The best quotes from The Godfather

The Godfather is a 1972 American crime drama film, directed by Francis Ford Coppola and based on the novel of the same name by Mario Puzo. But it is far more than just a film, it has become a cultural touchstone and something that acts as a North Star to filmmakers across the globe.

The Godfather tells the story of the Corleone family, a powerful Mafia clan in New York City, and their struggles to maintain their control and influence in the criminal underworld.

The film is widely regarded as one of the greatest movies ever made and has had a tremendous impact on popular culture, spawning two sequels and inspiring countless other works of art.

In addition to its powerful story and masterful direction from Francis Ford Coppola, The Godfather is also renowned for its incredible dialogue and use of language. It is therefore one of the most quoted films you’ll come across in cinema.

Here are some of the best quotes from the movie for you to enjoy again…

The Godfather Marlon Brando as Vito Corleone

The best quotes from The Godfather

“I’m gonna make him an offer he can’t refuse.”

– Don Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando)

“It’s not personal, Sonny. It’s strictly business.”

Michael Corleone (Al Pacino)

“I don’t like violence, Tom. I’m a businessman. Blood is a big expense.”

Sollozzo (Al Lettieri)

“It’s a Sicilian message. It means Luca Brasi sleeps with the fishes.”

– Clemenza (Richard S. Castellano)

“Don’t ever take sides with anyone against the Family again. Ever.”

– Michael Corleone (Al Pacino)

“Women and children can afford to be careless, but not men.”

– Don Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando)

“A man who doesn’t spend time with his family can never be a real man.”

– Don Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando)

“Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer.”

– Michael Corleone (Al Pacino)

“I have a sentimental weakness for my children, and I spoil them, as you can see. They talk when they should listen.”

– Don Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando)

“Don’t ask me about my business, Kay.”

– Michael Corleone (Al Pacino)

These quotes, along with so many others have helped to make The Godfather a true masterpiece of cinema.

They have become part of our cultural lexicon and continue to inspire and captivate audiences to this day.

What’s your favourite?