One of the best mafia films of all time, arguably the best work of director Martin Scorsese, and a crime classic.
Stars: Ray Liotta (Henry Hill), Robert De Niro (Jimmy Conway), Joe Pesci (Tommy DeVito), Loraine Bracco (Karen Hill)
Based on the book "Wiseguy" by Nicholas Pileggi, and based on the true story of Henry Hill, an American mobster who was an associate of the Luccese Family of New York. The story starts in the 1950's, the "old days" of the mafia, before things got the way they are at present day. Hill starts out working at a small cabstand as an after school job, but ends up earning a lot more money, learning to score, here and there. The owner of the cabstand, Tuddy, brother of Paulie Cicero (the boss of the family) offers his affection and wisdom. Hill spends much of his time at the cabstand, and eventually drops out of school. Henry goes on to be an associate working for Paulie in illegal activities.
The movie is a dynamic, and is put together wonderfully, with flashback scenes, and clever narrations.
The movie Casino
, also by Scorsese, which was released a few years later, has some similarities to Goodfellas, besides the fact that Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci star in it, as well.
As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a gangster.
You know, we always called each other goodfellas. Like you said to, uh, somebody, :You're gonna like this guy. He's all right. He's a good fella. He's one of us.: You understand? We were good fellas. Wiseguys.