7 Best Gangster-themed Movies that You Must See

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Who doesn’t like gangster movies? In addition to adrenaline, this type of film always presents intense drama and endless action. Often everything ends with an unexpected twist. The following is a recommendation of 7 mafia-themed films and tv series that you must watch.


The Godfather Trilogy (1972, 1974, 1990)

The Godfather, begins with a Corleone family wedding scene, where all the main characters are introduced. After the conflict occurred, making the head of the family, Don Vito Corleone, lay in the hospital. His children also took over their duties, and tried to take responsibility for the conflict. The Godfather is not only the best mafia film, but also one of the best family films, given the famous quote from Vito Corleone that "a man who does not spend time with his family is not a real man." The role of Don Vito Corleone played neatly by Marlon Brando may be very memorable, although the film The Godfather himself is actually preparing Michael Corleone (Al Pacino) to be the main character in the rest of the trilogy.

Goodfellas (1990)

Directed by Martin Scorsese, Goodfellas focuses on the life of Henry Hill, played by Ray Liotta. He later joined a mafia group in New York and formed a friendship with two other mafias, Jimmy (De Niro) and Tommy (Joe Pesci). But criminal organizations are not a good place to build friendships, and this film is enough to illustrate the cruelty of the mafia in it. The Godfather may be a dark film, but it still shows the "good side" of the mafia as philanthropy and only acts cruelly when needed. This is very different from Goodfellas, who presents the mafia face as it is as a group that only thinks about profit and can sometimes kill people so easily. Goodfellas is a realistic mafia film, ranging from intrigue between families, brotherhood, violence, sex, drugs, and betrayal presented well in this film.

Peaky Blinders (2013- )

Peaky Blinders is a tv series created by Steven Knight, and tells about the life of the Shelby mafia family after World War I. Based on a gang that was really active in the city of Birmingham since the 1890s, Peaky Blinders was led by Tommy Shelby (Cillian Murphy) , a very ambitious and cunning man.

Breaking Bad (2008-2013)

Breaking Bad focuses on the life of a high school chemistry teacher named Walter White (Bryan Cranston) who is diagnosed with lung cancer. Together with his former student, Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul), he plunges into the underworld by producing and selling methamphetamine crystals for the sake of his family until he dies This series has become one of the most watched shows by cable TV viewers, and received many awards, one of which is 2 Golden Globe trophies.

Narcos (2015-2017)

Narcos is a series based on the story of the drug kingpin, Pablo Escobar, who became a billionaire through the production and distribution of cocaine. This series also focuses on Escobar's interactions with drug lords, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents, and various opposition organizational entities.

The Departed (2006)

Directed by Martin Scorsese, The Departed tells about the efforts of the Massachusetts police to capture the Irish mob boss, Frank Costello (Jack Nicholson), by infusing one of his members, Billy Costigan (Leonardo DiCaprio), into the mafia organization. But Frank Castello turned out to have the same idea, and had long slipped his men to be in the Massachusetts police environment. Intrigue "cat and mouse" between the police with the mafia group ensued, which seems to be an interesting dish in this film.

Scarface (1983)

This film tells the story of Tony Montana, a Cuban immigrant who came to Miami in the 1980s. Initially he was just an ordinary person, but gradually developed into a respected drug kingpin.


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