If you like deep characters that learn how to cope with their moral dilemmas and the constant fear of their death you should definitely watch our picks for the best Mafia movies.
The following ranking focuses on movies that give us an intimate, inside look at how the mob works, and just how it impacts the gangsters who are operating it.
10. Bugsy (1991)
Book adaptions in the genre of crime often turn out great. Bugsy is no exception. Released in 1991, Bugsy is a biographical crime drama directed by Barry Levinson and starring Warren Beatty and Annette Bening. The story is based on the life of a mobster called Bugsy Siegel and his relationship with Virginia Hill. Obsessed with creating a gambling haven, Siegel takes racketeering to the Nevada desert and helps develop Las Vegas, only to find himself in deep water over his reckless construction of the Flamingo Hotel.
Biography, Crime, Drama | Director: Barry Levinson
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9. Miller’s Crossing (1990)
The underappreciated actor Gabriel Byrne is at his best in Miller’s Crossing. Time Magazine included this movie to be among the 100 greatest films ever made. Directed by Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, this American neo-noir gangster film was a hit with critics in 1990. The movie is about the power struggle between rival gangs, as Tom Reagan plays both sides against each other. The exceptionally excellent performances by Albert Finney and John Turturro make it a must-watch.
Crime | Director: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
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8. A Bronx Tale (1993)
New York, 1960. Nine-year-old Calogero grows up fascinated by local mob boss Sonny. Calogero’s father, Lorenzo, wants nothing to do with the mob and does his best to keep his son away from Sonny. A Bronx Tale is a 1993 American crime drama film and stars Robert De Niro, Lillo Brancato, and Chazz Palminteri. Calogero Anello is torn between the temptations of organized crime, racism in his community, and the values of his honest, hardworking father.
Crime, Drama | Director: Robert De Niro
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7. Donnie Brasco (1997)
What could be more exciting than watching Johnny Depp and legendary Al Pacino share the same screen? Released in 1997, Donnie Brasco is an American crime drama movie. The movie is loosely based on the true story of Joseph Piston, played by Depp, an undercover FBI agent who enters the Bonanno crime family and earnes the confidence of Mafia hitman Lefty Ruggiero, played by Pacino. But while Donnie moves deeper into the Mafia, he realizes that he is slowly crossing the line between federal agent and criminal.
Crime, Drama | Director: Mike Newell
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6. The Untouchables (1987)
Released in 1987, The Untouchables is based on a book of the same name. It is one of the rare movies in which Robert De Niro and Sean Connery appear together. Other main leads include Kevin Costner, Charles Martin Smith, and Andy García. The movie is about the Federal Agent Eliot Ness who sets out to stop the ruthless Chicago gangster Al Capone during the era of Prohibition of United States. Directed by Crian De Palma, The Untouchables is considered to be one of the best crime movies of all times.
Crime | Director: Crian De Palma
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5. The Irishman (2019)
Frank Sheeran is a man with a lot on his mind. The 2019 biographical thriller stars Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Jesse Plemons. It follows Frank as he remembers his years working for the Bufalino crime family. Now older, the World War II veteran is once again examining his most prolific successes and his involvement in the disappearance of his good friend Jimmy Hoffa, the former president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, who mysteriously vanished in late July 1975.
Crime, Thriller, Biography | Director: Martin Scorsese
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4. Casino (1995)
It is more than magic whenever director Martin Scorsese and superstar Robert De Niro work together. Released in 1995, Casino is based on a nonfiction book of same name by Nicholas Pileggi, who also cowrote the film’s screenplay. The movie is a story of deception, greed, money, power, and murder between two friends: a casino executive and a mafia enforcer. They compete against each other over a gambling empire. Watch this movie to see the dark depths of American crime.
Crime | Director: Martin Scorsese
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3. The Departed (2006)
Martin Scorsese is no less than a genius when it comes to gangster and crime drama films. Released in 2006, The Departed is an official remake of a 2002 Hong Kong Movie entitled Internal Affairs. The movie is remembered for its star cast that included Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, and Mark Wahlberg. The story is about Irish Mob boss Francis Costello who plants Colin Sullivan as a mole within the Massachusetts State Police and how simultaneously, the police assign undercover state trooper William Costigan to infiltrate Costello’s crew.
Crime, Drama | Director: Martin Scorsese
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2. Goodfellas (1990)
Based on the 1985 non-fiction book titled Wiseguy by Nicholas Pileggi, Goodfellas is direct by Martin Scorsese and is widely regarded as one of the greatest films in the gangster genre. The movie is about the rise and fall of a mob associate, Henry Hill and his friends and family from 1955 to 1980. In 2000, it was honored “culturally, historically, and aesthetically significant” and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry by the United States Library of Congress.
Crime, Drama | Director: Martin Scorsese
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1. The Godfather Trilogy (1972)
The Godfather Trilogy is a crime drama film series that consists of three films directed by Francis Ford Coppola inspired by the novel of the same name by Mario Puzo. Starring Marlon Brando, Al Pacino and Robert De Niro, the films follow the trials of the Italian American mafia Corleone family whose patriarch, Vito Corleone, rises to be a major figure in American organized crime and how his youngest son, Michael Corleone, becomes his successor. The first movie is seen by many as one of the greatest films of all time, while The Godfather Part II is viewed as the best sequel in cinematic history.
Crime, Drama | Director: Francis Ford Coppola
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