The Man Who Wasn't There, 2001 —
The Coen Brothers' neo-noir film was well received, and a hit at the Cannes' Film Festival, yet it is Gandolfini's role as a boss to the main character that is intriguing. As "Big Dave" Brewster, Gandolfini played a loud, boisterous man, who consistently brags about his combat adventures in the Pacific Theatre during World War II. His claims of serving as a crack infantry trooper bode well as lofty assessment of his skills, but were they true? You'd have to rent (or stream) the movie to find out. But this was one of James' low-key finest moments on film.