1. The Godfather Trilogy
Based on Mario Puzo’s novel, The Godfather trilogy is considered as one of the greatest films franchise. The film focuses on the Italian-American crime family of Don Vito Corleone. When Vito loses his elder son in a mishap, he puts everything in the hands of his youngest son, Michael. Reluctant to join the mafia, Michael goes deeper into this cycle of crime and mystery. Though he tries to maintain the relationship with his wife, Kay, the family business takes everything out of him.
Martin Scorsese’s Goodfellas is based on the book called “Wiseguy” by Nicholas Pileggi. Henry Hill is a young man who grows up in Italian- American neighborhood in Brooklyn. Hill idolizes the Lucchese crime family of the locality which makes him quit his school in order to be part of them. As a result, his life takes him from a young petty criminal to a big thief which makes him a drug addict and dealer in his middle age. Hill witnessed the rise and fall of his criminal life along with his two partners, Jimmy Conway and Tommy Devito, experiencing new traditions and rules of criminality.
3. The Departed
In Martin Scorses’s The Departed, the cop, Billy Costigan goes undercover in order to infiltrate the chief of the gangland, Frank Costello. Soon Billy starts to gain Costello’s trust and becomes part of his gang. However, a career criminal, Colin Sullivan creeps into the police department in pursuance of following the activities of the police department and reporting them to his bosses. When both organizations found traitors among them, Billy and Colin find each other in order to save their lives.
Scarface is directed by Brian De Palma. Tony Montana gets the green card in exchange for assassinating a Cuban government official. Therefore, he works on claiming a drug deal in Miami. In no time, Tony becomes one of the biggest drug lords in the state after viciously murdering anyone who stands in his way. He starts controlling every drug trade from Miami. However, he soon faces downfall after getting constant pressure from the police, his wars with Colombian drug cartels, and his own paranoia.
5. Reservoir Dogs
In Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs, six criminals with pseudo identities are hired to steal diamonds. All six are strangers to each other. Whilst attempting the robbery, they get ambushed by the police. The gang gets shot on their way to escape. The survivors find a place to hide in a warehouse. However, the realization hits them that they were set up. All of them tries to find the traitor midst them.