Best Characters in the Godfather Trilogy

The Top Ten
1 Vito Corleone Vito Andolini Corleone is a fictional character in Mario Puzo's novel The Godfather and in Francis Ford Coppola's film series based on the novel, where he was portrayed by Marlon Brando in The Godfather and, as a young man, by Robert De Niro in The Godfather Part II.

Simply the best character ever in the series, and one of the most fabulous characters in cinema history!

I thought Brando was okay and De Niro was unforgettable.

Brando and De Niro just created magic in this movie.

Long live him

2 Michael Corleone Michael Corleone is the main character in Mario Puzo's novel The Godfather and the three films based upon it, all directed by Francis Ford Coppola.

He took the family to a different level. He is unquestionably the best.

He surpasses the Godfather. He has to be higher.

I don't know why most people prefers Vito, Michael is the best and and Al Pacino is a better actor than Brandon Brando

His father is not so cool as him!

3 Tom Hagen

Tom, along with Vito are the only major characters that don't have a major flaw. Sonny is a great character, but his hot heated attitude can make him come off as a jerk at times. Fredo is also great but obviously lacks intelligence and strength. (I'm counting this as Fredos flaw rather than betrayal because I really don't think fredo intended to betray Michael, he was simply lied to by Roth and Ola which I chalk up to as dumbness.) Michael is obviously an outstanding character as well but by end of the second movie he has become unbelievably cold hearted given how his character started out. Tom doesn't have a major flaw, he's smart, a voice of reason, loyal, etc. At no point did he make a major mistake, or commit any act of betrayal. Tom is the most underrated character by far.

Tom may have done morally questionable things working in the family business but he was the sort of friend you wanted in your corner He,s a loyal hard working and Smart guy yet Tom,s also not afraid to tell you when your wrong as he desperately tried to persuade Sonny to think pragmatically and raised moral objections to Michael,s plan to kill Hyman Roth Tom and the corleones in general can also be counted on to Honor their deals so as far as Criminals involved in plotting mass murder go Tom,s a stand up guy

4 Santino Sonny Corleone

He was hot-headed, but also loyal and very protective of his family. He's an amazing character in the trilogy.

The coolest mob character ever!

One of the best!

He beats up carlo rizzi after rizzi beats up sonnys sister! Sonny is classic!

5 Frank Pentangeli

He got screwed..he deserved better after a lifetime of loyalty to the corleone family..Michael should have helped him

6 Fredo Corleone

I like Fredo, because he actually is a pretty sad, realistic and magnificent character. He would be second or third spot, if I were to make a list. I don't know. I usually do not like his type, but somehow, I love Fredo...

My one respect for him is he almost killed Kay. Also rest in peace John Cazale.

7 Peter Clemenza
8 Hyman Roth
9 Moe Greene

" I'm Moe Greene! I made my bones when you were going out with cheerleaders ".

I got a business to run

10 Salvatore Tessio
The Contenders
11 Paulie Gatto
12 Vincent Corleone
13 Licio Lucchesi
14 Emilio Barzini
15 Philip Tattaglia
16 Connie Corleone
17 Kay Adams-Corleone
18 Ottilio Cuneo
19 Jack Woltz
20 Victor Stracci
21 Apollonia Vitelli-Corleone
22 Virgil Sollozzo
23 Luca Brasi

He may have been a little stupid and slow, but he followed through with his "never ending loyalty" to the family. He risked his own life and died for them!

24 Captain Mark McCluskey
25 Joey Zasa
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