25. Scarface (1983)
Director: Brian De Palma
Screenwriter: Oliver Stone
The rise and fall of the gangster—it's a story the movies have loved since the early days of motion pictures. No gangster movie has the quite the excessive highs and lows of Brian De Palma's Scarface remake, working from a screenplay by Oliver Stone. Thanks to endless rapper shout outs and other cultural allusions, it is virtually impossible to watch Scarface now without being aware that you're watching Scarface, which is to say it becomes harder to lose yourself in the picture. Still, the ending is a thing of grisly beauty.
Tony Montana (Al Pacino) consumes mountains of blow as his rival's goons surround his house-cum-compound. He puts up a good fight—"Say hello my little friend!"—but he is eventually felled, as the genre demands. The world was almost yours, Tony. —RS