Mean Streets (1973), dir. Martin Scorsese

A street gangster in Little Italy tries to balance between his Mafia ambitions and his moral obligations. A personal look at the underbelly of 1970’s New York City that questions the compatibility of religion in modern life. Martin Scorsese’s “breakthrough” film, done with a limited budget and featuring a small cameo of the director himself. Excellent acting from the young Harvey Keitel and Robert DeNiro in their first major roles. A year later, De Niro would play the young Vito Corleone in Coppola’s The Godfather II.

“You don’t make up for your sins in church. You do it in the streets. You do it at home. All the rest is BS and you know it.”

Mean Streets Cast: Robert De Niro, Harvey Keitel, David Proval