goes, “What’s that, Joe?” “Cock insurance. You make me a policy that when it don’t work, I get a payment. I’ll write out a check now.” He thinks, and he says, “I don’t know if the actuality gauges govern this… but we can make a policy. But you gotta guarantee you’re in good health now.” I says, “Look, leave her with me. Come back and see if it stands up. If it stands up, you know I’m in good health.” The jerk leaves her. I screw her. Not only that, she likes it. And she tells me when her boss, the jeweller is shipping stones to Holland, where he keeps his stash – in a drawer in the safe – everything! Can’t ask for more, right? Except, one better. I never paid the first premium on the new cock policy.” Minaldi

#3 Goodfellas by Martin Scorsese (1990)

“For as long as I can remember I always wanted to be a gangster. To me that was better than being president of the United States. To be a gangster was to own the world.” Hill

#2 The Godfather Triology by Francis Ford Coppola (1972, 1974, 1990)

I know, i know i am cheating there are three movies in second. And don’t throw me a peanut or apple or any corleone because i didn’t pick them for number one. They are great, they are amazing but in my personal agenda they becomes second…

“There are many things my father taught me here in this room. He taught me: keep your friends close, but your enemies closer.” Michael Corleone from The Godfather Part II

#1 Scarface by Brian De Palma (1983)

Brian de Palma is always mean to me… He is as a living legend. And Scarface… It’s the best gangsta’s paradise for me…

“I always tell the truth. Even when I lie.” Tony Montana

Lastly here is a bonus and very special movie for me… It’s Carlito’s Way

Enjoy the bets…

Aytac Ozge Ondes