The Godfather franchise is arguably one of the greatest gangster franchises ever made. Boasting two of the greatest and finest American films – The Godfather and The Godfather Part 2, Francis Ford Coppola gifted the world one of the greatest tales ever told. Establishing its splendour in 1972, The Godfather trilogy set the bar for every other gangster and mob flick ever made.
The direction, combined with intricate storytelling, gave us a film that will be always be regarded as one of the best films ever made. Here is the list of movies similar to The Godfather that are our recommendations. You can also stream some of the movies like The Godfather on Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime.
1. Goodfellas (1990)
Goodfellas is probably the most influential and ground-breaking gangster flick since The Godfather trilogy. Directed by the charismatic Martin Scorsese, Goodfellas has been referred to as one of the most gritty mafia movies of all time. Playing on the central theme of the criminal underworld, the movie explores the importance of unwavering-criminal loyalty and the grisly realities of the criminal underbelly. It quite articulately build the foundation on its three lead characters – the experienced and calm Jimmy Conway played by the legendary Rober De Niro, the learner and slightly callous Henry Hill enacted by Ray Liotta and the psychotic hooligan with a short temper Tommy DeVito portrayed by Joe Pesci. Goodfellas did not shy away from Scorsese’s classic use of brutal violence and crass language which only helped it achieve its praise.
Adapting Nicholas Pileggi’s non-fiction novel, the screenplay written by Scorsese and Pileggi himself managed to infuse both a stylised and realistic colour to the movie. The inventive character development earned Pesci the Academy Award Best Actor in a Supporting Role and was named as 1990s best film by a variety of critics’ groups. Like any other masterpiece, Goodfellas adopted quite fitting background score and Michael Ballhaus’ camera work helped it elevate its status. Regarded as one of the best in the crime genre, it was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry by the United States Library of Congress and spawned a string of Goodfellas-inspired films and television shows.