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Best Mafia Movies

  • The Godfather

    The Godfather (R, 1972)

    Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, John Cazale, Robert Duvall
    Popularly viewed as one of the best American films ever made, the multi-generational crime saga The ... read moreGodfather is a touchstone of cinema: one of the most widely imitated, quoted, and lampooned movies of all time. Marlon Brando and Al Pacino star as Vito Corleone and his youngest son, Michael, respectively. It is the late 1940s in New York and Corleone is, in the parlance of organized crime, a "godfather" or "don," the head of a Mafia family. Michael, a free thinker who defied his father by enlisting in the Marines to fight in World War II, has returned a captain and a war hero. Having long ago rejected the family business, Michael shows up at the wedding of his sister, Connie (Talia Shire), with his non-Italian girlfriend, Kay (Diane Keaton), who learns for the first time about the family "business." A few months later at Christmas time, the don barely survives being shot by gunmen in the employ of a drug-trafficking rival whose request for aid from the Corleones' political connections was rejected. After saving his father from a second assassination attempt, Michael persuades his hotheaded eldest brother, Sonny (James Caan), and family advisors Tom Hagen (Robert Duvall) and Sal Tessio (Abe Vigoda) that he should be the one to exact revenge on the men responsible. After murdering a corrupt police captain and the drug trafficker, Michael hides out in Sicily while a gang war erupts at home. Falling in love with a local girl, Michael marries her, but she is later slain by Corleone enemies in an attempt on Michael's life. Sonny is also butchered, having been betrayed by Connie's husband. As Michael returns home and convinces Kay to marry him, his father recovers and makes peace with his rivals, realizing that another powerful don was pulling the strings behind the narcotics endeavor that began the gang warfare. Once Michael has been groomed as the new don, he leads the family to a new era of prosperity, then launches a campaign of murderous revenge against those who once tried to wipe out the Corleones, consolidating his family's power and completing his own moral downfall. Nominated for 11 Academy Awards and winning for Best Picture, Best Actor (Marlon Brando), and Best Adapted Screenplay, The Godfather was followed by a pair of sequels. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi
    • fb684101638
      fb684101638: . Not a big fan of mafia or gang movies, but was told to give this movie a try none the less so I did. Still didn't rea
      Reviewed 4 months days ago
    • liquidmetaltheater
      liquidmetaltheater: The greatest mafia movie ever made. Two of the greatest performances of all time: Brando and Caan. The ultimate i
      Reviewed 17 months days ago
    • fb610825218
      fb610825218: Classic mafia film that I have finally seen after years of wanting to. I will finally understand all of the
      Reviewed 19 months days ago
  • GoodFellas

    GoodFellas (R, 1990)

    Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci, Lorraine Bracco, Paul Sorvino
    Martin Scorsese explores the life of organized crime with his gritty, kinetic adaptation of Nicolas ... read morePileggi's best-selling Wiseguy, the true-life account of mobster and FBI informant Henry Hill. Set to a true-to-period rock soundtrack, the story details the rise and fall of Hill, a half-Irish, half-Sicilian New York kid who grows up idolizing the "wise guys" in his impoverished Brooklyn neighborhood. He begins hanging around the mobsters, running errands and doing odd jobs until he gains the notice of local chieftain Paulie Cicero (Paul Sorvino), who takes him in as a surrogate son. As he reaches his teens, Hill (Ray Liotta) is inducted into the world of petty crime, where he distinguishes himself as a "stand-up guy" by choosing jail time over ratting on his accomplices. From that moment on, he is a part of the family. Along with his psychotic partner Tommy (Joe Pesci), he rises through the ranks to become Paulie's lieutenant; however, he quickly learns that, like his mentor Jimmy (Robert DeNiro), his ethnicity prevents him from ever becoming a "made guy," an actual member of the crime family. Soon he finds himself the target of both the feds and the mobsters, who feel that he has become a threat to their security with his reckless dealings. Goodfellas was rewarded with six Academy Award nominations including Best Picture; Pesci would walk away with Best Supporting Actor for his work. ~ Jeremy Beday, Rovi
    • kenscheck
      kenscheck: The story of Henry Hill and his life in the mafia. I think one of the things I liked about this movie is that it wasn't the same as other gangs
      Reviewed 6 months days ago
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      fb100000161754485: Goodfellas is a unique Mafia film that is regarded as a masterpiece and a must watch for fans of cr
      Reviewed 6 months days ago
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      fb100000222539113: Henry Hill: [narrating] As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a gangster.

      "Three De
      Reviewed 9 months days ago
  • Eastern Promises

    Eastern Promises (R, 2007)

    Viggo Mortensen, Naomi Watts, Vincent Cassel, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Sinead Cusack
    Russian-born Nikolai Luzhin is a driver for one of London's most notorious organized crime families ... read moreof Eastern European origin. The family itself is part of the Vory V Zakone criminal brotherhood. Headed by Semyon, whose courtly charm as the proprietor of the plush Trans-Siberian restaurant masks a cold and brutal core, the family's fortunes are tested by Semyon's volatile son and enforcer, Kirill, who is more tightly bound to Nikolai than to his own father. But Nikolai's existence is jarred once he crosses paths at Christmastime with Anna Khitrova, a midwife at a North London hospital. Anna is deeply affected by a young teenager who dies while giving birth to a baby. Anna resolves to try to trace the baby's lineage and relatives. Anna's mother Helen does not discourage her, but Anna's irascible Russian-born uncle Stepan urges caution. By delving into the diary, Anna accidentally unleashes the full fury of the Vory. With Semyon and Kirill closing ranks and Anna pressing her inquiries, Nikolai finds his loyalties divided. The family tightens its grip on him; who can, or should, he trust? Several lives--including his own--hang in the balance as a chain of murder, deceit and retribution reverberates through the darkest corners of both the family and London itself.
    • hp706
      hp706: Enjoyable Russian mafia with some really entertaining, violent scenes. The story is very intriguing but does feel some
      Reviewed 12 months days ago
    • fb16827552
      fb16827552: You can't beat a good mafia movie. Hats off to Viggo. His performance was incredible.
      Reviewed 2 years days ago
    • fb505129757
      fb505129757: Don't mess with the Russian mafia. Very good movie.
      Reviewed 2 years days ago
  • American Gangster

    American Gangster (R, 2007)

    Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Cuba Gooding Jr., Josh Brolin
    Nobody used to notice Frank Lucas, the quiet driver to one of the inner city's leading black crime b... read moreosses. But when his boss suddenly dies, Frank exploits the opening in the power structure to build his own empire and create his own version of the American Dream. Through ingenuity and a strict business ethic, he comes to rule the inner-city drug trade, flooding the streets with a purer product at a better price. Lucas outplays all of the leading crime syndicates and becomes not only one of the city's mainline corrupters, but part of its circle of legit civic superstars. Richie Roberts is an outcast cop close enough to the streets to feel a shift of control in the drug underworld. Roberts believes someone is climbing the rungs above the known Mafia families and starts to suspect that a black power player has come from nowhere to dominate the scene. Both Lucas and Roberts share a rigorous ethical code that sets them apart from their own colleagues, making them lone figures on opposite sides of the law. The destinies of these two men will become intertwined as they approach a confrontation where only one of them can come out on top.
    • fb858625493
      fb858625493: Great gangland movie based on a true story. Denzel Washington shines in this role with a solid supp
      Reviewed 2 years days ago
    • fb603610511
      fb603610511: Two words... F***ing awesome!
      Finally, mana from heaven! There hasn't been a great true crime film
      Reviewed 3 years days ago
    • veryevilme
      veryevilme: an unconventional gangster, especially after The Godfather and Scorsese with their generic Itallian mafia. I thought it would be interesting.

      One thing this film was, it was certainly entertaining.
      Reviewed 5 years days ago
  • Gomorrah (Gomorra)

    Gomorrah (Gomorra) (Unrated, 2008)

    Salvatore Cantalupo, Gianfelice Imparato, Maria Nazionale, Toni Servillo, Gigio Morra
    Adapted from Roberto Saviano's controversial non-fiction book, Matteo Garrone's crime drama Gomorrah... read more examines how organized crime reaches deep into every facet of life in Naples, Italy by telling the tale of over a dozen different characters. Among the main protagonists is a pair of wannabe thugs who take their cue from movie gangsters, a grocery-delivery boy who must learn to kill, and a criminal mastermind who plots to make a fortune while dumping toxic waste near overpopulated communities. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi
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      fb698725520: I had almost stopped watching this film before I realized that it was a documentary(!) about a real mafia civil war in southern Italy. Not being familiar with the crime cartels in southern Italy, the
      Reviewed 9 months days ago
    • gelpadre
      gelpadre: This puts the Mafia into a whole different never before seen perspective. A whole new level of orga
      Reviewed 2 years days ago
    • fb667249896
      fb667249896: . There is nothing quaint about this movie and the raw depiction of how the mafia infiltrates even the most remote corners of Italian society. Almost a documentary, this movie
      Reviewed 2 years days ago
  • Donnie Brasco

    Donnie Brasco (R, 1997)

    Johnny Depp, Al Pacino, Michael Madsen, Bruno Kirby, James Russo
    This drama about an undercover cop who learns the hidden dangers of working his way inside the mob w... read moreas based on a true story. Joe Pistone (Johnny Depp) is an FBI agent who is given an assignment to infiltrate the Mafia; calling himself Donnie Brasco, he befriends Lefty Ruggiero (Al Pacino), a low-level mob hit man whose personal life is in tatters. Lefty's marriage is falling apart, his son is a junkie, and his health is failing, which only adds to his growing disillusionment about having spent 30 years with the Mafia (and killing 26 people) with little to show for it. But in Donnie, Lefty sees someone who can succeed where he failed; he takes the young man under his wing, and under Lefty's tutelage Donnie quickly rises through the ranks of organized crime; however, the longer he plays the role of the gangster, the more Joe Pistone finds himself becoming Donnie Brasco in his increasingly rare off hours; it drives a wedge between himself and his wife (Anne Heche) and children, and Joe realizes that a break in character among the hoodlums he's come to know could mean a death sentence for himself and his family. Just as importantly, Joe has come to regard Lefty as a close and trusted friend, and Joe realizes that when the day comes where he has to turn in his Mob associates, he'll be ending Lefty's life as surely as if he put a slug in his head himself. The supporting cast includes Michael Madsen as Sonny, Lefty's boss, and Bruno Kirby as Nicky, one of Sonny's henchmen. The real-life Joe Pistone today lives under an assumed name with a 500,000-dollar contract on his life still in effect. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
    • suitstefano88
      suitstefano88: One of the most acclaimed mafia movie of the 90s probably, with that famous sentence "forget about it" ("che te lo dico a fare
      Reviewed 5 months days ago
    • paj85
      paj85: "The Godfather" and "Goodfellas" are so iconic that there isn't really space for any other crime fi
      Reviewed 49 days days ago
    • fb579189827
      fb579189827: . His account may make the mafia seem a little typical but New York Italians were like this in the 70s. They had a walk about t
      Reviewed 5 months days ago
  • Casino

    Casino (R, 1995)

    Robert De Niro, Sharon Stone, Joe Pesci, James Woods, Don Rickles
    The inner-workings of a corrupt Las Vegas casino are exposed in Martin Scorsese's story of crime and... read more punishment. The film chronicles the lives and times of three characters: "Ace" Rothstein (Robert De Niro), a bookmaking wizard; Nicky Santoro (Joe Pesci), a Mafia underboss and longtime best friend to Ace; and Ginger McKenna (Sharon Stone, in a role she was born to play), a leggy ex-prostitute with a fondness for jewelry and a penchant for playing the field. Ace plays by the rules (albeit Vegas rules, which, as he reminds the audience in voiceover, would make him a criminal in any other state), while Nicky and Ginger lie, cheat, and steal their respective ways to the top. The film's first hour and a half details their rise to power, while the second half follows their downfall as the FBI, corrupt government officials, and angry mob bosses pick apart their Camelot piece by piece. ~ Jeremy Beday, Rovi
    • kenscheck
      kenscheck: Similar visual styles, a cast fronted by DeNiro and Pesci, the use of narration, the topic of the mafia, along with a screenplay written by Nicholas Pileggi and Scorsese based on Pileggi's book. It
      Reviewed 6 months days ago
    • chickmagneticgeo
      chickmagneticgeo: Since Goodfellas, Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, and Nicholas Pielegie deliver another mafia masterpiece movie.
      Reviewed 5 months days ago
    • 00Film
      00Film: A gripping story of the Mafia Boys of Las Vegas and how things where run & it's one hell of a story
      Reviewed 11 months days ago
  • Scarface

    Scarface (R, 1983)

    Al Pacino, Steven Bauer, Michelle Pfeiffer, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Robert Loggia
    Al Pacino stars as Tony Montana, an exiled Cuban criminal who goes to work for Miami drug lord Rober... read moret Loggia. Montana rises to the top of Florida's crime chain, appropriating Loggia's cokehead mistress (Michelle Pfeiffer) in the process. Howard Hawks' "X Marks the Spot" motif in depicting the story line's many murders is dispensed with in the 1983 Scarface; instead, we are inundated with blood by the bucketful, especially in the now-infamous buzz saw scene. One carry-over from the original Scarface is Tony Montana's incestuous yearnings for his sister Gina (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio). The screenplay for the 1983 Scarface was written by Oliver Stone. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
  • Once Upon a Time in America

    Once Upon a Time in America (R, 1984)

    Robert De Niro, James Woods, Elizabeth McGovern, Treat Williams, Tuesday Weld
    Though some viewers might be put off by its length, graphic violence, and absence of likable charact... read moreers, Sergio Leone's final film is also a cinematic masterpiece. Spanning four decades, the film tells the story of David "Noodles" Aaronson (Robert De Niro) and his Jewish pals, chronicling their childhoods on New York's Lower East Side in the 1920s, through their gangster careers in the 1930s, and culminating in Noodles' 1968 return to New York from self-imposed exile, at which time he learns the truth about the fate of his friends and again confronts the nightmare of his past. The acting, the re-creation of the time period, the cinematography, and the music are all superb. However, even more important is Leone's ability to make the film work on so many different levels: it's both a criticism of gangster-film mythology and a continuation of the director's exploration of the issues of time and history. Strange as it may seem, the violence and gore in the first half of the film turn into a sad elegy about wasted lives and lost love. The film's strengths emerge only in its full 229-minute version -- the 139-minute and other edited versions don't make nearly the same impact. ~ Yuri German, Rovi
    • fb811690967
      fb811690967: ale, all boys' adventure, tragic romance and gangland fairytale all rolled into one, Sergio Leone's mafia epic has it all. Sure, the running time will have you feeling as if you've literally been with
      Reviewed 16 days days ago
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      fb100001605646953: Their is no better mafia movie in my book !!! Classic
      Reviewed 12 months days ago
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      The film spans several decades of Jewish mafia life told in present day and flashback. Once all the pieces begin to fit together it is quite
      Reviewed 4 years days ago
  • The Untouchables

    The Untouchables (R, 1987)

    Kevin Costner, Sean Connery, Charles Martin Smith, Andy Garcia, Robert De Niro
    Like the TV series that shared the same title, The Untouchables (1987) was an account of the battle ... read morebetween gangster Al Capone and lawman Eliot Ness, this time in the form of a feature film boasting big stars, a big budget, and a script from respected playwright David Mamet. Kevin Costner stars as Ness, a federal agent who has come to Chicago during the Prohibition Era, when corruption in the local police department is rampant. His mission is to put crime lord Capone (Robert De Niro) out of business, but Capone is so powerful and popular that Ness is not taken seriously by the law or the press. One night, discouraged, he meets a veteran patrolman, Jimmy Malone (Sean Connery), and discovers that the acerbic Irishman is the one honest man he's been seeking. Malone has soon helped Ness recruit a gunslinger rookie, George Stone (Andy Garcia), and, joined by nebbish accountant Oscar Wallace (Charles Martin Smith), the men doggedly pursue Capone and his illegal interests. At first a laughingstock, Ness soon has Capone outraged over his and Malone's sometimes law-bending tactics, and the vain mobster strikes back in vicious style. Ultimately, it is the most unexpected and minor of crimes, tax evasion, which proves Capone's undoing. All of the credits for The Untouchables boasted big names, including music from Ennio Morricone and costumes by Giorgio Armani. Director Brian De Palma continued his tradition of including a homage to past masters of the cinema with a taut stairway shoot-out reminiscent of a similar sequence in Sergei Eisenstein's Battleship Potemkin (1925). ~ Karl Williams, Rovi
    • fb100000119075484
      fb100000119075484: You got nothing!

      The Untouchable is a classic mafia film that I loved and enjoyed. This movie defines entertainment. The story is so great and eve
      Reviewed 2 years days ago
    • quentintolentino
      quentintolentino: ll vengeance and despair tried to capture Alphonse "Al" Capone (Robert De Niro), the most notorious mafia leader in the 20's and the 30's.

      The story was set in the 30's where Al Capone reigned suprem
      Reviewed 4 years days ago
    • SquishyAngieFan
      SquishyAngieFan: Ahh what can i say about the film that turned me on to mafia movies. the acting was top notch in this film as was the directing. De Niro does an amazing jo
      Reviewed 5 years days ago