One of the best things about mafia movies is that it makes you love and hate the antiheroes at the same time. Apart from all the gory and violent stuff, people are always rooting for these heroes and their comebacks, or their stunts or probably just how they speak.
These mafia movies, if analyzed deeply, make you want to compel your moral compass and talk about the deformities that are so prevalent in the society that we live in. Therefore, here are some amazing mafia movies on Netflix which will make you ponder over the grey area between the so-called black and white regions of humanity.
From ‘the Irishman’ to ‘the Untouchables’, you will wish to book your weekend to binge-watch these nasty heroes and how they get what they want in their life, their way.
10 Best mafia movies on Netflix
1. The Irishman
‘The Irishman’, based upon a 2004 book called, ‘I Heard You Paint Houses, features some of the amazing Hollywood actors namely, Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Al Pacino, Ray Romano, Harvey Keite,l and Bobby Cannavale. The movie was released on Netflix on 27th November 2019.
The movie revolves around Frank Sheeran, who was formerly a truck driver but is now a hitman and is soon connected with Russell Bufalino, whose role is played by Pesci.
The movie has caught everyone’s attention because Joe Pesci had initially retired from his acting career, but he did this one more movie for his gangster role. It makes this one of the most enthralling mafia movies on Netflix.
2. Gangs Of New York
Directed by Martin Scorsese, ‘Gangs Of New York’, the film features some great stars such as Leonardo Di Caprio, Cameron Diaz, and Daniel-Day Lewis. The movie, like ‘the Irishman’, has been inspired by a book written by Herbert Ashbury under the same name which was published in 1927.
Set in the slums and revolved around the mob wars, ‘Gangs Of New York’ has become one of the most interesting gangster movies on Netflix.
3. Mean Streets
Yet another Martin Scorsese film, the film features actors like Robert De Niro and Harvey Keitel. This movie was released on big screens on October 2, 1973. With such great actors, the movie was considered to be ‘dizzyingly sensual’ by a lot of critics and is believed to have a ‘tonic effect’ on anyone who watches it.
4. Gun City
The name of the movie often reminds one of the most popular game they have ever played; GTA Vice City. ‘Gun City’ is set in the year 1921, directed by Dani de la Torre. Like other best mafia movies on Netflix, this movie revolves around criminals and violence, where a cop is caught in a pincer movement between his brethren and his enemies, that is, the anarchists.
5. Reservoir Dogs
This is the first movie of Hollywood’s greatest director, Quentin Tarantino which was released in 1992. The movie revolves around a diamond heist that fails miserably in the end, along with, those savage comebacks of every character, the gory details, and the narrative. These cinematic elements have made ‘Reservoir Dogs’ to be one of the most fast-paced mafia movies on Netflix.
Goodfellas was released on the big screens in 1990, revolving around the frantic and transcending mob life. The film features some great actors such as Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci, Lorraine Bracco, and Paul Sorvino.
The narrative of the film has been inspired by the book written by a crime reporter Nicholas Pileggi, called the ‘Wise Guy’. With the plotline, the soundtracks, not to mention the actors, everything is sensational and legendary. You might not want to miss this one.
7. Uncut Gems
Directed by Josh Safdie and Benny Safdie, popularly known as the Safdie Brothers, Uncut Gems was released in 2019, featuring Adam Sandler who is playing the role of Howard Ratner. The compulsive Howard Ratner is a diamond dealer and also a gambling addict who makes a high-stakes bet, who is in enough trouble due to his debts with the mob.
The solution he finds to pay off his debts is to find the lost gem worth one million dollars that he had come across in the Ethiopian mines.
8. True Romance
Released in 1993, True Romance is a classic Quentin Tarantino mafia movie that has now become the favorite Tarantino movie and quite achieved a cult reputation. The movie features Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette, who play the role of Clarence and Alabama (a call girl) respectively. These actors are also accompanied by Gary Oldman, Dennis Hopper, James Gandolfini, and Christopher Walken.
Just when the couple in the movie marries, Clarence has a brilliant idea to kill the pimp of his bride and steal his cocaine.
9. The Departed
It seems like Martin Scorsese has bagged some of the best mafia movies on Netflix, because here comes another of his mob and crime movies, The Departed. This movie is the remake of ‘The Internal Affairs’, which was released in 2002.
The Departed features actors like Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Mark Wahlberg, Jack Nicholson, Martin Sheen, and Alec Baldwin. ‘The Departed’ focuses upon the cop who goes undercover in the mafia gang and a gang member who is a mole in the police department.
The film is all about uncovering who is the real one and who is the fake, more like the cat and mouse chase.
10. The Untouchables
The movie ‘The Untouchables’ has been inspired by the novel of the same name written by Elliot Ness. The film features Kevin Coster, Robert De Niro, Andy Garcia, Sean Connery, and Charles Martin Smith.
The role of Eliot Ness, a Federal Agent from the Bureau of Prohibitions, played by Kevin Coster, forms a special team, which is called ‘Untouchables’. The main idea behind forming this team is to catch the mafia boss Al Capone and also put an end to his illegal activities.
Now that you know some of the best mafia movies on Netflix, you will not have to worry about how you will spend your time on the weekend.