12 of the best movie trilogies of all time
'The Dark Knight,' 'Star Wars,' 'The Godfather' and more!
3. The 'Godfather' Trilogy
Films: "The Godfather" (1972), "The Godfather: Part II (1974), "The Godfather: Part III" (1990)
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Best of the bunch: This is a good way to start a fight. If you like streamlined gangster awesomeness? The original. If you like epic ambition, "Part II." There is no wrong answer. Unless you say...
Weakest Link: "Part III." Duh.
Why it's a great trilogy: The first movie is the greatest mobster movie ever made. The second movie is a fascinating and heartbreaking evocation of the 20th Century immigration experience and the decaying American Dream. And the third movie, while hampered with myriad, variably crippling flaws, still has more on its mind and more filmmaking bravado than 99.999% of all available films. Even if you don't feel like talking about the thematic richness, you can point to the magnificent performances -- Pacino, Brando, Duvall, DeNiro, Cazale, Garcia and so, so, so many more -- or Gordon Willis' boundary-breaking cinematography, Nino Rota's evocative score and dialogue that's as quotable as it comes.