• The Coppolas are a top family in Hollywood
  • It started with director Francis Ford Coppola
  • This is his family of filmmakers

As with athletes and politicians, filmmakers can go from rags to riches. In the early 70s, a group of aspiring new, young filmmakers formed a close friendship. They were obsessed with moviemaking but struggled to penetrate the Hollywood establishment. They saw themselves as "crazy kids", "party-crashers" and "movie brats".

The Coppola Family Reigns Over Hollywood

This "fraternity of directors" would consult on each other's work, giving opinions. They were also competitive, hoping to blow the other members of the group away with their films. Three members of the group were George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, and Francis Ford Coppola. From this trio came five films that would consecutively, over the course of over 25 years, hold the record for the highest-grossing movie in history.

Francis was the first of the trio to accomplish this feat with The Godfather. The film has been regarded as one of the greatest movies of all time, changing gangster films forever. Coppola was involved with three films released in 1974 including The Godfather Part II. It went on to become the first sequel to win Best Picture. All three films in The Godfather franchise have earned Coppola Academy Award nominations for directing (he won for directing Part II).

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Francis Ford Coppola's Family of Filmmakers

While it may be a long time since Francis Ford Coppola has been nominated at the Oscars, his posterity and family members, like daughter Sofia Coppola, have made appearances at the ceremony over the decades.

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Watch the video above to learn more about the Coppola family.