Francis Ford Coppola is an American film director, producer and screenwriter. He was a central figure in the New Hollywood filmmaking movement of the 1960s and 1970s, and is widely considered to be one of the greatest filmmakers of all time. Coppola's reputation as a filmmaker was cemented with the release of The Godfather.The film revolutionized movie-making in the gangster genre,and was adored by the public and critics alike. The Godfather won three Academy Awards.
The Godfather Part II Coppola brought three more Academy Awards and made him the second director to be so honored three times for the same film. The Conversation, which Coppola directed, produced and wrote, was released that same year, winning the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival. His next film, Apocalypse Now was widely acclaimed for its vivid depiction of the Vietnam War. The film won the Palme d'Or, making Coppola one of only eight filmmakers to have won that award twice.