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5 Movies to See Before Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman

Frank Sheeran (Robert De Niro) in The Irishman

One of the most anticipated if not THE most anticipated film of the year is Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman. 

Scorsese is returning to the gangster genre that has for better or worse defined his legendary career. Joining Scorsese, are three actors who are quite familiar with the Cosa Nostra. Robert De Niro, reuniting with Scorsese for the first time since 1995 (excluding the 2015 short film The Audition), Joe Pesci, returning to the screen for the first time since 2010, and Al Pacino, appearing in a Scorsese picture for the very first time.

The film is based on Charles Brandt’s book I Heard You Paint Houses, and it chronicles mobster Frank Sheeran’s (De Niro) last years as he looks back on his relationship and dealings with mafia head Russell Bufalino (Joe Pesci) and their involvement with the disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa (Pacino). It has premiered in limited theaters to rave reviews. Currently on Rotten Tomatoes, it is at a 96% approval rating with over 200 reviews. The majority of critics are praising the film’s profound elegiac tone that is always hanging over the characters as they navigate through their choices in life.

Ultimately, this is not your typical gangster film but rather a film that is contemplative and might actually be the final chapter of the genre itself. On November 27, the film will finally premiere nationwide on Netflix! But before you and your family decide to spend your Thanksgiving weekend watching it, instead of those amusement park films ;)

Here are five films from Scorsese and the actors that you should revisit before watching The Irishman

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Jersey Boys

Since its premiere on Broadway back in 2005, Jersey Boys, has gone on to become one of the most successful musicals of the 2000s. This musical have received countless rave reviews, four Tony Awards, and has also taken its production to different cities around the world. So, it should come at no surprise that this very successful musical has had a film adaptation in the works since 2010. Although the early production hit some minor bumps in the road (there were even some rumors that Warner Bros. dropped the film plans), in 2013 Jersey Boys finally found its footing and was set to recreate the magic of the original production.

John Lloyd Young in Jersey Boys

John Lloyd Young in Jersey Boys

Jersey Boys follows the journey of four young men who were trapped by their surroundings. Growing up in New Jersey, Tommy DeVito (Vincent Piazza), Frankie Valli (John Lloyd Young), and Nick Massi (Michael Lomenda) expected their lives to go one or two ways. Men their age either ended up in the Army or ended up in the mafia, but either way most ended up dead. However, these men dreamed of something bigger. They dreamed of becoming famous and making hit songs. After meeting up with songwriter Bob Gaudio (Erich Bergen), the boys from Jersey were able to fulfill their dreams of becoming a musical act as big as Sinatra. Unfortunately, as soon as success comes there way so does more difficulties and problems. Their friendship and loyalty are tested as the four of them try to endure as a group that went on to become a musical act that defined a generation.

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