Overall Rank: 12
Average Rating: 3.4/4
# of Ratings: 1361
Theatrical Release Date: 09/19/1990
Genre: Crime, Drama
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Martin Scorsese
Actors: Ray Liotta, Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Lorraine Bracco, Frank Sivero
Plot: A drug dealing gangster works his way up the chain of command while building close relationships with the leader. Based off a true story.
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Logan D. McCoy - wrote on 06/06/2019
In addition to being intensely solid and well-inspired, it's Martin Scorsese's most iconic film and probably the most defining film in the gangster genre.
SteelCity99 - wrote on 04/22/2018
The auteur's last absolute gangster masterpiece just before he started to experiment with different genres. The classic actors are back (De Niro, Pesci, Sorvino) and an awesome and stylish screenplay structure allow Scorsese to expand his Italian-influenced ideas and create a magnificent and pop-culture loved flick to open the decade. Its natural and hyperactive flow allowed it to acquire the honor of being one of the 20 films in history that have made me laugh. 96/100
Matthew Brady - wrote on 04/16/2014
Martin Scorsese explores the life of organized crime with his gritty, kinetic adaptation of Nicolas Pileggi's best-selling Wiseguy, the true-life account of mobster and FBI informant Henry Hill. Set to a true-to-period rock soundtrack, the story details the rise and fall of Hill, a half-Irish, half-Sicilian New York kid who grows up idolizing the "wise guys" in his impoverished Brooklyn neighborhood. This movie was just fantastic with no words to say. The directing and the acting was excellent.
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memento_mori - wrote on 08/07/2013
I think Goodfellas is a little better than the Godfather... Don't hate me.
The reason I made that remark above is because they are two very similar movies. They are mobster mafia movies and both have the same structure and character change. There are only a few things that can definitely tell them apart, like the narration and comedic undertones of Goodfellas and the solidity of the main character in the Godfather.
Don't get me wrong, I adore the Godfather and think it is a spectacular mafia movie, but Goodfellas is just a little bit ahead of it, in my opinion.
Goodfellas just has so much more replay value. I could sit down now and watch it, which is something I would have to think about with the Godfather.
Martin Scorsese's fresh direction and way of storytelling add a lot of …
Yojimbo - wrote on 09/13/2012
Career criminal Henry Hill reminisces upon his life of crime in this true life story based on an actual FBI case. Goodfellas is the perfect film. It has the perfect blend of drama, gritty violence and humour as we see the dark side of the American dream played out over 25 years of a wise guy's life. The people depicted here do not play by society's rules and have their own set of laws and conventions revolving around the pure pursuit of profit in this, the logical conclusion of capitalism. The livelihoods and lives of others are commodities to be used up and tossed away and life is cheap to these mobsters whose stated obsession with loyalty and family is also soon forgotten for the "big score", leading to total anarchy. The combination of DeNiro, Liotta and Pesci makes for a brilliant …
Daniel Corleone - wrote on 01/25/2012
This is a realistic mob flick filled with various elements of film about the rise and descend of the Lucchese crime family, connections of Henry Hill and his friends. Henry Hill (Ray Liotta) narrates that local mob capo, Paul "Paulie" Cicero (Paul Sorvino) and his associates, Jimmy "The Gent" Conway (Robert De Niro) and Tommy DeVito (Joe Pesci) looks after him. Henry marry a Jewish girl named Karen (Lorraine Bracco). Tommy and Jimmy beat-up beats Billy Batts (Frank Vincent), a mobster with the Gambino crime family for insulting him a few years back.
Astounding screenplay with a few quotes from the film: Henry – “Murder was the only way that everybody stayed in line.” “You know, we always called each other goodfellas. Like you said to, uh, somebody, "You're gonna like …
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