5 Best John Gotti Movies

Friday, March 11 by Wendy Adams

The 5 best John Gotti movies are a combination of factual biography, Hollywood embellished tales and real footage of the events and characters surrounding John Gotti through his rise to power and ending with his death in prison. John Gotti was the last of his kind. He was often called the "Teflon Don" because of his ability to escap conviction and the "Daper Don" for his obsession with his appearance and his elaborate wardrobe.

  1. “John Gotti: A Mafia Story” An A&E home video about John Gotti who began his career as a youth leading a street gang in his Rockaway neighborhood and climbed the latter to become the revered head of the Gambino crime family after murderin Paul Castellano. Nicknamed the “Teflon Don” because his many jury trials failed to convict him. Gotti was finall taken down when Sammy Gravano testified against him. Gotti died in prison of throat cancer. Interesting documentary that uses real footage and surveillance photographs to tell the story.
  2. “Gotti: The Rise and Fall of a Real Life Don” An accurate account John Gotti (Armand Assante) who started his career of crime as the leader of the Rockaway Boys, a local street gang. His rise to power began when he joined the Gambino family and murdered his way to become the head of the Gambino family. John Gotti became the last true icon of organized crime.
  3. “Getting Gotti” A made for television movie about John Gotti starring Anthony John Denison and Diane Giacalone (Lorraine Bracco) the assistant District Attorney and the battle to bring John Gotti, the Teflon Don, to justice.
  4. “The Gambinos: First Family of Crime” The A&E biography about Carlo Gambino, Paul Costellano and John Gotti ran the most powerful crime family in America told with real footage, interviews and conversations depicted the real events of the rise to power of the Gambinos and what it took for John Gotti to rise to the top of the family.
  5. “Witness to the Mob” An accurate account of the rise and fall of John Gotti in the Gambino family including the murder of Paul Castellano that brought Gotti to power and how he was brought down by Sammy Gravano. Starring Tom Sizemore as John Gotti, Nicholas Turturro as Sammy "The Bull" Gravano and Abe Vigoda as Paul Castellano.