The Godfather is a novel by Mario Puzo written in 1969. It tells the story of the Corleone crime family, a fictional Italian-American criminal organization in the style of a mafia.
In 1972, Francis Ford Coppola directed a movie based on the novel. The film won the Academy Award for Best Picture, and is considered to be one of the greatest American films of all time. The American Film Institute ranks The Godfather as the second-best movie of the last century, after Citizen Kane.
The film was followed by two sequels, The Godfather Part II (1974) (which also won Best Picture) and The Godfather Part III (1990) (which was nominated for Best Picture).