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#1 The Godfather (1972) Director: Francis Ford Coppola Stars: Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan The Godfather is a 1972 American crime film directed by Francis Ford Coppola and produced by Albert S. Ruddy from a screenplay by Mario Puzo and Coppola. Starring Marlon Brando and Al Pacino as the leaders of the fictional Corleone New York crime family, the story spans the years 1945-55, concentrating on the transformation of Michael Corleone from reluctant family outsider to ruthless Mafia boss while chronicling the family under the patriarch Vito. Based on Puzo's best-selling novel of the same name, The Godfather is widely regarded as one of the greatest films in world cinemaand as one of the most influential, especially in the gangster genre. Ranked second to Citizen Kane by the American Film Institute in 2007, it was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry of the Library of Congress in 1990 as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant". The film was the box office leader for 1972 and was, for a time, the highest-grossing picture ever made. It won three Academy Awards for that year: Best Picture, Best Actor (Brando) and in the category Best Adapted Screenplay for Puzo and Coppola. Its nominations in seven other categories included Pacino, James Caan and Robert Duvall for Best Supporting Actor and Coppola for Best Director. The success spawned two sequels: The Godfather Part II in 1974, and The Godfather Part III in 1990.

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A man named after "Scarface" actor Al Pacino was charged Monday in the 2013 murder of an Oakland man, police said. (Universal Pictures)

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A man named after "Scarface" actor Al Pacino was charged Monday in the 2013 murder of an Oakland man, police said. (Universal Pictures)

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A man named after "Scarface" actor Al Pacino was charged Monday in the 2013 murder of an Oakland man, police said. (Universal Pictures)

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A man named after "Scarface" actor Al Pacino was charged Monday in the 2013 murder of an Oakland man, police said. (Universal Pictures)

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Lt. Vincent Hanna (Al Pacino) with an FN FNC in 5.56mm in Heat.

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Lt. Vincent Hanna (Al Pacino) with an FN FNC in 5.56mm in Heat.

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Al Pacino, who has carved a career playing intense characters in film and theater, takes a more comedic turn in the new film "Stand Up Guys." (Associated Press)

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Al Pacino, who has carved a career playing intense characters in film and theater, takes a more comedic turn in the new film "Stand Up Guys." (Associated Press)

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ASSOCIATED PRESS Former New York undercover police officer Frank Serpico, played by Al Pacino in the 1973 movie “Serpico”

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Former New York undercover police officer Frank Serpico, played by Al Pacino in the 1973 movie “Serpico.” (Associated Press) ** FILE **

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Al Pacino and Bobby Cannavale (right) perform in the current New York stage production of “Glengarry Glen Ross,” which has recouped its $3.3 million investment. (Associated Press)

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Al Pacino holds up his award for Best Performance by and Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television for his role in "You Don't Know Jack," at the Golden Globe Awards Sunday, Jan. 16, 2011, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (AP Photo/Matt J. Terrill)