5 Best Jimmy Hoffa Movies

Sunday, March 13 by Wendy Adams

The five best Jimmy Hoffa movies offer a unique look into the life of this charismatic Teamster leader who was instrumental in the rise of organized labor in America. Hoffa mysteriously disappeared forever in 1975. He had controversial connections to the underworld which led to massive speculation regarding his disappearance. The mystery was never solved.

  1. “Hoffa.” A combination of fact and fiction in this account of the life of Jimmy Hoffa (Jack Nicholson) the infamous mob connected Teamster boss, told mainly in flashbacks and from the point of view of his right hand man Bobby Ciaro (Danny DeVito). The film suggests Hoffa and Ciaro were both gunned down in a restaurant parking lot as an explanation of Hoffa’s disappearance in 1975. Danny DeVito directed this all star cast.
  2. Where’s Jimmy Hoffa.” This documentary style film uses real footage, interviews, and dialogue with Jimmy Hoffa to document the life and times of this infamous mob connected Teamster leader. Hoffa was a favorite target of Attorney General Bobby Kennedy and served four years of a thirteen year sentence for attempted bribery, fraud and jury tampering, until President Nixon pardoned him in 1971. The explanation of Hoffa’s disappearance is pure speculation.
  3. Jimmy Hoffa – The True Story." An A&E documentary style biography about the rise to power of Teamster leader Jimmy Hoffa and his disappearance in 1975. Hoffa’s body was never found leading to a variety of speculation based accounts about his mysterious disappearance. The documentary is enhanced by the use of real footage documenting the events of Hoffa’s life.
  4. Blood Feud." Originally made for television, this film stars Robert Blake as James Riddle "Jimmy” Hoffa the notorious mob connected Teamster boss who rose to power and was a target of Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy (Cotter Smith). This is likely the most accurate account of the facts surrounding the life of Jimmy Hoffa.
  5. F.I.S.T." "F.I.S.T." is Hollywood’s version of the rise of the labor movement in America. The movie stars Sylvester Stallone and borrows pages of content from history and the facts surrounding the life of Jimmy Hoffa. An interesting depiction of the labor movement’s rise to power, corruption, Jimmy Hoffa’s life, and the investigations of labor unions by a Senate committee.