The Godfather movie series is based on the novel series of the same name. The story follows the lives of a Sicilian crime family. The Godfather, Vito Corleone – also known as The Don or Don Corleone – has protected his youngest son, Michael Corleone, from the family business. However, crime and dishonor bring Michael into the family business, and once he arrives, he never leaves, at least not until the final installment of The Godfather movie series.
The first installment of the series introduces the characters in modern day, giving the audience a look into how the Corleone family – and other crime families – live on the streets of New York. The second installment takes viewers back to how Vito Corleone came to be the Don. The final installment focuses on Michael handing over the family business, as he has grown too old to handle by himself. Michael’s son has no interest in the family business, due to all of the harsh and sadistic acts he has witnessed or heard about his father and other family members committing. Michael tries to make peace with himself and everyone around him for all of these harsh criminal acts of his past. Michael eventually hands the family business over to his nephew. At the end of the film, Michael’s daughter Mary is accidentally shot, Michael was the true target. Mary dies in Michael’s arms, and Michael later remembers Mary, her mother and his first wife Apollonia. Michael remembers his brother who he had murdered, and the important moments of his disastrous life all together. Michael dies alone, with the exception of his dog, showing us that a life of crime leaves you empty and truly alone.