Top 10 Antiheroes

By August 13, 2012Top 10 Lists

2. Michael Corleone in The Godfather Trilogy (1972-90)

When it comes to antiheroes, no one plays them better than Al Pacino. As Sonny in Dog Day Afternoon, Carlito in Carlito’s Way, Lefty Ruggiero in Donnie Brasco and then of course there’s Heat and Scarface. Ever noticed that? He could be an axe-murdering maniac who kills your entire family and you’d still go,” Oh alright then, Al, because it’s you.” One of the things that puts Michael Corleone so high up on this list is that we see his transformation from returning war hero and good boy to calculating and merciless Don of the Corleone crime family. Across three whole films (and not short films, mind) we are shown how his integrity is corrupted and his goodness slowly chipped away until he eventually (SPOILER) dies alone in the garden of a Sicilian villa. Because we are shown every moment of Michael’s descent, we can understand it. “We regret it, but we relate to it” (Lit Reactor, Meredith Borders.)

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