5 Best Lucky Luciano Movies

Saturday, March 12 by Wendy Adams

The 5 best Lucky Luciano movies include fact-based documentary style films and Hollywood style movies about this real life gangster. Charles Luciano earned the nickname Lucky after being forced into a limousine at gun point by three men who beat, stabbed and dumped him on a New York beach—he survived the murder attempt. Lucky Luciano established himself as a modern leader in organized crime by running the Genovese crime family as a corporation.

  1. “Lucky Luciano: Chairman of the Mob” An A&E biography about Lucky Luciano and his New York career of crime. Luciano spent 30 years as the head of the infamous organization Murder, Inc. The story is told using actual footage of people and events.
  2. “Lucky Luciano” This is an unconventional expose about the 1920’s mobster after the U.S. government extradited him back to Italy where he became a powerful chief of the Mafia. Not the typical look at a mobster which tends to be somewhat glamorized and embellished, but more of a matter of fact, idealistic view of life as a Mafioso. Starring Gian Maria Volonte as Charles ‘Lucky” Luciano and several other international actors.
  3. “Mobsters” The rise and fall of the younger generation of mobsters to top positions as leaders in organized crime. The film stars Christian Slater as Charlie “Lucky” Luciano, Costas Mandylor as Frank Costello, Richard Grieco as Bugsy Siegel, and Patrick Dempsey as Meyer Lansky. One of the better mob movies. Good script, great cast makes this a must see movie.
  4. “Bugsy” The story of mobster Bugsy Siegel from the founding of Las Vegas to his murder and his interaction with associates including the head of Murder, Inc. Lucky Luciano. The winner of two Academy Awards, "Bugsy" stars Warren Beatty as Bugsy Siegel, Annette Bening as Virginia Hill and Bill Graham as Charles "Lucky" Luciano.
  5. “The American Gangster” A rich documentary about some of the best known American gangsters like Lucky Luciano, Pretty Boy Floyd, John Dillinger, Al Capone and Bugsy Siegel. The film exposes the illegal activities like prostitution, gambling, bootlegging during prohibition and murder for hire that were vehicles to wealth and power for gangsters in America. Actual film footage and photographs bring the mobster era to life.