Italian movies about the mafia

List of the best Italian movies about the mafia and gangsters, American, Italian, Sicilian: Once Upon a Time in America, The Ruthless, Made in Italy, All the Money in the World, Suburra, The Traitor, Piranhas, Il tuttofare, Tatanka, Ex 2: Still Friends.

In the top there are new films of 2019, a plot description and trailers for films that have already been released.

Once Upon a Time in America (1984)
Markimdb: 8.4
Genredrama, crime
CountryItaly, USA
CharactersMafia, Gangsters, Friends
PlotAdventure, Justice

A former Prohibition-era Jewish gangster returns to the Lower East Side of Manhattan over thirty years later, where he once again must confront the ghosts and regrets of his old life.

The Ruthless (2019)
Markimdb: 6.3
Genredrama, crime
CountryItaly, France
CharactersMafia, Criminals, Tough guys, Gangsters
PlotBank robbery, Skirmishes, On real events
StyleAction, Serious, Tense, Disturbing, Fascinating

Milan, Italy, 1967. Santo Russo, a boy of Calabrian origin, arrives north with his parents and younger brother to find better living conditions. Due to an absurd misunderstanding and his father's contempt, Santo ends up in prison, where he gets a “true education.” In 1978, he and his friends Slim and Mario embark on a 15-year criminal career, a successful and ruthless spiral of robberies, kidnappings, murders and heroin smuggling.

Made in Italy (2018)
Markimdb: 5.8
CharactersMafia, Family, Pilots, Smugglers
PlotFriendship, Meaning of life
PlaceItaly, Nature

Riko is an honest man, who can count on a group of real friends and a wife who, between highs and lows, he loves forever. But he is also a very angry man with his time, which seems to be punctuated only by backlashes and false starts.

All the Money in the World (2017)
Markimdb: 6.8
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective, biography
CountryUSA, Italy, United Kingdom
CharactersMafia, Police, Detectives, Rich, Billionaires
PlotOn real events, Love, Abduction, Death, Money
PlaceItaly, USA
TimeNew Year
StyleFascinating, Action, Heavy, Serious

The story of the kidnapping of 16-year-old John Paul Getty III and the desperate attempt by his devoted mother to convince his billionaire grandfather Jean Paul Getty to pay the ransom.

Suburra (2015)
Markimdb: 7.4
Genrethriller, drama, crime
CountryItaly, France
CharactersMafia, Dogs, Gypsies
PlotPolitical, Drug addict, Funeral, Blackmail
PlaceSea, Italy, Small cities
StyleAction, Tense, Disturbing

A gangster known as "Samurai" wants to turn the waterfront of Rome into a new Las Vegas. All the local mob bosses have agreed to work for this common goal. But peace is not to last long.

The Traitor (2019)
Markimdb: 7.1
CountryItaly, France, Germany, Brazil
CharactersMafia, Judge, Friends, Gangsters
PlaceItaly, Court

Palermo, Sicily, 1980. Mafia member Tommaso Buscetta decides to move to Brazil with his family fleeing the constant war between the different clans of the criminal organization. But when, after living several misfortunes, he is forced to return to Italy, he makes a bold decision that will change his life and the destiny of Cosa Nostra forever.

Piranhas (2019)
Markimdb: 6.3
Genredrama, crime
CharactersMafia, Teens, Criminals
PlotWeapon, Friendship, Rivalry
StyleHeavy, Depressive, Tense, Disturbing

Six boys race on their scooters through the narrow streets of their Sanità neighbourhood in Naples. They are fearless daredevils, desperate to make money like their role models, and wear designer clothes and the latest sneakers. These 15-year-olds use the city’s rooftops for assault rifle practice. They deal drugs and do not hesitate to use their weapons to take control of the neighbourhood. Their smart leader, Nicola, knows the rules: in order to get his gang into the game and quickly to the top, he challenges one of the old bosses. But whoever is in charge today may well be dead tomorrow. When his girlfriend causes Nicola to be caught between all fronts, he is forced to make a decision.

Il tuttofare (2018)
Markimdb: 6.1
CharactersMafia, Lawyers, Students, Criminals, Interns
PlacePrison, Italy
StyleLight, Fascinating

We are all equal before the law, but some are just more equal than others.

Tatanka (2011)
Markimdb: 6.2
Genredrama, crime, sport
PlotSports, Freedom, Rivalry
PlaceItaly, Nature
StyleFascinating, Serious

Clemente Russo portrays himself in the story of a promising boxer who grew up in the Neapolitan mob heartland.

Ex 2: Still Friends (2011)
Markimdb: 5.4

Marco encounters his ex-girlfriend Consueloand starts seeing her without telling that he has just married. Antonio is an MP and during his European trip he has a love affair with elegant Olga who has a big secret to hide. Recently-jilted Fabio is mistaken for psychiatrist by a beautiful girl Valentina with whom he falls in love. A divorce lawyer Sandra is romantically attracted to her client's husband Massimo.

A Prophet (2009)
Markimdb: 7.9
Genredrama, crime
CountryFrance, Italy
CharactersMafia, Gangsters, Lawyers
PlacePrison, France
StyleFor men, Action, Depressive, Heavy

Sentenced to six years in prison, Malik El Djebena (Tahar Rahim) is alone in the world and can neither read nor write. On his arrival at the prison, he seems younger and more brittle than the others detained there. At once he falls under the sway of a group of Corsicans who enforce their rule in the prison. As the 'missions' go by, he toughens himself and wins the confidence of the Corsican group.

Mesrine: Killer Instinct (2008)
Markimdb: 7.5
Genrethriller, drama, crime
CountryFrance, Canada, Italy
CharactersMafia, Gangsters
PlotBank robbery, On real events, Chase
StyleFor men, Action, Depressive, Heavy, Disturbing

Jacques Mesrine, a loyal son and dedicated soldier, is back home and living with his parents after serving in the Algerian War. Soon he is seduced by the neon glamour of sixties Paris and the easy money it presents. Mentored by Guido, Mesrine turns his back on middle class law-abiding and soon moves swiftly up the criminal ladder.

Il Divo (2008)
Markimdb: 7.3
Genredrama, biography
CountryItaly, France
CharactersMafia, Photographers
PlotOn real events, Political, Blackmail
StyleAtmospheric, Disturbing, Serious

Italy, early nineties. Calm, clever and inscrutable, politician Giulio Andreotti has been synonymous with power for decades. He has survived to everything: electoral battles, terrorist massacres, loss of friends, slanderous accusations; but now certain repentant mobsters implicate him in the crimes of Cosa Nostra.

The Consequences of Love (2004)
Markimdb: 7.5
Genremelodrama, drama, crime
PlotLove with age difference, Loneliness
PlaceItaly, Hotels
StyleAtmospheric, Action, Depressive, Smart, Disturbing

Titta di Girolamo has been living in a small hotel in Lugano for ten years, he leads a dull and rigid live and has apparently lost his capability to feel human emotion. This all changes when he decides to talk to Sofia, the Barmaid.

Johnny Stecchino (1991)
Markimdb: 7.2
Genrecomedy, melodrama, crime
CharactersMafia, Gangsters, Twins, Losers, Doubles

Good hearted but not very wordly-wise, Dante is happy driving the school bus for a group of mentally handicapped children, while feeling he is somehow missing out on life and love. So he is very excited when after nearly being knocked down by her car he meets Maria, who seems immediately enamoured of him. He is soon invited to her sumptuous Palermo villa, little suspecting that this is part of a plot. He bears an amazing likeness to Maria's stool-pigeon gangster husband and it would be convenient for them if the mobster, in the shape of Dante, was seen to be dead and buried.

The Stone Killer (1973)
Markimdb: 6.2
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime
CountryItaly, USA
CharactersMafia, Gangsters, Hired assassins
PlotRobbery, Revenge, Chase
PlaceAsia, New York, Vietnam
StyleExciting, For men, Heavy, Disturbing, Serious

A Los Angeles detective is sent to New York where he must solve a case involving an old Sicilian Mafia family feud.

Baarìa (2009)
Markimdb: 6.9
Genrecomedy, drama
CountryItaly, France
PlotPolitical, Elections, Life, Family life
PlaceItaly, Small cities
TimeWorld War II
StyleTo cry, Touching, Atmospheric, Soulful, Smart

Giuseppe Tornatore traces three generations of a Sicilian family in in the Sicilian town of Bagheria (known as Baarìa in the local Sicilian dialect), from the 1930s to the 1980s, to tell the story of the loves, dreams and delusions of an unusual community.

King of New York (1990)
Markimdb: 7
Genreaction, thriller
CountryItaly, USA, United Kingdom
CharactersMafia, Gangsters
PlotChase, Rivalry, Skirmishes
PlaceNew York
StyleFascinating, For men, Atmospheric, Action, Heavy

A former drug lord returns from prison determined to wipe out all his competition and distribute the profits of his operations to New York's poor and lower classes in this stylish and ultra violent modern twist on Robin Hood.

The Mafia Kills Only in Summer (2013)
Markimdb: 7.1
Genrecomedy, crime
CharactersMafia, Gangsters, Judge, Journalists
StyleTo cry, Makes me think, Romantic

Inspired by real events, this is a black comedy about 20 years of history of Sicily from 1970s to 1990s, mocking Mafia Bosses and restoring the generosity of the heroes of Antimafia. Its focused on Arturo, a young boy who grows up in Palermo and tries to conquer his beloved Flora.

It Was the Son (2012)
Markimdb: 6.7
Genrecomedy, drama
PlotLife, Family life, Friendship
StyleFascinating, Serious, Light, Psychological problems, By books

The Ciraulo family lives in the miserable district of Palermo called "Zen". When one of their children dies in a shootout between mafia gangsters they receive compensation and buy a luxury black Volvo. Things go wrong when Trancredi, another son, takes the car out and damages the car door.

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