Get ready for the Mafiosi with top 5 mafia movies


At the end of this week, we are releasing another fantastic game from Peter & Son’sThe Mafiosi. The game takes us back to the 1920’s prohibition-era New York where dry law was set to squeeze the booze industry. What it actually did was drive it underground, where the Mafiosi took matters into their own hands. One may disagree with their ways, but no one can argue they inspired some of the most iconic movies of our time.

Get yourself in the mafia mood and prepare for some action with our top mafia movie selection.

Goodfellas (1990)

American biographical crime film directed by Martin Scorsese is widely regarded as one of the greatest films ever made, particularly in the gangster genre. It is a film adaptation of the 1985 nonfiction book Wiseguy by Pileggi. Starring Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta and Joe Pesci, the film narrates the rise and fall of mob associate Henry Hill and his friends and family from 1955 to 1980.

Fun facts about the movie:

  • Scorsese gave his actors conflicting directions to create tension.
  • Scorsese cast real mobsters in the film. Lots of extras were guys who were connected, in some way or another, to organized crime. Many of them actually knew the main characters in real life. This casting was Scorsese’s way of blurring real life with Hollywood.
  • There are 300 usages of the word f*ck in Goodfellas, which, for a time, made it the record holder for most uses in a film.
  • Goodfellas infamous “funny how?” scene wasn’t in the script

Godfather (1972)

The Godfather is an American film series that consists of three crime films directed by Francis Ford Coppola. It was inspired by the 1969 novel of the same name by Italian American author Mario Puzo. The movies follow the trials of the fictional Corleone family, whose patriarch, Vito Corleone, rises to be a major figure in American organized crime. The Godfather series was nominated for 28 Academy Awards and won 9.

Fun facts about the movie:

  • Many famous actors failed to be cast in the film: Warren Beatty, Dustin Hoffman, Jack Nicholson, and Robert DeNiro all wanted to play the part of Michael, which was ultimately given to Al Pacino.
  • One of the movie’s most famous lines was improvised. “Leave the gun, take the cannoli” was uttered by capo Peter Clemenza after a certain dirty deed. Actor Richard Castellano improvised that line after the director added a line in an earlier scene where Clemenza’s wife says, “Don’t forget the cannoli!”

Scarface (1983)

Scarface is an American crime drama film directed by Brian De Palma, a remake of the 1932 film of the same name. It tells the story of a Cuban refugee Tony Montana (Al Pacino), who arrives penniless in 1980s Miami and goes on to become a powerful drug lord.

Fun facts about the movie:

  • Steven Spielberg directed a scene. The E.T. director visited the set and ended up directing a scene in which a henchman scales the outer walls of Tony’s home.
  • Scarface was initially rated X. In 1983, a movie could get slapped with an X just for excessive swearing and graphic violence. An appeals board overturned the X rating and awarded Scarface a less restrictive R which allowed children under 17 to see the film if accompanied by an adult.

Casino (1995)

Casino is an American epic crime film directed by Martin Scorsese, based on the 1995 nonfiction book “Casino: Love and Honor in Las Vegas”. Author Nicholas Pileggi also co-wrote the screenplay for the film with Scorsese. Casino stars Robert De Niro, Sharon Stone and Joe Pesci. The film marks the eighth collaboration between director Scorsese and De Niro.

Fun facts about the movie:

  • Most dialogues between Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci were improvised. The director just told them where to start and where to end.
  • The movie was shot in a real casino. Scorsese used real dealers and pit bosses where possible for extra authenticity (and to spare the hassle of teaching actors how to do it). 

Irishman (2019)

The Irishman is an American epic crime film directed and produced by Martin Scorsese, based on the 2004 nonfiction book I Heard You Paint Houses by Charles Brandt. It stars Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci. The film follows Frank Sheeran (De Niro), a truck driver who becomes a hitman for the mobster Russell Bufalino (Pesci) and his crime family, including his time working for the powerful Teamster Jimmy Hoffa (Pacino).

Fun fact about the movie:

  • The Irishman had the longest shoot of Martin Scorsese’s career: 108 shooting days total. Across those 108 days, the cast and crew were required to shoot 309 scenes across 117 locations. All of this required a gargantuan budget of around $160 million, which no major studio was willing to fork out. Only Netflix would agree to it.

Author: Špela Bric, Project Manager at Oryx Gaming


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