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The Best Mafia Films  

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The mafia has been a source of some of the best stories in film history for filmmakers. The drama, action, and moral dilemmas the characters face always keep viewers on the edge of their seats wanting more. Want to know the best mafia movies ever made? Here is a list of possibly the greatest mob movies in cinema with posters. These mafia films are known for their plots, their special effects, and their amazing casts.

This mob and gangster movies list can be sorted by cast, director, year, and more. Click on the mafia movie titles in this list of mafia movies in order to learn more about each film. This mafia films list can also be reranked to create your own. These are gangster films involving the mafia.

The best mobster movies are full of action, crime, violence, and of course, memorable mobsters and mafia bosses. These top mafia movies are films any good mafia movies fan will enjoy. From classics like The Godfather and Casino to newer gangster movies like The Departed, your crime loving side will be glued to the screen, enjoying the fast-paced, high-drama, action-packed worlds of these awesome fictional mobsters in these best mafia movies.

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Goodfellas is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Mafia Films
Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson, Joe Pesci
Goodfellas is a 1990 American crime film directed by Martin Scorsese. It is a film adaptation of the 1986 non-fiction book Wiseguy by Nicholas Pileggi, who co-wrote the screenplay with Scorsese. ...more
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The Godfather is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Mafia Films
Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall
The Godfather is a 1972 American crime film directed by Francis Ford Coppola, based on the novel by Mario Puzo. The aging patriarch (Marlon Brando) of an organized crime dynasty transfers ...more
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The Godfather Part II is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Mafia Films
Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall
The Godfather Part II is a 1974 American epic crime film produced and directed by Francis Ford Coppola from a screenplay co-written with Mario Puzo, starring Al Pacino and Robert De Niro. ...more
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Casino is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Mafia Films
Sharon Stone, Robert De Niro, James Woods
Casino is a 1995 American drama film directed by Martin Scorsese. It is based on the non-fiction book of the same name by Nicholas Pileggi, who also co-wrote the screenplay for the film with ...more
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The Departed is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Mafia Films
Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson, Alec Baldwin
The Departed is a 2006 American crime drama film directed by Martin Scorsese, and a remake of the 2002 Hong Kong film Infernal Affairs. Irish Mob boss Francis "Frank" Costello (Jack ...more
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Donnie Brasco is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Mafia Films
Bootsdad added Johnny Depp, Al Pacino, Paul Giamatti
Donnie Brasco is a 1997 American film directed by Mike Newell and starring Al Pacino and Johnny Depp. Michael Madsen, Bruno Kirby, James Russo, and Anne Heche appeared in supporting roles. The ...more
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A Bronx Tale is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Mafia Films
Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Chazz Palminteri
A Bronx Tale is a 1993 American drama film set in the Bronx during the turbulent era of the 1960s. It was the directorial debut of Robert De Niro that follows a young Italian-American teenager ...more
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Once Upon a Time in Amer... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Mafia Films
Jennifer Connelly, Robert De Niro, James Woods
Once Upon a Time in America is a 1984 Italian epic drama film co-written and directed by Sergio Leone and starring Robert De Niro and James Woods. It chronicles the lives of Jewish ghetto youths ...more
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The Untouchables is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Mafia Films
Robert De Niro, Sean Connery, Kevin Costner
The Untouchables is a 1987 American drama film directed by Brian De Palma and written by David Mamet. Based on the book The Untouchables, the film stars Kevin Costner as government agent Eliot ...more
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Scarface is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Mafia Films
Michelle Pfeiffer, Al Pacino, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio
Scarface is a 1983 American crime drama film directed by Brian De Palma and written by Oliver Stone. A remake of the 1932 film of the same name, Scarface tells the story of Cuban refugee Tony ...more
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Carlito's Way is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Mafia Films
Al Pacino, Sean Penn, Viggo Mortensen
Carlito's Way is a 1993 American drama film directed by Brian De Palma, based on the novels Carlito's Way and After Hours by Judge Edwin Torres. The film adaptation was scripted by David Koepp. ...more
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Pulp Fiction is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Mafia Films
John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Uma Thurman
Pulp Fiction is a 1994 American crime film directed by Quentin Tarantino. The lives of two mob hitmen (Samuel L. Jackson and John Travolta), a boxer (Bruce Willis), a gangster's wife (Uma ...more
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American Gangster is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Mafia Films
Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Idris Elba
American Gangster is a 2007 American biographical crime film directed and produced by Ridley Scott and written by Steven Zaillian. The film is based on the criminal career of Frank Lucas, a ...more
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Road to Perdition is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Mafia Films
bojanthebest added Tom Hanks, Daniel Craig, Paul Newman
Road to Perdition is a 2002 American thriller film directed by Sam Mendes. The screenplay was adapted by David Self, from the graphic novel of the same name by Max Allan Collins. The film stars ...more
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Reservoir Dogs is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Mafia Films
bojanthebest added Quentin Tarantino, Steve Buscemi, Tim Roth
Reservoir Dogs is a 1992 American ensemble crime film that depicts the events before and after a botched diamond heist. The film was the debut of director and writer Quentin Tarantino, and stars ...more
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Gangs of New York is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Mafia Films
Cameron Diaz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Liam Neeson
Gangs of New York is a 2002 American fictionalized historical drama film set in the mid-19th century in the Five Points district of Lower Manhattan in 1863. The film was directed by Martin ...more
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Heat is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Mafia Films
PressingOn added Natalie Portman, Al Pacino, Robert De Niro
Heat is a 1995 American crime thriller film written, produced and directed by Michael Mann, and starring Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Val Kilmer. The film was released in the United States on ...more
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The Godfather Part III ... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Mafia Films
Al Pacino, Diane Keaton, Bridget Fonda
The Godfather Part III is a 1990 American film written by Mario Puzo and Francis Ford Coppola, and directed by Coppola. It completes the story of Michael Corleone, a Mafia kingpin who tries to ...more
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Black Mass is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Mafia Films
_denny-wright added Johnny Depp
Black Mass is a 2015 American biographical crime drama film directed by Scott Cooper, based on the 2001 book Black Mass: The True Story of an Unholy Alliance Between the FBI and the Irish Mob by ...more
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Public Enemies is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Mafia Films
anna gr added Johnny Depp, Christian Bale, Channing Tatum
Public Enemies is a 2009 American film directed by Michael Mann and written by Mann, Ronan Bennett and Ann Biderman. It is an adaptation of Bryan Burrough's non-fiction book. Set during the ...more
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Mean Streets is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Mafia Films
Robert De Niro, Martin Scorsese, Harvey Keitel
Mean Streets is a 1973 film directed by Martin Scorsese and co-written by Scorsese and Mardik Martin. The film stars Harvey Keitel and Robert De Niro. It was released by Warner Bros. on October ...more
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On the Waterfront is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Mafia Films
Marlon Brando, Eva Marie Saint, Rod Steiger
On the Waterfront is a 1954 American drama film about union violence and corruption amongst longshoremen. The film was directed by Elia Kazan and written by Budd Schulberg. It stars Marlon ...more
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Miller's Crossing is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Mafia Films
Steve Buscemi, Frances McDormand, Marcia Gay Harden
Miller's Crossing is a 1990 American film by the Coen brothers and starring Gabriel Byrne, Marcia Gay Harden, John Turturro, Jon Polito, J. E. Freeman, and Albert Finney. The plot concerns a ...more
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Kill the Irishman is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Mafia Films
AntoNadarević added Val Kilmer, Christopher Walken, Linda Cardellini
This film is a 2011 biographical thriller film directed by Jonathan Hensleigh and starring Ray Stevenson, Vincent D'Onofrio, Christopher Walken and Val Kilmer. It was in development hell for ...more
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King of New York is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Mafia Films
Christopher Walken, Steve Buscemi, Laurence Fishburne
King of New York is a 1990 thriller film, starring Christopher Walken, Laurence Fishburne, David Caruso, Wesley Snipes, Victor Argo, Giancarlo Esposito, and Steve Buscemi. It was directed by ...more