A fedora teamed with a dark-colored suit, a cigarette between the lips, a glass of whiskey in one hand and a picture-perfect lady with sad eyes on the other. It is easy to paint a picture of the typical Mafia ganglord. It all started with the first ever Mafia movie in 1906 – The Black Hand, a short film with a simple story line. Though it failed to create much impact, it paved the way for some of the greatest mob films. Scorsese, Pacino and De Niro became legends and their work, a benchmark in the gangster genre.
Though there are several films that are counted among the very best in the genre, we have listed our all-time favorite mob movies. If you need to be introduced to the genre, you’d do well to start here. There’s something about bad men that just can’t be resisted. We are sure you won’t be able to stop at just one.
The Godfather series
The story of Italian-American Corleone family is what legends are made of. Francis Ford Coppola gave us a crime drama that will be remembered for days and years to come.
Martin Scorsese showed the conflict of a man, choosing between religion, friendship and his gangster ambitions. Harvey Keitel and Robert De Niro star in the film and even, Scorsese plays the role of a henchman.
A remake of the 1932 film of the same name, Scarface follows the story of a Cuban refugee who arrives in US and rises up to become a drug lord. Brian De Palma‘s film received mixed reviews in the beginning but went on to collect $ 44 million at the Box Office and is quite a cult favorite today. You may have not watched Scarface but it is very unlikely you haven’t moved in social circles where at least one friend of yours does not idolise Tony Montana.
Once Upon a Time In America
This epic crime drama film has De Niro playing a Jewish Mobster. De Niro’s character David "Noodles" Aaronson is seen battling the Jewish ghetto life and many regrets. It makes for an interesting watch.
Set in the backdrop of the Prohibition, the movie follows the story of Eliot Ness and his team of eleven federal law-enforcement agents called The Untouchables. Kevin Costner, Robert De Niro and Sean Connery gave us a splendid film, which not only became a $76 million-hit but also won many awards.
A classic tale (and a real one too) told in the best way possible. Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese showed us how its done through this 1990s mob film.
Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, and Mark Wahlberg teamed up with the master of the genre Scorsese to give us this gem. A remake of the 2002 Hong Kong film Infernal Affairs, The Departed is definitely one of the best crime films post 2000s.
Ridley Scott made this film based on the criminal career of a gangster from North Carolina, Frank Lucas. Denzel Washington played the Harlem terror and drug kingpin in this 2007 crime biography.
Times have passed, but the fascination has stuck. This week, get ready to welcome another mobster story. Black Mass is all set to hit the theaters this Friday. Bang Bang!