10 Highest-Grossing Joe Pesci Movies
Even in comedies, Pesci portrays a sketchy character with dangerous intent, as in the family comedy series, Alone at home (1990) and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992), starring a young Macauly Culkin. Born in Newark, New Jersey in 1943, the angry bull The actor grew up around many sages and got to know the Italian-American mafia, which is probably what largely influenced his often tough and violent on-screen persona. Also, due to their Italian descent, Pesci has collaborated with other Italian actors like Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, Paul Sorvino, and director Martin Scorsese. Without further ado, here are 10 of the highest-grossing films of Joe Pesci’s career.
ten Alone at home
With a reputation as one of Hollywood’s first Italian bad boys, the last place one would have expected to see Joe Pesci was in a Christmas family comedy, especially since the film was released a few months earlier the same year, Freedmen, was anything but humorous… or familial. However, what may not have surprised fans about Pesci’s character in the 1990 release of Alone at home was one of the main antagonists – a thief. The film highlights the life of Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin), the youngest child of Peter and Kate McCallister (John Heard and Catherine O’Hara) who is accidentally left alone in their suburban Chicago home after a bad count before the family trip to Paris. . After they leave, career robbers Harry (Joe Pesci) and Marv (Daniel Stern) target the McCallisters’ home for Christmas presents, but Kevin makes them wish they hadn’t. With a budget of $18 million, the film earned $476.6 million at the box office.
9 Home Alone 2: Lost in New York
After the monumental success and positive reception from viewers of the first installment of Home Alone, it was decided to produce a second film featuring all the main characters, including the clumsy “Sticky Bandits”, Harry (Joe Pesci) and Marv (Daniel Stern). It’s been two years since Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) had Harry and Marv arrested for robbery. Released in 1992, Home Aone 2: Lost in New York again shows the negligence of Kevin’s parents when he mistakenly boards a plane bound for New York while the rest of the family travels to Florida for Christmas. Kevin must rely on his wits and wits to survive the cold streets of New York. He eventually runs into Harry and Marv who have been released from prison and, seeing Kevin, are out for revenge. Other celebrities involved include Tim Curry and Rob Schneider. The film grossed slightly less than its original, earning $358.9 million worldwide.
8 Lethal Weapon 3
1992 was a busy year for Joe Pesci. He has at least four simultaneously released films in circulation, one of them being Lethal Weapon 3. As the film’s title suggests, the film was the third installment in a highly lucrative franchise and grossed $321.7 million against a budget of $35 million. Pesci stars as Leo Getz, a good friend of Martin Riggs (Mel Gibson) and Roger Murtaugh (Danny Glover), who also helps Murtaugh sell his house as he plans to quit the police. The three are on the hunt for an ex-cop named Jack Travis (Stuart Wilson) who runs an illegal gun smuggling ring, who ends up being shot by Riggs with his own armor-piercing bullets.
7 Lethal Weapon 4
Lethal Weapon 4 was released in 1998 as the franchise finale, six years after the third installment, and featured many of the same cast as the previous film series with a few additional surprises. Pesci reprized his role as Leo Getz, as did Mel Gibson and Danny Glover as Martin Riggs and Roger Murtaugh, respectively. This time around, Riggs is preparing for fatherhood, as his girlfriend, Lorna Cole (Rene Russo), is pregnant. Simultaneously, Murtaugh is dealing with the marriage of his daughter, Rianne (Traci Wolfe) to Butters (Chris Rock), a squad cop with whom she is also pregnant. All the while, they’re being hunted by a ruthless Chinese Triad smuggling gang, led by Sing Ku (Jet Li). With a budget of $100-150 million, the action movie earned $285.4 million at the box office.
6 lethal weapon 2
Although his character was not cast in the first lethal weapon series in 1989, Pesci earned a considerable amount of money from the following films he was a part of, starting with lethal weapon 2. He was first introduced as Leo Getz, a former money launderer for dangerous drug dealers. Getz is forced to be kept in witness protection in the custody of Riggs and Murtaugh as he is hunted down for cooperating with the police and leading them to South African drug traffickers Arjen Rudd (Joss Ackland) and Pieter Vorstedt (Derrick O’Connor). The drama film earned $227.9 million worldwide.
Released in 1991, jfk is more than likely every conspiracy theorist’s favorite movie about the alternative possibilities surrounding the death of US President John F. Kennedy. The drama film focuses on the investigation into the assassination of JFK, which took place on November 22, 1963, by New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison (Kevin Cosner). It challenges the traditional narrative suggested about Kennedy’s alleged assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, as Garrison begins to make undiscovered ties to New Orleans and a private pilot named David Ferrie (Joe Pesci). His revelations go deeper, as the CIA, Secret Service and FBI are seen as missing pieces of the puzzle. However, his conclusions are rejected by the federal government, and this may be for nefarious reasons. Among the cast of characters are Kevin Bacon, Gary Oldman, and Tommy Lee Jones. The tell-all film earned $205.4 million at the box office.
Directed by Italian director Martin Scorsese, 1995’s Casino was released based on Nicholas Pileggi’s non-fiction book, Casino: love and honor in Las Vegas – which describes real events. The film follows the life of a petty mobster and mob syndicate associate, Sam “Ace” Rothstein (Robert De Niro) who is promoted by the Chicago mob to head of the Tangiers Casino in Las Vegas. After a successful profit rotation, things seem to be going well for Ace. But when Ace’s childhood friend, Nicky Santoro (Joe Pesci), is dispatched by the mob to keep things in order, his criminal activity draws unwanted attention from the police. Ace then meets a beautiful ex-prostitute named Ginger (Sharon Stone) whom he marries and has a daughter. But she also becomes a liability while having a relationship with a former lover named Lester and eventually turns to drugs and alcohol. Mafia bosses eventually put a hit on Nicky and her younger brother, Dominick, over his recklessness which has now drawn FBI investigators. This classic mob flick grossed $110.4 million worldwide.
3 The Good Shepherd
We see the Italian acting duo paired up again in the 2006 spy drama, The Good Shepherd, directed and co-produced by Robert De Niro. The film centers on the life of Edward Wilson (Matt Damon), a CIA officer who joined the secret society Skull and Bones. He is caught in a web of passion, deception and betrayal both in his personal love life and as a spy. He begins a relationship with a deaf student named Laura (Tammy Blanchard) but is soon seduced by Margaret “Clover” Russell (Angelina Jolie) and together they have a son named Edward Wilson Jr. (Eddie Redmayne), who also becomes a Skull and Member Bones and is approached by the CIA for recruitment. After years of working undercover and exposing double agents, Edward becomes the first head of counterintelligence. This film also marked Pesci’s return to the screen as a mob boss named Joseph Palmi after an eight-year hiatus. Against a budget of $80 million, the film grossed $100.3 million worldwide.
2 My cousin Viny
Who would have ever thought that the provocative and often ruthless Joe Pesci would act on the other side of the law in My cousin Viny? It was definitely a 360 from his role as a petty thief in Home Alone 2: Lost in New York released the same year. In a serious case of mistaken identity and being in the wrong place at the wrong time, Bill Gambini (Ralph Macchio) and Stan Rothenstein (Mitchell Whitfield) are students with bright futures at UCLA. After the convenience store, they stopped at the robbery and the store clerk was shot and murdered. They are charged with first degree murder for accidentally stealing a can of tuna. Bill’s mother remembers that his cousin Vinny (Joe Pesci) is a lawyer, although he only has experience as a personal injury lawyer. However, Cousin Vinny surprises Bill, Stan, and his fiancée, Mona Lisa Vito (Marisa Tomei) by winning the case and having the murder charges dropped. The film was a critical and financial success, grossing $52.9 million worldwide.
If there’s one movie Joe Pesci is remembered for outside of Alone at homehis Freedmen. Released in 1990, the biographical crime film was again directed by Martin Scorsese and based on Nicholas Pileggi’s non-fiction book, wise. The film highlights the life of a young Brooklyn native named Henry Hill (Ray Liotta) who is drawn to the glitz, glamour, grandeur and power of the mob lifestyle. Henry starts small but progresses quickly through the crime chain under Italian crime family capo Paulie Cicero (Paul Sorvino), along with Tommy DeVito (Joe Pesci) and mobster Jimmy Conway (Robert De Niro). He meets and marries a young Jewish sweetheart named Karen Hill (Lorraine Bracco) who dislikes Henry’s violent lifestyle. From robberies to millions in the cocaine business with Jimmy, he peaks as a self-made mobster but quickly declines due to cocaine addiction. He eventually quits the gangster life and enrolls in the Witness Protection Program to protect himself and Karen. Tommy is murdered, Paulie dies in prison, and Jimmy is serving 20 years to life for murder. Goodfellas remains a classic gangster flick, grossing $47 million at the box office.
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Sources: American Magazine, Roger Ebert, HistoryvsHollywood, RollingStone
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