My Favorite Francis Ford Coppola Films

* * * * (Out of * * * *)

1.   Apocalypse Now (1979)

2.   The Conversation (1974)

3a. The Godfather (1972)
3b. The Godfather Part II (1974)

4.   Rumble Fish (1983)

5.   The Rain People (1969)

6.   The Cotton Club (1984)

7.   One from the Heart (1982)

* * * 1/2 (Out of * * * *)

1.   The Godfather Part III (1990)

13 thoughts on “My Favorite Francis Ford Coppola Films

  1. It’s amazing to think The Conversation came in between the first two Godfathers, when Coppola had some down time. It’s one of Coppola and Hackman’s finest.

    PS. I’ve enjoyed your recent updates and have left comments on a few of them. Sadly some haven’t appeared. Maybe WordPress has flagged them as spam. If you could check your spam folder I’d appreciate it.

  2. Thank you for the kind words 🙂 One of them actually entered the spam area but I removed it from there (it was your reply to my Coen brothers list). You will be happy to know that I took it from there and it is now under the replies there. I know WordPress can occasionally be a pain. You would think they would know by now that anything from you is not spam. I sincerely apologize for any problems this might have caused you 🙂

    Anyway, it sure is amazing that The Conversation came out in between the first two Godfathers. In fact, Coppola has cited that one along with The Rain People, Apocalypse Now, Rumble Fish and I believe Youth Without Youth and Tetro as his personal favorites of his own films. Anyway, thanks for dropping by 🙂

  3. Hi John,
    Happy Halloween. My daughters are going to see the current Halloween tonight at the IMAX. I was going to go along, but they told me I had to dress up and I bailed out. Anyway, here’s the Halloween movies I’ve watched so far…Peeping Tom (I love this film. It’s very psychologically twisted but, unlike, Pete, I prefer Psycho.) An American Werewolf in London (One of my favorite horror films), The Bride of Frankenstein (again, it’s one my favorites), The Spiral Staircase (I really appreciate this under seen and early offering in the serial killer genre) and Bram Stoker’s Dracula (I just have an affinity for this film even with all of it’s flaws, most notably Keanu Reeves. He almost ruined the whole movie. One of the worst performances in a major movie ever, in my opinion.)
    I’d love to see your list when you get the time.

  4. Hey there Pam, Happy belated Halloween to you as well 🙂 I was busy yesterday giving out candy to trick-or-treaters 🙂 Believe it or not, I actually got 115 trick-or-treaters in total 🙂 I can understand bailing out on going to a movie If you had to dress up 🙂 Interesting to hear, what your daughters will think of it 🙂 As for the horror films that I have watched over the Halloween season are:

    1. The Birds (1963) (Dir: Alfred Hitchcock)
    2. Night of the Living Dead (1968) (Dir: George A. Romero)
    3. Dawn of the Dead (1978) (Dir: George A. Romero)
    4. The Evil Dead (1981) (Dir: Sam Raimi)
    5. Evil Dead II (1987) (Dir: Sam Raimi)
    6. Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992) (Dir: David Lynch)
    7. The Thing (1982) (Dir: John Carpenter)
    8. Halloween (2018) (Dir: David Gordon Green)
    9. Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986) (Dir: John McNaughton)
    10. Re-Animator (1985) (Dir: Stuart Gordon)
    11. From Beyond (1986) (Dir: Stuart Gordon)
    12. Halloween (1978) (Dir: John Carpenter)

    As you have guessed, I love them all 🙂 Once again, keep those comments coming 🙂

  5. That’s a great list, John. I wanted to watch Re-Animator too, but didn’t get around to it.
    My daughters loved Halloween 2018. How did you like it?
    The original Halloween is one of my oldest daughter’s favorite movie’s.

  6. My number one Coppola film is Apocalypse Now Redux (yes I prefer the added footage to the original film. I’m one of those. Ha!) followed by the Original Godfather. Number 3 and 4 is where it gets tricky. If I were just going purely by my gut reaction, I’d throw out all the stuff I’ve learned about film and what film should be, I’d put The Conversation as number one; but I can’t do that. I know too much to dot that. Technically Apocalypse Now–not Redux–is a better film than The Conversation. It just is. And so is Godfather and Godfather II. That’s what makes it tricky and personal. And wonderful.

  7. I personally love all the cuts of Apocalypse Now so when you see that film in my number one spot I could easily be talking about all of the versions. Interesting ranking there as always Pam 🙂 Even though I personally feel that Apocalypse Now is the better film, The Conversation is still my second favorite and had he not directed Apocalypse Now, The Conversation would be in my number one spot. But yeah rankings are always hard. Anyway, thanks for dropping by 🙂

  8. Yeah. I don’t mean to belabor the point. My personal favorite list of films is different from the best films of all time list. My personal favorite film is McCabe & Mrs. Miller, but I don’t think it’s the greatest movie of all time. That I would be, I have to say is, All is Quiet on the Western Front. But it’s very hard for me to do that, to narrow it down to just ONE film, but I can do it.

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