Best Italian-American Crime Dramas

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1. The Sopranos (1999–2007)

TV-MA | 55 min | Crime, Drama

New Jersey mob boss Tony Soprano deals with personal and professional issues in his home and business life that affect his mental state, leading him to seek professional psychiatric counseling.

Stars: James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco, Edie Falco, Michael Imperioli

Votes: 260,735

2. The Godfather (1972)

R | 175 min | Crime, Drama

100 Metascore

The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Diane Keaton

Votes: 1,465,279 | Gross: $134.97M

3. The Godfather: Part II (1974)

R | 202 min | Crime, Drama

90 Metascore

The early life and career of Vito Corleone in 1920s New York City is portrayed, while his son, Michael, expands and tightens his grip on the family crime syndicate.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton

Votes: 1,019,422 | Gross: $57.30M

4. The Untouchables (1987)

R | 119 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

79 Metascore

During the era of Prohibition in the United States, Federal Agent Eliot Ness sets out to stop ruthless Chicago gangster Al Capone, and because of rampant corruption, assembles a small, hand-picked team to help him.

Director: Brian De Palma | Stars: Kevin Costner, Sean Connery, Robert De Niro, Charles Martin Smith

Votes: 259,113 | Gross: $76.27M

5. Oz (1997–2003)

TV-MA | 55 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A series chronicling the daily activities of an unusual prison facility and its criminal inhabitants.

Stars: Ernie Hudson, J.K. Simmons, Lee Tergesen, Dean Winters

Votes: 82,742

6. Goodfellas (1990)

R | 146 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

89 Metascore

The story of Henry Hill and his life in the mob, covering his relationship with his wife Karen Hill and his mob partners Jimmy Conway and Tommy DeVito in the Italian-American crime syndicate.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci, Lorraine Bracco

Votes: 922,241 | Gross: $46.84M

7. Wiseguy (1987–2009)

TV-14 | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Vinnie Terranova does time in a New Jersey penitentiary to set up his undercover role as an agent for the OCB (Organized Crime Bureau) of the United States. His roots in a traditional ... See full summary »

Stars: Jonathan Banks, Jim Byrnes, Ken Wahl, Dwight Koss

Votes: 1,845

8. Casino (1995)

R | 178 min | Crime, Drama

73 Metascore

A tale of greed, deception, money, power, and murder occur between two best friends: a mafia enforcer and a casino executive, compete against each other over a gambling empire, and over a fast living and fast loving socialite.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Robert De Niro, Sharon Stone, Joe Pesci, James Woods

Votes: 420,541 | Gross: $42.44M

9. Kill the Irishman (2011)

R | 106 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

50 Metascore

The true story of Danny Greene, a tough Irish thug working for mobsters in Cleveland during the 1970's.

Director: Jonathan Hensleigh | Stars: Ray Stevenson, Christopher Walken, Vincent D'Onofrio, Val Kilmer

Votes: 42,179 | Gross: $1.19M

10. Mob City (2013)

TV-MA | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

1947, Los Angeles. Cop Joe Teague walks the line between the LAPD, led by William Parker, and the mob, led by Bugsy Siegel.

Stars: Jon Bernthal, Milo Ventimiglia, Neal McDonough, Alexa Davalos

Votes: 6,788

11. Stand Up Guys (2012)

R | 95 min | Comedy, Crime, Thriller

41 Metascore

A pair of aging stickup men try to get the old gang back together for one last hurrah before one of the guys takes his last assignment - to kill his comrade.

Director: Fisher Stevens | Stars: Al Pacino, Christopher Walken, Alan Arkin, Julianna Margulies

Votes: 50,901 | Gross: $3.30M

12. King of New York (1990)

R | 103 min | Crime, Thriller

66 Metascore

A drug kingpin is released from prison and seeks to take total control of the criminal underworld in order to give back to the community.

Director: Abel Ferrara | Stars: Christopher Walken, David Caruso, Laurence Fishburne, Victor Argo

Votes: 28,150 | Gross: $2.55M

13. China Girl (1987)

R | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

A modern day Romeo & Juliet story is told in New York when an Italian boy and a Chinese girl become lovers, causing a tragic conflict between ethnic gangs.

Director: Abel Ferrara | Stars: James Russo, Richard Panebianco, Sari Chang, David Caruso

Votes: 1,430 | Gross: $1.26M

14. Chicago Overcoat (2009)

R | 94 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

The fates of an aging hitman and a washed up detective become entwined when one last job leads to one last chance to settle an old score.

Director: Brian Caunter | Stars: Frank Vincent, Kathrine Narducci, Mike Starr, Stacy Keach

Votes: 815

15. Gotti (1996 TV Movie)

R | 117 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

John Gotti rises to head the powerful Gambino crime family before being convicted in 1992 of racketeering and murder.

Director: Robert Harmon | Stars: Armand Assante, Anthony Quinn, William Forsythe, Richard C. Sarafian

Votes: 5,908

16. Knockaround Guys (2001)

R | 92 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

30 Metascore

The wannabe sons of mobsters go to a remote town in the Midwest, and get themselves into more trouble than anyone could anticipate.

Directors: Brian Koppelman, David Levien | Stars: Jennifer Baxter, Dennis Hopper, Vin Diesel, Barry Pepper

Votes: 21,589 | Gross: $11.63M

17. Donnie Brasco (1997)

R | 127 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

76 Metascore

An FBI undercover agent infiltrates the mob and finds himself identifying more with the mafia life, at the expense of his regular one.

Director: Mike Newell | Stars: Al Pacino, Johnny Depp, Michael Madsen, Bruno Kirby

Votes: 257,703 | Gross: $41.91M

18. Enemy of the State (1998)

R | 132 min | Action, Thriller

67 Metascore

A lawyer becomes a target by a corrupt politician and his N.S.A. goons when he accidentally receives key evidence to a serious politically motivated crime.

Director: Tony Scott | Stars: Will Smith, Gene Hackman, Jon Voight, Lisa Bonet

Votes: 215,787 | Gross: $111.55M

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19. A Bronx Tale (1993)

R | 121 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

80 Metascore

A father becomes worried when a local gangster befriends his son in the Bronx in the 1960s.

Director: Robert De Niro | Stars: Robert De Niro, Chazz Palminteri, Lillo Brancato, Francis Capra

Votes: 118,032 | Gross: $17.27M

20. NYPD Blue (1993–2005)

TV-14 | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Detectives from NYPD's 15th Precinct investigate homicides within their precinct.

Stars: Dennis Franz, Jimmy Smits, Gordon Clapp, James McDaniel

Votes: 10,768

21. Vegas (2012–2013)

44 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Ralph Lamb, a former MP for the US Army, becomes sheriff. His brother, Jack, and his son, Dixon, are deputized. Meanwhile, Vincent Savino comes from Chicago to Vegas to run The Savoy hotel and casino.

Stars: Dennis Quaid, Michael Chiklis, Carrie-Anne Moss, Taylor Handley

Votes: 6,992

22. Real Gangsters (2013)

Unrated | 88 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Real Gangsters tells the story of the Lo Giacamo family, one of the most successful crime syndicates in New York City. Run by cousins Vincent Lo Giacamo (Nick Mancuso) and Jack Lo Giacamo (... See full summary »

Director: Frank D'Angelo | Stars: Paul Amato, Steven Bauer, Jason Blicker, Frank A. Caruso

Votes: 6,949

23. 1,000 Times More Brutal (II) (2012)

Not Rated | 91 min | Action, Crime

Four friends pay the ultimate price,when they seek revenge against a low-level Gangster.

Director: Kamal Ahmed | Stars: David Dastmalchian, Angelo Bonsignore, Jeremy Luke, Arthur J. Nascarella

Votes: 402

24. Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (1999)

R | 116 min | Action, Crime, Drama

67 Metascore

An African-American Mafia hit man who models himself after the samurai of old finds himself targeted for death by the mob.

Director: Jim Jarmusch | Stars: Forest Whitaker, Henry Silva, John Tormey, Cliff Gorman

Votes: 80,262 | Gross: $3.31M

25. Raw Deal (1986)

R | 106 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

44 Metascore

A former FBI agent turned small-town sheriff agrees to help the FBI chief infiltrate the Chicago mafia when the FBI chief's son is killed by them.

Director: John Irvin | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Kathryn Harrold, Sam Wanamaker, Paul Shenar

Votes: 28,154 | Gross: $16.21M

26. Luck of the Draw (2000)

R | 101 min | Thriller, Crime, Drama

Jack Sweeny is a young man just trying to get a job. Turned down at another bank due to his criminal record he meets a girl, Rebecca, but also witnesses a 3 way shootout between 2 groups of... See full summary »

Director: Luca Bercovici | Stars: James Marshall, Dennis Hopper, Michael Madsen, Eric Roberts

Votes: 570

27. True Romance (1993)

R | 119 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

59 Metascore

In Detroit, a lonely pop culture geek marries a call girl, steals cocaine from her pimp, and tries to sell it in Hollywood. Meanwhile, the owners of the cocaine, the Mob, track them down in an attempt to reclaim it.

Director: Tony Scott | Stars: Christian Slater, Patricia Arquette, Dennis Hopper, Val Kilmer

Votes: 191,360 | Gross: $12.28M

28. Out for Justice (1991)

R | 91 min | Action, Crime, Drama

38 Metascore

The gruesome murder of a Brooklyn Detective will turn the case into a personal vendetta when the deceased's best friend and fellow officer will unleash an all-out attack against a psychotic Mafia enforcer's brutal gang.

Director: John Flynn | Stars: Steven Seagal, William Forsythe, Jerry Orbach, Jo Champa

Votes: 20,109 | Gross: $39.67M

29. Law & Order (1990–2010)

TV-14 | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Follows a crime (usually a murder), usually adapted from current headlines, from two separate vantage points, the police investigation and the prosecution in court.

Stars: Jerry Orbach, Jesse L. Martin, Dennis Farina, S. Epatha Merkerson

Votes: 29,629

30. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999– )

TV-14 | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The Special Victims Unit, a specially trained squad of detectives in the NYPD, investigate sexually related crimes.

Stars: Mariska Hargitay, Christopher Meloni, Ice-T, Dann Florek

Votes: 70,318

31. The Crew (2000)

PG-13 | 88 min | Crime, Comedy

37 Metascore

Four retired mobsters plan one last crime to save their retirement home.

Director: Michael Dinner | Stars: Richard Dreyfuss, Burt Reynolds, Dan Hedaya, Seymour Cassel

Votes: 4,367 | Gross: $13.02M

32. Hand Gun (1994)

R | 90 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

It's _The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)_ meets Simple Men (1992). George is a small-time crook. His brother Michael makes a living scamming the elderly by selling them nonexistent ... See full summary »

Director: Whitney Ransick | Stars: Treat Williams, Seymour Cassel, Paul Schulze, Anna Levine

Votes: 261

33. This Thing of Ours (2003)

Not Rated | 100 min | Crime, Drama

36 Metascore

Using the Internet and global satellites, a group of gangsters pull off the biggest bank heist in the Mafia's history.

Director: Danny Provenzano | Stars: Frank Vincent, Vincent Pastore, Louis Vanaria, Christian Maelen

Votes: 614

34. West New York (1996)

86 min | Crime, Drama

An ex-cop supervises the destruction of corporate bonds redeemed by a New Jersey bank. He plans to steal small amounts of the paper from each shipment without raising suspicion and have a ... See full summary »

Director: Phil Gallo | Stars: Frank Vincent, Gian DiDonna, Gloria Darpino, Brian McCormack

Votes: 69

36. Brooklyn Sonnet (2000)

R | 95 min | Drama, Action

A young man must decide between a life on the streets and a career in the theater.

Director: Elyse Lewin | Stars: Jim Stanek, Kerry Butler, Philip Bosco, Joseph Lyle Taylor

Votes: 68

37. Sons of Anarchy (2008–2014)

TV-MA | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A biker struggles to balance being a father and being involved in an outlaw motorcycle club.

Stars: Charlie Hunnam, Katey Sagal, Mark Boone Junior, Kim Coates

Votes: 234,581

38. The Black Donnellys (2007– )

60 min | Crime, Drama

Four young Irish brothers are caught up in New York's underworld of organized crime.

Stars: Jonathan Tucker, Tom Guiry, Olivia Wilde, Billy Lush

Votes: 13,373

39. Turn of Faith (2002)

Not Rated | 96 min | Crime, Drama

The story of three friends who grew up in the same tough neighborhood and chose three very different paths. Joey became a cop, Frank became a priest, and Bobby went into the family business... See full summary »

Director: Charles Jarrott | Stars: Ray 'Boom Boom' Mancini, Mia Sara, Costas Mandylor, Alan Gelfant

Votes: 78

40. Hitters (2002)

88 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A respected civic leader is caught between two rival underworld crime families on the verge of war.

Director: Eric Weston | Stars: Robert Davi, Costas Mandylor, Joey DePinto, Richard C. Sarafian

Votes: 147

41. One Eyed King (2001)

R | 105 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Residents of Manhattan's Hell's Kitchen attempt to balance family and friendship against the harsh street life that unfolds around them.

Director: Bobby Moresco | Stars: William Baldwin, Dash Mihok, Justin Bradley, Johnny Griffin

Votes: 376

42. The Don Is Dead (1973)

R | 115 min | Action, Crime, Drama

After his mistress is savagely beaten up a Mafia leader goes after the killer with a bloody vengeance. Soon after the hunt begins, a gang war ensues.

Director: Richard Fleischer | Stars: Anthony Quinn, Frederic Forrest, Robert Forster, Al Lettieri

Votes: 912

43. Detour (1998 Video)

R | 93 min | Action, Crime, Drama

When Danny and his gang attempt to rob the warehouse of a mob boss, they find themselves on the run. Danny goes back to his hometown to find his mother has recently died leaving him the ... See full summary »

Director: Joey Travolta | Stars: Jeff Fahey, James Russo, Michael Madsen, Gary Busey

Votes: 280

44. Cop Land (1997)

R | 105 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

64 Metascore

The Sheriff of a suburban New Jersey community, populated by New York City police officers, slowly discovers the town is a front for mob connections and corruption.

Director: James Mangold | Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Harvey Keitel, Ray Liotta, Robert De Niro

Votes: 80,355 | Gross: $44.89M

45. Reservoir Dogs (1992)

R | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

79 Metascore

When a simple jewelry heist goes horribly wrong, the surviving criminals begin to suspect that one of them is a police informant.

Director: Quentin Tarantino | Stars: Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Chris Penn

Votes: 843,678 | Gross: $2.83M

46. Midnight Run (1988)

R | 126 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

78 Metascore

An accountant is chased by bounty hunters, the F.B.I., and the Mafia after jumping bail.

Director: Martin Brest | Stars: Robert De Niro, Charles Grodin, Yaphet Kotto, John Ashton

Votes: 65,630 | Gross: $38.41M

47. Pulp Fiction (1994)

R | 154 min | Crime, Drama

94 Metascore

The lives of two mob hitmen, a boxer, a gangster and his wife, and a pair of diner bandits intertwine in four tales of violence and redemption.

Director: Quentin Tarantino | Stars: John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis

Votes: 1,674,787 | Gross: $107.93M

48. Truth or Consequences, N.M. (1997)

R | 106 min | Action, Crime, Drama