25 best Prohibition movies

Scarface: The Shame of a Nation (1932)

Howard Hughes' gangster epic – loosely patterned after the life of Al Capone – was castigated at the time of its release for its supposed glorification of the criminal lifestyle and its excessive violence. Ironically, both charges were levelled at the later remake by Brian de Palma. Keep an eye peeled for the "x" motif that appears throughout the film, signifying that a character is about to buy the farm.

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