The 10 Most Consistent Movie Franchises

4. The Godfather

Films: The Godfather (1972), The Godfater Part II (1974), The Godfather Part III (1990)

The Godfather Part III was under rare pressure. We imagine that only the writers of the last episodes of Seinfeld and J.K. Rowling on the eve of the release of the last Harry Potter book have felt anything similar.

Just as music lovers can't help but fixate on their favorite band's one so-so album, cinephiles give Godfather Part III an unduly hard-time. Is it one of the greatest films in the history of American cinema, as the first two installments undoubtedly are? No. Were their Jar-Jar Binks-level troubles with the execution? No. And don't bring up Sophia Coppola—she was never a racist stereotype.

Taken with a grain of salt, the third Godfather film is imperfect, yes, but it isn't the atrocity it's made out to be. Instead, it's a fine ending to a phenomenal story.

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