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mafia movies

Mafia movies, also known as gangster movies, fit into a specific subgenre of crime films that focus on organized crime stories. These are usually based on a true story. There are some actors, like Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci, that were born to play a criminal and have been in some of the best gangster movies of all time. But they would be nothing if not for directors like Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, Howard Hawks, and Brian de Palma. These directors love directing real-life crime stories about the American mafia.

When done correctly, a gangster movie or crime movie can turn a real-life bad guy into a hero and also bring in a big box office take. Everyone loves watching a story that humanizes the American mafia. Gangster films dig deep into the story of the mob and turn these villains into celebrities. Henry Hill was never considered a good guy until Goodfellas was able to show his life story. The movie showed how some people don't choose the mafia. Instead, a life of crime finds them and pulls them in.