Wondering what to watch after Goodfellas? A harrowing deconstruction of the sometimes romanticized gangster genre known for its amazing performances and incredible narration, the film may seem hard to match. However, there are plenty of films and TV shows out there similar to Goodfellas and often equally acclaimed.
TV shows like Goodfellas often follow the formula of presenting a gritty, non-glamorized version of a life of crime. The Wire, The Sorpranos, and Breaking Bad all received rave reviews for their gruesome looks at organized crime. Goodfellas fans may also be curious to explore what, exactly, the film serves to deconstruct, which you can find in the Godfather franchise that partially inspired Scorsese. For other movies and TV shows, browse the below recommendations.
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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The Sopranos is an American drama television series created by David Chase. Revolving around the fictional New Jersey-based Italian-American Tony Soprano, the show portrays the difficulties he faces as he tries to balance the conflicting requirements of his home life and his organization. These are often highlighted during his therapy sessions with psychiatrist Jennifer Melfi. The series features Tony's family members and colleagues and rivals in prominent roles and story arcs, most notably his wife Carmela and protégé Christopher Moltisanti. ...more on Wikipedia
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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 Montana who arrives in 1980s Miami with nothing, and rises to become a powerful drug kingpin. The film also features Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Steven Bauer, and Michelle Pfeiffer. ...more on Wikipedia
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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 Scorsese. The two previously collaborated on the 1990 hit film Goodfellas. The film marks the eighth collaboration between director Scorsese and Robert De Niro, following Mean Streets, Taxi Driver, New York, New York, Raging Bull, The King of Comedy, Goodfellas, and Cape Fear. De Niro stars as Sam "Ace" Rothstein, a Jewish American top gambling handicapper who is called by the Italian Mob to oversee the day-to-day operations at the fictional Tangiers casino in Las Vegas. His ...more on Wikipedia
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