Goodfellas is voted the best gangster movie of all time
Goodfellas has been voted the best gangster movie of all time and was well clear of a rich field.
On the site Ranker, it was upvoted by over 1,700 of the 3,500 voters, which was over 500 ahead of The Godfather in second.
Martin Scorsese’s 1990 classic is also top of the site’s list of films based on non-fiction books ahead of Schindler’s List and Apollo 13.
While this likely will not compare with the film’s countless nominations and awards across the Oscars, Golden Globes, BAFTAS, and more, it is evidence that Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta and co. were part of an enduring, timeless movie.
The list also featured The Godfather Part II in third, with another Scorsese collaboration with De Niro ranked fourth in 1995’s Casino.
On top of the world: 1990 movie Goodfellas has been voted on Ranker as the best gangster movie of all time
Timeless: The classic was upvoted by over 1,00 of the 3,500 voters
As well as De Niro, Al Pacino is a regular in the top 10, also featuring in Scarface (5th), and Donnie Brasco (7th), to add to his Godfather appearances.
The Departed, A Bronx Tale, Reservoir Dogs, and American Gangster complete the top 10.
The latter of those is the most recent of them, released in 2007 – a disappointing sign for fans of the genre given that was 16 years ago now.
However, The Irishman does place 11th, but that makes it the only film from the past five years in a top 30 littered with gems from the 1980s and 90s.
Goodfellas is based on Nicholas Pileggi’s 1985 New York Times bestselling book Wiseguy: Life In A Mafia Family.
It won Joe Pesci his only Oscar for his Best Supporting Actor role as Tommy DeVito, but the movie was most successful at the BAFTAS, where it won Best Film, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Editing, and Bets Costume Design.
Scorsese and DeNiro will be hoping to replicate some of this magic in their upcoming Killers Of The Flower Moon.
The western crime drama which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival is released in the US on October 6.
Stiff competition: Goodfella’s was followed on the list by the first two Godfather films, and also joined by Scarface