The prequel: “The Godfather Part II”
Praise or pan?: Put simply, the absolute best of its kind. It’s the only prequel in history to win the Academy Award for Best Picture. Director Francis Ford Coppola gracefully cuts between Vito Corleone’s (Oscar-winning Robert De Niro) entry into the Mafia and grown son Michael’s (Al Pacino) attempts to expand the organization’s reach. Predecessor and prequel are now forever conjoined in the hearts of film lovers—a best-case scenario for an origin story.