What Are The Best Scenes In 'The Godfather Part 2'? – TheThings

Francis Ford Coppola’s masterpiece is filled with iconic scenes, but fans think these are the best…
One simply couldn't overstate the impact of The Godfather movies. While fans may disagree about the legitimacy of the final entry in Francis Ford Coppola's mafia trilogy, the first two films are widely seen as two of the greatest films of all time. Not only has their haunting, nuanced, occasionally funny, and deeply disturbing analysis of the American dream and family dwelled in the minds of multiple generations of movie lovers, but they've also inspired countless other works. Even Mamma Mia 2 was inspired by the second (perhaps best) Godfather movie.
The Godfather Part II if filled with an equal amount of superb scenes as the original film. Much of the dialogue has entered the lexicon, the music is hair-raising, and the performances are utterly fantastic. But the best scenes in The Godfather Part II also reveal what masterful storytellers Francis Ford Coppola and Mario Puzo (the author of the book) truly are. Here are the best scenes in The Godfather Part II…
While Marlon Brando's Vito is missed in The Godfather Part II, Robert De Niro masterfully plays his younger self. So much of the movie depends on him selling the story of Vito Corleone's ascension to power. But before we meet De Niro's version, we're introduced to a a much younger Vito immigrating to America after a horrendous experience in Italy. The shot of him approaching Ellis Island and seeing The Statute Of Liberty reminds audiences of the theme of the three movies and how it corrupts the characters. The sweeping shots and stunning score is a masterstroke of visual and auditory storytelling.
Speaking Robert De Niro, one of his best and most important scenes is when he stalks Don Fanucci through a street fair in New York and murders him. It symbolizes Vito finally being consumed by the underworld in an attempt to pursue his idea of the American Dream. It also solidifies the lengths he's willing to go in order to provide his family with a better life in America. On top of this all, through the use of setting and oranges, the scene also foreshadows the attempt on his life in the first movie as well as his eventual death.
The fall of Fredo in The Godfather Part II is one of the most iconic storylines. And while this isn't the best scene in his arc, it's easily the most important. That's because we truly understand why Fredo ends up doing what he does because of this speech. He feels passed over and forgotten in his family. He doesn't feel like a man. And he wants to be treated with respect. Unfortunately, his impassioned plea to his brother, Michael, just makes him look even weaker.
Much like Kendall's hearing in the second season of Succession, Al Pacino's Michael Corleone stands tough in his senate hearings. While Al Pacino's performance here is intense, it's frighteningly measured which is why fans love it so much. The same is true for Robert Duvall's Tom Hagen who sits by Michake's side.
While Vito's assassination of Don Fanucci symbolizes his decent into the underworld, the murder of Italian mob boss Ciccio completes his transformation. It's not just Vito assuming more power, it's him standing up for his family decades after Ciccio murdered his father, brother, and mother. This is Vito's ultimate moment of revenge. As pointed out by Empire Online, this moment is the closest De Niro gets to Marlon Brando's take on the character as well as directly mirrors the type of ruthlessness that Vito's son Michael achieves by the film's end. The fact that Vito truly becomes Don Corleone in the town he was name after is also masterfully poetic.
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Diane Keaton and Al Pacino give fiery performances in what's one of the tensest scenes in the entire trilogy. While Diane's Kay is clearly done with Michael by this point in the story, there's no doubt that his outburst at the end of the scene is the nail in the coffin. Then again, it may be the same for Michael as he's truly destroyed when she reveals she had an abortion in order to save their unborn child from a life in their family. The tension rises and falls before the final blow in a way that reminds viewers that the best scenes in The Godfather movies are often just two people alone in a room.
The final scene in The Godfather Part 2 is the inverse of the beloved final moment of the first movie. Instead of seeing how far Michael has come as he shuts the door on Kay and confides in his ruthless and sycophantic followers, we see a flashback of the man he once was. The scene around the dinner table not only brings back both of his dead brothers, but reminds us that Michael was once almost "out" of the murderous life that eventually consumes him. This is book ended by a very pensive Al Pacino starring out the window taking in what he's just done to Fredo. It's heartbreaking in a similar but completely different way than the final scene in The Godfather. How Francis Ford Coppola pulled off two endings like this is just mind-boggling.
The original Godfather has the door closing on Kay, "I'll make an offer he can't refuse", "Leave the gun, take the cannoli", and iconic moment after iconic moment. But The Godfather Part II has, "I know it was you, Fredo… You broke my heart. You broke my heart."
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The moment where Michael gives his brother Fredo the kiss of death at a New Year's Eve Party In Havana is not only heartbreaking for the villainous protagonist but also for the audience. Through both the writing and the performances, the audience feels sorry for each brother. We understand why Fredo is pushed to betray his family to the rival gangster, Hyman Roth. But we also understand just how gutting this is for Michael who has to kill his own brother because of it. It's his duty as the Don. It's his duty as the father to his children. And he believes that it's his duty as man. This is pure cinema magic laced with tragedy and drenched in champagne-soaked confetti. It's beautiful.
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Dylan Parker is a list and content writer and editor working for Valnet Inc. since 2017. He’s written for TheTalko, Baby Gaga, Moms, and Screen Rant. Currently, he is both a writer and an editor at TheThings where he specializes in entertainment, film, and celebrity news. Dylan has also written for Narcity and various other entertainment, food, and travel publications.

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