Top 10 Mafia Movies of All Time

We all watch movies, and which is the “best” is a matter of opinion. With that being said, here are the top 10 movies released from 1970-1980. Feel free to check out other lists throughout Thought for Your Penny.

10. The Family (2013) 29% at Rotten Tomatoes

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A mafia boss turns informant, so he and his family are relocated to Normandy, France under the Witness Protection Program. They have difficulty staying undercover, however, when they can’t stop resorting to the only way of life they know.

Rating: R
Director: Luc Besson
Starring: Robert De Niro, Michell Pfeiffer, Dianna Agron

9. Black Mass (2015) 73% at Rotten Tomatoes

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James “Whitey” Bulger is an infamously violent Irish mobster in South Boston who becomes an FBI informant. He does so in a bid to take down competing crime families while still running his own criminal empire.

Rating: R
Director: Scott Cooper
Starring: Johnny Depp, Benedict Cumberbatch, Dakota Johnson

8. Gangs of New York (2002) 75% at Rotten Tomatoes

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Bill “The Butcher” Cutting is the most notorious gang boss in 1863 lower Manhattan. He is anti-immigration and kills the father of Amsterdam Vallon. Now Amsterdam is back, grown up, and seeking revenge.

Rating: R
Director: Martin Scorsese
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Daniel Day-Lewis, Cameron Diaz

7. Carlito’s Way (1993) 80% at Rotten Tomatoes

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A reformed convict is just trying to keep his head straight after being released from prison. His former life on the streets keeps catching up to him, however, and it’s not easy to pull out of a life of crime.

Rating: R
Director: Brian De Palma
Starring: Al Pacino, Sean Penn, Penelope Ann Miller

6. The Departed (2006) 91% at Rotten Tomatoes

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An undercover cop infiltrating organized crime is being hunted by a mole in the police department working for the mob. Each has their life on the line and will do anything to protect themselves and carry out their mission.

Rating: R
Director: Martin Scorsese
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson

5. A Bronx Tale (1993) 96% at Rotten Tomatoes

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A young boy growing up in the 1960s Bronx is torn between two father figures: his hard-working, blue-collared father and the local crime boss.

Rating: R
Director: Robert De Niro
Starring: Lillo Brancato, Robert De Niro, Chazz Palminteri

4. Casino (1995) 80% at Rotten Tomatoes

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Two mobsters want to make their mark on Las Vegas during the 1970s. One owns a casino, while the other acts as its enforcer. The perils of success, power, and money take their tole on both.

Rating: R
Director: Martin Scorsese
Starring: Robert De Niro, Sharon Stone, Joe Pesci

3. Goodfellas (1990) 95% at Rotten Tomatoes

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Henry Hill is a small-time gangster who has higher hopes for himself and his friends. They start climbing the mafia ladder, but greed and violence can change a man.

Rating: R
Director: Martin Scorsese
Starring: Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci, Robert De Niro

2. The Godfather (1972) 99% at Rotten Tomatoes

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Don Vito Corleone is in his last years and needs to name a successor. This starts an all-out power war both within the family and from external gangs.

Rating: R
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Starring: Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan

1. The Untouchables (1987) 80% at Rotten Tomatoes

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Chicago is corrupt on all sides during the 1920’s prohibition, and Federal Treasury agent Elliot Ness is determined to take down the untouchable bootlegger and gangster Al Capone.

Rating: R
Director: Brian De Palma
Starring: Kevin Costner, Sean Connery, Robert De Niro

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Brian Penny is a former Business Analyst and Operations Manager at Bank of America turned whistleblower, troll, and freelance writer.

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