In 1969, American author Mario Puzo published the crime novel "The Godfather," and introduced readers to the fictional Corleone mafia family of New York City. In 1972, his novel was adapted by Puzo and director Francis Ford Coppola, giving us "The Godfather" feature film that audiences worldwide know and love today. The film stars Marlon Brando as Vito Corleone, the patriarch of the Corleone Mafia family and focuses on the story arch of his son Michael Corleone (played by Al Pacino) as he becomes a mafia boss over time. "The Godfather" was made on a budget of just $6-7.2 million and went on to become the highest-grossing film in history (at that time), racking in between $247 and $287 million at the box office. The film was not only a success with audiences, but critics as well, snagging Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Adapted Screenplay at the 45th annual Academy Awards. It's also currently ranked number two by the American Film Institute's 100 Years...100 Movies, right behind "Citizen Kane."
"The Godfather" earned two sequels, "The Godfather Part II" in 1974 and "The Godfather Part III" in 1990. "The Godfather II" was presented as both a sequel and a prequel, picking up with Michael Corleone's story left off and showing a the journey of a young Vito Corleone (played by Robert De Niro) through his early life. The third film finished off Michael Corleone's story and is the final film in the trilogy. A fourth film was originally discussed between Coppola and Puzo, however, Puzo passed away in 1999 before they were able to write it.
In honor of the incredible 50+ year legacy of "The Godfather," take a look at 25 of our favorite tattoos inspired by these films in the gallery below. Then let us know your favorite character from this iconic film series in the comments section on social media.