Special Report

Best Movies About the Mafia

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Movie fans are often fascinated by the dark and intriguing world of organized crime. They enjoy movies that delve into the intricate workings of the…Mafia. These films offer an immersive glimpse into the mysterious underworld of crime families. (In real life, these are America’s most infamous criminal gangs.)

To determine the best movies about the Mafia, 24/7 Tempo developed an index using average ratings on IMDb, an online movie database owned by Amazon, and a combination of audience scores and Tomatometer scores on Rotten Tomatoes, an online movie and TV review aggregator, as of June 2023, weighting all ratings equally. Only movies about the Mafia in Italy or America were considered, though in several cases the criminal organization is tangential to the plot or not named specifically. Cast credits are from IMDb.

Perhaps not surprisingly, the films widely considered to be the greatest Mafia movies of all time – the three installments of Francis Ford Coppola’s epic “The Godfather” – all appear on this list, with the original and its first sequel occupying the top two places. (Here’s a list of all Francis Ford Coppola movies ranked worst to best.) 

Another noted director, Martin Scorsese, makes four appearances on the list – for his Mafia-themed classics “Mean Streets,” “Goodfellas,” “Casino,” and “The Irishman.”

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But it’s not all about drama. With acclaimed performances and intriguing storylines, some films provide a captivating glimpse into the underworld of organized crime through a lens of humor. Michelle Pfeiffer shines in the mob comedy “Married to the Mob,” for instance, while Robert De Niro and Billy Crystal make people laugh in “Analyze This.”

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40. Find Me Guilty (2006)
> IMDb user rating: 7.0/10 (34,988 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 63% (58,907 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer rating: 62% (106 reviews)
> Starring: Vin Diesel, Peter Dinklage, Ron Silver

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39. Married to the Mob (1988)
> IMDb user rating: 6.2/10 (16,951 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 48% (8,084 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer rating: 89% (47 reviews)
> Starring: Michelle Pfeiffer, Alec Baldwin, Paul Lazar

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38. Analyze This (1999)
> IMDb user rating: 6.7/10 (149,447 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 62% (224,645 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer rating: 69% (107 reviews)
> Starring: Robert De Niro, Billy Crystal, Lisa Kudrow

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37. The Mafia Kills Only in Summer (2013)
> IMDb user rating: 7.1/10 (8,657 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 66% (100 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer rating: 60% (20 reviews)
> Starring: Cristiana Capotondi, Pif, Alex Bisconti

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36. Kill the Irishman (2011)
> IMDb user rating: 7.0/10 (49,217 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 67% (9,556 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer rating: 62% (53 reviews)
> Starring: Ray Stevenson, Christopher Walken, Vincent D’Onofrio

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35. Rob the Mob (2014)
> IMDb user rating: 6.3/10 (11,346 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 57% (2,858 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer rating: 81% (42 reviews)
> Starring: Michael Pitt, Nina Arianda, Andy Garcia

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34. Made (2001)
> IMDb user rating: 6.4/10 (18,085 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 66% (18,448 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer rating: 71% (107 reviews)
> Starring: Vince Vaughn, Jon Favreau, Joe Goossen

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33. The Many Saints of Newark (2021)
> IMDb user rating: 6.3/10 (58,000 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 69% (500 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer rating: 72% (223 reviews)
> Starring: Alessandro Nivola, Leslie Odom Jr., Vera Farmiga

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32. Desperately Seeking Susan (1985)
> IMDb user rating: 6.0/10 (22,167 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 62% (30,792 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer rating: 84% (31 reviews)
> Starring: Rosanna Arquette, Madonna, Aidan Quinn

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31. Johnny Stecchino (1991)
> IMDb user rating: 7.2/10 (11,200 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 85% (2,500 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer rating: 46% (13 reviews)
> Starring: Roberto Benigni, Nicoletta Braschi, Paolo Bonacelli

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30. The Firm (1993)
> IMDb user rating: 6.8/10 (126,997 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 64% (68,018 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer rating: 75% (57 reviews)
> Starring: Tom Cruise, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Gene Hackman

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29. The Godfather Part III (1990)
> IMDb user rating: 7.6/10 (375,238 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 61% (261,514 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer rating: 68% (63 reviews)
> Starring: Al Pacino, Diane Keaton, Andy Garcia

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28. F/X (1986)
> IMDb user rating: 6.7/10 (18,820 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 53% (10,116 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer rating: 88% (26 reviews)
> Starring: Bryan Brown, Brian Dennehy, Diane Venora

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27. The Funeral (1996)
> IMDb user rating: 6.6/10 (8,598 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 68% (4,407 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer rating: 79% (34 reviews)
> Starring: Christopher Walken, Chris Penn, Annabella Sciorra

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26. The Client (1994)
> IMDb user rating: 6.7/10 (63,479 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 69% (55,767 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer rating: 78% (37 reviews)
> Starring: Susan Sarandon, Tommy Lee Jones, Brad Renfro

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25. Prizzi’s Honor (1985)
> IMDb user rating: 6.7/10 (23,756 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 62% (7,930 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer rating: 86% (37 reviews)
> Starring: Jack Nicholson, Kathleen Turner, Robert Loggia

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24. The Freshman (1990)
> IMDb user rating: 6.4/10 (18,961 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 61% (11,859 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer rating: 94% (50 reviews)
> Starring: Marlon Brando, Matthew Broderick, Bruno Kirby

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23. Revenge of the Pink Panther (1978)
> IMDb user rating: 6.7/10 (21,044 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 70% (34,665 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer rating: 83% (18 reviews)
> Starring: Peter Sellers, Herbert Lom, Burt Kwouk

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22. Bugsy (1991)
> IMDb user rating: 6.8/10 (29,713 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 69% (10,251 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer rating: 84% (61 reviews)
> Starring: Warren Beatty, Annette Bening, Harvey Keitel

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21. Black Souls (2014)
> IMDb user rating: 6.8/10 (3,060 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 70% (500 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer rating: 91% (53 reviews)
> Starring: Marco Leonardi, Peppino Mazzotta, Fabrizio Ferracane

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20. Things Change (1988)
> IMDb user rating: 7.0/10 (3,562 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 79% (733 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer rating: 83% (12 reviews)
> Starring: Don Ameche, Joe Mantegna, Robert Prosky

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19. Gomorrah (2008)
> IMDb user rating: 7.0/10 (50,144 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 71% (25,000 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer rating: 91% (157 reviews)
> Starring: Salvatore Abbruzzese, Simone Sacchettino, Salvatore Ruocco

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18. Little Caesar (1931)
> IMDb user rating: 7.2/10 (12,828 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 75% (6,093 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer rating: 92% (24 reviews)
> Starring: Edward G. Robinson, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Glenda Farrell

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17. Suburra (2015)
> IMDb user rating: 7.4/10 (21,024 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 78% (250 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer rating: 91% (23 reviews)
> Starring: Pierfrancesco Favino, Elio Germano, Claudio Amendola

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16. Il Divo (2008)
> IMDb user rating: 7.2/10 (18,558 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 80% (2,500 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer rating: 92% (51 reviews)
> Starring: Toni Servillo, Anna Bonaiuto, Giulio Bosetti

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15. The Consequences of Love (2004)
> IMDb user rating: 7.5/10 (18,804 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 87% (2,500 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer rating: 83% (6 reviews)
> Starring: Toni Servillo, Olivia Magnani, Adriano Giannini

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14. Mean Streets (1973)
> IMDb user rating: 7.2/10 (104,686 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 84% (54,874 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer rating: 95% (65 reviews)
> Starring: Robert De Niro, Harvey Keitel, David Proval

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13. The Untouchables (1987)
> IMDb user rating: 7.8/10 (313,255 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 89% (217,762 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer rating: 83% (63 reviews)
> Starring: Kevin Costner, Sean Connery, Robert De Niro

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12. Mafioso (1962)
> IMDb user rating: 7.6/10 (2,845 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 80% (500 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer rating: 96% (50 reviews)
> Starring: Alberto Sordi, Norma Bengell, Gabriella Conti

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11. Donnie Brasco (1997)
> IMDb user rating: 7.7/10 (311,956 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 89% (204,292 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer rating: 88% (56 reviews)
> Starring: Al Pacino, Johnny Depp, Michael Madsen

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10. Casino (1995)
> IMDb user rating: 8.2/10 (524,126 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 93% (285,398 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer rating: 79% (68 reviews)
> Starring: Robert De Niro, Sharon Stone, Joe Pesci

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9. Midnight Run (1988)
> IMDb user rating: 7.5/10 (81,968 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 87% (25,096 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer rating: 94% (54 reviews)
> Starring: Robert De Niro, Charles Grodin, Yaphet Kotto

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8. Miller’s Crossing (1990)
> IMDb user rating: 7.7/10 (130,940 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 90% (50,596 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer rating: 92% (61 reviews)
> Starring: Gabriel Byrne, Albert Finney, John Turturro

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7. The Irishman (2019)
> IMDb user rating: 7.8/10 (392,363 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 86% (1,057 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer rating: 95% (453 reviews)
> Starring: Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci

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6. Scarface (1932)
> IMDb user rating: 7.8/10 (26,788 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 86% (25,976 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer rating: 98% (45 reviews)
> Starring: Paul Muni, Ann Dvorak, Karen Morley

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5. Once Upon a Time in America (1984)
> IMDb user rating: 8.4/10 (329,016 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 93% (75,039 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer rating: 87% (54 reviews)
> Starring: Robert De Niro, James Woods, Elizabeth McGovern

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4. A Bronx Tale (1993)
> IMDb user rating: 7.8/10 (144,660 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 93% (66,875 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer rating: 97% (30 reviews)
> Starring: Robert De Niro, Chazz Palminteri, Lillo Brancato

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3. Goodfellas (1990)
> IMDb user rating: 8.7/10 (1,165,874 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 97% (430,048 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer rating: 96% (103 reviews)
> Starring: Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci

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2. The Godfather: Part II (1974)
> IMDb user rating: 9.0/10 (1,183,912 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 97% (411,793 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer rating: 96% (114 reviews)
> Starring: Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall

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1. The Godfather (1972)
> IMDb user rating: 9.2/10 (1,704,373 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 98% (734,439 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer rating: 97% (133 reviews)
> Starring: Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan

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