Can you name a movie that wouldn’t be better as a gangster film? No, you cannot. Gone with the Wind? You’ve Got Mail? The Muppets Take Manhattan?
“How’s that”, you ask? My answer is, where are the car chases? The smokey back-room deals? The lead-pipe justice? Did America’s sweetheart, Meg Ryan, learn the high price of challenging the syndicates? Was Kermit’s shot at the big time bought for the cost of very his soul?
Yes, these films may be considered Hollywood masterpieces. But without a Mugsy or Marlowe, they are but shadows of what they might have been.