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What are the ten best mob films of all time? I would go with...
1. The Godfather
2. The Godfather Part II
3. Goodfellas
4. Miller's Crossing
5. Once Upon a Time in America
6. A Bronx Tale
7. Casino
8. City of God
9. The Departed
10. State of Grace

There are many I missed, I'm sure but I wanted to limit it to only ten, and at that my personal 10 favorites. I'm up for debate!


Wed Apr 15, 2009 5:59 pm
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I think we should ban the following movies off any mob movie lists:

-The Godfather
-The Godfather II
-Goodfellas


Wed Apr 15, 2009 6:09 pm
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Patrick wrote:
I think we should ban the following movies off any mob movie lists:

-The Godfather
-The Godfather II
-Goodfellas


You know what, I think you're right. They are pretty much assumed at the top. So what would your list look like without them?


Wed Apr 15, 2009 6:59 pm
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I would put Road to Perdition and Eastern Promises on the list. I think Eastern Promises is grossly underrated and even though it isn't a traditional "Italian Mob" movie, I think it can be included because it deals with the russian mafia. This movie must be watched more than once to reveal all of its layers.


Wed Apr 15, 2009 10:56 pm
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This is more difficult than I thought, because I have problems how to define a Mob/Organised crime film.

Do Heist/Cape Movies count as well (Du Rififi chez les hommes, Le clans des siciliens, Le Cercle Rouge, The Killing, The Asphalt Jungle)? What about films which are equally about gangsters and policemen (The Departed, The Untouchables)? Do Hong Kong "Heroic Bloodshed" films, Brit gangster flicks and Japanese Yakuza movies qualify?

1. Once upon a Time in America
2. The Godfather
3. The Godfather Part II
4. Goodfellas
5. Cidade de Deus/ City of God
6. On the Waterfront (debatable whether it is a mob film)
7. Scarface (1983)
8. Casino
9. Black Caesar
10. Miller's crossing

8th place would normally occupied by the one classic 1930ies Warner Brothers gangster movies, that I've seen. Unfortunately, I cannot remember whether it was The Public Enemy, little Cesar or Scarface.

Of course, if a less narrow interpretation of mob films is acceptable, the whole list would change significantly.


Thu Apr 16, 2009 9:22 am
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The most realistic movie is clearly Goodfellas.

The best is probably Godfather II.

But my favorite?

Donnie Brasco.

By a mile.


Thu Apr 16, 2009 9:36 pm
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Goodfellas helps to top my list, as it does for most of us here it seems. But films like A Better Tomorrow (just the first one) and Sonatine are good for giving looks, fictional though they are, of other crime syndicates aside from the Mafia.

Some others I can think of:

Gangster No.1
Layer Cake
Mean Streets
Ghost Dog: Way of the Samurai (this one doesn't focus on the mob, they're a large part of its theme)
Brother (2000)


Thu Apr 16, 2009 10:15 pm
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Not a film, but how about Underbelly? This was an awesome awesome series that portrayed the Melbourne criminal underworld and told the story Alphone Gangitano, Tony Mockbel, the Morans, Carl Williams and Mick Gatto. There's a currently running prequal with Terry Clark and Bob Trimbole joining forces to run drugs. The thing is, this is all real. Well worth watching.


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1. Godfather Trilogy
2. Goodfellas
3. The Untouchables
4. Road to Perdition
5. A Bronx Tale
6. Resevoir Dogs
7. Carlito's Way
8. Gangs of New York
9. The Departed
10. Donnie Brasco


Tue Apr 21, 2009 11:53 am
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Here's my list:

1: Goodfellas
2: The Godfather Part 2
3: Pulp Fiction
4: Scarface (The 1983 one of course)
5: Gomorra
6: Donnie Brasco
7: The Godfather
8: The Departed
9: The Public Enemy
10: Deep Cover

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Unke wrote:

8th place would normally occupied by the one classic 1930ies Warner Brothers gangster movies, that I've seen. Unfortunately, I cannot remember whether it was The Public Enemy, little Cesar or Scarface.


Scarface and The Public Enemy are both excellent, although the latter is marred by a bad Jean Harlow performance. (Fortunately she took acting lessons a year or two later.) Little Caesar really isn't all that good despite its fame. Edward G. Robinson is better seen in his next two films Smart Money and Five Star Final. Smart Money is notable as the only film in which Edward G. Robinson and James Cagney both starred. Cagney is really supporting; It's Robinson's film. They were good, too. I wish they'd done more together.

Neither of those, however, was a gangster flick.

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Tue Apr 19, 2011 10:31 pm
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Alright, let's do this:

1. Pulp Fiction
2. Reservoir Dogs
3. L.A. Confidential (would this count since it only tangentially has to do with organized crime?)
4. City of God
5. Godfathers I and II
6. Goodfellas
7. The Departed
8. The Long Good Friday
9. The Untouchables
10. Miller's Crossing

:?: :?: :?:


Tue Apr 19, 2011 10:44 pm
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ilovemovies wrote:
3. The Untouchables


oafolay wrote:
9. The Untouchables


Nnnnnnnnnnoooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!


Tue Apr 19, 2011 11:55 pm
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JJoshay wrote:
ilovemovies wrote:
3. The Untouchables


oafolay wrote:
9. The Untouchables


Nnnnnnnnnnoooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!


Keep in mind that I just picked the first films that came to mind. Don't get me wrong, I think that they're all great films but I'm only certain of my the first five films on my list as far as their positions. And yes, I thought that The Untouchables was excellent!


Wed Apr 20, 2011 12:02 am
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oafolay wrote:
And yes, I thought that The Untouchables was excellent!


Yes, but did you see it?


Thu Apr 21, 2011 6:52 pm
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JJoshay wrote:
oafolay wrote:
And yes, I thought that The Untouchables was excellent!


Yes, but did you see it?


What kinda question is that? Yeah I fucking saw it! :roll: :roll: So are you telling me that you didn't even appreciate the Train Station shootout?


Thu Apr 21, 2011 7:04 pm
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Thought it was a half assed ripoff of Battleship Potemkin, hardly a fitting homage to that film. By the end of the scene I was fighting not to laugh as the situation piled futher onto itself, "Not only is this guy about to shoot you, but three minutes later you'll still be wondering whether to pull out your gun and shoot in retaliation or to save the baby." The presentation was just silly.


Thu Apr 21, 2011 7:10 pm
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JJoshay wrote:
Thought it was a half assed ripoff of Battleship Potemkin, hardly a fitting homage to that film. By the end of the scene I was fighting not to laugh as the situation piled futher onto itself, "Not only is this guy about to shoot you, but three minutes later you'll still be wondering whether to pull out your gun and shoot in retaliation or to save the baby." The presentation was just silly.


Oh well, too each their own. I personally thought that it was an impressive piece of filmmaking. I do need to see Potemkin for a comparison though. So how about the other films on my list?


Thu Apr 21, 2011 7:15 pm
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oafolay wrote:
1. Pulp Fiction
2. Reservoir Dogs
3. L.A. Confidential
5. Godfathers I and II
6. Goodfellas
7. The Departed
10. Miller's Crossing


From what I've seen the rest is your list is ace. Pulp and Godfather are the best films on the list but Crossing is one of the most interesting.


Thu Apr 21, 2011 10:47 pm
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JJoshay wrote:
oafolay wrote:
1. Pulp Fiction
2. Reservoir Dogs
3. L.A. Confidential
5. Godfathers I and II
6. Goodfellas
7. The Departed
10. Miller's Crossing


From what I've seen the rest is your list is ace. Pulp and Godfather are the best films on the list but Crossing is one of the most interesting.


You should definitely check out The Long Good Friday.


Thu Apr 21, 2011 10:59 pm
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