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1972 | 'The Godfather'

Francis Ford CoppolaThe Godfather (movie)Martin Scorsese
Francis Ford Coppola took an operatic approach to the unforgettable scenes of violence in the film, including Sonny's death at a toll booth and the ruthless demise of Michael's enemies during his daughter's baptism. It paved the way for a new era of gangster films from such directors as... Silver Screen Collection / Getty Images