25 Mobsters In Entertainment We Really Like But Shouldn’t
There’s no doubt that gangsters and mobsters are some of the most dangerous and cruel people out there and it’s a safe bet that not many decent people would look up to them in real life. Despite this fact, it’s really weird but also quite true that for some reason many TV and film gangsters, hit men, mobsters, and criminals have become some of the most iconic and admired characters in film history. Here are 25 such “heroes” who have become some of our favorite TV and movie characters for one reason or another. I guess we can’t help but like these mobsters in entertainment…guilty pleasure maybe?
20. Sal “Big Pussy” Bonpensiero – The Sopranos
Joe Montana had Jerry Rice; Dean Martin had Jerry Lewis; Paul Simon had Art Garfunkel; and Tony Soprano would never be who he was if he didn’t have Sal “Big Pussy” Bonpensiero to look after him. Some things just go together.
15. George Jung – Blow
The real George Jung, whom Johnny Depp portrayed so accurately in Blow, was released from prison on June 2, 2014, after serving nearly twenty years for drug smuggling. As the movie clearly shows, Jung was a major player in the cocaine trade in the United States during the 1970s, and we must admit that never again has a gangster’s lifestyle resembled a rock star’s so much in both film and real life.
10. Carlito – Carlito’s Way
Carlito Brigante is a Puerto Rican ex-convict trying to make a decent living and stay out of trouble but a series of unfortunate circumstances and a bad social environment won’t let him do the right thing. Al Pacino takes the role to another level and portrays him as only he couldâ€”as one of the most sympathetic, charming, and humane gangsters in film history.
5. Michael Corleone – The Godfather
Michael Corleone is the main character of The Godfather trilogy, portrayed by the legendary Al Pacino, who was twice nominated for an Academy Award for his portrayal but unfortunately never won. This role has been named the eleventh most iconic villain in film history by the American Film Institute but we’re pretty sure that he ranks even higher in the hearts of the movie’s fans.