Category:Films about Jewish-American organized crime
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The following 15 pages are in this category, out of 15 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
The following 15 pages are in this category, out of 15 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. Billy Bathgate (film) – Billy Bathgate is a 1991 American gangster film directed by Robert Benton, starring Loren Dean as the title character and Dustin Hoffman as real-life gangster Dutch Schultz. The film co-stars Nicole Kidman, Steven Hill, Steve Buscemi, although Billy is a fictional character, at least four of the other characters in the film were real people from 1930s New York. The screenplay was adapted by British writer Tom Stoppard from E. L, doctorows novel of the same name. However, Doctorow distanced himself from the film for the deviations from the book. Billy Behan is a teenage boy from the Bronx. One day he catches the attention of gangster Dutch Schultz, changing his last name to Bathgate, after a local street, he goes to work for Schultzs organization, serving mostly as a gopher for Schultz. Billy is present when Schultz murders his former partner Bo Weinberg, Schultz then begins a relationship with Weinbergs beautiful, married, girlfriend, Drew Preston. Facing legal charges in a court in upstate New York, Schultz brings Billy and he successfully charms the locals, presenting himself as charming and good natured. While his boss Dutch stands trial, Billys job is to watch over Drew and his loyalties to Schultz are tested as he begins falling in love with the flirtatious Drew. Realizing that Drew is about to be killed, Billy calls her husband, having beaten the rap in court, Dutch is indicted again on federal tax evasion charges. He wants to have federal prosecutor Thomas Dewey murdered, but his request is rejected by the Mafia Commission, Schultz sends Billy to another gangster with some bribe money, but the effort is rejected. When Billy returns with the bad news, he and Schultz have an out and Billy is fired by Schultzs associate Otto. As Billy leaves, he is abducted and beaten by gangsters working for Lucky Luciano, the men storm Dutchs hideout and kill everyone inside. Billy is taken before Luciano, who warns him that he knows where Billys family lives and it has a Rotten rating of 47% on Rotten Tomatoes. The movie debuted at No.4 and underperformed against its $48 million budget, the film received a nomination for the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture. Billy Bathgate at the Internet Movie Database Billy Bathgate at Rotten Tomatoes Billy Bathgate at Box Office Mojo
2. Bugsy – Bugsy is a 1991 American crime-drama film directed by Barry Levinson which tells the story of mobster Bugsy Siegel and his relationship with Virginia Hill. It stars Warren Beatty as Siegel and Annette Bening as Hill, as well as Harvey Keitel, Ben Kingsley, Elliott Gould, the screenplay was written by James Toback from research material by Dean Jennings 1967 book We Only Kill Each Other. The film received acclaim from critics, including Roger Ebert, and was nominated for ten Academy Awards, as of 2016, the film is the most recent to receive more than one nomination in the Best Supporting Actor category. A directors cut was released on DVD, containing an additional 13 minutes not seen in the theatrical version, gangster Benjamin Bugsy Siegel, who works for the New York mob, goes to California and instantly falls in love with Virginia Hill, a tough-talking Hollywood starlet. The two meet for the first time when Bugsy visits his friend, actor George Raft, on a film set and he buys a house in Beverly Hills from opera singer Lawrence Tibbett, planning to stay there while his wife and two daughters remain in Scarsdale. As a representative for his associates Meyer Lansky and Charlie Luciano, mickey Cohen robs Dragnas operation one day. He is confronted by Bugsy, who decides he should be in business with the guy who committed the robbery, not the guy who got robbed. Cohen is put in charge of the casinos, Dragna is forced to admit to a raging Bugsy that he stole $14,000. After arguments about Virginias trysts with drummer Gene Krupa and a variety of bullfighters and Siegels reluctance to get a divorce, on a trip to Nevada to visit a gambling joint, Bugsy comes up with the idea for a hotel and casino in the desert. He obtains $1 million in funding from lifelong friend Lansky and other New York mobsters, reminding them that in Nevada, Bugsy tries everything to ensure it gets completed, even selling his share of the casino. Bugsy is visited in Los Angeles by former associate Harry Greenberg, Harry has betrayed his old associates to save himself. He has also run out of money, from a combination of his gambling habits, though he is Harrys trusted friend, Bugsy has no choice but to kill him. He is arrested for the murder, but the witness is a cab driver who dropped Harry off in front of Bugsys house. The driver is paid to leave town, Lansky is waiting for Bugsy outside the jail. He gives a satchel of money to his friend, Charlie doesnt have to know about it, he tells Bugsy, but warns, I cant protect you anymore. The Flamingos opening night is a failure, and $2 million of the budget is unaccounted for. He tells her to keep it and save it for a rainy day and he then tells Lansky never to sell his share of the casino because he will live to thank him someday. Later that night, Bugsy is shot and killed in his home, Virginia is told the news in Las Vegas and knows her own days could be numbered
3. The Cotton Club (film) – The Cotton Club is a 1984 American crime-drama film centered on a Harlem jazz club of the 1930s, the Cotton Club. The film was co-written and directed by Francis Ford Coppola, choreographed by Henry LeTang, and starred Richard Gere, Gregory Hines, Diane Lane, the supporting cast included Bob Hoskins, James Remar, Nicolas Cage, Allen Garfield, Laurence Fishburne, Gwen Verdon and Fred Gwynne. Despite performing poorly at the box office, the film was nominated for awards, including Golden Globes for Best Director and Best Picture and Oscars for Best Art Direction. The film, however, also earned a Razzie Award nomination for Diane Lane as Worst Supporting Actress, a musician named Dixie Dwyer begins working with mobsters to advance his career but falls in love with the girlfriend of gangland kingpin Dutch Schultz. A dancer from Dixies neighborhood, Sandman Williams, is hired with his brother by the Cotton Club, a club where most of the performers are black. Owney Madden, a mobster, owns the club and runs it with his right-hand man, Dixie becomes a Hollywood film star, thanks to the help of Madden and the mob but angering Schultz. He also continues to see Schultzs moll, Vera Cicero, whose new nightclub has been financed by the jealous gangster, in the meantime, Dixies ambitious younger brother Vincent becomes a gangster in Schultzs mob and eventually a public enemy, holding Frenchy as a hostage. Sandman alienates his brother Clay at the Cotton Club by agreeing to perform a number there. Dutch Schultz is violently dealt with by Maddens men while Dixie and he hired William Kennedy and Francis Ford Coppola to re-write Mario Puzos story and screenplay. Evans eventually decided that he did not want to direct the film, Richard Sylbert claimed that he told Evans not to hire Coppola because he resents being in the commercial, narrative, Hollywood movie business. Coppola claimed that he had letters from Sylbert that ask him to work on the film because Evans was crazy, the director also said that Evans set the tone for the level of extravagance long before I got there. Coppola accepted the jobs as screenwriter and then director because he needed the money – he was deeply in debt from making One from the Heart with his own money. By the time Evans decided not to direct and brought in Coppola, las Vegas casino owners Edward and Fred Doumani put $30 million into the film. Other financial backers included Arab arms dealer Adnan Khashoggi, and vaudeville promoter Roy Radin, according to William Kennedy in an interview with Vanity Fair, the budget of the film was $47 million. However, Coppola told the head of Gaumont, Europes largest distribution and production company, according to Splitsider, Richard Pryor was considered for the role of Sandman Williams. Robert Evans wanted to cast his friend Alain Delon in a role as Lucky Luciano. The role of Luciano was instead portrayed by Joe Dallesandro, starting the film career for the former Warhol Superstar. Author Mario Puzo was the screenwriter and was eventually replaced by William Kennedy who wrote a rehearsal script in eight days which the cast used for three weeks prior to shooting
4. The French Connection (film) – The French Connection is a 1971 American crime thriller film directed by William Friedkin and produced by Philip DAntoni. It stars Gene Hackman, Fernando Rey, and Roy Scheider, the film was adapted and fictionalized by Ernest Tidyman from the 1969 non-fiction book by Robin Moore. It tells the story of New York Police Department detectives Jimmy Popeye Doyle and Buddy Cloudy Russo, whose real-life counterparts were Narcotics Detectives Eddie Egan and it was the first R-rated movie to win the Academy Award for Best Picture since the introduction of the MPAA film rating system. It also won Academy Awards for Best Actor, Best Director, Best Film Editing and it was nominated for Best Supporting Actor, Best Cinematography and Best Sound Mixing. Tidyman also received a Golden Globe Award nomination, a Writers Guild of America Award, a sequel, French Connection II, followed in 1975 with Gene Hackman and Fernando Rey reprising their roles. The American Film Institute included the film in its list of the best American films in 1998, in 2005, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant. In Marseille, a detective is following Alain Charnier, a wealthy French criminal who runs the largest heroin-smuggling syndicate in the world. The policeman is assassinated by Charniers hitman, Pierre Nicoli, Charnier plans to smuggle $32 million worth of heroin into the United States by hiding it in the car of his unsuspecting friend, French television personality Henri Devereaux. In New York City, detectives Jimmy Popeye Doyle and Buddy Cloudy Russo are conducting an undercover stakeout in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. After seeing a drug transaction take place in a bar, Cloudy goes in to make an arrest, after catching up with their suspect and severely beating him, the detectives interrogate the man, who reveals his drug connection. Later, Popeye and Cloudy go out for drinks at the Copacabana and they decide to tail the couple, and soon learn that the Bocas, who run a modest newsstand luncheonette, have criminal records, Sal for armed robbery and murder, and Angie for shoplifting. The detectives suspect that the Bocas, who frequent several nightclubs and they soon establish a link between the Bocas and lawyer Joel Weinstock, who is part of the narcotics underworld. Soon after, Popeye learns from an informant that a shipment of heroin will arrive in the New York area. The detectives convince their supervisor, Walt Simonson, to wiretap the Bocas phones, Popeye and Cloudy are joined in the investigation by a federal agent named Mulderig. Popeye and Mulderig dislike each other based on having worked together in the past, Charnier soon realizes he has been observed since his arrival in New York. He makes Popeye and escapes, waving tauntingly on the departing subway shuttle from Grand Central Terminal, to avoid being tailed, he has Sal Boca instead meet him in Washington D. C. where Boca asks for a delay to avoid the police. Charnier, however, wants to conclude the deal quickly so he can return to France, on the flight back to New York, Nicoli offers to kill Popeye, but Charnier objects, knowing that Popeye would be replaced by another policeman. Nicoli insists, however, saying they will be back in France before a replacement is assigned, soon after, Nicoli attempts to shoot Popeye from the roof of Doyles apartment complex but misses
5. Hoodlum (film) – The film concentrated on Ellsworth Bumpy Johnson, Dutch Schultz, and Lucky Luciano. After being paroled from Sing Sing, Bumpy Johnson returns to Harlem to resume his old life and he is welcomed back by his cousin, Illinois Gordon as well as Stephanie Madame Queen St. Clair (Cicely Tyson}, the monarch reigning over the numbers racket in Harlem. The psychopathic Dutch Schultz, a Mafia associate who reports to mob boss Charles Lucky Luciano runs the numbers rackets in downtown New York and his gang has been crowding into Harlem, terrorizing residents to only play the numbers with his operation. While hanging on the one afternoon with Illinois and his girlfriend Mary, Bumpy meets one of Marys friends. She and Illinois talk trash to each other, with her disapproving of the numbers rackets Illinois is involved in, Bumpy introduces himself to her and is obviously interested. They meet again in a nightclub and dance together, Bumpy walks Francine home and they debate the effect of gambling in Harlem on its citizens. At her door, she says that he could do anything he wanted and he responds that he has written some poetry and then recites a poem to her, about her beautiful eyes. Dutch Schultz asks to partner with the Queen, who declines the offer, later a hit is ordered by Dutch on the Queen, however Whispers and Bumpy repel the attackers. The Queen instructs Johnson to avoid bloodshed, but Schultzs men grow increasingly violent, Bumpy and Dutch start a devastating war with each other. In one of Dutchs attempts on Bumpys life, Dutch employs two big hit men and they break into Bumpys home, killing two of his bodyguards and making their way up to the bedroom, where Bumpy and Francine are. They attack Bumpy and Francine in the bathroom, one of them is killed and the scene culminates in Francine having to shoot the other just as he is about to kill Bumpy. They hold each other on the floor of the bathroom, covered in blood, more and more people are killed, including the sixteen-year-old Tyrone, who begged Bumpy to let him become a numbers runner for him. One afternoon, Bumpy and Francine are having a split in his favorite ice cream parlor. Bumpy notices in the nick of time that the split has almonds on it, Francine is already to dig in when Bumpy stops her. Suddenly, the mounts, Bumpys men rush all the regular citizens out of the parlor. After questioning the terrified owner, Bumpy finds out that it was the new boy, Jimmie, who made the split, Bumpy invites him over to the table where he asks him to eat the split. The kid makes all kinds of excuses and is also terrified, after more threatening, he confesses it was one of Bumpys closest men, Vallie, who set Bumpy up. Bumpy sends Francine out of the parlor and forces the kid to eat the poisoned ice cream, Bumpy, Illinois, Whispers and two other of his men take Vallie to a private pool hall and question Vallie about the set-up
6. L.A. Confidential (film) – L. A. Confidential is a 1997 American neo-noir crime film directed, produced and co-written by Curtis Hanson. The screenplay by Hanson and Brian Helgeland is loosely based on James Ellroys 1990 novel of the same name, like the book, the film tells the story of a group of LAPD officers in 1953, and the intersection of police corruption and Hollywood celebrity. The title refers to the 1950s scandal magazine Confidential, portrayed in the film as Hush-Hush, however, he supported Hansons casting decisions and this gave the director the confidence to approach Kevin Spacey, Kim Basinger, and Danny DeVito. The film grossed $126 million worldwide and was acclaimed, holding a 99% rating at Rotten Tomatoes. It was nominated for nine Academy Awards, winning two, Basinger for Best Supporting Actress and Hanson and Helgeland for Best Adapted Screenplay, it lost every other category to Titanic. In 2015, the United States Library of Congress selected the film for preservation in the National Film Registry, finding it culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant. In early 1950s Los Angeles, Sergeant Edmund Ed Exley, son of the legendary LAPD detective Preston Exley, is determined to live up to his fathers reputation and his intelligence, insistence on following regulations, and cold demeanor contribute to his isolation from other officers. He exacerbates this resentment by volunteering to testify in the Bloody Christmas case in exchange for a promotion to Detective Lieutenant. This goes against the advice of Captain Dudley Smith, who states that a detective should be willing to shoot a guilty man in the back for the greater good. Exleys ambition is fueled by the murder of his father, killed by an unknown assailant, officer Wendell Bud White, whom Exley considers a mindless thug, is a plainclothes officer obsessed with violently punishing woman-beaters. One such incident leads him to confront a former cop named Leland Buzz Meeks, White comes to dislike Exley after Whites partner, Dick Stensland, is fired due to Exleys testimony in the Bloody Christmas scandal. The Nite Owl case, a multiple homicide at a coffee shop, Sergeant Jack Vincennes is a narcotics detective who moonlights as a technical advisor on Badge of Honor, a popular TV police drama series. He is providing Sid Hudgens, publisher of the Hush-Hush tabloid magazine, three African Americans are initially charged with the Nite Owl murders, and later killed in a shootout. Although the Nite Owl crime initially looks like a robbery, Exley. He begins a relationship with Lynn Bracken, a Veronica Lake look-alike prostitute, the body count rises when White searches a storage room under Lefferts mothers house, and finds the decomposed corpse of Meeks. When Vincennes approaches Smith with the evidence he has found with Exley, Smith shoots Vincennes, who utters Rollo Tomasi before dying, the origin of which Exley told Vincennes in confidence. Exleys suspicions are aroused when Smith asks him who Rollo Tomasi is, during an interrogation of Hudgens, Smith arranges for White to see photos of Bracken sleeping with Exley, which sends White into a rage. Confident that White has gone after Exley to kill him, Smith kills Hudgens, Exley investigates and discovers Meeks and Stensland used to work closely with Smith
7. Lansky (film) – Lansky is a 1999 American made-for-television crime drama film. Directed by John McNaughton, it stars Richard Dreyfuss as the famous gangster Meyer Lansky, Eric Roberts as Bugsy Siegel, the movie circuits around flashbacks of Lanskys life, first showing Lansky as an old man looking for a rock to put on his grandfathers grave in Jerusalem. Upon seeing soldiers of the Israeli Defense Force, Lansky expresses regret that his grandfather never lived to see them, as he walks through a tunnel, he catches sight of an old man. He recalls how at the age of 10, he witnessed an elderly Jew being bludgeoned to death with an axe during a pogrom, later, as the shtetl is burning down, his parents hastily pack up their valuables and prepare to flee to America. His father suggests, You think I should fight, the setting then changes to the Lower East Side, Manhattan. After his mother gives him money to go buy challah for Shabbat and he then returns home penniless and deeply ashamed. Later, Benjamin Siegel and Lansky are eyeing the Irish-American boy who operates the craps game, Lansky makes his bet, and as hes throwing the dice, the owners friend slides him some dice. Certain that the game is rigged, Lansky shouts that he has won the bet, the Irish boy pushes at the young Lansky, Lansky pushes him back, and then the teenagers friend slides out his knife and cuts Lanskys arm. Siegel come into the scene and hits the knife-wielding kid with a brick, as Lansky and Siegel are walking down the docks they see the Irish kid who bet against them in the alley. The Irish kid is shouting Irish words about him being Jewish, Lansky jumps into the sea where the Irish kid is hanging about, Lansky then goes under water and slits the Irish kids neck. As the blood is sliding around in the water, the returns to Lansky as an old man drinking wine with the Jewish man. The Jewish man goes to pray in the synagogue, the film then shows Lansky owning the crap games as a kid. Lansky goes into an alley to count his money, where he meets Charles Lucky Luciano, when Luciano tells him to give protection money, the gang starts beating Lansky. Luciano takes a liking to Lanskys guts, and they work together selling illegal alcohol. Bugsy, Luciano and Lansky are making their way driving the truck carrying alcohol and they are ambushed by Arnold Rothsteins associates. Luciano and Lansky make a deal, saying they will give them one truck full of alcohol, when Lansky, Bugsy and Luciano get into the truck, it is revealed that the truck was full of empty suitcases. Impressed, Rothstein invites them to his house for a sit-down and he offers Bugsy and Lansky a job to work for him, as he knows Lansky is smart. After Rothstein is taken out, Meyer and Bugsy work with Luciano to take over the world, killing the Italian bosses Joe Masseria
8. Little Odessa (film) – Little Odessa is a 1995 American crime drama film written and directed by James Gray, in his directorial debut, and starring Tim Roth, Edward Furlong, Moira Kelly and Vanessa Redgrave. The film earned a Silver Lion at the Venice Film Festival and it also earned admiration from French master Claude Chabrol. The film follows the relationship between a father, Arkady Shapira, his terminally ill wife Irina, and his two sons, Joshua and Reuben. Joshua, the elder, is a hit-man for the Jewish-Russian mafia in Brooklyn, after things go sour Joshua executes a man at a phone booth, which angers the mafia. Alla asks Reuben if he has seen Joshua anywhere and the three go together to see a movie, eventually Reuben takes Joshua home to see his parents again, but Arkady kicks him out. Joshua then meets up with friends who have captured a man who assaulted the mafia, Joshua, the next day, when Reuben is riding his bike, two men push him to the ground and tell him that Joshua is a dead man. With the mafia looking for him, Joshua stays at Allas, two mafiosi who are looking for Joshua search Allas neighborhood. Reuben finds out one of Joshuas accomplices where Alla lives and rides there on his bike to warn his brother. One of the mafia finds Alla outside hanging out washing and shoots her before escaping, Reuben finds Allas body and shoots the second would-be assassin. Joshua arrives on the spot and sees somebody behind the sheet that Alla had hung out to dry, without warning one of Joshuas gang members shoots this person through the sheet, believing he is one of the men looking for him. When he looks behind the sheet, he sees that he killed Joshuas brother Reuben and he runs off before Joshua can show up. Afterwards Joshua takes his brothers body, wrapped in the sheet, natasha Little Odessa at the Internet Movie Database Little Odessa at Box Office Mojo Little Odessa at Rotten Tomatoes
9. Mobsters – Mobsters is a 1991 American crime film directed by Michael Karbelnikoff. It details the creation of The Commission, set in New York City, taking place from 1917 to 1931, it is a semi-fictitious account of the rise of Charles Lucky Luciano, Meyer Lansky, Frank Costello, and Benjamin Bugsy Siegel. This highly dramatized film focuses primarily on Luciano and Lansky and they start as young men victimized by the current mafia. They rise from petty criminals and bootleggers to push aside the old guard of the Mafia and eventually establish The Commission, Bugsy Siegel and Frank Costello control the physical elements of the operation, while Lucky Luciano and Meyer Lansky bring up the business end. The film is generally in line with historical truth, the Castellammarese War from 1928 to 1931, is never named. Mara Motes is a character of fiction based in part on Lucianos girlfriend, however, two major events are depicted inaccurately, the death of Vincent Mad Dog Coll and the death of Faranzano/Maranzano. In early 1932, Dutch Schultz killed Coll in a Manhattan telephone booth, the film was almost-universally panned by critics earning a 6% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 32 reviews. According to Roger Ebert, the violence and bloodshed are so far over the top that they undermine the rest of the film. He gave the two and a half out of four stars. Both Anthony Quinn and Christian Slater were each nominated for a Razzie Award as Worst Supporting Actor for their performances in this film, Slater said he was hoping that the film would be like Bugsy but this didnt happen. Our movie ended up in bits and pieces all over the world and they had different versions flying to Japan, Europe and every other place. There were extended versions, shortened versions, all kinds of weird versions, in my opinion, audiences never got to see a full film. Somewhere in all that mess, there was a legitimate story and it was there in the script. The movie debuted at No.2 behind Terminator 2, Judgment Day, Mobsters at the Internet Movie Database Mobsters at the TCM Movie Database Mobsters at AllMovie Mobsters at Box Office Mojo Mobsters at Rotten Tomatoes
10. Murder, Inc. (film) – Murder, Inc. is a 1960 American gangster film starring Stuart Whitman, May Britt, Henry Morgan, Peter Falk, and Simon Oakland. The Cinemascope movie was directed by Burt Balaban and Stuart Rosenberg, the screenplay was based on the true story of Murder, Inc. a Brooklyn gang that operated in the 1930s. Falk plays Abe Reles, a thug who led the Murder, Inc. gang and was believed to have committed thirty murders. The film was the first major role for Falk, who was nominated for a best supporting actor Academy Award for his performance. In his 2006 autobiography, Just One More Thing, Falk said that Murder, the movie was the first film directed by Rosenberg, who later won acclaim for films that included Cool Hand Luke, and also launched Stuart Whitmans career as a leading man. A more highly fictionalized film on the basic events, The Enforcer, starring Humphrey Bogart, was released in the United Kingdom with the title Murder. Their first job is to kill Walter Sage, a Catskill resort owner who has been holding back slot machine profits from Lepke, to get close to Sage, Reles forces singer Joey Collins, an old crony of Sage who owes Reles money, to help him. Reles and his henchman kill Sage, Reles visits Joey and threatens to kill him and his dancer wife Eadie if they tell anyone about the murder. Reles later returns to the apartment when Joey is gone and brutally rapes her, despite her urging Joey refuses to run away, and this causes him and Eadie to split up. Reles continues to carry out assassinations at Lepkes direction, Reles reconciles with the couple by giving them a luxurious apartment filled with stolen goods. Under police pressure, Lepke hides out from the police at Joey and he treats Eadie like a maid. District Attorney Burton Turkus takes over the law enforcement campaign against Murder, Lepke orders the death of the entire Brownsville gang as well as Joey and Eadie. Eadie visits Turkus and becomes an informant, as does Joey and he then confronts Reles, who has been arrested, in his cell, and threatens to testify against him. In fear of that, Reles agrees to testify against Lepke in exchange for reduced charges and he provides a detailed account of the activities of Murder, Inc. Turkus puts Joey and Reles in protective custody and hides them at the Half Moon Hotel in Coney Island, Eadie comes to visit Joey, imploring him to testify against Lepke. Joey is reluctant, fearing the mob will kill Eadie in revenge, despondent, Eadie slips her police escort and wanders alone on the beachfront, where she is murdered. Later that night, Reles is thrown out the window by an assassin, Joey avenges his wifes death by testifying against Lepke, who is executed. Vincent Gardenia, who became an acclaimed actor for his performance in Moonstruck