The Untouchables (1987)
Under the guidance of Brian De Palma, who entered this project on the back of two consecutive flops in Body Double and Wise Guys, the story of how Al Capone was brought down in Prohibition Era Chicago has become a contrived spectacle – a production so big and polished that every scene is only a hairsbreadth away from drying up completely. Despite this, The Untouchables is an engrossing film with tension and nerve, largely thanks to David Mamet's often crisp writing and Sean Connery's brilliant performance, which is what brings a human touch to this film. Less human is Robert De Niro's caricatured Al Capone, who's never given anything other than mastodontic scenes to work with by De Palma. And a "mastodon" he becomes. The film is famous for the iconic scene at Union Station, in which De Palma displays his set-piece skills to the delight of movie buffs all around.