10 Movies You Must Watch if You Love ‘Goodfellas’

Gangster movies like ‘Goodfellas’ are never easy to pull off. First of all, the filmmaker needs to know that world inside out. If not done right, the film could feel fake resulting in a failed effort. Second, too much violence without any motive or clear direction could turn audiences off. But thankfully, ‘Goodfellas’ has none of those problems. It is immaculately made with the stamp of Martin Scorsese all over it. Now, if you happen to love the film as I do, you must be wanting to watch more movies similar to ‘Goodfellas’. That’s why this list. Hope you enjoy it.

 

10. Gomorrah (2008)

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A contemporary Neapolitan mob drama that exposes Italy’s criminal underbelly by telling five stories of individuals who think they can make their own compact with Camorra, the area’s Mafia. Portraying organized crime with an unflinching realism, this gritty and searing Italian crime masterpiece pulls no punches. No film in the last 10 years — except ‘A Prophet’ — has managed to depict the terror and the complete brazenness of the mafia/gangster world with the same finesse as ‘Gomorrah’.

 

9. A Prophet (2009)

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Crime dramas don’t come in shape and form better than this. This century has seen comparatively much less crime dramas being made than the last, but if there’s one film of 21st century that could match the gold standard set by crime dramas like ‘The Godfather’ and ‘Goodfellas’, it has to be ‘A Prophet’. Taut and riveting, and uncompromising on its style and characterization, ‘A Prophet’ is truly an unforgettable experience.

 

8. The Untouchables (1987)

The Untouchables was an instant hit among the audience when released in 1987. Placing Kevin Costner’s Eliot Ness against Robert De Niro’s Al Capone, the film chronicles Ness’ efforts to bring Copane down in the infamous Prohibition era. Instead of putting De Niro as the central antagonist, the film stands out from other by using the judicial system as the primal villain which is corrupted by the mob. The film did receive several scathing reviews though, particularly for De Niro’s accent in the film. However, Costner’s impeccable performance as the righteous cop was well received and he earned the Academy Award for Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role.

 

7. Casino (1995)

Martin Scorsese is the pioneers of gangster flicks and this movie just prove his worth. Upon its release in 1995, Casino seemed quite similar to Goodfellas but became a film of its own kind. Depicting the extraordinary and extravagant life imbued with materialism and dirty politics, Casino is a brilliant sketch of the Las Vegas lifestyle in the 90s. The lead cast of Rober De Niro, Joe Pesci and Sharon Stone masterfully encapsulated the different characters – a picture perfect casino owner, a frightening “nut-job” and a self-absorbed narcissistic woman.

 

6. American Gangster (2007)

A biographical crime epic based on the life of Frank Lucas, portrayed expertly by Denzel Washington, a crime lord out of Harlem who for years imported heroin into the US in the coffins of dead young soldiers. We watch Lucas move up the criminal chain ruthlessly, taking what he wants with force, bringing his entire family close to him to work for him because he trusts no one. Hot on his trial are the narcotics squad, led by job obsessed Russell Crowe, who will not rest until he brings Lucas down. It is a big, sprawling film that moves about the world, from the stifling streets of Viet Nam to the colorful Harlem ghetto, to the hot jungles of Cambodia. All of it anchored by a superb performance from Washington and an equally good one by Crowe, each knowing that at some point they are going to go toe to toe with one another.

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