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The Best Shows & Movies About Gangsters & the Mafia 

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Updated June 5, 2020 1.8k votes 278 voters 14.3k views 43 items

List Rules Vote up the most entertaining films & shows (including streaming series) about gangsters and the mafia.

There's something about a good gangster movie or television series that just makes you want to watch it over and over again—or join the mafia. Some obvious choices for the best gangster movies and shows include The Godfather, The Sopranos, Goodfellas, and Narcos, but there are many more to choose from. If you've ever sat around thinking which might be better, a good gangster movie or television series, this list aims to solve that dilemma for you by ranking them side by side.

Many of the television series and films about gangsters on this list may seem familiar while others might be completely new to you. Odds are, if you like some of the films on this list, you will also enjoy watching some of the television series about gangsters making their way to the top of this list. If a film like The Departed interests you, go ahead and check out Breaking Bad. The same could be said if you enjoy watching The Sopranos, but have never checked out The Godfather. Whatever your taste in gangster shows and mafia films, you are certain to find some excellent recommendations here!

Do you have a good ideas as to which movies and shows about gangsters and the mafia deserve the top spots on this list? You can help decide by giving your favorites a thumbs up and adding any good movies or shows missing from the list, capisce? 

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The Godfather is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Shows & Movies About Gangsters & the Mafia
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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 control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son (Al Pacino). ...more on Wikipedia

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Goodfellas is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Shows & Movies About Gangsters & the Mafia
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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. The film narrates the rise and fall of Lucchese crime family associate Henry Hill and his friends over a period from 1955 to 1980. Initially naming the film Wise Guy, Scorsese postponed making it; later, he and Pileggi changed the name to Goodfellas. To prepare for their roles in the film, Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, and Ray Liotta often spoke with Pileggi, who shared research material left over from writing the book. According to Pesci, improvisation and ad-libbing came out of rehearsals where ...more on Wikipedia

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The Sopranos is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Shows & Movies About Gangsters & the Mafia
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The Sopranos (HBO, 1999) is an American crime drama television series created by David Chase. New Jersey mob boss Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) deals with personal and professional issues in his home and business life that affect his mental state, leading him to seek professional psychiatric counseling. ...more on Wikipedia

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The Godfather Part II is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Shows & Movies About Gangsters & the Mafia
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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. Partially based on Puzo's 1969 novel The Godfather, the film is both sequel and prequel to The Godfather, presenting parallel dramas: one picks up the 1958 story of Michael Corleone, the new Don of the Corleone crime family, protecting the family business in the aftermath of an attempt on his life; the prequel covers the journey of his father, Vito Corleone, from his Sicilian childhood to the founding of his family enterprise in New York City. ...more on Wikipedia

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