The Shawshank Redemption vs. The Godfather



on 6/30/2009

I spent 10 minutes debating this one. I now feel like a total dork for that.

on 9/5/2009

can't really go wrong with either one, but the Godfather is the gold standard.

on 9/9/2009


on 12/10/2009

this is quite possibly the hardest decision i could make, in my opinion these are #1 and 2 of all time

on 3/7/2010

hardest decision ive made. these are two of the top three of all time for me..........but Shawshank cant be beaten, not even by the Don


on 6/18/2010

Both undoubtedly great films, but I think Shawshank is one of those movies that you could watch with anyone at any time as many times as possible, and still get swept away by its story.

on 11/6/2010


on 5/29/2011

Godfather is overrated for me, and Shawshank was and still is one of the film I still remember almost perfectly throughout. Shawshank for the win.

on 5/31/2011

Not a difficult decision. It has to be The Godfather. You just can't beat the fluidity and nuance of the story and characters.

on 5/31/2011

Both are epic...the result would just depend on the viewer. I'll go with Shawshank.


on 8/14/2011


on 10/27/2011

The greatest film of all time VS. one of the greatest films of all time. The Shawshank Redemption wins.

on 11/1/2011

Godfather in a landslide. shawshank doesnt come close

on 11/10/2011

I love the first Godfather,but Shawshank had a bigger impact on me.


on 12/14/2011

shawshank, its just something else

on 1/29/2012

Ughhhh this is hard! As of now, I have to go with Shawshank, but that could ultimately change. For me, Shawshank is just more moving.

on 2/4/2012

Gotta go with The Godfather.

on 2/6/2012

Once again I must say The Godfather

on 2/13/2012


on 2/26/2012

Hahaha, not easy.

on 4/3/2012

Impossible choice. Both are perfect movies in my opinion.

on 4/13/2012

Hahahahahaha, please, too tough.

on 4/18/2012

The Godfather.

on 5/28/2012

The Godfather, always The Godfather. Not many come close.

on 5/28/2012

Probably the toughest match up besides Godfather vs. Godfather 2. But I would have to go with the Godfather, it has everything in film and is nearly perfect, and it's characters and story are better than Shawshank. But The Shawshank Redemption is perfect in every way, and in my opinion right behind the Godfather's. Tough choice, but for me The Godfather's a 9.8/10, Shawshank's a 9.7/10.

on 6/4/2012

this is the easiest one: Shawshank

on 7/10/2012

Shawshank is a feel-good movie. The Godfather is romantic and overall a more complex film. The Godfather has great production value with memorable characters and stunning cinematography. TSR is certainly good but The Godfather just holds up better with repeat viewings. Few films are as satisfying an experience as The Godfather. It's a perfect 10 in my book.

on 8/25/2012

Shawshank. It's my favorite movie. I can't believe how poorly it did at the box office.

on 8/26/2012

Im gonna go Shawshank because i just saw it for the first time. I havent seen The Godfather in a couple years.

on 8/26/2012

Shawshank Redemption BY A MILE! Godfather was terrible

on 1/14/2013

both are great...both shows the good sides of bad people(in godfather to some extent)...but SHAWSHANK has the edge over by its message...NEVER LOOSE HOPE..although am a big Godfather fan

on 1/27/2013

I like Shawshank a lot. I am not a big Godfather fan. I'm not saying Godfather is bad, it just isn't for me. Shawshank was right up my ally, though.

on 1/27/2013


on 1/27/2013

The Godfather

on 2/1/2013

The Shawshank Redemption has always swept me away. The Godfather gets better the more I watch and think about it, but it doesn't beat Shawshank.

on 2/1/2013

I'm gonna be the tie breaker and go with The Godfather. Technically is a better film than Shawshank anyways.

on 2/3/2013

I go with Shawshank. My all time favorite.

on 2/16/2013

Two of my favorites but the first Godfather just owns!

on 2/17/2013

The Godfather is the right answer. It's the best film of all time.

on 4/3/2013

While being overrated, Godfather is still excellent. But Shawshank, ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooh!!!!!!!!!

on 4/12/2013

The Godfather is all the way, better for me. If I were to choose which of the two to watch now and I saw the Godfather yesterday, I'd still choose the Godfather. Shawshank Redemption is fantastic but somewhat, a tad overrated. Still amazing but it just isn't the Godfather

on 5/2/2013

the godfather is wayyy better although shawshank is indeed a great movie. but the godfather is perfect and unbeatable.

on 5/2/2013

The Godfather is a cinematic masterpiece that is executed perfectly in all areas. Therefore, it should win. But The Shawshank Redemption pushes things a little further; no, it isn't perfect but the things that it really puts effort into are breath-taking. It has brilliant acting, haunting music, a lovely script and some of the best cinematography I have ever seen. These add up to make some of the best scenes in cinema. Some people connect with the Godfather but, to be honest, I didn't much. Shawshank is a story that almost everybody feels for and, for that reason, it is the better film.

on 5/11/2013

I rewatched Shawshank & loved it like before. But i really felt that narration was overdone in some scenes. I mean Freeman did a terrific job as narrator, but some beautiful moments like 'suds on rooftop' & the classical music scene would have been a lot better without the voice-overs. It has a sort of spoonfeeding feel. While the music was apt, i'm sure not many people would remember it if they heard it someplace else. As for the cinematography, it is really great although not revolutionary. The performances were amazing but did have some issues with Gunton's act. He seemed comical in a few scenes. But it is the amazing story that blows me away every time. The ending scenes are sooo satisfying. It is really great that this masterpiece overlooked upon its release is getting the love it deserves. But with all that being said, Godfather is still invincible in every ways & it just keeps getting better & better with every viewing.

on 5/20/2013

The Godfather.

on 6/25/2013

The Godfather...... for sure.

on 6/30/2013

The two films which are probably considered the two best of all time the most. I’m going with The Godfather.

on 9/9/2013

DAMN! I have to choose Shawshank, however Godfather may be the better film. I just love Shawshank too much here to not pick it!


on 9/9/2013

Shawshank for sure.

on 10/10/2013

I agree with anyone that says either of these films is the greatest film ever made. Personally, there has never been a film greater than Shawshank. It's the ultimate story of hope. The Godfather is a film that is almost perfect. Not a single frame is in the film that isn't critical to the story, and it is some of the best direction I have ever seen. There isn't a wrong answer to this comparison.

on 11/13/2013

These two are possibly two of the greatest novel(la) to film adaptations that exist. They're flawless, or at least as close to flawless as a film can be. "Shawshank" is the greater emotional experience so it feels more...human, for lack of a better word. It's very close but "Shawshank" is my pick.

on 11/13/2013


on 12/11/2013

Godfather has the edge

on 12/29/2013

yeah, shawshank by far for me

on 1/3/2014

Shawshank is too good to beat, both are top 10 though

on 1/4/2014

So great to see you think so highly of two of my all-time favorite. I have them 1 and 3 or in other words, I don't disagree if someone has either as their all-time #1

on 2/7/2014

I was disappointed when The Shawshank Redemption edged out The Godfather for #1 spot on IMDB. With all due respect to Shawshank, come on! Shawshank is marvellous but The Godfather is beyond greatness. Godfather for me.

on 2/18/2014

Rewatched godfather after a long time. Never have I been so wrong about this movie. It's in my top 3 man! But I could go on and on why they are amazing and why i'd prefer the one over the other, but not now (maybe some other time), all I want to say is shawshank is my pick and that these two movies are, first of all a must watch, but also THE movies. Two masterpieces both of them.

on 3/3/2014

sorry, meant godfather is my pick....

on 3/7/2014

The Godfather easy

on 4/11/2014

Damn, 28-28! I'll break the tie though! Both teams are ranked in my top 5! The Godfather is #5 in my all-time list... and The Shawshank Redemption is #1... :D

on 4/12/2014


on 4/15/2014

I am saddened by how many votes Shawshank has over "The Godfather". Like choosing "Shakespeare in Love" above "Saving Private Ryan". :,(

on 4/15/2014

The Godfather is much better.

on 4/16/2014


on 4/22/2014

Shawshank for the win

on 6/7/2014

The godfather

on 6/19/2014

I choose the godfather the godfather is the best movie of all time the shawshank is all about two man in prison the godfather for ever

on 6/20/2014

Godfather is more legendary and even the greater achievement, but Shawshank is such a feel good story told in such a great way that I'm voting for it. Much respect to TGF though.

on 7/25/2014

People here who are voting for Shawshank are completely nuts. Shawshank is the perfect example of a film that can fool you into thinking it's great. It's sappy, condescending and manipulative. Shawshank is an average film at best. The Godfather on the other hand is subtle, beautiful and poetic. A absolute masterpiece.

on 7/30/2014

I can't help but laugh at the people who are calling The Godfather overrated when Shawshank Redemption is quite possibly the most overrated movie of the century. It's merely good.

on 7/30/2014

The Godfather is great but I'm going with Shawshank without hesitation. I never get tired of that one whereas I have to be in the right mood to sit down and watch The Godfather.

on 8/20/2014

Shawshank is better story

on 10/3/2014


on 10/12/2014

I think that The Shawshank Redemption is more entertaining. The Godfather is still miles better though.

on 10/29/2014


on 10/31/2014

Shawshank redemption is better

on 10/31/2014

Well, I'm going with Shawshank. Two of the all time greats.

on 10/8/2015

Shawshank Redemption

on 12/5/2015

One of the toughest choices...both movies are easily in my Top 5 of all time. Have to go with the Godfather.

on 12/15/2015

No good thing ever dies.Shawshank redemption gets the close win here

on 1/11/2017

The Godfather off course

on 4/24/2017

Gonna have to go with Shawshank


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on 4/18/2018

i fell The Godfather is a superior film, compared with the shawshank redemption.

on 10/19/2018

Both are the greatest classic films of the 70s and 90s but Shawshank is far better..

on 10/19/2018

Both are the greatest classic films of the 70s and 90s but Shawshank is far better..

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on 2/17/2019

The godfather Best movie against friendship???? but Shawshank fools loves friendship ????

on 2/17/2019

Shawshank is the better film.

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on 4/9/2019

Shawshank for the win

on 4/11/2019

I do not love the shawshank redemption as much as most people but it is certainly better than the godfather.

on 5/18/2019

I think shawshank is better than godfather

on 9/12/2019

im getting off this site