One summer day in New York in 1945, `Godfather` Don Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando) received many joys in life.

Released in 1972, The Godfather was adapted from the novel of the same name by Mario Puzo, revolving around the fights and power struggles of criminal gangs.

Speak Softly Love – Andy Williams

`Speak Softly Love` performed by Andy Williams, with music by Nino Rota and lyrics by Larry Kusik.

The work changes the audience’s perception of crime films, especially gangster movies.

The Godfather – on the contrary – is built with violent, underworld fighting scenes.

Not stopping at building a criminal world, Coppola and the author of the original novel Puzo together created a work that makes viewers ponder the nature of good and evil.

The film also incorporates messages about family values and life principles.

Many segments in the movie became classics.

'The Godfather' - classic crime film

Movie trailer `The Godfather`

Trailer `The Godfather`.

As soon as it was released, The Godfather shocked both critics and audiences, grossing 243 million USD compared to a budget of six million USD.

Success created conditions for Francis Ford Coppola to make two sequels, creating a classic trilogy: The Godfather 2 (1974) and The Godfather 3 (1990).

In April 2017, the crew reunited to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the film’s premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Actor Al Pacino said: `It was a great script… At that time we were so young and inexperienced, we didn’t really know what filmmaking was.`

'The Godfather' - classic crime film

Marlon Brando (right) and Salvatore Corsitto in `The Godfather`.

Many actors such as Antonio Banderas, David Duchovny or basketball player Lebron James all choose The Godfather as their favorite work.

The work became the inspiration for later crime films such as Goodfellas, The Sopranos series, Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul… In March 2016, Vince Gilligan – creator of Breaking Bad – praised the work.

The Godfather has a 98% fresh score in both the `Critics` and `Audience` categories on Rotten Tomatoes.