Cinema has often tended to romanticize gunslingers, bank robbers and smart guys, feeding people’s fascination with individuals who live outside the law. For those who want to see a sinister world full of people who live outside the law, here are the 10 best mafia movies of all time, with tough characters who make their own rules and try to stick to their own codes!
THE GODFATHER – 9.2
Francis Ford Coppola’s unforgettable masterpiece The Godfather is considered by many fans to be the best mafia movie ever made. In 1972, The Godfather broke box office records and became the biggest movie of that year, bringing together famous actors such as Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Robert Duvall and Diane Keaton in the lead roles. Based on Mario Puzo’s novel of the same name, The Godfather tells the fascinating story of the Corleone crime family, led by family patriarch Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando), and the transformation of the family’s youngest son Michael (Al Pacino) from a reluctant outsider to a frightening family.
THE GODFATHER: PART 2 – 9.0
Starring Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Robert Duvall and Diane Keaton, “The Godfather” was adapted from Mario Puzo’s novel of the same name. At the same time, “The Godfather II” (The Godfather Part II) was also an unforgettable success. Both sequel and retrospective, “The Godfather Part II” focuses on the life of Michael, played by Al Pacino as the new Don of the Corleone family, while at the same time presenting a parallel story of his father Vito’s youth and his gradual rise in the mafia crime world in America.
GOODFELLAS – 8.7
Released 30 years ago, Goodfellas is considered the best mafia movie of all time and is directed by Martin Scorsese. It features unforgettable performances by Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta and Joe Pesci, who won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. Goodfellas is a shocking and blood-soaked look at the rise and fall of mob associate Henry Hill over the decades. Based on Nicholas Pileggi’s biography Wise Guy, the film uses the iconic status of Scorsese and De Niro to transform Liotta and Pesci into unforgettable “made men”. Goodfellas managed to capture audiences’ memories with some of the best performances from the entire cast.
CITY OF GOD – 8.6
City of God, directed by Fernando Meirelles and Kátia Lund, is a decades-spanning Brazilian crime drama about the rise of organized crime in the Rio de Janeiro suburb of Cidade De Deus between the 1960s and 1980s. Based on true events, the film offers a stunning look at the violence of the era and takes viewers on a journey through the dangerous world of Rio.
THE DEPARTED – 8.5
A remake of the 2002 Hong Kong thriller Infernal Affairs and directed by Martin Scorsese, The Departed centers on the intrigues between real-life Boston crime boss Whitey Bulger and two city cops. The movie revolves around a police officer, played by Matt Damon, who is trying to rise through the ranks as Bulger’s mole, and another officer, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, who is working as an undercover agent within Bulger’s gang.
SCARFACE – 8.3
Howard Hawks’ 1932 film “Scarface” was inspired by the rise of Al Capone and depicts the mafia world in Chicago. Paul Muni stars as Tony Camonte, a gangster who rises in the Chicago mafia and falls in love with his boss’s mistress. Although the movie struggled with censorship in the pre-Hays Code era, it impressed audiences with its stylish visuals and gripping violence and was considered a pioneer of the mafia genre.
CASINO – 8.2
Martin Scorsese‘nin bir başka klasiği olan Casino, Goodfellas‘ta bir araya gelen Robert De Niro ve Joe Pesci’nin başrolde olduğu bir mafya filmi. Nicholas Pileggi’nin aynı adı taşıyan kurgusal olmayan kitabından uyarlanan film, Las Vegas’taki suç dolu dünyaya odaklanıyor. De Niro’nun canlandırdığı Ace karakteri, gerçek hayattaki kumarhane sahibi Lefty Rosenthal’a, Pesci’nin ise Nicky karakteri gerçek hayattaki infazcı Tony Spilotro‘ya dayanıyor. Ayrıca, eski dansçı rolündeki Sharon Stone bu rolüyle Oscar adaylığı kazandı.
THE UNTOUCHABLES – 7.8
Directed by Brian De Palma, The Untouchables is a crowd-pleasing, mildly comical, and terrifying movie. The movie tells the story of famed crime hunter Eliot Ness (Kevin Costner) and his violent struggle to take down gang leader Al Capone (Robert De Niro) in 1930s Chicago.
Sean Connery as a senior police officer, one of Ness’s teammates, won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his character, who joins the fight by convincing other cops who are on Capone’s payroll.
THE IRISHMAN – 7.8
In this epic reunion of mafia genre heavyweights like Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci, truck driver Frank Sheeran (De Niro) works as a hitman for mobster Russell Bufalino (Pesci) and his crime family, while serving the famous Teamster leader Jimmy Hoffa (Pacino).
DONNIE BRASCO (MOLE) – 7.7
Directed by British director Mike Newell and based on a true mafia story, Donnie Brasco takes viewers deep into the Bonanno crime family with unforgettable performances by Johnny Depp and Al Pacino. The movie deals with the complex life of FBI agent Pistone in the underworld known as “Donnie Brasco”. Johnny Depp stars as Agent Pistone and Al Pacino as Lefty, the low-level enforcer who recruits Pistone into the gang. Donnie Brasco is based on Pistone’s autobiography “Donnie Brasco: My Undercover Life in the Mafia”, based on Pistone’s autobiography, and stands out from other mafia movies in a cool and engaging way.