'The Godfather' is the greatest movie ever made

‘The Godfather’ is the greatest movie ever made

/ 12:27 PM June 20, 2024

'The Godfather' is the greatest movie ever madeMarlon Brando in 'The Godfather'. Image from Paramount Pictures

Marlon Brando in ‘The Godfather’. Image from Paramount Pictures

The legendary portrayals of Don Corleone by Marlon Brando and Michael Corleone by Al Pacino in “The Godfather” serve as reminders to knowledgeable film audiences, film historians, and enthusiasts that “The Godfather” is widely regarded as one of the greatest films ever created. Their magnificent acting in “The Godfather” has been praised for many decades for its authenticity, as they truly immersed themselves in their famous roles, giving performances that will be celebrated for generations to come.

It is impossible to argue against the timeless cinematic quality of “The Godfather,” widely considered a masterpiece directed by Francis Ford Coppola and featuring a young Al Pacino in his breakout role. This is one of the most important movies of all time, and everyone of the right age and maturity levels should watch it for its exposure, knowledge, and awareness of what mastery in film entails.


I have watched “The Godfather” numerous times. I initially viewed it upon its release on DVD in the early 2000s. I discovered it belatedly, yet it engrossed me in the realm of the Cosa Nostra, also known as the Italian Mafia. The narrative primarily unfolds through Don Corleone’s point of view and subsequently shifts to his youngest son, Michael Corleone, who ultimately ascends to the role of the new Godfather.


Who could have anticipated that Mario Puzo’s novel would be adapted into a remarkable film, showcasing the theme of family and the commitment necessary to protect and safeguard its members? Indeed, “The Godfather” contains scenes of violence, including murder, shootouts, and various killings, which are integral elements in the narrative. Due to this reason, “The Godfather” should be viewed by mature individuals who comprehend that films extend beyond love stories, romantic motifs, or conventional, vacuous movies.

Some films are aimed at a more intellectually discerning audience and those who have a deep appreciation for cinematic masterpieces such as “The Godfather.” One must not display ignorance or arrogance towards films such as “The Godfather,” as this cinematic piece offers a deep immersion into its world, going beyond mere glimpses or a superficial experience. A thorough immersion and understanding are provided, emphasizing that the setting, locations, and events depicted in ‘The Godfather’ are either drawn from real events or inspired by them. The existence of the mafia or organized crime, and their persistent presence up to the present time, is irrefutable. No other film can offer a more accurate portrayal of the experience of being involved in that lifestyle without endangering oneself, and for most people, this is as close as one can get to that life.

In addition to its significant influence on the history and future of cinema, “The Godfather” imparts lessons on the importance of family, loyalty, and integrity. “The Godfather” transcends mere quotations, memes, and imagery. “The Godfather” is from a specific era in Hollywood history characterized by films created with genuine intentions, devoid of underlying motives, political undertones, or modern social awareness; it only seeks to represent itself. They were films, as they ought always to be. They were intended for your amusement.

As of now, the performances of Marlon Brando as “Vito Corleone,” Al Pacino as “Michael Corleone,” James Caan as “Sonny Corleone,” and Robert Duvall as “Tom Hagen” continue to be esteemed and celebrated many decades later for their perfection. One reason “The Godfather” has been hailed as a legendary movie is that without the outstanding contributions of these four men, it would not have achieved the status it has obtained.

Al Pacino is fortunate and blessed to have lived to see “The Godfather” become the celebrated movie that it is today. The number of times I have seen clips, videos, and interviews where reporters ask him about his famous role in “The Godfather” is countless. Who would have known that a young actor, whom the studio was mostly against casting but was backed by the movie’s director, Francis Ford Coppola, would ultimately be the deciding factor, aside from the legendary Marlon Brando as Don Corleone, in making “The Godfather” the iconic movie it has been for decades since its release. At this point, Al Pacino has the longest acting career out of any alumni of “The Godfather,” and his name is forever attached to it.

I will always find it fascinating how long and difficult it was for “The Godfather” to be green lit by the movie studio. It was initially an uphill battle because if the studio heads had any inkling of the massive commercial and critical success the movie would have, they would not have hesitated to make it. However, that is all in the past now. “The Godfather” has rightfully earned its place at the top of the greatest films ever made because of its historical, film, and cultural value.


The film “The Godfather” has made a lasting impact on me to the extent that I can still perceive the depth of the actors’ performances when viewing it in its entirety or select scenes. When the term “intensity” is used, it refers to acting with purpose and meeting the requirements of the scene, rather than overacting. It exemplifies fine artistry by the said actors.

If you are an adult and are unable to appreciate any positive aspects of “The Godfather,” it may suggest a lack of discernment in your cinematic preferences.

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That is why it is crucial to remain cognizant, well-informed, and discerning of the essential movies to watch, as their absence would render the history of cinema incomplete. Undoubtedly, “The Godfather” is a film that should be viewed to fully appreciate its perfection.

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