Mob movies are a part of our movie history – and where there are great mob movies, there are great quotes. It was hard to cull the list down to 10, but I think I did it. Please don’t fit me for cement shoes and make me sleep with the fishes if you disagree with what I came up with.
“I’ll make him an offer he can’t refuse.” Don Corleone, The Godfather
If I really wanted to, I could populate this whole list solely from this movie and its sequel, but that wouldn’t be fair to the other mob movies. This is the line that most people tend to quote from The Godfather. Of course, they try to do it in Marlon Brando’s jowly, mumbly style.
“I know it was you Fredo. You broke my heart. You broke my heart!” Michael Corleone, The Godfather Part II
This is one of the most powerful scenes in the movie. Michael Corleone gives his brother Fredo the kiss of death. Yeah, we know how that one ended. It also made me leery of fishing for a while.
“You mean, let me understand this cause, ya know maybe it’s me, I’m a little f—-d up maybe, but I’m funny how, I mean funny like I’m a clown, I amuse you?” Tommy DeVito, Goodfellas
This was the scene that made Joe Pesci famous. It’s a fantastic scene that shows how fast he could go from being calm to being a raging, homical lunatic. It made you fear him.
“That black book’s a joke. It’s only got two names in it for the whole country. And one of them’s still Al Capone.” Nicky Santoro, Casino
Yes, It’s another Pesci appearance. It’s like a race between him and Al Pacino to see who can get the most appearances on this list. It makes me wonder though… how would a fight between Santoro and Tommy DeVito go? It’d be one with a lot of violence and swearing at each other.
“I always tell the truth. Even when I lie.” Tony Montana, Scarface
Here’s another movie that I could just take 10 quotes from and call it a day. Pacino makes another appearance on this list and he deserves to be there for his fiery performance as Montana. I was tempted to use “Say hello to my little friend!” but this one won out for me.
“I didn’t ask for that and I don’t want it. Goodbye Leo.” Tom Reagan, Miller’s Crossing
A highly underrated movie, this line is so defiantly spoken to bat down the offer of forgiveness. The Coen brothers made a great movie here and this scene deserves to be here.
“Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in!” Michael Corleone, The Godfather Part III
Yup. Another Pacino appearance. No, he’s not paying me to put him in here. This was a very mediocre movie in comparison to the other two, but this was a very powerful line.
“Did he sound anything like that?” Eliot Ness, The Untouchables
Another great movie with an abundance of great lines, particularly Robert De Niro as Al Capone. This was the scene that really grabbed me though, as Kevin Costner’s Eliot Ness served up some long-awaited justice. The first time that we saw it in the theater, people cheered.
“You a gangster now. You can’t learn it in school…you can’t have a late start.” Carlito, Carlito’s Way
Pacino again. What can I say? The man is good in roles that center around the mob or organized crime. This is one is a bleak statement about what people have to do to enter that lifestyle.
“What Freud said about the Irish is: We are the only people who are impervious to psychoanalysis.” Colin Sullivan, The Departed
It’s kind of fitting that Matt Damon’s Colin Sullivan was the one who spoke this line. His character was a sociopathic dirty cop who had no moral compunction about diminishing his badge by serving a master from the underworld.
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