Director Francis Ford Coppola says he "feels badly" that The Godfather is Boris Johnson's favourite movie, adding that the British prime minster is about to "bring the UK to ruin".

Johnson first named the director’s universally acclaimed 1972 mafia movie, which stars Marlon Brando, Al Pacino and Diane Keaton, as his favourite of all time in an interview with the The Daily Mail during the summer and now Coppola, who went on to make two Godfather sequels, has responded.

Marlon Brando in The Godfather 

Coppola said Johnson has joined in with "modern history’s most brutal figures, including Saddam Hussein, Muammar Gaddafi" in picking the film as his number one choice.

In an interview with UK website MarketWatch, he said, "I feel badly that scenes in a gangster film might inspire any activity in the real world or [provide] encouragement to someone I see is about to bring the beloved United Kingdom to ruin."

He added, "I love the United Kingdom and its many contributions to humanity, ranging from our beautiful language and Newtonian physics to penicillin and am horrified that it would even consider doing such a foolish thing as leaving the European Union."

Coppola: Johnson is about to "bring the UK to ruin".

Johnson has said that he specifically liked the retribution killings depicted in Coppola's movie.

Former Prime Minister Theresa May told the Mail on Sunday that her three favourite films are Casablanca, You Only Live Twice, and The Fugitive.

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