Some filmmakers have ‘golden periods’ during which they craft a number of masterpieces almost in a row. After that, they seem to struggle to reach such heights ever again.

Arguments could be made for the likes of John Carpenter, Tim Burton, John McTiernan, Michael Mann and Oliver Stone all fitting that description, and the same is true of Francis Ford Coppola.

Whilst his first three films in the late 1960s didn’t really click with people, Coppola effectively owned cinema in the 1970s with four of the greatest movies ever made – the first two “The Godfather” films, “The Conversation” and “Apocalypse Now”.

After that however, he has struggled to recapture success. Whilst there’s plenty of good and some borderline great films in there, none really match his best work going by the critical reaction.

To celebrate Coppola’s return to Cannes competition with the upcoming “Megalopolis,” World of Reel asked over 100 critics and influencers (myself included) to vote what they would consider Coppola’s best film after 1979’s “Apocalypse Now”.

The result was a clear winner with his 1992 film “Bram Stoker’s Dracula” winning the poll with 25 votes, beating out nearest challenger “Rumble Fish” from 1983 with 20 votes.

“The Outsiders” and “One From the Heart” came third and fourth with 12 votes, followed by “Peggy Sue Got Married” with 9 votes in fifth.

“The Godfather Part III,” “Tucker: The Man and His Dream,” “The Cotton Club,” “The Rainmaker” and “Tetro” rounded out the top ten.

Of the fourteen films, three didn’t garner a single vote – “Gardens of Stone,” “Youth Without Youth” and “Twixt,” whilst “Jack” garnered a single vote.

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