March 24 (UPI) — classic mafia movie The Godfather will turn 50 on Thursday. The film, from director Francis Ford Coppola, influenced a generation of crime dramas.
The Godfather premiered on March 24, 1972 and helped revitalize screen legend Marlon Brando’s career. The film also launched Al Pacino’s career and won the Best Picture Oscar at the 45th Academy Awards.
Success led to 1974 The Godfather: Part II and 1990s The Godfather: Part III. A newly edited version of The Godfather: Part III, title The Godfather Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone, came out in December.
Here are 5 shows about crime families and the corruption of power that were influenced by The Godfather.
“The Sopranos” – HBO Max
The late James Gandolfini plays New Jersey mob boss Tony Soprano, who must simultaneously juggle his family and professional life as the head of a criminal organization. The SopranosThe entire six-season series is available to stream on HBO Max. Edie Falco, Michael Imperioli, Steven Van Zandt, Tony Sirico, Robert Iler, Jamie-Lynn Sigler and Lorraine Bracco also star. The cast of The Sopranos, in season 2, even tries to watch a pirate version of TThe Godfather: Part II on DVD.
“Breaking Bad” — Netflix
Bryan Cranston’s Walter White is a high school chemistry teacher who begins creating and selling methamphetamine after being diagnosed with lung cancer in breaking Bad, which offers all five seasons for streaming on Netflix. Walter, similarly to Pacino’s Michael Corleone, is corrupted by the power he gains and turns into a vicious crime lord with a strained relationship with his family. Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn, Dean Norris, Betsy Brandt, RJ Mitte, Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks and Giancarlo Esposito star.
“Peaky Blinders” — Netflix
Cillian Murphy stars as Thomas Shelby, boss of England’s Peaky Blinders gang, which forms in the aftermath of World War I in this crime drama, which has five seasons available to stream on Netflix. The sixth and final season hits the service on June 10. The Shelby crime family is the focus of the series and also stars Paul Anderson, Sophie Rundle, Helen McCrory, Ned Bennehy, Finn Cole, Natasha O’Keeffe, Ian Peck, Tom Hardy, Harry Kirton, Packy Lee, Joe Cole , Annabelle Wallis, Kate Phillips and Aimee-Ffion Edwards.
‘Power’ — Starz
Omari Hardwick is famous New York nightclub owner James “Ghost” St. Patrick, who leads a double life as a drug kingpin in Power, which offers all six seasons on Starz. Joseph Sikora, Naturi Naughton, Lela Loren, Shane Johnson, Rotimi, Michael Rainey Jr., La La Anthony and 50 Cent also star. The crime saga spawned multiple spin-offs, including Power Book II: Ghostwhich follows James’ son, Tariq St. Patrick (Rainey Jr.) as he slowly begins to follow in his father’s footsteps.
‘Animal Kingdom’ – TNT, Amazon Prime Video
Finn Cole stars as Joshua “J” Cody, who moves in with his estranged parents, who run a criminal enterprise in Animal Kingdom, which has five seasons on TNT. The show has been renewed for a sixth and final season, and the first five seasons are available on Amazon Prime Video. The Cody family’s excessive lifestyle is made possible by their criminal activities. Shawn Hatosy, Ben Robson, Jake Weary, Leila George, Rigo Sanchez and Jon Beavers star.