The surviving cast of The Godfather have gathered in New York for a 45th anniversary reunion.

Francis Ford Coppola, Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Diane Keaton, James Caan, Talia Shire and Robert Duvall watched The Godfather (1972) and The Godfather: Part II (1974) with an audience of 6,000 on the closing night of the Tribeca Film Festival on Saturday.

Coppola said he had not seen the movies “for years”, adding that watching them again had been “a very emotional experience”.

“I forgot a lot about the making of it and thought about the story, and the story used a lot of family and my personal stuff.”

The two films tell the tale of a Sicilian orphan who formed the Corleone crime family after moving to the US at the turn of the 20th century.