The 1972 American crime movie, The Godfather, is a classic. It is based on Puzo’s phenomenal 1969 novel. Winner of three Academy Awards, The Godfather is a direction of Francis Ford Coppola. The Godfather adapts the intimate characteristic of the European art cinema. It has smashed many box office records. The movie stars Marlon Brando as Vito Corleone and Al Pacino as Michael. It intriguingly explores the closed world of the mafia and the underworld. This gangster drama has set a standard for the cinematic world to follow.
Here’s a list of top 5 movies of a similar genre like The Godfather:
The Departed is an action-packed thriller set in Boston. Martin Scorsese’s crime-drama has an all star-studded cast. The movie stars Leonardo DiCaprio. Matt Damon and Jack Nicholson. This gangster drama is a remake of the Hong Kong film “Infernal Affairs (2002)”. The state police force wages a violent war. They intend to bring down the most wanted crime ring of the city.
Martin Scorsese adapts the 1985 book Wiseguy by Nicholas Pileggi. Goodfellas is a 1990 American crime film. The movie stars Robert De Niro. Ray Liotta. Joe Pesci in the lead role. The movie follows the story of Henry Hill, a small-time gangster. He takes part in a high-profile violent robbery. Hill joined with his ambitious gang members, Jimmy and Tommy.
Ridley Scott’s American Gangster is one of the best gangster flicks of all time. The movie star Denzel Washington. Russell Crowe and Chiwetel Ejiofor. Released in 2007, it follows the trajectory of Frank Lucas. Lucas expands his boss Ellsworth Johnson’s business, after his death. Alongside the business, he secrets run a drug cartel. The movie is based on The Return of Superfly by Mark Jacobson.
Donnie Brasco is Mike Newell’s 1997 crime drama. It is based on the true story of Pistone. Donnie Brasco stars Al Pacino. Johnny Depp and Michael Madsen in the lead role. It is based on Pistone’s and Woodley’s novel- Donnie Brasco: My Undercover Life in the Mafia. FBI agent Pistone poses as jewel broker Donnie Brasco. He infiltrates the mob family of aging hitman Lefty Ruggiero.
Once Upon A Time In America
Fifth in the list is Sergio Leone’s Once Upon A Time In America. This 1984 epic crime drama film is based The Hoods, by Harry Grey. The movie stars Robert De Niro, James Woods and Elizabeth McGovern. This Italian-American venture explores 50 years of riveting underworld history. The movie chronicles the lives of David “Noodles” Aaronson and Maximilian “Max” Bercovicz. They lead the Jewish ghetto youths to an organized world of crime. This group of Jewish gangsters gains prominence in New York City.
These five gangster dramas with their unique plot explore the underworld with a new touch. The viewers get a significant and intimate taste of the world of organized crime in these movies. They navigate through different themes of friendship, love, loss, and betrayal.
After going through this list, make sure to add these movies on your must watch list so for a great time.