Francis Ford Coppola is an American director and screenwriter. He is best known for creating the Godfather films, which were based on his 1972 novel of the same name.

Coppola started his career as a film critic and short story writer for The New Yorker. In 1969, he released a book about his experiences as a director called A Tree of Night.

Who Is Francis Ford Coppola?

He made his first film in 1969 with Jack Nicholson in One from the Heart. He wrote the screenplay for Apocalypse Now in 1979, which won two Oscars and became one of the most influential films of all time.

Coppola directed The Godfather Part II and The Godfather Part III in 1974 and 1990 respectively and won Best Director Oscars for both films.

Best Francis Ford Coppola Movies

 Let’s take a look at Coppola’s best films.

1. The Godfather         

The Godfather is a 1972 American crime film directed by Francis Ford Coppola and produced by Albert S. Ruddy, based on the novel of the same name by Mario Puzo.

It stars Al Pacino as Michael Corleone, a New York City Mafia family leader.

The story follows Michael’s attempt to live outside the law with respect to the Mafia while expanding his criminal empire through Las Vegas, using his territory for smuggling and drug trafficking.

The film was a critical and commercial success but received mixed reviews from some film critics in its initial release. Many praised Coppola’s direction and Pacino’s performance, while other critics dismissed it as an overblown epic that failed to capture the spirit of its source material.

In subsequent decades, however, opinion has been much more positive; critics have praised it as one of the greatest films of all time and its artistic qualities have been cited as having influenced future filmmakers such as Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg.

The Godfather
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  • Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan (Actors)
  • Francis Ford Coppola (Director) - Francis Ford Coppola (Writer) - Albert S. Ruddy (Producer)
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  • English (Subtitle)

2. The Godfather Part II            

 The Godfather Part II is a 1972 American crime film directed by Francis Ford Coppola, co-written with Mario Puzo and starring Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Diane Keaton, James Caan, Talia Shire and Richard Castellano. It is the second installment in Coppola’s The Godfather Trilogy and the dramatic sequel to The Godfather (1972).

The Godfather Part II was released on June 29, 1972. It received critical acclaim upon release and is now considered one of the greatest films ever made. The film won three Academy Awards for Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor (De Niro) and Best Original Score (Nino Rota).

The film continues where its predecessor left off: the rise of crime boss Vito Corleone (Pacino) from 1920s Sicily to 1945 New York City through his reluctant mentee Michael Corleone (De Niro), who must assume control after his father’s assassination.

The Godfather Part II
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  • Al Pacino, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton (Actors)
  • Francis Ford Coppola (Director) - Francis Ford Coppola (Writer) - Gray Fredrickson (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

3. Apocalypse Now

 Apocalypse Now Francis Ford Coppola is a 1979 American epic war film written, co-produced and directed by Francis Ford Coppola. The film stars Martin Sheen, Laurence Fishburne and Harrison Ford in his first lead role as Captain Willard.[4]

The film was shot in the Philippines from February to April 1979, and was released on May 19, 1979, after extensive editing. It is the second installment in Coppola’s Vietnam War tetralogy; the first being Apocalypse Now (1979) and followed by The Outsiders (1983), Rumble Fish (1983), and Peggy Sue Got Married (1986).

The film received critical acclaim, particularly for its visual style, dramatic structure and performances. Filmed in native technicolor using Panavision lenses on location in Kowloon Walled City in Hong Kong and also at Shepperton Studios in England, it is noted among critics for its elaborate use of slow motion sequences during battle sequences.[5]

Apocalypse Now
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  • Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, Martin Sheen (Actors)
  • Francis Coppola (Director) - John Milius (Writer) - Francis Ford Coppola (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

4. The Conversation

The Conversation Francis Ford Coppola is a film about the making of The Godfather, an American crime thriller film directed by Francis Ford Coppola. The film was released in 1994 and stars Gene Hackman, Robert Duvall and Diane Keaton.

It was written by Coppola’s nephew Roman Coppola and William Finkelstein, based on interviews with Coppola and other participants in the production of the film.

The Conversation was screened at the Cannes Film Festival before its general release in December 1994. It received mostly positive reviews from critics and holds a rating of 85% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 51 reviews.[1]

Plot [ edit ]

The film’s plot revolves around a private investigator who uses his skills to investigate his wife’s murder, while his mistress attempts to get close to him in order to find out what he knows about the case.

Production [ edit ]

The Conversation was filmed primarily on location in Los Angeles, California. Many scenes were shot at Times Square, including one where Keaton’s character is talking with a prostitute who is taking orders over a pay phone at a newsstand near Times Square.[2] In addition, some scenes were shot at John Adams High School

Conversation, The
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  • Gene Hackman, John Cazale, Frederic Forrest (Actors)
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5. Bram Stoker’s Dracula          

 It is a testament to the power of the novel that, even now, nearly a century after its publication, Dracula remains a staple of film and television. The novel has spawned two sequels and countless adaptations over the years.

The most famous adaptation of Bram Stoker’s 1897 gothic horror novel is perhaps Francis Ford Coppola’s 1992 film starring Gary Oldman as Count Dracula.

In many ways, it’s a classic vampire story: a young man named Jonathan Harker (Keanu Reeves) travels to England to meet with Lord Godwin (Anthony Hopkins), who is acting on behalf of his employer, Mr. Mina (Winona Ryder).

While there, he meets Lucy Westenra (Winona Ryder), who has come to visit her friend Mina. During their tour of Dracula’s castle, she is bitten by Dracula himself and dies from blood loss within a few hours.

During Jonathan’s stay at Dracula’s estate, he learns that Lucy has been bitten by Dracula while they were together in Transylvania and he decides to help her survive until sunrise when she will become human again

Bram Stoker's Dracula
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  • Gary Oldman, Winona Ryder, Anthony Hopkins (Actors)
  • Francis Ford Coppola (Director) - James V. Hart (Writer) - Francis Coppola (Producer)
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  • Audience Rating: R (Restricted)

6. Peggy Sue Got Married        

 Francis Ford Coppola’s Peggy Sue Got Married is not only a great film, but it is also one of the most quotable films of all time.

The movie stars Kathleen Turner as Peggy Sue, a woman who is stuck in a loveless marriage to Harry (Kurt Russell) and whose life has become boring and uneventful. When she meets a man named Cliff (Nicolas Cage) at the beach, she begins to fall in love with him.

She tracks down his number on a beach house number plate, but when she calls he doesn’t answer and she leaves a message on his machine. He calls back to apologize for not answering her call, but when he answers again she realizes that he has been recording their conversation so that he can play it back when he is ready to bed her.

Peggy Sue Got Married was nominated for four Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Director (Francis Ford Coppola), Best Adapted Screenplay (Charles Webb), and Best Film Editing (Matthew Faughnan). It won for Best Actress in a Leading Role (Kathleen Turner), Best Costume Design

Peggy Sue Got Married
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  • Kathleen Turner, Nicolas Cage, Barry Miller (Actors)
  • Francis Ford Coppola (Director) - Jerry Leichtling (Writer) - Paul R. Gurian (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

7. The Rain People      

 The Rain People is a 1967 American drama film directed by Francis Ford Coppola and starring Burt Reynolds, Sydney Poitier and Katharine Hepburn. The screenplay was adapted by Coppola from his own 1962 play of the same name, which had been turned into a Broadway play.

The film centers on a former minister who returns to his small town in the Pacific Northwest to save it from economic ruin, only to discover that, like his previous ministry, he has neglected to realize that the people who are suffering are really the people he has left behind.

The film was shot in Washington State on location at various locations including Ellensburg and Yakima, where many of the scenes were shot in downtown Yakima at First and Second Streets.

The building used for the movie’s exterior shots is now occupied by an auto supply store; however, since then it has been completely remodeled and converted into apartments.[5]

The Rain People
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  • Shirley Knight, James Caan, Robert Duvall (Actors)
  • Francis Ford Coppola (Director) - Francis Ford Coppola (Writer) - Ronald Colby (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

8. Rumble Fish              

 Rumble Fish is a 2003 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Francis Ford Coppola. It stars Harry Dean Stanton as a retired fisherman who returns to his hometown of Goldfish Cove to help his son with a case of mistaken identity.

The film also features Emile Hirsch and Matthew Lillard in their first significant roles. The title is taken from the name of a fish that was named after Stanton’s character.

   

The movie received mixed reviews from critics, with some calling it “a great film” and others saying it was “boring”. However, Rumble Fish did earn an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay[6] along with four Golden Globe nominations: Best Picture, Best Actor (Stanton), Best Supporting Actress (Hirsch), and Best Supporting Actor (Lillard).

It was followed by two direct-to-video sequels: Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World (2005), which focuses on American Indian stereotypes;[7] and Rumble in Jericho (2008), which follows two different groups of characters.[8] In August 2010, Coppola announced he would be making a television series based on the film.[9]

Rumble Fish
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  • Matt Dillon, Mickey Rourke, Diane Lane (Actors)
  • Francis Ford Coppola (Director) - Francis Ford Coppola (Writer) - Doug Claybourne (Producer)
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  • English (Subtitle)

9. Tucker: The Man And His Dream                      

Francis Ford Coppola is one of the most successful and prolific directors of all time. He’s also one of the most divisive, mostly because of his films’ reputation for being inaccessible and pretentious.

Coppola is a strange case study in the art of filmmaking, one that reveals more about the state of independent cinema than any other artist I’ve encountered. With the release of Coppola’s latest film, Tucker & Dale Vs.

Evil (itself a remake), I thought it would be fun to take a look at what makes this particular director so unique — and how he came to be such a fascinating individual in the first place.

Tucker & Dale Vs. Evil is Coppola’s ninth feature film since leaving his hometown of San Francisco for Los Angeles in 1971 at age 17. It marks his first collaboration with writer/director David Gordon Green, who previously worked with him on The Tree Of Life (2011) and Joe (2013).

Green has been credited as an executive producer on all three films, but didn’t direct any of them due to scheduling conflicts with his TV show “Pineapple

Tucker: the Man and His Dream (International)
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  • Jeff Bridges, Joan Allen, Martin Landau (Actors)
  • Francis Ford Coppola (Director) - Arnold Schulman (Writer) - Fred Roos (Producer)
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10.The Godfather Part III           

 The Godfather Part III Francis Ford Coppola is a 1974 American crime film directed by Francis Ford Coppola and starring Al Pacino, James Caan, Robert De Niro, Diane Keaton and Talia Shire. It is the third installment in The Godfather trilogy, following The Godfather and The Godfather Part II.

The film was released in August 1974 to mixed reviews and disappointing box office returns. It was nominated for three Academy Awards: Best Actor in Leading Role (Al Pacino), Best Supporting Actor (James Caan) and Best Adapted Screenplay (Francis Ford Coppola).

The final scene of the film shows Michael Corleone (Al Pacino) awakening on the beach at Cosa Nostra headquarters after his baptism by water. He sees two men approaching him from behind: one appears to be Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando), while the other is Sonny Corleone (Robert De Niro).

A flashback then begins to show how Michael became a member of the crime family; he first meets Tom Hagen (Robert Duvall) when he asks him if he’ll help him become an associate. Hagen later begins training Michael in how to act as a Don of La.

Mario Puzo's The Godfather: The Death of Michael Corleone
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  • Al Pacino, Diane Keaton, Talia Shire (Actors)
  • Francis Ford Coppola (Director) - Vincent Patrick (Writer) - Fred Fuchs (Producer)
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  • English (Subtitle)

11.The Rainmaker        

 Rainmaker is the third film directed by Francis Ford Coppola, and it was released in 1988. It was a critical and commercial success, and it won the Academy Award for Best Picture.

The film tells the story of an ambitious young attorney named Marty (played by Matt Damon), who decides to fight for the rights of a small town against powerful, corrupt developers. The plot is based on a true story about the battle between developers and farmers in California’s Central Valley that took place in the early 1980s.

Coppola’s first two films were made for very little money, so he spent many years making Rainmaker with a budget of $10 million. He was able to attract top actors and directors like Robert Duvall, Gene Hackman and Martin Sheen because he promised them creative control over their roles as well as good salaries.

John Grisham's The Rainmaker
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  • Matt Damon, Claire Danes, Jon Voight (Actors)
  • Francis Ford Coppola (Director) - John Grisham (Writer) - Michael Douglas (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

12.The Cotton Club      

 On the surface, Francis Ford Coppola’s “The Cotton Club” is an exercise in nostalgia, a tale of life in late-19th century Manhattan as seen through the eyes of a young black man. But underneath that veneer is another story: one about race, class and the effects of slavery on American history.

The film follows George “Mose” Keaton (Matthew McConaughey), a young man who was sold into slavery by his mother and father. She was sold to a slave trader (Richard Schiff) who took her away to Georgia, while he was sold to another trader (Robert Vaughn).

As Mose grows up with his new family, he learns how to run their plantation along with his two younger sisters.

He also encounters racism from everyone around him — from white plantation owners who don’t want black people working for them and from their slaves, who are forced to work in brutal conditions and are treated like animals.

As time goes on, Mose becomes more educated about his situation and realizes that there is more than one way for him to fight back against injustice.

Cotton Club Encore
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  • Richard Gere, Gregory Hines, Diane Lane (Actors)
  • Francis Ford Coppola (Director) - William Kennedy (Writer) - Robert Evans (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

13.Youth Without Youth           

 Youth Without Youth is the second film of Francis Ford Coppola, who adapted the screenplay to his own work, after The Rain People (1965). It was written by Coppola as a response to John Cassavetes’ Faces, which also dealt with youth in crisis.

Coppola’s film focuses more on the internal struggles than on external conflict.

The story centers on two young men named Jean and Victor who are struggling to deal with their lives as they try to find themselves. They both have a relationship with a woman named Maria who is able to see through their facade, but she cannot help them because she does not know what it is like to be young.

The film explores themes such as isolation and disconnection from society, but also has a strong existentialist tone that questions what life means and whether or not it has meaning at all. Youth Without Youth was released in 1971 and won several awards including an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay.

Youth Without Youth
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  • Tim Roth, Alexandra Maria Lara, Bruno Ganz (Actors)
  • Francis Coppola (Director) - Francis Ford Coppola (Writer) - Francis Coppola (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

14.The Outsiders          

The Outsiders is a movie about the lives of four young men in a gang. They are all different from each other, but they are united by their love for the sport of football. The film focuses on two brothers who are on opposite sides of the law.

One brother is on the side of the law and one brother is on the side of “them.”

Francis Ford Coppola directed this film in 1983. He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Director, but he lost out to Woody Allen’s Hannah and Her Sisters (1983). The film starred Matt Dillon, Ralph Macchio, Tom Cruise and Emilio Estevez.

This movie was based off of an autobiographical novel by S.E. Hinton that was published in 1970. In this book she wrote about her life growing up in poverty in Oklahoma City during the 1950s and 1960s.

The book was called “The Outsiders.” The novel became such a favorite among high school students that it was turned into a movie starring Matt Dillon as Ponyboy Curtis and Emilio Estevez as Sodapop Curtis.

The Outsiders
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  • C Thomas Howell, Matt Dillon, Diane Lane (Actors)
  • Francis Ford Coppola (Director) - Kathleen Knutsen Rowell (Writer) - Gray Frederickson (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

15.Tetro

 Tetro Francis Ford Coppola (February 7, 1940 – March 20, 1999) was an American film director, screenwriter and producer. The son of the film director Francis Ford Coppola and his first wife Eleanor Coppola, he began his career as an assistant director on his father’s films The Rain People (1969) and Love in the Afternoon (1957).

He made his feature debut with Jack’s Parentage but is best known for his work on The Godfather Part II (1974), Apocalypse Now (1979), Rumble Fish (1983), Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues (1991) and The Conversation (1974).

Coppola was born in Los Angeles, California.[1] His father was a renowned movie director who had worked on film since the 1930s; Francis Jr. has referred to him as his “first artistic influence”, although he admitted in later life that he had been influenced by many artists including Orson Welles and Federico Fellini.

[2][3] At age 21, Coppola directed his first short film, The Rain People. His next short subject won an award at the Cannes Film Festival.[4]

After working as a production assistant on two of

Tetro
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  • Vincent Gallo, Maribel Verdú, Alden Ehrenreich (Actors)
  • Francis Ford Coppola (Director) - Francis Ford Coppola (Writer) - Francis Ford Coppola (Producer)
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16.One From The Heart              

It is a strange, sad movie about a guy in love with a girl who’s in love with her husband. It’s also, I suppose, an allegory about the movies themselves.

The movie is set in a small town on the coast of California in the 1950s. The main character is Bobby (Richard Gere), a young man of twenty-five who has just completed his military service and is returning home to his family.

On the way he meets Miriam (Meryl Streep), a beautiful young woman driving home from New York City and hitchhiking along the way. They both want to get away from their respective families for a while and go somewhere else together, but neither has any money or trust fund or anything like that.

They agree that they will stay together as long as they can afford it; if they can’t make enough money by working, they’ll steal it; if they run out of money, they’ll tear up their contracts and walk away from everything forever (or at least until something better comes along).

The movie opens with Bobby driving Miriam home after her visit to

One From The Heart
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  • Teri Garr, Raul Julia, Nastassja Kinski (Actors)
  • Francis Ford Coppola (Director) - Armyan Bernstein (Writer) - Armyan Bernstein (Producer)
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  • English (Subtitle)

17.Jack

 Jack Francis Ford Coppola (born August 8, 1939) is an American filmmaker and musician. A celebrated director, he is considered one of the most influential figures in the history of American cinema.

He has been described as “the most successful American expatriate to have ever lived”, and his films have won numerous accolades. His films include The Godfather Part II (1974), The Conversation (1974), Apocalypse Now (1979), Apocalypse Now Redux (2001), and Tetro (2010).

Coppola’s father was a carpenter who ran a dry-goods store. His mother was a housewife. He was raised in the Roman Catholic Church, although he is not a practicing Catholic now. He attended Los Angeles High School, where he graduated at 15.

He then studied at the University of California, Berkeley where he became interested in politics. At Berkeley, Coppola joined the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity and started working on short films with Roger Corman’s studio; one of these shorts was titled The Rain People.

In addition to making movies with his brother Francis Ford Coppola, Jack also worked as an assistant editor at Columbia Pictures

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
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  • Chris Pine, Kevin Costner, Kenneth Branagh (Actors)
  • Kenneth Branagh (Director) - Adam Cozad (Writer) - David Ellison (Producer)
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  • Audience Rating: PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)

18.Dementia 13             

 It’s impossible to overstate the impact of Dementia 13 on Francis Ford Coppola. It’s the first feature film he directed, and it’s his first opportunity to play director. The film was an unlikely success, but its impact on Coppola’s career was enormous.

Dementia 13 is a loose retelling of Charles Foster Kane’s final days in “The Great Gatsby.” It stars Edmond O’Brien as Charles Foster Kane, who has just been released from a sanitarium after a nervous breakdown.

Kane’s wife (played by Eleanor Parker) is struggling to keep their fortune from falling into the hands of a greedy business partner (William Holden).

Kane is determined to regain control of his empire and destroy his business partner, Tom Buchanan (Jack Nicholson). But he soon realizes that he may have lost everything that matters most to him, including his sanity.

Dementia 13
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  • Channing Pickett, Marianne Noscheze, Christian Ryan (Actors)
  • Richard LeMay (Director) - Dan DeFilippo (Writer) - Dan DeFilippo (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

19.Finian’s Rainbow    

 Finian’s Rainbow is a 1969 musical comedy film based on the 1968 novel of the same name by Gregory Peck. The film was directed by Francis Ford Coppola and stars Henry Fonda, Finian Hilton and Elizabeth Hartman.

The story takes place in a small town in South Carolina where Finian Hilton (Fonda) is an eccentric character who lives in a colorful fantasy world populated by animals and other creatures, including birds that talk like people.

When his daughter is kidnapped, he goes on a journey to find her with his friends Muggsy Bogues (Bogues) and Charlie Dumas (Dumas), who are also animals. Meanwhile, FBI agent Dale Arden (Hartman) pursues them because she believes they have kidnapped her daughter.

Coppola wrote the screenplay with Jay Cocks, based on the novel by Gregory Peck. Coppola originally wanted John Huston as director but he turned down the offer. Coppola later said “I don’t know why I didn’t just ask John Huston how to make a movie.”

Finian's Rainbow
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  • Fred Astaire, Petula Clark, Tommy Steele (Actors)
  • Francis Ford Coppola (Director) - E.Y. Harburg (Writer) - Joseph Landon (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

20.You’re A Big Boy Now

You’re a big boy now, Francis. You’ve made your mistakes and you’ve paid for them. That’s not much to ask for in anyone, but it’s more than most people ever get. For that I’m grateful.

I know you’ve been through a lot in your life. And I’m not just talking about the trial and all that happened afterward. No, it’s something much deeper than that that I’m talking about here.

I’m talking about what it really means to be an adult in this world, with all its problems and challenges and temptations. You’ve had a lot of practice with these things over the years, so I hope you’ll be able to share some wisdom with us today.

Now, if you’re like me when I was your age, then what you’re going to say probably won’t surprise me very much or make any sense at all. But if this doesn’t happen then it’s time for us to go home because we’re done here today and there’s no point in staying any longer if we don’t have anything useful or interesting to say

You're A Big Boy Now
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  • Elizabeth Hartman, Geraldine Page, Peter Kastner (Actors)
  • Francis Ford Coppola (Producer)
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  • Audience Rating: NR (Not Rated)

21.Gardens Of Stone   

 I watched Gardens of Stone last night, and I’m not sure what to say. It’s a movie that’s very much in Coppola’s wheelhouse, but it feels like it’s been made by someone else entirely. The script is clunky and the acting is all over the place, but the thing that stood out most to me was the way Coppola shot the film.

He uses a lot of long takes and handheld camera work, which makes it look like he was trying to capture something specific about the characters’ experience in each scene. He doesn’t seem interested in creating an action movie; he seems interested in shooting something that looks like an action movie except for when it doesn’t look like one.

I can see why this approach might work for certain kinds of films if you’re making a film about people who are trying to shoot an action movie about people who are trying to shoot an action movie about people who are trying to shoot an action movie about people who are trying to shoot an action movie about people who are trying to shoot an action movie about people who are trying to shoot an action movie but I’m not sure it would work as well here.

The characters don’t feel real enough; they’re more like caricatures than actual human

Gardens Of Stone
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  • James Caan, Anjelica Huston, James Earl Jones (Actors)
  • Francis Coppola (Director) - Nicholas Proffitt (Writer) - Michael Levy (Producer)
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  • English (Subtitle)

22.Twixt

 Francis Ford Coppola is a film director, producer and screenwriter who has collaborated with American actor Jack Nicholson on various films. He is the older brother of director Sophia Coppola and father of actresses Talia Shire and Sofia Coppola.

Coppola was born in Detroit, Michigan, to Carmine Coppola, an Italian-American abstract expressionist painter, and Dorothy (née Zieger), who was born in Ohio. His father was a bookkeeper for General Motors.

Coppola attended Quinebaug Elementary School in New London County School District No. 2 in the town of New London. In the 1960s Coppola attended the Detroit Creative and Performing Arts High School.

In 1959 he enrolled at the University of Southern California where he studied filmmaking under Francis Ford Coppola’s father Carmine Coppola as well as classmates Martin Scorsese and George Lucas.

While at USC he did not complete his undergraduate degree in film production due to financial constraints but continued his studies at UCLA earning both BFA degrees in film directing and drama with a minor in literature (with emphasis in creative writing). He earned his MFA from Columbia University

Twixt
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  • Val Kilmer, Elle Fanning, Bruce Dern (Actors)
  • Francis Ford Coppola (Director) - Francis Ford Coppola (Writer) - Francis Ford Coppola (Producer)
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  • English (Subtitle)

Characteristics of Francis Ford Coppola Movies

The first characteristic of a Francis Ford Coppola movie is that he is a director who doesn’t like to use his actors. He likes to use his actors in a way that won’t be recognizable later on.

Also, he likes to shoot action sequences with quick cuts and sound effects. This can be seen in movies such as The Godfather, Apocalypse Now and The Conversation.

The second characteristic of Francis Ford Coppola movies is that they are usually very dark and sad. In most of them there is no happy ending because the story ends with death or some other tragedy.

Also, the characters in these movies are usually very realistic – they don’t have perfect lives like in most movies where everything works out for everyone all the time.

The third characteristic of Francis Ford Coppola movies is that they are shot almost entirely on location instead of at studios or sets which makes them look more authentic than other films because you feel like you’re actually there watching events unfold right before your eyes (although this can also mean having to deal with cold weather and rough terrain).

Best Francis Ford Coppola Movies – Wrapping Up

Francis Ford Coppola is one of the most influential and acclaimed filmmakers of all time. He has made over 30 films, including some of the greatest American movies ever made.

So, it’s no surprise that his movies have been remade and adapted in many other languages.

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