Literature is believed to be the mirror of society. Everything we watch on TV, and read in books relates to our real life to some extent. Every genre of movies has its own charm. So is the fascination of mafia movies. People like to watch such movies because of their action, smart tricks and ideas, fearless approach of characters etc. They also like to see the men in main characters making easy money by not following the rules and living a very glamorous and king size life.
There are various mafia movies that have not only entertained the viewers, but also earned millions at the box office. Such movies are watched more than any other genres. That is why many mafia movies get extremely high ratings, awards and acclamation. Some of famous mafia movies include The Godfather, Goodfellas, Casino, Once Upon a Time in America, Reservoir Dogs, The Usual Suspects, Snatch, American Gangster, Gangs of New York etc. All these movies have been successful in entertaining the audience from time to time. Here is a detailed list of the best ever mafia movies:
Directed By: Francis Ford Coppola
Starring: Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Richard Castellano, Robert Duvall, Sterling Hayden, John Marley, Richard Conte, Diane Keaton.
Released On: March 15, 1972
Story: The movie is based on a novel of 1969 ‘The Godfather’. It is a story of a New York crime family. The head of the family is Vito Corleone, who is involved in a mafia business. He wants his elder son Michael to join the business who has just returned from World War two. However, Michael wants to live a normal life. A rival of Corleone family, Virgil Sollozzo wants to start selling drugs in New York, for which he asks Don to give him protection. He also offers Don good money in exchange of this protection. Corleone turns down this proposal, and doesn’t please Sollozzo. Therefore, Sollozzo shots him down, and cannot survive. After this incident, Corleone’s son Michael begins a war against Sollozzo.
Cost of Movie: The Godfather was made with the cost of $6.5 million.
Box Office: The movie earned $245-286 million. It won three Oscars in that year, for best movie, best director and best adapted screenplay. After Citizen Kane, this movie has been ranked the second greatest movie in the American history by the American Film Institute. It was also selected for the reservation in the American National Film Registry in the year 1990.
The Godfather Part 2:
Directed By: Francis Ford Coppola
Starring: Al Pacino, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton, Robert De Niro, Talia Shire, Morgana King, John Cazale, Marianna Hill, Lee Strasberg
Released On: December 20, 1974
Story: The movie shows Michael taking charge of his father, and becomes the don or head of the Corleone crime family. He expands the business of his father Vito Corleone to Las Vegas, Hollywood and Cuba.
Cost of Movie: The budget of this movie was 13 million.
Box Office: It earned $193,000,000 at the box office. The first sequel of this movie was nominated for eleven Academy Awards, and won the best picture. The Godfather part 2 was declared 32nd best movie of American history by the American Film Institute. It was also reserved in the U.S National Film Registry in 1993.
Al Pacino Scarface:
Directed By: Brian De Palma
Starring: Al Pacino, Steven Bauer
Released On: December 9, 1983
Story: The movie is a remake of the 1932 film of the same name. It is the story of Cuban refuge, Tony Mantana (Al Pacino). He along with his friend, Manny Ray starts drug business in Miami. After dealing with many hardships, he becomes the head of cocaine business. When his power, ego and empire begins to grow, many people and his own fear threatens to drive his empire into the ground.
Cost of Movie: The total cost of the movie was $25, 000,000.
Box Office: The total earning of the movie was $65,884,703. Initially, the movie received criticisms for excessive violence and graphic language, but later even critics gave positive responses to it. Some critics of Cuba criticized the film for portraying the Cubans as criminals and drug mafias.
Once Upon A Time in America:
Directed By: Sergio Leone
Starring:Robert De NiroJames Woods Elizabeth McGovern Joe Pesci Burt Young Treat Williams
Released On: May 23, 1983
Story: The movie is based on a novel ‘The Hoods’, written by Harry Grey. It depicts the theme of childhood friendships, love, lost, cheating, broken relationships and the rise of gangsters in the American society between the period of early 1900’s to 1960’s. It is a story of a group of childhood loyal friends and how they enter a crime life that leads to a big tragedy. These childhood friends or gangsters meet after 35 years.
Cost of Movie: The budget of this movie was $30 million.
Box Office: The movie was a blockbuster at the box office and earned $5,321,508.
Directed By: Briana De Palma
Starring: Kevin Costner, Charles Martin Smith, Andy Garcia, Robert De Niro, Sean Connery
Released On: June 3, 1983
Story: It is the story of four people Stars Kevin Costner as Eliot Ness, Robert De Niro as gangland, Sean Connery as Malone and one more cop, determined to take down kingpin Al Capone. However, they find it tough, as Al Capone has the full support of police and his commanders. When they make movement, Capone tries to get them, but could not do that because they are untouchables.
Budget: The movie was made with the expenditure of $20million.
Box Office: It was a hit movie, and earned $76,270,454. It was also nominated for four Academy awards, and got one for the best supporting role.
Directed By: Martin Scorsese
Starring: Ray Liotta, Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Lorraine Bracco, Paul Sorvino
Released On: September 19, 1990
Story: The movie is based on a true story, which revolves around the life of Henry Hill and his two friends, namely Jimmy and Tommy. It depicts the rise and fall of Lucchese crime family associate Henry Hill and his friends from 1955 to 1980. It explains how Henry along with his two friends enters in a crime life, and how they climb the ladder from minor crime to violet murders.
Budget: The total cost of the movie was $25 million.
Box Office: It earned $46,836,394 at the box office. The film was nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director, and won one award for Best Actor Supporting Role(Pesci ) category.
Directed By: Quentin Tarantino
Starring: Harvey Keitel, Chris Penn, Tim Roth, Steve Buscemi, Lawrence Tierney Michael Madsen
Released On: October 23, 1992
Story: It is a story of six robbers, who are hired by a person for a jewelry robbery. All of them are strangers to each other. When they go to the place where they had to execute a robbery, police starts firing. In this shootout, one of their partners dies. After assembling at a place, they start suspecting that one of them is working for the police.
Budget: The total cost of the movie was $15 million.
Box Office: The movie was declared the greatest independent film of all time by Empire magazine. It earned $14,661,007. The Story was also praised by the critics.
Directed By: Quentin Tarantino
Starring: Released On: John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Uma Thurman, Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth
Released On: October 14, 1994
Story: It is a story of some robbers who hit people. Hunny Bunny and Pumpkin are two small thieves who have started a business of restaurant. Vincent and Jules are two robber, who work for mob kingpin Marcellus Wallace and hit people. Butch Coolidgean aged boxer, who kills his opponent, and tries to flee, by can’t do so until he gets the golden watch of his father.
Cost of Movie: The budget of this movie was $8.5 million.
Box Office: The movie was a blockbuster at the box office and earned $213,928,762.
The Usual Suspects:
Directed By: Bryan Singer
Starring: Stephen Baldwin, Gabriel Byrne, Benicio del Toro, Chazz Palminteri, Kevin Pollak, Postlethwaite, Kevin Spacey.
Released On: January 1995.
Story: It is a story of five people who are arrested and brought for questioning in a hijacked truck case. Since they are innocent, they plan to take revenge from the cops. However, they approached the wrong person, and it took the lives of 27 people.
Budget: The total cost of the movie was $6 million.
Box Office: The movie earned $23,272,306 at the box office.