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#93 | Martin Scorsese's Goodfellas

One of the greatest gangster movies ever made.

Young Henry Hill, with his friends Jimmy and Tommy, begins the climb from being a petty criminal to a gangster on the mean streets of New York. Staring the late Ray Liotta, Robert DeNiro and Joe Pesci, Goodfellas is full of dynamic performances, iconic one liners and unforgettable cinematography.

The screenplay for Goodfellas is supposedly based on a true story, which makes it all the more enjoyable. Scorsese adapted his film from Nicholas Pileggi's 1985 non-fiction book Wiseguy. The text explains the life of Henry Hill, a known associate of the Lucchese crime family, as well as his accomplices Hames Burke and Thomas DeSimone.

To some audiences, Goodfellas is a greater movie than The Godfather. For me, it's hard to say, although I have watched Goodfellas an exceedingly more amount of times and I much prefer watching. Essentially, it easily has a better soundtrack and music but most importantly every shot in Goodfellas has some kind of meaning, every decision is made to symbolise something important to the integrity of the story and character. Being a film fanatic, it's truly refreshing to know that a film has been written with every detail factored in and every moment accounted for. Goodfellas bleeds passion and oozes charisma in every line, it easily belongs on the top 100 list, no hesitation.

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