The show The Sopranos became an instant success for HBO after it premiered in January of 1999. The story of Tony Soprano finding the balance between his family life and his career as a mob boss was not only entertaining but always kept audiences on their toes and critics raving about the performances from the series main cast.
The finale episode at the end of season six left fans divided as to whether or not Tony Soprano lived and left everyone wanting more. In 2019, it was announced that there would be a feature film based on the hit series, but until that is released, here are a few films that might hold fans over.
For fans of The Sopranos who tuned in week after week, drawn by the suspenseful storylines, Uncut Gems starring Adam Sandler is a perfect match.
This suspenseful drama highlights another man who makes a living working in crime but is not nearly as good as Tony Soprano. Sandler’s charter, Howard, owns a jewelry store, but of course, is always juggling other deals, including one that involves a very rare stone, or at least that’s what Howard thinks.
This 2013 feature starring Christian Bale, Amy Adams, and Jennifer Lawerence received a lot of critical acclaim and a slew of award nominations upon its release.
This story is about another crime family who is forced by an FBI agent to set up a sting operation against corrupt politicians. It’s based on the true story of what happened in the late ’70s with Abscam, making it an even more interesting film to add to your watchlist.
The Sopranos writing is so good because it is shrouded in mystery and suspense, which keeps audiences glued to their screens and coming back for more week after week.
The suspenseful mystery drama, Mystic River, released in 2003 and starring Sean Penn has similar elements and themes, making it hard for a viewer to look away, while at the same time, the level of suspense and the “who-done-it” nature of the story, will make audiences squirm in their seats.
The Sopranos is not only well-loved for its drama and suspense but also the gore and violence. Some of the scenes over the course of the six seasons of the series are graphic and would make even the toughest fan a little squeamish, but those same scenes are also widely entertaining in the way that they are choreographed and directed, some are even a little humorous.
The feature Seven Psychopaths has a similar effect on its audiences, with a healthy balance of violence and laughs.
Tony Soprano is such a well-loved character because he gave people an inside look into the mind of a criminal mob boss. It was one of the first shows to really depict a villain-type character as the protagonist and central character.
Viewers found themselves rooting for the bad guy without even realizing it and when they did realize it, they didn’t care. David Fincher’s Gone Girl will have the same effect on a viewer because sometimes, it’s okay to root for the “bad guy”.
Double Indemnity is a classic film noir, released in 1944, and was nominated for seven Academy Awards in 1945, but walked away without any wins. Over the years, this film as only grown in popularity and critical acclaim, with some critics deeming it the best film noir of its time and the film that set the standard for the genre.
The title of the film comes from a clause in insurance payouts that says a reward on an insurance claim can be doubled if the cause of death is accidental.
For fans who loved the late James Gandolfini, this film is a must-see and one of the actor’s last performances before his early death in 2013.
Critics have praised James’ work as Albert in the film, which was a very different kind of role than James’ previous work. This film is a lot more lighthearted than The Sopranos, being considered a romantic-comedy, but it proves James’ talent and how great and committed he was in every role he took.
Call Me: The Rise And Fall Of Heidi Fleiss
Another breakout star from The Sopranos series was Jamie-Lynn Sigler, who played Meadow, Tony’s daughter on the show. Sigler was praised for her performance as the troubled, tough, and spoiled teen in a crime family and the series made the young actress a household name.
For fans who found Meadow relatable and entertaining, the film Call Me: The Rise and Fall of Heidi Fleiss, also stars Sigler in the title role and really shows off the actress’ talent and commitment to her roles.
Edie Falco is arguably one of the most talented actors of our generation and her performance as Tony Soprano’s wife, Carmela Soprano, solidified her talent in film and television.
Edie Falco has an incredible ability to transform and really become every character she plays, so it’s always exciting to see what she does next. The film Sunshine State, which came out in 2002, stars Edie Falco as Marly Temple, a vastly different character than what she plays on The Sopranos, but equally as brilliant.
While The Sopranos focuses on an Italian mob boss and his family and life of crime, Scorsese’s The Departed, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Matt Damon, focuses on an Irish mob boss.
This film is full of twists and turns, and violence and drama, and will definitely be loved by fans who tuned into The Sopranos every week to see what kind of trouble Tony got himself into and also, how he got himself out.