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Encyclopedia > List of Mafia movies

This is a list of movies about the Mafia and organized crime. The Mafia, also referred to in Italian as La Cosa Nostra (variously translated as This Thing Of Ours or Our Thing), is the name for a secret criminal organization which evolved in mid-19th century Sicily, and led to an offshoot on the East Coast of the United States, emerging... Organized crime is crime carried out systematically by formal criminal organizations. ...

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Mafia: Definition and Much More from Answers.com (6204 words)
The underlying assumption of the Mafia was that legal authorities were useless and that justice must be obtained directly, as in the vendetta.
The Mafia began a steep decline in the late-1970s and early 1980s due in part to laws, such as the RICO Act that made it a crime to belong to an organization that performed illegal acts, and to programs such as the witness protection program.
In the mid-20th century, the Mafia was reputed to have infiltrated many labor unions in the United States, notably the Teamsters, whose president Jimmy Hoffa disappeared and is widely rumored to have been killed by the Mafia.
Mafia at AllExperts (4832 words)
The Mafia's power in the United States peaked in the mid-20th century, until a series of FBI investigations in the 1970s and 1980s somewhat curtailed the Mafia's influence.
From this, the Mafia began to spread its roots among the landowners and politicians of Sicily.
The Sicilian Mafia is organized into cosche (clans) in Sicily; in other regions there exist other similar organisations: 'Ndrangheta in Calabria, Sacra corona unita in Apulia, Camorra in Naples, the Stidda in southern Sicily.Although the different crime empires do business with each other, these are separate and distinct organisations from the Sicilian Mafia.
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