When it comes to epic criminal sagas, The Godfather trilogy is, well, truly the godfather of all of them. While “The Godfather Part III” has its merits, the first two entries in Francis Ford Coppola’s classic film series are its most essential.
Based on the bestselling Mario Puzzo novel, the “The Godfather” saga centers on the fictional Corleone family, whose patriarch, Vito (played by both Marlon Brando and Robert DeNiro), emigrated from Italy to the United States. and becomes the leader of a mafia dynasty. . “The Godfather” depicts Vito’s final years, while its sequel, “The Godfather II”, presents two chronologies: one follows Vito’s journey from Italy and his early years in the United States, while the another follows his son, Michael (Al Pacino) as he takes over the family business as a new Don. Together, the two films offer a vast saga of power, corruption, family, tradition, duty, loyalty and betrayal.
Widely regarded as one of the greatest films ever to be made, “The Godfather” and “The Godfather II” won a total of 21 Oscar nominations and 9 wins between them. Like “Scarface,” these richly captivating films highlight the dangers of power and the dark side of the American dream.