6. Miller's Crossing watched on 1/10/15 I love the Coen brothers films. From my first viewing of Raising Arizonabad a kid too young to get most of the humor (but who loved the goofy look on Nic Cage's face through it all), I knew I was onto something special.
When I first started college, I also discovered Netflix through the mail and immediately caught up on their entire catalog (including the little seen Blood Simple that started it all) but my favorite was their take on the gangster movie, Miller's Crossing
Gabriel Byrne as Tom is maybe the coolest man ever put on film. He's stoic, charming, brutish and brooding. All while taking his lumps from seemingly all players in the power struggle depicted in the film. I know lots of people would argue with me and say that The Usual Suspects is Byrne's best movie, but this one slays Bryan Singer's criminal boogeyman story every time for me.
In fact, this film is so well paced, scripted, acted and shot, that the only two films I'm willing to agree are better gangster movies are The Godfather and The Godfather Part II but even the Corleone's can't take Tom's place in my heart. I was pretty sure of this before the most recent viewing but after finally sharing the film with Kelly, I'm willing to say confidently that this is my favorite movie.