Today's Reelz Recommends: The Best Mob Movie (that Coppola or Scorsese Didn't Direct)
Posted 09.25.12 by Chris
What movie? 1997's Donnie Brasco, starring Al Pacino and Johnny Depp. Depp plays an FBI agent who goes undercover to infiltrate the mob but goes in too deep. The movie is based on a book about the true story of FBI agent Joesph Pistone, who infiltrated the Bonanno crime family in the 1970s.
Why we recommend it: For some reason mob movies are a hard nut to crack. Unless you're last name is Coppola or Scorsese, odds are your mob movie is going to suck but somehow director Mike Newell, who went on to direct Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and Love in the Time of Cholera, pulled it off with Donnie Brasco. It doesn't help that Pacino also stars. Guess the challenge now is to find a good mob movie that doesn't star Pacino or Robert De Niro AND wasn't directed by either Coppola or Scorsese.
Made guy: Tom Cruise was initially cast to play Brasco but when the production was delayed Cruise dropped out and Depp took the role.
Where to watch it: Donnie Brasco is available on Netflix, Amazon, and iTunes.