As Seen In: True Romance (1993)

Going back and watching True Romance now, it's easy to forget that James Gandolfini was acting in just his sixth feature film. But rather than be typecast forever as "Thug No. 6," his Virgil-though unmistakably a thug-was a little bit more nuanced than that. He shares his first scene with the cataclysmically stoned Floyd (played with Spicoli-esque panache by Brad Pitt) whom he interrogates. It's a playful interrogation, delivered with a small smile that never leaves his face, and entirely through a screen door that never opens. The scene is just over a minute long, but the roots of Tony Soprano's personality-menace delivered with a chilling note of seemingly genuine friendliness-are laid right here. —RB