Throughout the ages, mafia films have been among the most popular titles across a wide demographic of viewers. Not only are these films gripping and usually based on captivating true-to-life events, but they also offer an insight into prevalent lifestyle and style trends of a specific age. Some of these films have also passed into the annals of truly great cinematic experiences, surviving the test of time and creating a template for future gangster productions to follow.
While any list of the best mafia movies is bound to be relatively subjective, there are a select few films that transcend the genre and appeal to a wider viewing demographic.
A loose and successful follow-up to the hit movie ‘Goodfellas’ (which narrowly misses out on our list), Casino tells the story of how the insatiability of power and money can lead to the breakdown of even close friendships. Based on true-to-life events and with Robert De Niro assuming the lead role of famous American gangster Sam ‘Ace’ Rothstein, the film also includes a stellar role from the outstanding Joe Pesci. Notable for Pesci’s brutal death scene alone, this film is a must for anyone who likes to access online casinos and play roulette and other casino games.
The Untouchables (1987)
Set in Chicago during the early 1930’s (when Prohibition was responsible for a brutal crime wave), The Untouchables narrates the true story of mobster Al Capone’s reign of terror and his ultimate demise. Led by federal agent Elliot Ness (portrayed expertly by Kevin Costner), a small team of cops strive to take down Capone and his Omni-potent empire. An explosive and emotive tale, the story is captivating and harks back to a time when the mafia still ruled America by fear alone.
The Godfather Part One (1972)
Indisputably the best mafia film of all time, The Godfather Part One launched a trilogy that has captivated a global audience. Although anyone of the three films included could make this list, it is the first instalment that remains the single most seminal. Featuring incredible performances from James Caan (as the irrepressible and volatile Sonny Corleone) and Al Pacino as the younger, more reflective Michael Corleone, the film is a truly stunning evocation of mafia life and one that strikes the perfect balance between sensationalism and authenticity.
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