In the quest to watch engaging content, countless streaming services offer access to new titles. Modern-day content can appear on any screen with just a few taps. But one reliable source of entertainment comes from the past in the form of Goodfellas. How does this 30-year-old film hold up so well with its particular subject matter to this day? For starters, it never really left. It\u2019s best to learn from the master and many gangster movies that followed can trace inspiration right to Goodfellas. So, that begs two questions inseparably related to one another. What made this film so enduring, and what made it so fundamental to the genre? \u201cWe were goodfellas, wise guys\u201d \u201cIt\u2019s just a watchable movie,\u201d states Glenn Kenny, author of Made Men: The Story of Goodfellas. The book released on September 15, a date just four days shy of the movie\u2019s U.S. release date of September 19 thirty years ago. Its Amazon synopsis states the book offers a history of the Scorsese movie, but also sings the movie\u2019s praises in abundance. It points out the movie's \u201chailed by critics as the greatest mob movie ever made.\u201d RELATED: The Making Of \u2018The Godfather\u2019 Is Being Brought To Life In A 10-Episode Dramatic Series Titled \u2018The Offer\u2019 \u201cIt doesn\u2019t feel all that dated,\u201d Kenny prefaced in his search for an explanation about this movie\u2019s endurance. \u201cThere aren\u2019t a lot of films like Goodfellas being made nowadays, but if you look at recent gangster pictures, they\u2019ve all got a foot in Goodfellas somehow or other. That speaks to not just the influence of it, but also to that the way it was made is still a pertinent and viable way to make gangster pictures.\u201d All pieces fell into place "I don\u2019t think we would have The Sopranos without Goodfellas," Kenny insists. Indeed, Goodfellas had several talented minds behind it. The movie is an adaptation of the nonfiction book Wiseguy. The author, Nicholas Pileggi, actually co-wrote the screenplay with director Martin Scorsese. Pileggi himself conducted intense research for his book and any extra information he gathered later went to stars Robert DeNiro, Joe Pesci, and Ray Liotta. The trio of stars then could improvise with relevant information in mind. Perhaps this helped Goodfellas with one of its most surprising traits that made it timeless: relatability. For the most part, many of the men in the film display abhorrent behavior. But the film navigates that content allowing the audience to condemn the bad and observe what Kenny calls a "comedic element, even a shock comedic element." Absurdity engages the audience but the relatable elements keep them present in more ways than one. He goes on, "There is this sense of macho camaraderie that threads through the film until those points where it turns bad. So that\u2019s the thing, if you\u2019re a guy and you\u2019re hanging out and you\u2019re bullshitting with your friends, it can have that kind of tone, except in your situation, with normal lawful human beings, you don\u2019t kill each other." How many times have you seen this film? What keeps you coming back?