The Godfather vs. Goodfellas

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  1. Rob Tomlin

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    I watched The Godfather on DVD this weekend. I forgot how great this film was! I am a huge fan of Martin Scorsese, and I love Goodfellas. But The Godfather was better than I had remembered. Great acting, beautiful cinematography, excellent writing, etc. Now I am struggling with which one I like better! [​IMG]
    Which do you prefer and why?
     
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    1)The Godfather (still the best gangster movie IMHO, the acting is simply superb)
    2)The Godfather II (the greatest sequel ever made)
    3)Goodfellas (probably the best movie of the 1990's)
    11)The Godfather III
     
  3. Joe D

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    They are both movies that can't get much better. I prefer Goodfellas to the Godfather for the overall mood of the picture. Goodfellas is lower level guys fighting, while Godfather is the kings.
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    While I think The Godfather is the better film--by the slightest of margins--I prefer Goodfellas.
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    Well,I have not seen either in a long time.I am gonna get The Godfather set one of theese days,and holding out for the goodfella's se.But,lets not forget casino..I love casino
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    There always has to be one person that says this, but it bares repeating in this case: these are two wholly different films.
    The Godfather is slow, languid, and rich, trying to get you into it's character's mind's, and their world.
    GoodFellas is fast-paced, emotional, stylish, and rich with culture.
    I think I'll do like Jack did: I think The Godfather maybe the better film, but GoodFellas is my favorite between the two.
     
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    I think Goodfellas is a great movie, but...
    I think the Godfather is a much greater movie.
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  12. Rob Tomlin

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    We have three people saying that The Godfather is the better film, but they prefer Goodfellas.
    This seems to be a somewhat contradictory statement to me. If you think one movie is the better movie (in your opinion), why wouldn't it be the movie that you prefer? [​IMG]
     
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    The Godfather is the best gangster movie ever made. Period! Which is why I like it best.
     
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    Fellas 4 Me
    ps. I'm talking about the movie
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    Rob, it's not contradictory at all. Citizen Kane is perhaps the greatest movie ever made, but I'd rather watch Saturday Night Fever.
    SNF is high up on my favourites list and I DO think it's a terrific movie, but I'm not under any delusions about it being one of the best films ever made.
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    I think the thread would've been better titled if it was called The Corleones vs. Pauly's Gang.
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    My vote goes to Henry, Tommy, Jimmy Burke and the rest of the gang.
     
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    b]The Godfather[/b]is the best MOVIE ever made. Of course I read the book first and saw it during it's theatrical release.
    If I had starting watching movies in the 80's then I can see the interest in Goodfellas. Mostly I think it as another white trash gangster movie. Maybe more accurate than The Godfather but not as much fun.
    I never looked at The Godfather as a gangster movie. That would be like saying that Citizen Cane was the best movie about newspaper publishing, or Casablancawas the best movie about nightclub owners, or
    The Graduate was the best movie about college graduation.
     
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    The Godfather is one of my favorite movies. I love The Godfather. Seen it several times, couldn't wait to get the DVD box, watched it immediately, I can't say it strongly enough: I LOVE THE GODFATHER!
    That said, I think GoodFellas is a much better film. (In fact, I'd say it's the best movie I've ever seen.)
    I'm also confused by the idea that you prefer one movie to another when you think the other is better. I don't buy the notion that a solemn, or dramatic, or dignified, or important subject matter makes a movie "better." If I would rather watch Romy & Michele's High School Reunion than Citizen Kane, that's because I think Romy is the better film. (No knock against Kane, a damn good flick. However, it's not in Romy's league. [​IMG])
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    Godfather!
     

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