I have no argument with the people that go with Godfather over Godfather 2. The AFI did that. Both movies are excellent excellent. But how does Godfather 1 beat Godfather 2? What does it have or do that the other one doesn't? Is it just more enjoyable? Was the Miami/Cuba thing too distracting? Is 2 just less romantic and enjoyable? Less New York? What's the theory there?
I loved 1 but enjoyed 2 more. But it's splitting hairs in my opinion. Both are phenomenal. Also (IMO) 3 is the largest drop off of any sequal in movie history. Not that 3 is the worst sequal movie in history (there have been some incredibly bad sequals), but in terms of drop-off I think it takes the prize. From best ever stratosphere (1 and 2) to somewhere between mediocre and poor (3).
My Favorite 10 (no order):
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
The Killing Fields
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
The Deer Hunter