The American film industry has been besotted with the Italian-American mafia ever since they formed their gangs. What started off as a brand new venue for extortion in the 1930s, soon turned into a well of inspiration for Hollywood - making the dons into larger than life characters, and creating a signature style statement.
Theirs has been a give and take relationship that has come with its own set of pitfalls and ginormous profits. Here we take a look at the films and stars that put some shine on them.
Text: Aparanjeetha Sambandan