British poll ranks top movie gangsters

Oct. 10, 2004 at 3:08 PM
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LONDON, Oct. 10 (UPI) -- Marlon Brando's portrayal of Don Vito Corleone in the "Godfather" has been voted the top movie don of all time, a poll in Britain found.

A UCI Cinema survey of gangster greats found Robert De Niro's role as Vito Corleone in the follow-up "Godfather II" as the second most favorite, Sky News reported.

De Niro won three spots on the survey of classic crooks -- he was named for his performance as Al Capone facing up to Kevin Costner's Elliot Ness in "The Untouchables" and as Sam "Ace" Rothstein in "Casino."

Ray Liotta's portrayal of Irish mobster Henry Hill in "Goodfellas" was ranked as the third favorite.

Also ranked in the top 10 were James Cagney in "Angels With Dirty Faces," Al Pacino in "Scarface," Vinnie Jones in "Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels," Bob Hoskins in "The Long Good Friday" and Ben Kingsley in "Sexy Beast."

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