Scarface (1983) vs Goodfellas (1990): Gangster Movie Face-Off

Gangsters are generally not the kind of people you want to get on the bad side of, and the genre is as old as celluloid itself, with some incredible films showing just how brutal their world is. Look away from The Godfather if you’re a fan of horses (or James Caan for that matter), check out the various and often shocking headshots in The departed, Casino‘s torture with a vise, or even the brutal double death with a baseball bat in the same film. It’s a wonder why we find these characters so fascinating, but that’s the point – we love them!

Over the past few years, the genre has seen some more exciting episodes, but among the many films with gangsters, there are not many that can be hailed as true classics. The Irishman was an interesting if somewhat flawed return to the genre for Martin Scorsese, while action films and franchises such as John Wick and None looks to take the crime genre in a more high-octane direction. That’s no bad thing, but this Face-Off takes a closer look at two titans of the genre, both from revered directors still working today – Scarface and Goodfellas. What could be more enticing than pitting firebrand Tony Montana against Tommy DeVito and company? Well, maybe Tommy’s mom is a home cook!

So which of these films will sit down to enjoy a sumptuous dinner made by Scorsese’s mother, and which will say hello to my little friend? There’s only one way to find out… OVERVIEW!

This episode of Face-Off was written by Adam Walton, narrated by Chris Bumbray and edited by Ric Solomon. But don’t let us have the last word – let us know in the comments which epic gangster movie is your pick! De Palma’s Scarf or Scorsese’s Goodfellas?

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