"You know, we always called each other goodfellas. Like you said to, uh, somebody, 'You're gonna like this guy. He's all right. He's a goodfella. He's one of us. You understand?' We were goodfellas. Wiseguys."
When it comes to gangster movies, you just can't beat this one. based just on its for charismatic energy alone. Goodfellas is my favorite Martin Scorcese film, for several reasons, but one of the main ones being the manner in which he pays close attention to the minute details that the members of a 60's-70's mafia family engage in for the sake of maintaining the lifestyle that they have so become accustomed to. Scorcese manages to utilize his accumulated experience in the way that only an accomplished director can, by progressing the story in a manner that shows how the mafia type of self-contained lifestyle can only eventually crumble in on itself as the "normal" world outside of the Cosa Nostra continually changes and evolves.
What it comes down to is, no matter how much of a goodfella you think you may be, in the end, you will always end up either in prison, getting whacked, or the worst of 'em all, living the rest of your life like a schnook.