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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? 

The Godfather is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Shows & Movies About Gangsters & the Mafia
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The Godfather


The Godfather is a 1972 American crime film directed by Francis Ford Coppola and produced by Albert S. Ruddy from a screenplay by Mario Puzo and Coppola. Starring Marlon Brando and Al Pacino as the leaders of a fictional New York crime family, the story spans the years 1945-55, concentrating on the transformation of Michael Corleone from reluctant family outsider to ruthless Mafia boss while chronicling the Corleones under the patriarch Vito. Based on Puzo's best-selling novel of the same name, The Godfather is widely regarded as one of the greatest films in world cinema—and as one of the most influential, especially in the gangster genre. Ranked second to Citizen Kane by the American Film ...more on Wikipedia

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Boardwalk Empire is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Shows & Movies About Gangsters & the Mafia
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Boardwalk Empire


Boardwalk Empire is an American period crime drama television series created by Terence Winter. Airing on premium cable channel HBO, the series is set in Atlantic City, New Jersey, during the Prohibition era and stars Steve Buscemi as Nucky Thompson. Winter, a Primetime Emmy Award-winning screenwriter and producer, created the show, inspired by the book Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times, and Corruption of Atlantic City by Nelson Johnson about historical criminal kingpin Enoch L. Johnson. The pilot episode, directed by Martin Scorsese, was produced at a cost of $18 million. On September 1, 2009, HBO picked up the series for an additional 11 episodes. The series premiered on September ...more on Wikipedia

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Goodfellas is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Shows & Movies About Gangsters & the Mafia
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Goodfellas


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) 4 on the list The Best Shows & Movies About Gangsters & the Mafia
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The Sopranos


The Sopranos is an American crime drama television series created by David Chase. Revolving around the fictional New Jersey-based Italian-American mobster Tony Soprano, the show portrays the difficulties he faces as he tries to balance the conflicting requirements of his home life and his criminal organization. These are often highlighted during his therapy sessions with psychiatrist Jennifer Melfi. The series features Tony's family members and Mafia colleagues and rivals in prominent roles and story arcs, most notably his wife Carmela and protégé Christopher Moltisanti. After a pilot was ordered in 1997, the show premiered on the premium cable network HBO in the United States on January 10, ...more on Wikipedia

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