By almost any account, the Godfather movies are monuments to the landscape of American cinema. Of course, there are differences of intent and achievement between the three, but the first, The Godfather (1972), stands in popular and critical opinion as one of the enduring works of American cinema.
The position of The Godfather Part II (1974) is almost equal to that of the fist, not only in its art, but in its approach, as a symbol of the American as a flawed American hero rare in American films from the early 1970s. Is. Empire. The Godfather Part II brings up the theme of redemption present in Coppola's vision from the very beginning.
It is natural to consider these films as a trilogy dealing with the continuation of a directorial vision of the century working through economic crime and punishment in the inner sanctum of an American dynasty.
As a commercial venture, The Godfather and, to a lesser extent, The Godfather Part II were blockbusters. In its time, The Godfather was one of the most profitable films of all time. It is said that over the years, the trilogy grossed over a billion dollars.