GoodFellas (1990)



Critic Consensus: Hard-hitting and stylish, GoodFellas is a gangster classic -- and arguably the high point of Martin Scorsese's career.

Movie Info

Martin Scorsese explores the life of organized crime with his gritty, kinetic adaptation of Nicolas Pileggi's best-selling Wiseguy, the true-life account of mobster and FBI informant Henry Hill. Set to a true-to-period rock soundtrack, the story details the rise and fall of Hill, a half-Irish, half-Sicilian New York kid who grows up idolizing the "wise guys" in his impoverished Brooklyn neighborhood. He begins hanging around the mobsters, running errands and doing odd jobs until he gains the … More

Rating: R (adult situations/language, nudity, violence)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Nicholas Pileggi, Martin Scorsese
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On DVD: Mar 26, 1997
Warner Bros.


as Henry Hill

as James Conway

as Tommy DeVito

as Karen Hill

as Paul Cicero

as Frankie Carbone

as Sonny Bunz

as Frenchy

as Billy Batts

as Tuddy Cicero

as Morris Kessler

as Tuddy Cicero

as Janice Rossi

as Belle Kessler

as Lois Byrd

as Himself

as Tommy's Mother

as Mickey Conway

as Himself

as Karen's Mother

as Bruce's Brother

as Henry's Mother

as Henry's Father

as Michael Hill

as Bobby Vinton

as Johnny Roastbeef

as Henry's 60s Crew

as Johnny Dio

as Tony Stacks

as Young Tommy

as Anthony Stabile

as Mikey Franzese

as Nickey Eyes

as Bleeding Man

as Cicero's Wife

as Arresting Narc

as Tuddy's Wife

as City Detective

as Mrs. Carbone

as Frenchy's Wife

as Fat Andy

as Janice's Girlfriend ...

as Tommy's Girl Friend ...

as Henry's 70's Crew

as Joe Buddha

as Stacks Edwards

as Johnny Roastbeef's W...

as Dealer

as Defense Attorney

as Young Henry's Older ...

as Young Michael

as Mailman

as Barbeque Wiseguy

as Bleeding Man

as Gambling Doorman

as Hijacked Driver

as Janice's Girl Friend

as School Guard

as Mob Lawyer

as Frankie the Wop

as Judge, 1956

as Truck Driver at Dine...

as Freddy No Nose

as Pete the Killer

as Jimmy Two Times

as Man with Coatrack

as Young Henry's Sister

as Terrorized Waiter

as Copa Captain

as Copa Announcer

as Beach Club Waiter

as Karen's Dad

as Marie No. 1

as Marie No. 2

as Paul No. 3

as Truck Driver

as Detective Deacy

as Detective Silvestri

as Batt's Crew No. 1

as Vito's Girl Friend

as Batt's Crew No. 2

as Godfather at Table

as Prizefighter

as Carbone's Girl Frien...

as Henry's Older Child,...

as Henry's Baby, Ruth

as Bridal Shop Owner

as Florida Bookie

as Judy Hill

as Bookie's Sister

as Judge, 1971

as Security Guard with ...

as Drug Buyer

as Prison Guard in Boot...

as Judy Hill (age 10)

as Ruth Hill (age 8)

as Parole Officer

as Stacks' Girl Friend

as Joe Buddha's Wife

as Garbage Man

as Judy Hill (age 13)

as Ruth Hill (age 11)

as Arresting Narc

as Henry's 70's Crew

as Henry Greeter #1

as Henry's 70's Crew

as Bruce's Brother #1

as Henry's 60's crew

as Mr. Tony Hood #1

as Henry's 70's Crew

as Cicero's 60's Crew

as Mr. Tony Hood #2

as City Detective #1

as Cicero's 60's Crew

as Young Henry's Sister...

as Bookie's Sister

as Henry's Baby, Ruth

as Henry's Greeter

as Morris Kessler

as Judge, 1956

as Johnny Roastbeef
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Critic Reviews for GoodFellas

All Critics (74) | Top Critics (16)

All of the performances are first-rate; Pesci stands out, though, with his seemingly unscripted manner. GoodFellas is easily one of the year`s best films.

Full Review… | March 25, 2014
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

GoodFellas, which somehow mixes its horrors with a deep vein of mordant humor, flows with the exuberance of a filmmaker who has every detail nailed and a few new lovely moves he wants to show us.

Full Review… | March 25, 2014
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Spanning thirty years and running two and a half hours, the film bristles with the violent passion, howitzer wit and virtuoso style that made Scorsese's reputation with the gangster drama Mean Streets in 1973.

Full Review… | March 25, 2014
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

In GoodFellas, Scorsese, that connoisseur of mean streets and brutish, reflexive rage, has fashioned a stunning film that belongs on the same lonely, top shelf as Coppola's Mafia saga.

Full Review… | March 25, 2014
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

Robert De Niro gives what has come to be a typical Robert De Niro performance -- understated, sly, ingratiating. Joe Pesci, as the hot-tempered Tommy, steals several scenes from his fellow performers.

Full Review… | March 25, 2014
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

The most profoundly Catholic of contemporary filmmakers, Scorsese has here imagined a world without the slightest notion of sin-everything is permitted, and he is both fascinated and appalled by the total freedom of his characters.

Full Review… | March 25, 2014
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for GoodFellas

Martin Scorsese hits a home-run with this gangster classic. Goodfellas is a ruthless crime-filled biopic highlighting a lifetime vision of American crime families. From the visionary direction to its no-holds-barred performances from Liotta, De Niro & especially Pesci, the film embodies the notorious genre and is still labeled as one of Scorsese's best, as well as the best of the genre. 4/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer

Career criminal Henry Hill reminisces upon his life of crime in this true life story based on an actual FBI case. Goodfellas is the perfect film. It has the perfect blend of drama, gritty violence and humour as we see the dark side of the American dream played out over 25 years of a wise guy's life. The people depicted here do not play by society's rules and have their own set of laws and conventions revolving around the pure pursuit of profit in this, the logical conclusion of capitalism. The livelihoods and lives of others are commodities to be used up and tossed away and life is cheap to these mobsters whose stated obsession with loyalty and family is also soon forgotten for the "big score", leading to total anarchy. The combination of DeNiro, Liotta and Pesci makes for a brilliant triple act and there are so many classic scenes it's easy to lose count. The idea to tell the story in a "Wonder Years" format using one of the best soundtracks ever compiled was a stroke of genius and the post modern conclusion the perfect way to end the story. For me, Goodfellas is the best film ever made. Full stop.

xGary Xx

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