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Here endeth the lesson: 10 best gangster movies of the '80s

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The-Untouchables-Posters The '80s will never be known as the "Gangster Movie Decade" -- that honor is a tie between the '30s and '90s, I'd wager -- but we didn't do so poorly either.

I caught a trailer of Public Enemies, with Johnny Depp's freshly shaven mug in theaters, over the weekend and frankly wasn't impressed. I'm not saying I stopped watched Depp after 21 Jump Street or anything, but I'd be shocked if we're still talking about this movie three weeks from now.

So instead, I give you a list of 10 movies that we can still talk about 20 years later. No, they're not all great. Some are downright embarrassing. But I'm betting they were made for a fraction of the coin and with half the hype laid out for Public Enemies.

TOP 10 GANGSTER MOVIES OF THE '80s:  

10. HARLEM NIGHTS (1989): Eddie Murphy, Richard Pryor. "What if we made love real hard for 35 minutes then drop off into a deep, coma like sleep?"

9. WISE GUYS (1986): Danny DeVito, Joe Piscopo. "I hate this f------g job!"

8. THE COTTON CLUB (1984): Richard Gere, Gregory Hines. "You've got about as much style as a bowl of turnips."

7. JOHNNY DANGEROUSLY
(1984): Michael Keaton, Joe Piscopo. "Why you miserable cork-soaker!"

6. ATLANTIC CITY
(1980): Burt Lancaster, Susan Sarandon. "It used to be beautiful - what with the rackets, whoring, guns."

5. PRIZZI'S HONOR
(1985): Jack Nicholson, Kathleen Turner. "Do I ice her? Do I marry her?"

4. MARRIED TO THE MOB (1988): Michelle Pfeiffer, Matthew Modine. "Everything we own fell off a truck!"

3. ONCE UPON A TIME IN AMERICA
(1984): Robert De Niro, James Woods. "I took away your whole life from you. I've been living in your place. I took everything. I took your money, I took your girl. All I left for you was 35 years of grief over having killed me. Now why don't you shoot?"

2. SCARFACE
(1983): Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer. "The only thing in this world that gives orders... is balls. "

1. THE UNTOUCHABLES
(1987): Kevin Costner, Sean Connery. "You just fulfilled the first rule of law enforcement: make sure when your shift is over you go home alive. Here endeth the lesson."

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