Question of the Day: What’s the Best Mafia Movie (and Which Scene) Ever Made?

The Godfather, obviously. So what’s the best NOT-THE-GODFATHER mafia movie ever made, and what’s your favorite scene?


  1. avatar One If By Land 1776 says:

    Hands down, Goodfellas.

    1. avatar Viper2Actual says:

      Second that motion!

    2. avatar a7ropos says:

      Absolutely! Ray Liotta FTW. I love this movie. Every time this question is asked, the answer is Goodfellas.

      1. avatar Jim R says:

        +1. This all day.

    3. avatar Dev says:

      The best scene in Goodfellas is when Henry and Paulie are talking to the guy (forgot his character name) about taking over his restaurant. When he says to Paulie that maybe killing Tommy is a good idea the expression on Paul Sorvino’s fa e is just brilliant. It’s the perfect mix of rage, evil but calm control and ultimate authority.

      1. avatar ToddR says:

        Best scene is when Henry takes Karen into the side door of the restaurant. Watch’s all done from one camera angle from the car to the table.

    4. avatar BLAMMO says:

      Absolutely, Goodfellas. And it has nothing to do with the fact that I grew up in those neighborhoods of Queens in the ’60s and ’70s. Okay, maybe a little. I can’t pick a best or favorite scene.

      Runner-up, Donnie Brasco.

    5. avatar Tim says:

      Goodfellas forever! My favorite scene is when Henry is moving through the tropical bar greeting everybody and narrating their names. Johnny Twotimes Johnny Twotimes!

  2. avatar Shire-man says:

    Jane Austen’s Mafia!
    I could watch the bike crash on a loop for hours.

    Not strictly a Mafia movie but OC related I’d put Oscar up on top.

  3. avatar AW1Ed says:

    Godfather II, of course.

  4. avatar Javier says:


  5. avatar Gregolas says:

    The Roaring 20’s.

  6. avatar lolinski says:


    Also A Bronx Tale is really good too, don’t know whether it counts as a mafia movie though.

  7. avatar zeos says:

    if it’s not goodfellas, it’s casino.

    1. avatar WRH says:

      F–k yeah! It’s about time I watch those two again.

  8. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

    Johnny Dangerously.
    Three snaps up, in a Z formation.

    1. avatar Ralph says:

      “You fargin sneaky bastage. I’m gonna take your dwork. I’m gonna nail it to the wall. I’m gonna crush your boils in a meat grinder. I’m gonna cut off your arms. I’m gonna shove ’em up your icehole. Dirty sonamabatches.”

      — Roman Maroni

    2. avatar Smurfico says:

      My favorite line hands down…

      “It shoots through schools”

      oh, and sweet baby jesus, MARILU GODDAMN HENNER, I need a moment.

    3. avatar Rick the Bear says:

      I watched Johnny Dangerously once. Once! 8~)

  9. avatar former water walker says:

    GOODFELLAS. Not a big fan of Godfathers. Marty Scorsese real best picture/director winner. And I would nominate LA Confidential.

    1. avatar Rick the Bear says:

      I dunno fww,

      There isn’t much mob in LA Confidential. It’s mostly the crooked cops. (Still a good movie, though.)

      1. avatar Former Water Walker says:

        The cops take over the mafia heroin trade…like real life ChicagoLOL

  10. avatar Mr Pierogie says:

    Don’t forget Casino. The mob element is sort of in the background, but I’d still call it a great mafia movie.

    1. avatar Southern Cross says:

      At last someone else was thinking of Casino.

      Casino and Goodfellas would have to be the best Non-Godfather movies (don’t mention Godfather III).

  11. avatar Lagunitas says:

    Goodfellas fugetaboutit….

  12. avatar former water walker says:

    And I loved The Freshman:-)

  13. avatar Pg says:

    The Untouchables.
    The scene where Kevin Costner throws the guy who killed Sean Connery off the courthouse roof.

    1. avatar Dirk Diggler says:

      What’s the matter? Can’t talk with a gun in your mouth?

      1. avatar Geoff PR says:

        Yeah. ‘Untouchables’, the Canadian border cabin scene.

        Talk about motivating your interview-e…

  14. avatar scoutino says:

    “Meet my little friend!” ‘Nuff said.

    1. avatar jwm says:

      Is Scarface considered a mafia movie?

      1. avatar Geoff PR says:

        Well, the South American Mob Kingpin told him – “Don’t fvuck with me Tony…”

      2. avatar Jeremy says:

        The original, yes. The remake, in my opinion, no.

  15. avatar former water walker says:

    And most boring would be “Once upon a time in America”. Saw it in a Chicago theater with some girl who wanted to leave. Wish we had…

    1. avatar Rick the Bear says:

      The edited version was shorter and, in my opinion, better. Usually I prefer the director’s cut with cut bits restored, but not this time.

  16. avatar gunnut says:

    “State of Grace” and “Casino”

  17. avatar WonderJay says:

    Casino and Goodfellas. I like Casino just a little more.

  18. avatar Matty says:

    Goodfellas, casino, carlitos way, king of New York.

  19. avatar jwm says:

    Casino was pretty good.

  20. avatar wrc says:

    Mean Streets.

  21. avatar 2heavyb says:

    Casino. The scene where Joe Peschi gets pissed off at the guy he is torturing by using a vice on his head. Eventually the guys eye pops out of his skull and Peschi is all why didn’t you just tell me, you made me pop your eye out! Twisted but classic mafia imho

  22. avatar Pikes Pete says:

    The 1980 “Gloria ” where Gena Rowlands dumps the rounds from her revolver down the elevator shaft and her enemies.

    The underrated 1968 “The Brotherhood ” where Alex Cord kills his brother Kirk Douglas in Sicily with a shotgun.

    1. avatar Gunr says:

      Yes, yes, that was a great movie (Gloria), loved it. One tough gal!

  23. avatar Omer Baker says:

    A lot of great movies mentioned. The one I thought of first was Eastern Promises. Great action, if you can get past the bath house fight scene. A little uncomfortable to watch, but a great fight scene.

  24. avatar Cesare says:

    I have to go with Godfather II as best overall movie, much wisdom in that. For an individual scene my personal favorite is in A Bronx Tale when some bikers try to trash Sonny’s bar and instead of throwing them out he locks the door and just says, ‘Now youse can’t leave.’ Gold.

  25. avatar bobmcd says:

    Maybe not THE best, but a surprisingly good mob movie is the misleadingly-titled “Dinner Rush.” Retired wise guy played by Danny Aiello owns a restaurant with his son as the chef. It’s not on the menu, but revenge is a dish best served cold.

  26. avatar 7350 says:

    Casino and then Goodfellas.

    One of the best lines from Casino:

    “No matter how big a guy might be, Nicky would take him on. You beat Nicky with fists, he comes back with a bat. You beat him with a knife, he comes back with a gun. And you beat him with a gun, you better kill him, because he’ll keep comin’ back and back until one of you is dead.”

  27. avatar Jusgart says:

    Joe Pesci as a mobster was great

  28. avatar tdiinva says:

    Casino, because I had a uncle who was in Frank “Lefty” Rosenthal’s crew.

  29. avatar crndl says:

    Another sentimental favorite, right up there: Donnie Brasco

    1. avatar the ruester says:

      Yes! Sonny’s ambush in the basement!

  30. avatar Ralph says:

    Best mob movie — “2016: Obama’s America.”

    1. avatar Rick the Bear says:

      Ralph, I’m afraid to see the ending. 8~)

  31. avatar Geoff PR says:

    No ‘Godfather’.

    Well, crap. ‘Cause everybody knows “Leave the gun. Take the Cannoli.” is the greatest Mob scene ever.

    (Weird. The comment spell-check doesn’t recognize ‘Cannoli’. It does now.)

    1. avatar Another Robert says:

      I’ve heard that was an ad-libbed line, too…

  32. avatar Matt in FL says:

    Housekeeping note: Remove “casino” from the Moderation list before post about mob movies goes live. My apologies to those affected.

  33. avatar Mecha-Ben says:

    Eastern Promises is over-looked. Italian mob is almost quaint compared to the Russian mob. The bath-house scene is effing brutal!

  34. avatar VA Pete says:

    Well, its not a movie but I’m gonna mention the Sopranos anyway. Greatest TV drama of all time! (Well, Walking Dead may be number 1 now but Sopranos is at least #2.)

    1. avatar Ralph says:

      Greatest TV line ever: “The Federal Marshals are so far up my ass I can taste Brylcreem.”

      — Uncle Junior

  35. avatar JaxD says:

    Gomorrah. Great Italian made film.

  36. avatar DrewR55 says:

    Since many of the best movies have already been mentioned how about the novel ‘Man On Fire’? Now that was a great read.

  37. avatar NinjaTED says:

    Road to Perdition.

    Brilliant movie.

    1. avatar TTACer says:

      I thought it was a boring, lefty, anti-gun screed.

  38. avatar Brooklyn in da house says:

    Being from Brooklyn i have seen every ganster flick made. My top 3

    God Father 2
    Once upon a time in America

    Good ones that havent been mentioned

    Bugsy, Mobsters, Carlitos Way and Millers Crossing.

  39. avatar Sock Monkey says:

    Why does The Truth About Guns have a posting about favorite organized crime films?

    Rob, maybe you just post stuff like this to a personal blog.

    1. avatar A-Rod says:

      They did it just to piss you off and it worked.

      The next QOTD will be “What’s your favorite recipe for harvested game?” and bacon wrapped dove is off the list.

  40. avatar Soccerchainsaw says:

    Given I like it when the good guys beat the bad guys….
    This ones a little cheezy but…
    Guilty pleasure…
    “Next of Kin”

  41. avatar Hegemon says:

    Godfather, Part II, simply the greatest…

  42. avatar Kevin says:

    A History of Violence ain’t bad.

    1. avatar Omer Baker says:

      I totally forgot about that! Great movie. You keep thinking its a mistaken identity until Joey tells Ed Harris’ character he should have stayed in Philly and shoots him in the head. But I think the best scene was when the son kicks the snot out of that bully, man he had that coming.

  43. avatar Timmy! says:

    I can’t believe no one mentioned “Smokin’ Aces.” Oh wait, I can TOTALLY believe no one has mentioned that monumental turd of a film.

  44. avatar Michael Zupcak says:

    Donnie Brasco. Best scene is when they’re in the Japanese restaurant and Donnie refuses to take off his boots (one of which conceals his tape recorder). He then has to make up a story about how he grew up in an orphanage because his father was killed by the Japanese in WWII. His argument is so convincing that the other members of his party actually refuse to eat in the restaurant and leave.

  45. avatar raincrow says:

    White Heat

  46. avatar Pikes Pete says:

    Collateral with Tom Cruise – final subway scene.

    French Connection – frenchman with 1911 on the subway again “stop the train and I’ll blow you in half”

    White Heat – Cagney the guy in the car trunk scene.

  47. avatar Dallassoxfan says:


    Scene: the “[email protected]$& you, pay me” scene

  48. avatar Kevin Turner says:

    Not really ‘Mafia’ (maybe Mexican mafia) but organized crime nonetheless… American Me. Made me look at organized crime in a wholly different light. And Edward James Olmos was just fantastic.

    1. avatar the ruester says:

      “…don’t look at me… DON’T LOOK AT ME!”

  49. avatar MothaLova says:

    On the Waterfront.

  50. avatar Yngvar says:

    Miller’s Crossing.
    Quote: “Always put one in the brain!”.
    And insane shoot-out scene, Thompson galore! (4 min):

    1. avatar Aaron says:

      I’d like one of those infinite capacity Thompson magazines, please!

    2. avatar Rokurota says:

      Finally! I thought “Miller’s Crossing” was gonna get the high hat. Maybe not the best ever mob film, but a true classic.

  51. avatar Sprocket says:

    Miller’s Crossing +1

    The whole movie is brilliant, but the Thompson shootout with the Danny Boy soundtrack is a standout.

  52. avatar Aaron says:

    Jeez, nobody mentioned “The French Connection”. Maybe not the Italian mafia, but organized crime.

    1. avatar Aaron says:

      oops, Pikes mentioned it only a couple comments above. my bad.

  53. avatar Aaron says:

    oh yeah, and how about The Departed, which was pretty good, and The Sting, which was awesome.

    1. avatar Rokurota says:

      How about “Infernal Affairs,” the original Hong Kong movie, which was way better and half as long?

      While we’re at it, I see no love for Chinese mob films like “The Killer,” “A Better Tomorrow,” and “City on Fire” (aka “Reservoir Dogs”). Chow Yun-Fat is the man.

  54. avatar PeterK says:

    Oscar. Stallone’s best role. 🙂

  55. avatar Another Robert says:

    I would say “The Yakuza”, but it’s the wrong Mafia…best combination swordfight/shootout scene ever…

  56. avatar Rambeast says:

    “Charlie M….”

  57. avatar Tonto says:

    Mean Streets
    The Friends of Eddie Coyle

  58. avatar Cesar says:

    Miller’s Crossing!!!!!!!
    The scene where Tom takes Bernie to miller’s crossing to kill him and Bernie starts begging for his life.

  59. avatar Apone says:

    American Gangster!!!

  60. avatar Box says:

    Goodfellas, when Billy Bats tells Tommy (Pesci) to go get your fucking shinebox. And then Tommy proceeds to kill him.

  61. avatar nemsis says:

    Definetly Goodfellas!

    Best scene is in the club “Funny how? what am i a clown?”

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