In both the novel and film, The Godfather, the Stracci family although the smallest is the best disposed crime family of the Five New York Families. From its beginnings the family's Don was Victor Stracci. The Stracci Family, along with the Tattaglia, Barzini and Cuneo are the families to invest on Sollozzo's heroin trade market. The Stracci Family fights in the war against the Corleones. After Don Corleone declares peace between all of the five families, he promises not to break the peace and thus, Victor Stracci, Emillio Barzini, Philip Tattaglia, and Ottilio Cuneo each have their families take away territory from the Corleones. Later, after Don Corleone's death, Barzini attempts to assassinate Vito's son and heir, Michael, in order to get hold of all Corleone turf.
Don Stracci survived Michael's massacre of his enemies, and after his death in the 1970s, he was succeeded by his brother Mario, who was murdered in Atlantic City in 1979, along with some bosses.
The Stracci crime family is largely based on the Colombo and DeCavalcante crime families. Like the Colombos, the Straccis are the weaker crime family of New York City and of low influence at the National level, while like the DeCavalcantes are mostly influential in New Jersey.