The Friday Night Flicks series continues in April in the Abbott Room of Belfast Free Library, 106 High St. The free screenings begin at 7 p.m.

Since the 1930s, tales of gangsters have fascinated movie audiences and some of the greatest filmmakers of all time have brought such tales to the screen. In April, the Belfast Free Library’s Friday Night Flicks series will showcase four of cinema’s greatest directors and their takes on the subject of crime and punishment.

Francis Ford Coppola’s “The Godfather” and its sequel “The Godfather Part II” often are cited as among the greatest films of all time. Both won the Academy Award for Best Picture, and Marlon Brando and Robert DeNiro won individual Oscars. Al Pacino, James Caan and Robert Duvall also “made their bones” in these films. “The Godfather” will be screened Friday, April 2 and “The Godfather Part II” will be presented the following week, on April 9.

The films of the Coen Brothers, Joel and Ethan, are known for their clever plotting, witty dialogue and stellar acting. “Miller’s Crossing,” a Prohibition era tale of friendship and betrayal among the bootleggers, is no exception. Albert Finney, Gabriel Byrne and Marcia Gay Harden star in the 1990 film, which will be screened April 16.

No selection of gangster films would be complete without Martin Scorsese’s masterpiece “Goodfellas.” Based on Nicholas Pileggi’s telling of the true story of mob associate Henry Hill’s rise and fall in the world of organized crime, its stars Ray Liotta, Robert  DeNiro and Joe Pesci. “Goodfellas” will be shown on April 23.

Finally, on April 30, Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe face off in another true tale, that of heroin kingpin Frank Lucas and the  dedicated cop who swore to bring him down. “American Gangster,” directed by Ridley Scott, was nominated for two Academy Awards.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.