Often glorified in movies and television, hounded by law enforcement officials, marked for death by their enemies, mobsters live violent and often brief lives and their core is about one thing—money

Mafia—ruthless and violent, these men are nonetheless often seen to maintain their own personal brand of honor decently. The people within the mafia are linked by a common interest, and it has controlled everything from the street corner drug trade to the highest levels of government. The term “mafia” today is used to refer to almost any organized crime group and in some cases is even used to describe groups completely unrelated to crime. 

From Al Capone and Vito Corleone to John Gotti and Tony Soprano, real-life and fictional Mafioso have captured the public’s imagination for decades. Francis Ford Coppola’s infamous mafia movie The Godfather is widely regarded as one of the greatest movies in cinema and one of the most influential mafia movies. It was the highest grossing movie of 1972. It won the Oscars for Best Picture, Best Actor, and Best Adapted Screenplay. Also had seven other Oscar nominations including Al Pacino, James Caan, and Robert Duvall for Best Supporting Actor and Coppola for Best Director. 

Brian De Palma’s gangsters-andcocaine classic, Scarface released in 1983 is a loose remake of the 1932 mafia movie of the same name, which tells the tale of an American immigrant gangster’s rise and fall. Martin Bregman, the producer of the 1983 version, saw the original flick on late night TV and thought that the idea could be modernized while still staying true to the original film. Scarface was originally given an X rating, but the third cut of the movie eventually received an R rating. However, the director released the first, uncut version to cinemas without the film board’s knowledge.

Based on a true story, Goodfellas is arguably the best mafia movie about organized crime of all time. The crime saga sits alongside The Godfather and Scarface as one of the greatest gangster dramas ever made. Although Goodfellas is known to be one of the best films in history, it only won one Oscar. Robert De Niro’s character, Jimmy Conway, is based on real-life mafia member Jimmy Burke, aka Jimmy “The Gent” or “The Big Irish Man,” an exbricklayer believed to have orchestrated the $6 million dollar Lufthansa heist in 1978 and then killed 10 of those who took part. The F-bomb dropped at a staggering 296 times in the film averaging twice per minute. 

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