Here is our list from one of the most quotable movies of all time, Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather Trilogy.
1. The Godfather (1972)
'I’m going to make him an offer he can’t refuse.' - Don Corleone (The Godfather) Click To Tweet
Based on Mario Puzo’s novel of the same name, the story focuses on the powerful Italian-American crime family, which is headed by Don Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando).
Don Corleone: Do you spend time with your family?
Johnny Fontane: Sure I do.
Don Corleone: Good. Because a man who doesn’t spend time with his family can never be a real man.
Clemenza: Sonny’s running wild. He’s thinking of going to the mattresses already.
[to Rocco who has killed Paulie in the car]
Clemenza: Leave the gun. Take the cannoli.
Michael Corleone: [to Sonny] It’s not personal. It’s strictly business.
Michael Corleone: When Johnny was first starting out, he was signed to this personal services contract with a big band leader. And as his career got better and better, he wanted to get out of it. Now, Johnny is my father’s godson and my father went to see this band leader and offered him ten thousand dollars to let Johnny go, but the band leader said no. So the next day, my father went to see him, only this time with Luca Brasi and within an hour he signed the release for a certified check of one thousand dollars.
Kay Adams: How did he do that?
Michael Corleone: My father made him an offer he couldn’t refuse.
Kay Adams: What was that?
Michael Corleone: Luca Brasi held a gun to his head, and my father assured him that either his brains or his signature would be on the contract. That’s a true story.
[cut to Johnny singing again before going back to Michael]
Michael Corleone: That’s my family Kay, that’s not me.
[after Michael notices Apollonia Vitelli for the first time]
Calo: [in Sicilian] In Sicily, women are more dangerous than shotguns.
[teaching Apollonia to drive, then speaking in Sicilian]
Michael Corleone: It’s safer to teach you English!
[Apollonia replies in Sicilian]
Apollonia: I know English. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday, Saturday.
[during the meeting with the Five Families]
Don Corleone: You talk about vengeance. Is vengeance going to bring your son back to you or my boy to me?
Michael Corleone: I’m working for my father now Kay. He’s been sick, very sick.
Kay Adams: But you’re not like him Michael. I thought you weren’t going to become a man like your father. That’s what you told me.
Michael Corleone: My father is no different than any other powerful man, any man who is responsible for other people, like a senator or a president.
Kay Adams: You know how naive you sound?
Michael Corleone: Why?
Kay Adams: Senators and presidents don’t have men killed.
Michael Corleone: Oh. Who’s being naive, Kay?
Michael Corleone: Fredo, you’re my older brother, and I love you. But don’t ever take sides with anyone against the Family again. Ever.
[speaking to Carlo]
Michael Corleone: Only don’t tell me you’re innocent. Because it insults my intelligence. Makes me very angry.
2. The Godfather: Part II (1974)
‘My father taught me many things here. He taught me in this room. He taught me; “Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer.”’ - Michael Corleone (The Godfather: Part II) Click To Tweet
Sequel and prequel in which the story is presented in parallel dramas, where one continues the story of Michael Corleone (Al Pacino), the new Don of the Corleone crime family, and the prequel covers the journey of his father, young Vito Corleone (Robert De Niro), from his Sicilian childhood to the founding of his family enterprise as an immigrant in New York City.
Hyman Roth: Good health is the most important thing. More than success, more than money, more than power.
Tom Hagen: It would be like trying to kill the President, there’s no way we can get to him.
Michael Corleone: If anything in this life is certain, if history has taught us anything, it is that you can kill anyone.
Michael Corleone: I know it was you, Fredo. You broke my heart. You broke my heart!
Vito Corleone: I make him an offer he don’t refuse. Don’t worry.
Vito Corleone: I’m not interested in things that don’t concern me.
3. The Godfather Part III (1990)
'Never hate your enemies. It affects your judgment.' - Michael Corleone (The Godfather Part III) Click To Tweet
Final installment of trilogy, where an aging Don Michael Corleone seeks to legitimize his family’s business and remove himself from the violent underworld, while taking his nephew Vincent Mancini (Andy García) under his wing.
Michael Corleone: Friendship and money. Oil and water.
Michael Corleone: Never let anyone know what you are thinking.
Michael Corleone: Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in.
Michael Corleone: [in Italian] Politics and crime, they’re the same thing.
Don Altobello: The richest man is the one with the most powerful friends.
Michael Corleone: When they come, they come at what you love.
[making his confession]
Michael Corleone: I betrayed my wife.
Cardinal Lamberto: Go on, my son.
Michael Corleone: I betrayed myself. I killed men. And I ordered men to be killed.
Cardinal Lamberto: Go on, my son. Go on.
Michael Corleone: It’s useless.
Cardinal Lamberto: Go on, my son.
Michael Corleone: I killed, I ordered the death of my brother. He injured me. I killed my mother’s son. I killed my father’s son.
[Michael breaks down]
Cardinal Lamberto: Your sins are terrible, and it is just that you suffer. Your life could be redeemed, but I know that you don’t believe that. You will not change.