5 Movie Criminals We Want to Live Like

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Marsellus Wallace – Pulp Fiction

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Outside of one extremely unfortunate incident in a pawnshop, Marsellus Wallace lives the good life. With loyal henchmen at his side, this crime boss rules Los Angeles with an iron fist, freely taking away “L.A. Privileges” from anyone he wishes. Commanding the respect and fear of anyone who encounters him, Marsellus is basically a god amongst men. Even the cool and laid back Vincent Vega is petrified by what he’s capable of.

We don’t get to see much of Marsellus’ life in the actual film, but there are enough glimpses for us to want to be like him. Not only does he get to lounge poolside while hit men do his dirty work, Marsellus is close to the ultimate “Get Out of Jail Free” card – The Wolf, who is handy in any sticky situation.

Unlike the other entries on our list, we never see if there is a fall for Marsellus (though his abuse during “The Gold Watch” is nothing to sneer at), meaning that he very well could have spent the rest of his years living large, being untouchable, and going medieval on his enemies.


Tony Montana – Scarface

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In one of the finest rags-to-riches stories told on film, Cuban immigrant Tony Montana arrives to the States with nothing and ultimately becomes one of the premier drug kingpins. Played with gusto by Al Pacino, Tony symbolizes the American dream and what it’s like to be on the top of the world – something we would all aspire to do.

Pushing it to the limit, he acquires a lifestyle of fame and fortune by gradually building a multi-million dollar drug empire. Living in a mansion, owning a pet tiger, marrying the woman of his dreams, and continually bringing in profits, Tony feels invincible as the luxuries keep piling up. The world is his.

Of course, Scarface also illustrates the downsides to being in Tony’s situation. In the film’s tumultuous third act, his life crumbles around him via feelings of paranoia, deteriorating relationships with those closest to him, and mountains of cocaine. Like Goodfellas, the film operates as a cautionary tale to anyone who may find the life of a criminal appealing. However, since we’ve seen Tony’s exploits, we would know what pitfalls to avoid and would try to keep the charmed life going as long as we could.


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They don’t have wizards, dragons, or Hobbits, but the entries in the crime genre work as their own fantasy films. They give viewers a peek into a whole new world and allow them to live vicariously through characters that do truly despicable things. One of the reasons why these films are so popular is because they let us dive into our imaginations and live out our craziest dreams while we still operate as law-abiding citizens in the real world. Jordan Belfort won’t be the last time we see an example of this in the movies.

Of course, our list is not meant to be all-inclusive, so be sure to name the criminals you would like to live like in the comments below. Whether it’s the prosperous business of American Gangster’s Frank Lucas or the hyper-intelligence of Professor Moriarty, there are a number of lifestyles to choose from.


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  1. Scarface his house was tacky but awsome especially the water fountain

    when Tony is buying the Porsche i can’t remember the line but he says “the one with the foglights in case i get stuck in a swamp, and one of them phones with scramblers and radar with scanners to pick up flying saucers”

  2. No Frank Costello from The Departed

  3. Ah…

    No, no, no, no, and no.

    Isn’t it long past time to stop glorifying criminals in our society?

    • I’m with this guy with a few exceptions. Glorifying criminals, I think, sends the wrong signal to some of the more impressionable people in modern society. And most depictions don’t show the criminals confront the wrongness of some of their deeds. Sure sometimes there’s a trial and whatnot, but I’m talking about confronting the morality of their actions. If they murdered people, do they even feel sorry for doing that or having done that? Do they understand how worthless their life is, and how they perpetuate a pointless lifestyle where people live and people die, but the world is no better for it? Stuff like that.

      My exceptions are when morality supersedes legality. And I have somewhat of a biased view towards that are Robin Hood types.

      And there’s another kind. Unfortunately, in a society where there are rules, you’ll always have those few that wish to break those rules for whatever reasons. So there are some criminals who try to contain the criminality, take the position of being at the top of the food chain and dictate rules so that the criminality is kept at a certain standard. I can’t think of an example right except an obscure one from literature, the criminal boss in the Dresden Files, Johnny Marcone. Without getting into spoilers, you find out in the series why he decided to position himself on top of the food chain of the criminal world.

      • Henry Hill lived the rest of his life always looking over his shoulder, especially when he broke anonymity to tell his story.

        Tony Montana was brutally murdered by a rival drug lord in his own home after watching his sister die by machine gun fire when his life crumbled around him due to his own actions.

        Frank Abignale Jr was arrested, served time and turned his life around to stop others from committing fraud, much like today’s hackers are sought and employed by the FBI to work for them.

        Three people on a list of 5 who didn’t have much of a life to glorify because it caught up to them in the end.

        It’s like Clarence Boddicker in Robocop. Probably the coolest and most awesome movie villain of all time in my opinion with great lines (“Bitches, leave” being one of my faves), he’s also a brutal, sadistic gang leader who thinks nothing of killing his own men to save his own skin. He’s also committed armed robbery, murder and is a known cop killer.

        He ends up having Robocop’s data spike stabbed into his neck and dies in a puddle of dirty water at an abandoned industrial plant. Definitely not a glorification of crime.

        • Can’t speak for Jeff, but I wasn’t talking about every movie about criminals. And the three movies you mentioned, they spent about most of the movie glorifying it and you’re focusing in on small portions of it, some of it going beyond the movie. You’re going beyond what was presented. And you seem to be suggesting that criminality wasn’t glorified because they were caught in the end with your statement: “didn’t have much of a life to glorify because it caught up to them in the end.” Most of the movies revolving around criminality glorify it for a good portion of the movie, and that’s what most people take away from it. I don’t think all of that glorification simply goes away just because they get caught in the end.

          Selective instances doesn’t really apply. Most of the movies mentioned in this article revolve vastly around those involved on the criminal end. Robocop focuses on the other end. Different focus.

        • The title of this article is “5 Movie Criminals We Want to Live Like”…

          If that doesn’t glorify criminals, I don’t know what does.

    • Weird.

      I tried to refute this silly comment but for some reason, it won’t post, despite several replies and no immature name-calling words used. Not typing it all again.

  4. i was hoping for a little more diversity…

    Robin Hood
    V for Vendetta
    Pirates of the Caribbean
    Blank Check

    • NOSTALGIA BOMB! My god, I need to go check if my wife has seen Blank Check.

  5. no mention of Han Solo?

  6. Where’s Dolemite??lol

  7. How in the world could you not mention the Godfather, Marlon Brando. The gentlmanly respect and power this man holds over the media, judges, and polititians can not be understated.

  8. No American Gangster? But wooo! Ocean’s 11 and Catch Me if You Can!

  9. Yeah. Good article but one should be done about corrupt cops and law enforcement that abuses their powers to get an arrest. Now that would be something. Lord knows that happens every day.
    Staying on topic I have always like Danny Ocean from the list. Not on the list, I would add George Jung.