THE GODFATHER PART III (1990)
Part III often gets a bad wrap but I think this is clearly unfair. True, it is not as good as the first two, but it remains a great and worthy film nonetheless. Pacino is remarkably sad and world weary. (This is where the King Lear influence is most pronounced.) Repentance is the theme here. From Michael's confession, to his son's stage debut, from the church's dealings with the Godfather, to the disguised and lethal assassin, everything is intertwined with religion. The film is both operatic and sweepingly tragic with Coppola making his most personal mark in this final entry. It's interesting how Michael Corleone's and Coppola's sacrifice are slightly mirrored. In both cases, Sofia Coppola is the price that's paid. Ultimately, the first two entries help elevate this film, with the saga reaching its satisfying conclusion. Simply put: the Godfather trilogy remains among the top five finest trilogies ever made.
Director: Francis Ford Coppola