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Who Would Star In 'Goodfellas' If It Were Cast Today?

Updated June 8, 2020 28.9k votes 3.4k voters 85.6k views14 items

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Martin Scorsese's Goodfellas is a gangster classic. The 1990 film is one of the most influential contributions to the genre, and it's hard to imagine the all-star cast with anyone else. The movie features some of the best Italian-American actors to ever grace the screen, and it's remembered as a definitive entry in the Scorsese canon. It might not be quite as renowned as The Godfather, but it's certainly up there. 

So what if Goodfellas was made today? Who could possibly take DeNiro's place as Jimmy Conway? Can anyone pull off Tommy DeVito's high-energy personality like Joe Pesci? It's a question for the ages, and a fun thought experiment nonetheless. What would a dream cast of modern actors look like? This list is an attempt to fill out a modern-day Goodfellas cast. Don't forget to also check out our list of other great shows and movies like Goodfellas!

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