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Goodfellas

Goodfellas

1990
Drama
Crime
2h 25m
Henry Hill is a small time gangster, who takes part in a robbery with Jimmy Conway and Tommy De Vito, two other gangsters who have set their sights a bit higher. His two partners kill off everyone else involved in the robbery, and slowly start to climb up through the hierarchy of the Mob. Henry, however, is badly affected by his partners success, but will he stoop low enough to bring about the downfall of Jimmy and Tommy ? (imdb)
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Goodfellas

1990
Drama
Crime
2h 25m
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Rated 09 Jan 2010
100
99th
Inversing The Godfather, we get the genetic outsider eventually selling out once he realizes allegiance and loyalty mean nothing versus, well, you know what happens in The Godfather. In contrast The Sopranos is its cultural descendant, both dealing with a materialistic nihilism inhabited by homicidal manchildren and punctuated by baby boomer pop culture hits. It's flawless.
Rated 07 Mar 2007
6
98th
The culmination of all of Martin Scorsese's considerable talents as a director. Though this movie doesn't have the raw emotional impact of Raging Bull or Taxi Driver, Marty and co. outdo themselves in just about every aspect: camerawork, cinematography, editing, screenplay, soundtrack, and so on, so forth. Liotta (in addition to giving one of the great fluke performances ever) gives the film even more urgency and impact with his frenzied, pitch-perfect narration. Entertainment gets no better.
Rated 17 Aug 2007
97
98th
A perfect mobster movie. The entire time I watched this film, and even today, it feels I am right alongside Henry Hill and the rest of the gangsters. Very good and yet scary, for it is based on a true story. This will always be remembered as Scorsese's masterpiece, and for obvious reasons.
Rated 15 Mar 2010
100
99th
Scorsese's most personal film--these streets must be close to what asthmatic little Marty saw outside his childhood window--and made at the height of his powers. Excelling at both montage and camera movement, Scorsese has the gift of knowing when each technique is most appropriate. Gangster life as depicted here may be romanticized, but the gangsters themselves are not. They are psychopaths, and Scorsese makes sure his audience knows it.
Rated 16 Apr 2008
100
99th
This movie covers a lot of ground, and it's incredibly economic about it while not giving a back seat to character development. It's tense and exciting, and the 1980 sequence shows us some of the best editing ever. A flawless film.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
96
99th
Pushes all the right buttons for me. Compelling from the outset, populated with fine performances, and displaying real care taken with the production and direction. A stunning piece of cinema.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
94
94th
Just as the Godfather defined the early 70's, Goodfellas defined the early 90's. One of my all time favorite films. Paul Sorvino is incredible. Robert De Niro is God. Joe Pesci is, well Joe Pesci. Must go see film again (it doesn't hurt that Henry Hill went to PS 114 with my Mom in Brooklyn...)
Rated 18 Feb 2012
100
99th
Of my (currently) 3 films rated a perfect 100, this is the only one that objectively deserves it. No other movie captures the feeling of life as a gangster as well as this. Others capture the grittiness, but lack the "fun" that really draws the people into the lifestyle. A truly perfect film.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
97
99th
A film that kicks ass all over the place and never slows down. Intense, compelling, witty and the source of some of the most memorable lines in American cinema.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
10
98th
So many classic scenes. Like so many. This movie is perfectly cast with Pesci and De Niro giving 2 of the strongest performances of their careers. The rise and fall of Henry Hill is so compelling and interesting. Honestly the only thing wrong with this movie is that I've seen it too many times and it's lost a bit of its initial punch. Simply put - it's amazing. Scorsese shines again and again.
Rated 03 Mar 2009
20
44th
A strong contender as Scorsese's most negligible, most dispensable, most redundant movie. Here we go again: the subjective tracking shot through a nightclub, the stack of goldie-oldies to be gone through on the soundtrack, the torturously repetitive dialogue ("fuckin' " this and "fuckin' " that). Yes, there's a new device to be tried out, too: the intermittent freeze-frame for comic-ironic punctuation -- well, not exactly a new device: a New Wave device.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
100
98th
Flawless in every respect: gripping story, pacing, acting, style, sheer entertainment, it's got it all.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
93
99th
If THE GODFATHER is operatic, GOODFELLAS is anti-operatic. The acting, dialogue, camerawork, editing and soundtrack all come together beautifully to create a remarkable rollercoaster ride, especially if seen at the cinema. This movie shows Scorsese at the height of his directorial powers, even if TAXI DRIVER remains his greatest masterpiece, and RAGING BULL probably his second greatest.
Rated 31 Mar 2008
99
99th
The scene where DeNiro decides to have Morrie whacked while smoking in slow-motion and Cream starts playing might be my favorite moment in all of cinema.
Rated 23 Feb 2007
73
79th
Rewatching this after many years, I feel silly about my previous score. I still sense that something is amiss dramatically, compared to Scorsese's very best works, and its tongue-in-cheek attitude has pros and cons. But Goodfellas is nevertheless an excellent portrayal of "the life", boasting stupendous acting, photography and editing.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
100
95th
One of the best films of all time! Scorcese's materpiece! "Dances With Wolves" my ass! This is one of my favorite movies! Scorcese really knew what he was doing here. Too bad he had to go all pretensious afterwards. But after The Departed, there's still hope... however, he'll never be able to deliver a picture like this (I haven't seen The Departed yet though).
Rated 14 Aug 2007
97
95th
An enduring mob classic, with every frame approaching perfection.
Rated 27 May 2009
100
99th
Scorsese got his Oscar for Departed, the question is : WHY ???Goodfellas is his best work. Unbeatable in story telling, atmosphere, sound, setting, dramaturgy and actors. If you like Crime Movies you will love Goodfellas.It's my all-time classic. Liotta,DeNiro,Pesci, Sorvino what more does a Mafia Epic need ?
Rated 15 Mar 2008
100
98th
This movie is perfectly made.
Rated 28 Nov 2007
10
99th
Sooo much fun, and always rewatchable. Amazing performances from all and an awesome soundtrack.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
95
97th
All my life I wanted to be a gangster. Well, that's what Goodfellas will give you. It's a captivating story about what it's like in the world of organized crime. On top of respect, loyalty, family ties, and the best marinara you've ever tasted, Goodfellas shows you that any one of your so-called friends is ready to stab you in the back if they have anything to gain from it. With an amazing cast and incredible direction, Goodfellas is a movie that no one can forget. Awesome!
Rated 14 Aug 2007
95
99th
Unlike that other Mafia movie, Goodfellas does not portray the criminal life as one based on loyalty, family, or respect. In Goodfellas, the people you know and work with would just as soon stab you in the back as give you your share of the money. It's a life of greed and paranoia. The film is shot beautifully and the acting is top-notch.
Rated 27 Feb 2007
5
93rd
Everything but the kitchen sink, a film which pulls no punches and miraculously never misfires. Multiple characters narrate a timeline of decades, the constantly roving camera creates tangible three-dimensional spaces, perfectly timed montage glazed with cleverly curated pop tracks, exceptionally witty text delivered in a wide range of charismatic performances. In summary, an exhilarating and virtuoso showcase by a confident filmmaker at the height of his creative powers.
Rated 10 Feb 2012
93
98th
If only this movie could have taken place in a casino.
Rated 19 Feb 2007
90
99th
Brilliant soundtrack, brilliant cast,amazing film.A film fans dream come true.
Rated 09 Sep 2008
78
50th
Wow, ummm, people seem to like this one. I liked it too, but not quite as much as others did, apparently. I thought Ray Liotta was great, which was something of a shock for someone not overly familiar with his work. Pesci and Deniro play their usual rules and they're fine. I thought it definitely dragged in places and I was somewhat bored by the typical "rags to riches to rags again" mobster story. I was able to telegraph a lot. Besides the "I've seen this before" feelings, it was well done.
Rated 29 Mar 2011
99
99th
Not enough can be said about the greatness of this film. The laughs, the tears, the emotions: all work seamlessly with the characters. The real star though is everything but that. The writing, directing, cinematography, and the glorious soundtrack. It all perfectly ensnares you and before you know it, you laugh with Tommy, hope for Jimmy, and cheer for Henry. The time flies by and leaves you with one of the most satisfying cinematic experiences you will ever have.
Rated 09 Apr 2007
97
98th
There's the Godfather...the Godfather II..and Goodfellas. Mob movies don't get any better. How it didn't win a Best Picture Oscar or Best Director I will never know. Pesci, De Niro and Liotta are all at the top of their game.
Rated 08 Oct 2011
45
25th
Like... insanely overrated.
Rated 23 Jul 2009
100
99th
Some of the best narrative ever done in a movie
Rated 14 Aug 2008
91
96th
A film about life in the fast lane should be conducted as such. Scorsese zips through criminal acquaintances, robberies, night club murders, pasta, and prison life through the eyes of a becoming mobster. Obviously the work of someone who saw it first-hand. The soundtrack is just as explosive and lively as the smash-mouth narrative and bustling story. Pesci is immortalized as the spider slaying, Navarone slinging, Butcher knife wielding, fuck screaming bad guy. What a character! Classic Marty.
Rated 08 May 2010
65
30th
After this finished I spent several hours trying to work out my thoughts on Goodfellas. It's not my type of movie at ALL - and yet I can recognize art when I see it. The performances were great, the long shot of the couple going to the Copacabana was masterful, and the cheerful soundtrack added an undercurrent of irony to the movie. But do I want to watch this again? No.
Rated 01 Feb 2007
94
98th
This is a great gangster movie about crazy people, the world we live in, and create for ourselves.
Rated 02 Jan 2008
90
97th
Perhaps the best mob movie ever made and definitely the best Scorsese movie.
Rated 13 Oct 2008
9
90th
(after repeat viewings) Godfather I & II are finer mobster films IMO, but Goodfellas stands on its own most definitely. A triumph of slick direction and breathlessly taut storytelling. The performances are top notch and Liotta's narration is like music to my ears. It's also very funny, and I don't mean in a 'funny like a clown/I amuse you' kind of way.
Rated 03 May 2009
30
89th
Scorsese does some pretty cool, but little, unique stuff with the narration. Characters were developed great. Even the soundtrack was good. To someone who can't appreciate movies it's long without a real plot but the unfolding events of someone's life never bores me.
Rated 21 Sep 2010
98
99th
The ultimate gangster movie (sorry Mafia!) with wonderful performances, directing, writing and soundtrack.
Rated 02 Mar 2010
99
99th
Goodfellas is THE mob film. Plain and simple. The whole cast is at their best, and Scorsese is flawless yet again. Brilliant.
Rated 11 Jul 2007
99
99th
Greatest Mobster movie of all time! Also one of the Best Movies!!
Rated 05 Mar 2007
100
99th
Masterful dialogue set over Phil Spector/Rolling Stones music set over narration. You have to pick what to pay attention to which makes it rewatchable as all hell. Experienced on mute or with no visuals, it's still 100/100. Huge film.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
94
97th
While it's not The Godfather, Goodfellas is an a more modern cinematic version of mob life in NYC. It falls just short of the huge shoes it had to fill to outdo those that came before it.
Rated 18 Mar 2007
95
94th
Goodfellas is one of the best crime dramas ever made due to its great direction, superb acting, excellent story, and brilliant editing. There really aren't many flaws in a movie of this caliber. It's simply one of the best movies to come out.
Rated 24 Nov 2010
87
84th
Perhaps the best thing about Goodfellas is that it never lets up for a second - it's a 2 hour 20 rollercoaster ride, completely packed full of awesome scenes and classic lines and amazing tracking shots and virtuoso editing and perfect music choices and incredible performances and brilliant narration. Totally punk rock.
Rated 07 Jun 2020
100
98th
While there is narration to tell you why this film is called Goodfellas, it was really Scorsese's way of letting the audience know "this film is good, fellas". He was not very inclusive.
Rated 09 Dec 2012
85
75th
Like Casino, but with less blowing Joe Pesci.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
97
97th
Terrific gangster pic - a must see.
Rated 30 Sep 2010
97
99th
Extremely entertaining. Great, fast paced story helped by Ray Liotta's surprisingly good performance. The use of music in this film is particularly amazing.
Rated 10 Feb 2007
95
98th
Just excellent. It probably tops Casino because of the lack of Sharon Stone.
Rated 30 Mar 2007
100
95th
One of the greatest films of any kind ever produced. Worth being born and going through all manner of crap just to be able to witness this towering work of art when you're old enough
Rated 06 Sep 2022
89
89th
Scorsese deploys his strengths - candid voiceover draws us into Hill's headspace while long tracking shots add depth to his world, Italian food porn creates atmosphere and ironic pop needle drops give it a saucy tone. A decade of your uncle's shitty cackling Liotta memes can't fade this classic. Wild to me that this was the same year Pesci was doing Home Alone.
Rated 20 Jun 2017
6
86th
GOODFELLAS and a few other scorsese flicks (i.e. THE AGE OF INNOCENCE) can be boiled down to characters trying, and usually failing, to make movies out of their lives; that is to say, they want all of the power, thrills, romance and glory, but none of the accompanying risk, sacrifice and terror. that the invasion of reality into this hyped up gangster romp feels so unnerving and nasty is a testament to how deeply scorsese shares in that doomed desire.
Rated 27 Feb 2007
91
93rd
My favourite Scorsese movie. Everyone is in top form. Liotta, Pesci, De Niro, everyone. The fact that it's based on a true story makes it even more frightening. Most certainly Scorsese's masterpiece.
Rated 10 Apr 2010
99
98th
Pretty darned near flawless movie. Scorsese's best effort, and Liotta should have been nominated for Best Actor that year. It's a crime that he wasn't.
Rated 26 Feb 2011
100
99th
This movie blew me away the first time I saw it. This was the first real mobster movie I saw and none have come even close to it for me (including the Godfather movies). No matter how many times I see it I get sucked into the story and love every second of the ride through Henry Hill's life. Credit for this goes to both the actors (who are all brilliant) and Scorsese who is brilliant balancing pace, mood, setting and one of the best soundtracks I have ever heard in my life. Greatness defined.
Rated 30 Dec 2008
95
98th
Seeing this for the first time when I was a teenager made me realise that not all movies are created equal: some have a guiding force behind them that propel them beyond mere entertainment. Now of course I can identify that force as Scorsese's peerless direction. So I guess the rest of you all have this film to thank for making you read this self-absorbed bullshit.
Rated 23 Sep 2008
93
98th
The movie Scorsese should have gotten the Oscar for.
Rated 23 Sep 2008
98
99th
Tour-de-force. Masterpiece. Genius. Brilliant. Wonderful. Throw any superlative at this guy. It will stick. Scorsese's most consistently enchanting movie is not only the best about the mob but also one of the very best about a time and place and the people in it. You care about all these people, they are so well-developed and portrayed. The music as usual is great. And there are too many classic scenes to mention. And its most telling accomplishment: I'm nostalgic for this, a film!!!
Rated 21 Feb 2008
97
99th
This is one of my favorite movies of all time. The cast is great Liotta, DeNiro, Pesci, Bracco, Christopher from Sopranos. The music is great. The rise and fall of Liotta's character is a heck of a story. This is one movie that I will own because I know I can watch it more then once. Funny how? Do I amuse you? Am I a clown?
Rated 06 Apr 2011
70
69th
Scorsese doesn't put a foot wrong here. The direction, the editing, the soundtrack; all amazing. My only real problem is that the characters and the story left me a little cold. It just didn't draw me in. Most of the characters are completely horrible, including Henry, and particularly his wife (Bracco). She spent two and a half hours shrieking and wailing. It gave me a headache. If it had one or two characters I could sympathise with and root for, it would score much higher.
Rated 31 Jul 2009
100
99th
This is my all-time favorite movie for 3 fundamental reasons: First, it flawlessly portrays the moral ambiguity of criminal life. Second, it has one of the best acted psychopaths in crime drama history (What, do I amuse you?). Finally, it weaves brutal violence and dark humour together so effortlessly that the line between them basically disappears. This movie is always fun for me to watch, and I never tire of rewatching it just to enjoy the career defining performances everyone involved gives.
Rated 31 Jul 2009
93
96th
Scorsese at his best so what do you expect? A great movie depicting one man's rise(and abrupt fall) in the mafia. Another Scorsese classic.
Rated 13 Aug 2010
100
92nd
Excellent mafia crime thriller on par with The Godfather and Casino. Not normally a huge fan of Liotta but he is perfectly cast as Henry Hill. Very highly recommended.
Rated 02 Aug 2011
61
33rd
This movie gets a lot of love. I'm afraid I'm going to have to go against the stream. Just because a douchy italian smartass gangster gets a voiceover doesn't make him a guy to root for - it just makes him a douche you have to listen to.
Rated 17 Mar 2008
100
99th
This movie is a true mob movie classic. This was also so perfectly directed I wouldnt change a thing.
Rated 19 Sep 2007
4
83rd
The Godfather trilogy focuses on Mob royalty; the men who make the plans and run the empire. This, on the other hand, is the story of the ground troops, the thugs, toughs, and wiseguys who do all of the heavy lifting. God damn, does this film ever draw you in and take you for a ride. The direction is nearly flawless.
Rated 16 Apr 2012
100
99th
Brilliant! The first crime drama I ever saw, and it got me hooked on the genre!
Rated 17 Jan 2008
90
94th
For those who like the genre is a film unforgettable. Grand masterpiece of Martin Scorsese.
Rated 30 Apr 2009
94
93rd
What an awesome movie and now I understand where people get their love of Liota and DeNiro from. A great crime drama about the rise and fall of a mobster (wiseguy) and it just doesn't let up until the end, and it ends with a bang.
Rated 12 Feb 2009
100
97th
The ultimate gangster movie.
Rated 31 Oct 2015
35
4th
A bunch of gangster stuff happens, people die, money gets made, all of which leads to zero character or plot development. I'm sure it's highly realistic, but that doesn't make it a compelling movie.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
90
93rd
A classic mafioso movie. A must see by anyone who loves the genre.
Rated 01 Mar 2007
89
92nd
Joe Pesci may be a giant amongst his fellow midget thespians but the next person who does the "Am I funny like a clown?" thing to me is getting stabbed in the eye with a leftover pizza crust.
Rated 26 Jul 2010
90
97th
In the hands of any other director, this would have become a mess. But in the hands of the endlessly innovative Martin Scorsese, it has been turned into a mob classic, a brilliant, engrossing picture for the ages. The film is perfectly crafted. The skill Scorsese has put into this is truly impressive -the long takes in particular. The acting is also superb, especially Joe Pesci's performance. My only complaint is that it feels kind of cold. But I can forgive that, considering all the rest.
Rated 15 Apr 2010
96
94th
I always wanted to be a gangster
Rated 03 May 2020
55
57th
Zor bir soru soruyorum. Bu film neden Imdb'de 17. sırada?
Rated 09 Apr 2008
95
98th
Scorsese's best for me. I have seen it at least a dozen times and it never fails to thrill and leave me full of adrelain, half wishing I could be one of the characters. Liotta's entire Career hangs on this performance.
Rated 14 Oct 2008
100
99th
Masterpiece by Martin Scorcese. For me, it's still his greatest piece of work in my opinion. And the movie has my favourite movie scene in it: the "funny guy scene".
Rated 26 Jul 2010
100
98th
Great cast. FANTASTIC film. Absolutely loved it. Absolutely love Ray Liotta, and Joe and Robert were great, too. Great music, too.
Rated 01 Feb 2017
100
99th
Exciting from the start. Three fantastic characters, great style. Can be watched many times.
Rated 10 Sep 2010
99
99th
It's practically perfect.
Rated 10 Jul 2008
100
99th
It's an ultimate gangster flick, right up there with Godfather for me. Joe Pesci makes a memorable appearance as the short-tempered Tommy and De Niro does what he does best: plays a gangster. A lot of cussing, a lot of violence and a trail of dead bodies. What's not to love?
Rated 01 Oct 2016
87
90th
PSI at 84 matches my initial thought, though I'm going to go a bit higher for now 'cuz of how well made it is. The easiest-to-watch and most glamorous portrayal of the gangster lifestyle that I've seen so far, which makes the screw-ups and the failures all the more effective. Some really neat extended shots here, and some choice cuts on the soundtrack. Didn't have quite enough of an emotional core for me to enjoy it on a higher level than as a stellar piece of film making, but no shame in that.
Rated 08 Sep 2008
93
96th
Brilliant mob movie that is heavy on mood and authenticity. Packed with brilliant performances, side-splitting jokes and superbly shot and choreographed musical sequences, it even gives an accurate account of the sort of brutality that is a mobster's stock-in-trade. Best mob movie I've ever seen.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
97
96th
Great Movie, Acting is awsome too.
Rated 15 May 2008
100
92nd
Mob classic. Ranks right up there with the Godfather for me.
Rated 22 Jan 2008
100
99th
Just the best gangster film. Unmatched characters, brilliant acting, more human than the Godfather, and doesn't have the weird pretentiousness of those films.
Rated 18 Aug 2010
99
94th
My favorite Mob movie, even better than Godfather.
Rated 03 Jun 2012
40
95th
When Martin Scorsese's crime saga Goodfellas was recommended to me, I asked how it was in comparison to The Godfather. To be fair, the two aren't really comparable. Goodfellas is a dazzling showcase in the best spirit of modern filmmaking, while The Godfather burns more slowly as an old-fashioned family epic on a grander scale. In my book, not only are they fairly equivalent in artistic quality and entertainment value, but they're complementary.
Rated 15 Oct 2008
93
97th
Scorceses's masterpiece. Goodfellas gives us a more in-depth look at orgainised crime that other gangster movies shy away from. Along with supercool characters, honest storytelling and a few laughs along the way, this is truly a modern classic.
Rated 28 Jan 2007
98
98th
Pretty much one of the greatest movies ever made.
Rated 10 Sep 2012
89
66th
Great, but not even close to the Godfather's. Pesci and De Niro was made for doing Mob-films.
Rated 01 Dec 2011
100
95th
I couldn't tell you how many times I've seen this movie and will surely see it again and again in the future. Incredible cast, witty narration, and the mixture of cold-hearted violence and clever humor is unbeatable.
Rated 12 Nov 2007
93
96th
Outstanding script, excellent performances, epic story.
Rated 15 Oct 2008
98
91st
Great performances by all involved. Great script and directing. For me the ultimate gangster film
Rated 14 Aug 2007
95
96th
best mob movie ever!
Rated 11 Dec 2017
80
68th
Love the swooping, pushing, dollying, zooming camera. Love that shit. There's one push on De Niro while that Cream song is playing that gave me chills. But Scorsese is so laser-focused on character and plot that a late, very short exterior shot of a New York street made me remember that, hey, this movie is set in New York. And I suddenly realised why I'd felt so claustrophobic and exhausted for the last hour. I needed some space.
Rated 19 Dec 2009
90
81st
An awful lot of fun, good characters and timing. Compelling and interesting, probably Marty's best offering.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
100
99th
Pretty damn great.
Rated 28 Apr 2007
100
98th
Shit yeah watch the part when Henry Hill talks directly at the camera. Yes!
Rated 06 Jun 2008
89
96th
a 90's version of the godfather with a bittersweet ending.

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