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Dramatic, action or thriller films about criminal characters such as gangsters

Featured Works

  • Godfather, The - 1972 movie, first of the trilogy recounting the story of the Corleone crime family

Notable Works

  • On the Waterfront - 1954 movie, in which a young dock worker takes on the Mob-connected boss
  • Z - 1969 Costa-Gavras thriller about the inquiry into the murder of a politician advocating nuclear disarmament


Arts and Movies, by Mr. First Nighter, The Rothbard-Rockwell Report, Nov 1990
Review of Scorsese's Goodfellas (1990), contrasting it with Coppola's The Godfather's I and II; reprinted in The Irrepresible Rothbard, pp. 414-417
Hollywood has brought us two great, romantic genres, two forms of movies where the war of good versus evil could play itself out against a background of an entire complex fictive world grounded in a present or past reality ... The more recent innovative Hollywood genre ... is the Mafia movie: the clash of heroes and villains against a mythic but reality-grounded world, updated to twentieth-century America. Some of the great directors have contributed gems to this genre. John Huston's Prizzi's Honor, playing off Jack Nicholson and the incomparable Kathleen Turner, was marvelous.