Gia Coppola’s New Film Palo Alto Makes Us Think Of 5 Other Coppola Classics

There’s something in those Coppola genes that practically guarantees a preternatural affinity (and talent) for filmmaking. From Francis Ford’s generation legendary look into the family dynamics of an Italian mob, to Sophia and her unique perspective on life in Versailles, it is time to make way for the newest initiate in the Coppola family business. Enter Gia with her new film Palo Alto, which made a splash at the Tribecca Film Festival. We are sure that the movie will be just the beginning of a love affair with the younger Coppola, but for now, here are some of our favorite Coppola family films to date.

The Virgin Suicides
Based on the novel by Jeffrey Eugenides, Sofia Coppola took the source material and transformed it into a very real peak into the seemingly perfect lives of an idyllic suburban family and how the unexpected suicides of their five beautiful daughters changed their small town for good. Kirsten Dunst was iconic in her role as the rebellious Lux Lisbon and Josh Hartnett was positively James Dean-esque as bad boy Trip Fontaine.

The Godfather
You can’t talk about the Coppola family without talking about one of the most groundbreaking and famous films by the original Coppola family filmmaking icon. Francis Ford Coppola’s Godfather part 1 and 2 changed the filmmaking industry forever with his in depth portrayal of a family evolving throughout generations in front of a backdrop of death and violence.

Marie Antoinette
Kirsten Dunst takes another star making turn in Sofia Coppola’s modern look at the famous teen queen. The movie is a pastel parade of pop music and partying up until the end when the execution draws near, and reality sets in for the royals.

Apocalypse Now
Francis Ford Coppola’s movie based on the original novel Heart of Darkness is disturbing and beautiful as it follows the path of a soldier in the Vietnam war sent to assassinate in madman who has convinced a village into believing he is a God. Marlon Brando’s performance is legendary.

The Bling Ring
Sofia Coppola’s latest directorial master piece follows a group of California teens as they go on a robbery rampage of Hollywood’s elite actors and celebrities. Based on the true story of the California Bling Ring, Emma Watson proves her talent as the ringleader of the teenage criminal masterminds.

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