If you’re a fan of the mafia genre, then you’ve probably seen all of these movies on netflix already. And if that’s true, then why are you still reading this? Watch The Godfather series and have fun! If not, I’m glad you’re here because I want to introduce seven great mafia movies I think everyone should watch in 2019. These movies are The Godfather (all three), Goodfellas (both parts), Casino, The Departed and Donnie Brasco.
The Godfather series
You can’t go wrong with the Godfather series. The first film, a classic in its own right, was nominated for 11 Academy Awards and took home 3. The second movie won 5 Oscars, including best Picture.
The third film isn’t quite as popular or well-known but still received praise from critics everywhere—and it’s not bad! Two mini-series were made independently: “The Godfather Saga” and “The Godfather Death Scenes.” In 2019 we got another reboot of sorts when Netflix released its version of the story starring Al Pacino himself in a younger incarnation as Michael Corleone (now called Michael Baccala).
Donnie Brasco is a 1997 epic crime film starring Johnny Depp and Al Pacino. It’s set in New York and tells the story of an undercover FBI agent who infiltrates the mafia.
This is based on a true story where Joe Pistone (Depp) goes undercover to infiltrate the Bonanno crime family. He becomes close friends with Lefty Ruggiero (Pacino), who helps him become “Donnie Brasco,” an up-and-coming member of their organization. Eventually, Pistone must decide whether to remain faithful to his duties as an FBI agent or give up everything he’s built working among these criminals so he can continue living as Donnie Brasco.
The Departed is a 2006 crime drama film directed by Martin Scorsese, written by William Monahan, and starring Leonardo DiCaprio. The film’s title refers to the police officers working undercover as gangsters within the Massachusetts State Police Crime Control Bureau (real-life Boston Gang Task Force) who were known as “hoods.” The film was nominated for numerous awards, including four Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Director (Scorcese), Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Editing, which it won for editor Thelma Schoonmaker.
In 2008, the American Film Institute included The Departed on their list of the Top 10 Gangster Films Of All Time, along with Scarface.
Directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta and Joe Pesci, GoodFellas is based on the 1986 nonfiction book Wiseguy by Nicholas Pileggi. The film was released in 1990 to critical acclaim, winning 6 Academy Awards, including Best Picture.
The movie follows Henry Hill (Liotta), a small-time gangster looking to make it big one day. After meeting Jimmy (De Niro) and Tommy (Pesci) at an Italian festival in Brooklyn, he quickly gets involved with the mob lifestyle, leading him down a dark path towards his eventual downfall.
The casino is a 1995 crime film directed by Martin Scorsese, starring Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci and Sharon Stone. Based on the nonfiction book Casino: Love and Honor in Las Vegas by Nicholas Pileggi depicts a fictional account of events that took place between 1967 and 1971 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The story follows Sam “Ace” Rothstein (De Niro), who runs gambling operations for the Chicago Outfit in Las Vegas and later becomes an independent operation manager after being banned from Nevada gaming circles. Along with his friend and fellow mobster Nicky Santoro (Pesci), Ace oversees the day-to-day operations of the Tangiers casino; while also dealing with conflicts within his family life when he starts dating Ginger McKenna (Stone).
A card dealer at another casino owned by one of their rivals.
The Untouchables is one of the best mafia movies ever made. It stars Kevin Costner as Eliot Ness, an agent who single-handedly brings down Al Capone. His team includes Sean Connery (as Joseph Malone), Robert De Niro (as Jim Malone) and Charles Martin Smith (as Peter Neeley). Directed by Brian De Palma and based on The Untouchables by Eliot Ness, this film remains faithful to its source material while incorporating elements of humour throughout.
If you want something that’s both historically accurate and full of action, then The Untouchables will meet all your needs!
A Bronx Tale
A Bronx Tale is an American film about a young man growing up in a crime-ridden neighborhood. It tells the story of Calogero (played by Lillo Brancato), who is torn between his father and the local mob boss Sonny (played by Robert De Niro).
Scarface is a 1983 American crime film directed by Brian De Palma, written by Oliver Stone and starring Al Pacino as Tony Montana. The film follows the rise and fall of a Cuban refugee who becomes involved in drug trafficking while being protected from harm by his mother’s lover, Manny Ribera (Robert Loggia). It also stars Michelle Pfeiffer as Elvira Hancock and Steven Bauer as Sosa.
Scarface was released on December 9, 1983 to critical acclaim and box office success, grossing $44 million against its $15 million budget. The film was nominated for two Academy Awards: Best Supporting Actor (Bauer) and Best Sound Mixing (Michael Minkler). Its popularity led to a sequel titled Scarface: The World Is Yours which was released on November 17, 2008.
Once Upon a Time in America (1984)
Directed by Sergio Leone and starring Robert De Niro, James Woods and Elizabeth McGovern, this film tells the story of a group of Jewish friends in New York City who become involved in organized crime. It’s one of those movies that you’ll want to watch again after you finish because it’s so complex and interesting–and also because it’s based on real events!
American Gangster is a 2007 crime drama film directed by Ridley Scott and starring Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe. Based on the life of Frank Lucas, it tells the story of his rise to power as a heroin kingpin in Harlem during the 1960s and 1970s.
The film was produced by Universal Pictures, Imagine Entertainment & Protozoa Pictures; written by Steven Zaillian; score composed by Hans Zimmer; cinematography done by Dion Beebe (ASC); edited by Jay Cassidy & William Goldenberg (ACE).
Pulp Fiction (1994)
This film was directed by Quentin Tarantino and stars John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson and Uma Thurman.The plot revolves around two mob hit men and a boxer who all get caught up in the same
The irish man
“The Irishman” is a 2019 American crime epic film directed by Martin Scorsese. The movie stars Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci. It is based on the non-fiction book “I Heard You Paint Houses” by Charles Brandt, which tells the story of Frank Sheeran, a World War II veteran who becomes a hitman for the Bufalino crime family. The film spans several decades, from the 1950s to the 2000s, and explores Sheeran’s involvement in the disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa, a prominent labor union leader with ties to organized crime.
The movie features cutting-edge digital de-aging technology to show the characters at different ages throughout the decades-long story. The Irishman received critical acclaim for its direction, screenplay, performances, cinematography, and music. The film was praised for its authenticity, attention to detail, and its ability to capture the mood and atmosphere of the era. It was nominated for ten Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Supporting Actor for both Al Pacino and Joe Pesci.
You probably already have these movies on Netflix, so watch them and have fun!
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It doesn’t matter if you like mafia movies; these are some of the best ones. So if you want a new movie to watch on Netflix or want some company, give these a try! It’s hard not to fall in love with these classic films