Updated: Jan 27, 2022
“The Godfather” (1972)
Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola.
By Ilan Ben Yuda
Proof that a true gangster doesn't need flash to show his power, this quiet masterpiece of a film tells the story of an aging patriarch handing over the reins of his mob empire to his reluctant war hero son.
The Godfather is the Godfather of mob movies. It towers in the genre as a beacon for other films. But what kind of Boss is the Godfather? Marlon Brando's character showed us a villain who cares about his community – who protects them and helps them in their careers and debts.
Not afraid to be affectionate to his cat or his wife, and staying away from the drug trade entirely, he's a man with his own code that he follows to the letter. He was a man we could look up to, as many would – the movie was made for roughly $6 million and grossed more than $245 million world wide. So if the choice is between this movie and watching fairytale or fantasy, I think it's pretty clear you'll be seeing Don Corleone again soon.