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There are two films in Martin Scorsese's oeuvre, which, for me, make the legendary American filmmaker stand in the same league as Dreyer, Kurosawa, Bergman, Kubrick, Fellini, Bunuel, Tarkovsky, Bresso...
Leonardo DiCaprio had done to our teenage hearts what typically puberty does to the human body. We were amazed at the then 20-something Leo's good looks, his ability to take the girl out of the rich man's grasp and, when the end came, we were shattered by his death. It was as if a real person had lost his life before us. The madness started thereafter.
There is an oft-asked question: Is Goodfellas the greatest gangster film of all time? The answer to that question isn't simple. For, while I firmly believe that The Godfather movies (1 and 2) are the greatest gangster pictures of all time, Goodfellas is perhaps the finest.