1972 | 'The Godfather'

Francis Ford Coppola took an operatic approach to the unforgettable scenes of violence in the film, including Sonny's death at a toll booth and the ruthless demise of Michael's enemies during his daughter's baptism. It paved the way for a new era of gangster films from such directors as Martin Scorsese that amplified the violence quotient.

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Francis Ford Coppola took an operatic approach to the unforgettable scenes of violence in the film, including Sonny's death at a toll booth and the ruthless demise of Michael's enemies during his daughter's baptism. It paved the way for a new era of gangster films from such directors as Martin Scorsese that amplified the violence quotient.

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