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The 12 best mobster and mobster films of all time

tv-media.at ›published on by Angelika Marton / Karin Tauner

The godfather, GoodFellas & Co: Hollywood's master directors have worked extensively on the subject of mafia / mobster - with success. Some of the best films of all time come from the gangster genre. You can find out which films are absolutely worth seeing here - including the IMDb ranking and trailer.

1) THE GODFATHER PART I, II AND III (1972/1974/1990)

The mother of all Mafia films was brought to cinemas in 1972 by Francis Ford Coppola - based on the novel by Mario Puzo - with Marlon Brando and Al Pacino in the leading roles, and is now one of the most artistically significant works in film history. Exceptional box office success, award-winning, unmatched. Parts II (6 Oscars, including best supporting role for Robert De Niro) and III (7 Oscar nominations) tell the story of the Corleone family and also address the clan's history in flashbacks.

IMDb Rating The Godfather Part 1: 9,2

IMDb Rating The Godfather Part 2: 9,0

IMDb Rating The Godfather Part 3: 7,6

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For many, the best mafia movie of all time - the story (based on a true story) of New York gangster Henry Hill, and his life within the mob. Ingeniously staged by Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta and Joe Pesci (supporting roles Oscar) make a big splash (the rain of prizes at the 1991 Academy Awards went to Kevin Costner's western epic Dances with Wolves). Good Fellas served as inspiration for the TV series The Sopranos, which set new standards in the series genre in 1999.

IMDb rating: 8,7

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Magnificent gangster epic by Sergio Leone with Robert De Niro James Woods. The plot is based on the partially autobiographical novel The Hoods by Harry Gray (a pseudonym of Herschel Goldberg), the film tells the story of a gang in New York - but was only appreciated internationally by film critics and audiences after the death of Sergio Leone. The complex and highly budgeted $ 30 million material on which Sergio Leone worked for almost ten years did not find an audience when it was released.

IMDb rating: 8,4

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4) CASINO (1995)

Las Vegas in the 1970s. The professional gambler Sam "Ace" Rothstein is hired to manage a new casino. So that the money can flow smoothly, Micky Santoro, a childhood friend and meanwhile unscrupulous mobster, is put by his side. Although it is a fictional feature film, the story about Sam Rothstein (Robert DeNiro) and Nicky Santoro (Joe Pesci) is based in many ways on actual events and characters. Sharon Stone was able to get her only Oscar nomination so far with her portrayal of the tragic gangster lover Ginger McKenna.

IMDb rating: 8,2

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Director Brian de Palma's film (based on the script by David Mamet) is set in Chicago during the Prohibition era: Here Agent Eliot Ness (Kevin Costner) has made fighting Mafiosi Al Capone his life's work. In his fight against organized crime, he quickly makes enemies, but the initially somewhat gruff patrolman Jim Malone (Oscar for Sean Connery) and a few more intrepid form the task force of the "incorruptible" with Ness. The music for this thriller was provided by none other than spaghetti western legend Ennio Morricone.

IMDb rating: 7,9

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6) BLACK MASS (2015)

Scott Cooper shows the life of Irish-born gangster James L. "Whitey" Bulger (Johnny Depp, not easily recognized), the leader of the Winter Hill Gang in southern Boston. The gang made their living in the 1970s / 1980s from drug trafficking, extortion, gambling and murder. They act with great brutality and rival the Italian mafia in the northern part of the city. John Connolly (Joel Edgerton) is a childhood friend of Whitey's and his brother William (Benedict Cumberbatch). Connolly now works for the FBI and makes a deal with Whitey - if he provides information about the Italian mobsters, the Winter Hill Gang will be spared by the FBI ...

IMDb rating: 6,9

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7) BUGSY (1991)

The rise of New York bully Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel to become the biggest casino boss in Las Vegas. In Warren Beatty, director Barry Levinson found the ideal cast for the smug, slippery Playboy gangster, who found his personal happiness with Annett Bening (they married in 1992), who played Virginia Hill in the film Siegel's love interest.

IMDb rating: 6,8

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8) JIMMY HOFFA (1992)

Director Danny De Vito tells the story of the notorious American union boss Jimmy Hoffa, who organized a controversial truck drivers' strike in 1937, did business with the Cosa Nostra, and disappeared under mysterious circumstances in 1975 (in real life he was pronounced dead in 1982). Jack Nicholson shines in the title role, Danny De Vito, Armand Assante and John C. Reilly shine in the supporting roles.

IMDb rating: 6,6

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9) THE ICEMAN (2012)

The nickname that gave the title was Richard Kuklinski, a mafia killer who is said to have murdered over 100 people. In flashbacks, the film shows the life story of the son of Polish immigrants, who grew up in Jersey City and, through his connection with the Gambino family, became a sought-after hitman for the mob. The real Kuklinski died in New Jersey prison in 2006 under unexplained circumstances before he could testify against a member of the Gambinos. STARRING: Michael Shannon, Winona Ryder, Ray Liotta.

IMDb rating: 6,4

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The film is set in New York in the late 1920s / 1930s and tells about the bloody gang war between the mafia around Lucky Luciano and Dutch Schultz on the one hand and the gangsters around Stephanie St. Clair and Bumpy Johnson in Harlem on the other. Director Bill Duke shot the film entirely in Chicago with Laurence Fishburne, Tim Roth, Vanessa Williams, Andy Garcia and many more.

IMDb rating: 6,3

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11) GOD (2018)

The film about the rise and fall of New York mafia boss John Gotti (John Travolta) premiered at the 2018 Cannes Festival. The head of the Gambino family became one of the most famous members of the American Cosa Nostra after Al Capone because of his numerous charges. He was nicknamed "Teflon-Don" because no charges resulted in conviction. His son John A. Gotti follows in his father's footsteps at a young age and is a made man at the age of 24, while Gotti sr. was eventually sentenced to life imprisonment in 1992. After he was diagnosed with cancer while in custody, his reformed son informed him on his deathbed in 2002 that he was leaving the organization and becoming solid.

IMDb rating: 4,8

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12) THE IRISHMAN (2019)

First of all, Martin Scorsese's latest film takes a seat, but on the other hand, Netflix invented the binge, so The Irishman could also be viewed as a miniseries with multiple episodes. His gangster opus lasts three and a half hours, the life of Frank Sheeran (Robert De Niro), who becomes a professional killer of the mafia, is told. For two reasons: he learned the craft of killing in WWII, and he also speaks Italian because he served in Sicily. Capo Bufalino (Joe Pesci) approves of both, so he sets up Sheeran as a henchman. One day he becomes the bodyguard of the seedy union leader Jimmy Hoffa (Al Pacino) Almost Pity. As I said, very long, but still great cinema. In the end, you almost feel sorry for the old hit man, whose life has completely failed. Pacino & De Niro play Oscar-worthy!

IMDb rating: 7,9

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