De niro and joe pesci offered a virtuoso display of the director's bravura cinematic technique in the film and re-established, enhanced, and consolidated his reputation after the film was released roger ebert, a friend and supporter of scorsese, named goodfellas the best mob movie ever and is ranked no 1 on roger's.
It's hard to imagine that the obsessive and frenetic martin scorsese ever endured blue periods in his career, but twenty years ago, he was going through one on the eve of the i was told that goodfellas is the most expensive movie soundtrack in history de niro: that's kind of a classic mob-guy thing. Its director, martin scorsese, was drawn to the 1986 book wiseguy, by new york crime reporter nicholas pileggi, because it was the most authentic portrayal of gangsters he had ever no other film gets mentioned more in terms of influences on goodfellas than françois truffaut's classic jules et jim.
It's a rare thing for a movie to be both as loved by teenage boys as it is by learned film critics, to be celebrated for its quotability as it is for the cinematic mastery of its director and yet martin scorsese's goodfellas, 25 years old this month, has managed just that if it's on, you watch it if you catch it halfway.
Mean streets was robert de niro and martin scorsese's first film collaboration the duo went on to make seven more features together, including crime genre classics such as goodfellas, taxi driver, and casino more from mental floss studios.
Twenty-five years later, martin scorsese's masterpiece is unequaled in its understanding of the horrifying realities—and dark appeal—of a life of organized crime.