This list shows the best Mafia films of all time that are worth watching. Mafia films are popular for their intricate plots, like the ones depicted in “The Godfather” and “Scarface.” They also offer an entertaining look into the dark underworld of organized crime. We all know Hollywood loves to glamorize criminal activity.
Best Mafia Films Of All Time
- Goodfellas, 1990
Henry Hill, who starts out his criminal career with friends Jimmy & Tommy, faces the tough choice of whether to remain small-time criminals or climb up the ladder to become “made men”.
- The Godfather, 1972
Don Vito Corleone, head of a mafia family, decides to hand over his empire to his youngest son Michael. His decision unintentionally puts the lives of his loved ones in grave danger
- The Godfather Part II, 1974
Michael, son of Vito Corleone, tries to expand his family’s criminal enterprise. He deals with gangster Hyman Roth but doesn’t know about the man who wants revenge
- Scarface, 1983
Tony and his friend Manny build a lucrative empire through drug sales in Miami. Tony grows increasingly paranoid and starts to lose touch with reality.
- Casino, 1995
Ace is a resourceful mafia associate who is given the opportunity to run casinos in Las Vegas. He rises through the ranks quickly, but his mishaps with Nicky (his friend) and Ginger (his love interest) create complications.
- The Departed, 2006
A spy and an undercover agent are in a constant battle with one another, trying to prevent their identities from being uncovered. They also try to infiltrate the Irish gang.
- A Bronx Tale, 1993
Calogero, a teenage boy from the Bronx, befriends Sonny who is a local gangster and initiates him into mobster ways. He falls in love with his classmate Jane but that is when his life takes a turn for the worse.
- Donnie Brasco, 1997
An undercover FBI agent gains access to one of the five crime families in New York and quickly climbs up the ranks in order to enact justice.
- The Untouchables, 1987
Al Capone – a well-known mobster – was not put down easily. Despite Prohibition in the USA, Al was known to continue his illegal liquor business, but Eliot Ness – a federal agent – had him exposed and brought him to justice.
- Pulp Fiction, 1994
After a series of incidents that involve underworld dealings, two mobsters in LA cross paths with an LA gangster’s wife, boxer & two small-time criminals.
- American Gangster, 2007
Frank Lucas takes over Ellsworth Johnson’s business, after he passes away suddenly. Lucas uses this position to quickly gain control in various other businesses while secretly running a drug ring.
- Once Upon a Time in America, 1984
Noodles, a former mobster during the Prohibition Era, returns to New York after a self-imposed exile to confront his past and make amends for his mistakes.
- Carlito’s Way, 1993
Carlito Brigante is arrested and given a choice: prison or working as an informer for the police. When Carlito gets out of prison, he finds that there’s no chance to escape his past.
- Reservoir Dogs, 1992
Six criminals have been recruited for a robbery of precious diamonds, but they don’t know each other’s true identities. When the police attack them, they start to wonder which one is an undercover cop.
- Gangs of New York, 2002
Amsterdam sets out to avenge the death of his father who was killed in a gang fight at the hands of a crime lord. He gets caught up in the Civil War whilst doing so.
This list shows the best Mafia films of all time that are worth watching.