Why 'The Godfather' Fans Need to Get Paramount+ ASAP

This has been a marquee year for fans of The Godfather saga, between the recent theatrical re-release of the classic first film and the upcoming limited series about the making of the movies. Paramount+ is the epicenter for Godfather content starting in April when the films return to the streaming platform. The Offer also debuts in April.

The Godfather (1972) and The Godfather Part II (1974) return to Paramount+ on Thursday, April 28. Director Francis Ford Coppola's 2020 re-edit of Part III, The Godfather Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone, will also be available on the streamer. The original 1990 cut of The Godfather Part III was not included on Paramount+'s April streaming list, meaning you might have to dig out a physical copy if you want to see how audiences first saw Part III.

The Offer also debuts on April 28. The miniseries features Miles Teller as The Godfather producer Albert S. Ruddy and Dan Fogler as Coppola. Matthew Goode stars as Paramount chief Robert Evans, while Patrick Gallo plays The Godfather author Mario Puzo. Giovani Ribisi plays mobster Joe Colombo. Juno Temple, Colin Hanks, and Burn Gorman also star. Dexter Fletcher (Rocketman) directed the series, while Michael Tolkin (The Player, Escape at Dannemora) wrote it.

The Godfather saga tells the story of the Corleone family and is based on Puzo's novel of the same name. The first two films are considered two of the greatest movies ever made, and both won the Oscar for Best Picture. The first film also won Best Actor for Marlon Brando and Best Adapted Screenplay. The Godfather Part II won five other Oscars, including Best Director for Coppola and Best Supporting Actor for Robert De Niro's performance as the young Vito Corleone.


Although The Godfather Part III is not held in as high regard as the first two films, it's still a great movie. It earned seven Oscar nominations, but it, unfortunately, came out during the same year as Dances With Wolves and Goodfellas. In 2020, Coppola finally had the opportunity to recut the movie to celebrate its 30th anniversary. The Godfather Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone doesn't do much different from the original version, but it is a tighter film and does serve as a better epilogue to the first two films. All three Godfather movies were released in a 4K UHD set earlier this month.