You want some Pacino with that !!!! Al Pacinos Best Filmsby MoviesGalore44 | created - 05 Aug 2011 | updated - 05 Aug 2011 | Public
This is a list of Pacino's films in the order of greatest performances to not so great. Keep in mind the list is completely subjective. All opinions and thoughts are welcomed. Hope everyone enjoys the list :)
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1. The Godfather: Part II (1974)
R | 202 min | Crime, Drama
The early life and career of Vito Corleone in 1920s New York City is portrayed, while his son, Michael, expands and tightens his grip on the family crime syndicate.
Votes: 919,645 | Gross: $57.30M
Pacino is lights out in this performance as the now grown up version of Corleone crime boss Michael
2. Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
R | 125 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
A man robs a bank to pay for his lover's operation; it turns into a hostage situation and a media circus.
Votes: 208,104 | Gross: $50.00M
In my opinion Pacino's best out of the box acting job as a off the wall bank robber
3. Serpico (1973)
R | 130 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
An honest New York cop named Frank Serpico blows the whistle on rampant corruption in the force only to have his comrades turn against him.
Votes: 90,839 | Gross: $29.80M
Pacino plays real life cop Frank Serpico in this gritty New York crime drama
4. The Godfather (1972)
R | 175 min | Crime, Drama
The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son.
Votes: 1,329,893 | Gross: $134.97M
The film that definitely put Pacino on the map in this Coppola classic about a young Michael Corleone
5. Scent of a Woman (1992)
R | 156 min | Drama
A prep school student needing money agrees to "babysit" a blind man, but the job is not at all what he anticipated.
Votes: 217,815 | Gross: $63.90M
Pacino wins the Oscar in this heart felt story of friendship
6. You Don't Know Jack (2010 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 134 min | Biography, Drama
A look at the life and work of doctor-assisted suicide advocate Jack Kevorkian.
A very very strong performance as Dr. Jack Kavorkian
7. Scarface (1983)
R | 170 min | Crime, Drama
In Miami in 1980, a determined Cuban immigrant takes over a drug cartel and succumbs to greed.
Votes: 618,804 | Gross: $45.60M
Pacino gives a strong performance as Cuban refugee turned cocaine kingpin in this violent Brian De Palma classic
8. Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)
R | 100 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
An examination of the machinations behind the scenes at a real estate office.
Votes: 84,795 | Gross: $10.73M
Pacino as the sales shark Tony Roma is awesome. Excellent performance by the whole cast as well as an aging Jack Lemmon
9. Carlito's Way (1993)
R | 144 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A Puerto Rican former convict, just released from prison, pledges to stay away from drugs and violence despite the pressure around him and lead on to a better life outside of N.Y.C.
Votes: 177,546 | Gross: $36.95M
Pacino plays the great Carlito Briganti a bad guy trying to turn away from a life of crime
10. Heat (1995)
R | 170 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A group of professional bank robbers start to feel the heat from police when they unknowingly leave a clue at their latest heist, while both sides attempt to find balance between their personal and professional lives.
Votes: 491,255 | Gross: $67.44M
A very good performance by screen legend Al Pacino in this super slick and violent bank robber action drama. This is the first time we get to see Pacino and Deniro appear on the same screen
11. Donnie Brasco (1997)
R | 127 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
An FBI undercover agent infiltrates the mob and finds himself identifying more with the mafia life, at the expense of his regular one.
Votes: 245,602 | Gross: $41.91M
A truly excellent performances that is equally as good by Johnny Depp in this real life crime drama. Pacino plays " Lefty "
12. ...and justice for all. (1979)
R | 119 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A lawyer is forced to defend a guilty judge, while defending other innocent clients, and trying to find punishment for the guilty and provide justice for the innocent.
Maybe its a little over the top but I enjoyed this film about a ethical lawyer facing corruption
13. The Insider (1999)
R | 157 min | Biography, Drama, Thriller
A research chemist comes under personal and professional attack when he decides to appear in a "60 Minutes" expose on Big Tobacco.
Votes: 144,202 | Gross: $28.97M
A very good performance by Pacino in this star studded film
14. The Godfather: Part III (1990)
R | 162 min | Crime, Drama
In the midst of trying to legitimize his business dealings in New York City and Italy in 1979, aging Mafia Don Michael Corleone seeks to avow for his sins, while taking his nephew Vincent Mancini under his wing.
Votes: 307,771 | Gross: $66.67M
Maybe not the best movie. Torn by critics and most certainly the weakest movie in the trilogy but certainly not a bad performance with Pacino as the aging boss of a crime family.
15. Insomnia (2002)
R | 118 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Two Los Angeles homicide detectives are dispatched to a northern town where the sun doesn't set to investigate the methodical murder of a local teen.
Votes: 242,101 | Gross: $67.36M
A really good performance by all actors in this confusing yet underrated thriller
16. Scarecrow (1973)
R | 112 min | Drama
Max, an ex-con drifter with a penchant for brawling is amused by Lion, a homeless ex-sailor, and they partner up as they head east together.
This is a very good film starring Pacino along side Hackman. Pacino plays a homeless sailor in this fun to watch hard to find film
17. Any Given Sunday (1999)
R | 162 min | Drama, Sport
A behind-the-scenes look at the life-and-death struggles of modern-day gladiators and those who lead them.
Votes: 103,573 | Gross: $75.53M
Pacino's locker room speech alone gets a thumbs up in this sports drama directed by Oliver Stone that depicts the world of a fictional pro football team.
18. Chinese Coffee (2000)
R | 99 min | Drama
Harry and Jake, two unsuccessful writers, spend a cathartic evening arguing about money, aesthetics, their friendship, and Harry's new manuscript.
Pacino directs in this offbeat drama about two unsuccessful writers. Maybe I am being bias due to the fact I am a huge Pacino fan but this one is good
19. The Devil's Advocate (1997)
R | 144 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
An exceptionally adept Florida lawyer is offered a job to work in New York City for a high-end law firm with a high-end boss - the biggest opportunity of his career to date.
Votes: 287,134 | Gross: $60.98M
Al Pacino plays the Devil himself in this film about a lawyer making life altering decisions between good and evil
20. Frankie and Johnny (1991)
R | 118 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Johnny has just been released from prison, and gets a job in a café beside waitress Frankie. Frankie is a bit of a loner, but Johnny is determined their romance will blossom.
Votes: 25,078 | Gross: $22.77M
Really good chemistry between both actors in this drama/ comedy romance
21. Sea of Love (1989)
R | 113 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
A detective investigating a series of murders becomes involved with a woman who may be the culprit.
Votes: 32,996 | Gross: $58.57M
Pacino is good in this Erotic Crime Thriller along side Ellen Barkin in this Basic Instinct before Basic Instinct kind of movie
22. The Panic in Needle Park (1971)
PG | 110 min | Drama
Follows the lives of heroin addicts who frequent "Needle Park" in New York City.
A very underrated and hard to find movie about Heroin addicts in who hang out in Central Park
23. Two Bits (1995)
PG-13 | 85 min | Drama
It's a hot summer day in 1933 in South Philly, where 12-year old Gennaro lives with his widowed mom and his ailing grandpa, who sits outside holding tight to his last quarter, which he's ... See full summary »
Votes: 2,963 | Gross: $0.03M
This movie falls under the radar but is actually pretty good especially for a Pacino fan as he is reunited with Scarface cast member Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio
24. Angels in America (2003)
TV-MA | 352 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Playwright Tony Kushner adapts his political epic about the AIDS crisis during the mid-1980s and centers the story around a group of separate but connected individuals.
A very underrated HBO mini series
25. The Local Stigmatic (1990)
TV-14 | 56 min | Drama
Two symbiotic sociopaths play obscurely deviant mind games with each other while engaging in perversely brutal acts of violence against victims apparently chosen at random.
A pretty good if not forgotten performance by Pacino who plays a Englishman who talks about Greyhound racing and Winston Churchill
26. City Hall (1996)
R | 111 min | Drama
The accidental shooting of a boy in New York leads to an investigation by the Deputy Mayor, and unexpectedly far-reaching consequences.
Votes: 17,865 | Gross: $20.20M
Not a bad movie by any means but it just seems a bit forced in this crime drama starring Big Al as a mayor
27. The Merchant of Venice (2004)
R | 131 min | Drama, Romance
In 16th century Venice, when a merchant must default on a large loan from an abused Jewish moneylender for a friend with romantic ambitions, the bitterly vengeful creditor demands a gruesome payment instead.
Votes: 31,872 | Gross: $3.77M
I wouldn't say this is a bad film.....But I wouldn't say this is a display of Pacino's finer talents
28. The Son of No One (2011)
R | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A young cop is assigned to a precinct in the working class neighborhood where he grew up, and an old secret threatens to destroy his life and his family.
Votes: 15,283 | Gross: $0.03M
A pretty good flick that is due to be released soon. I had the pleasure of watching this at a screening at it wasn't bad at all
29. Dick Tracy (1990)
PG | 105 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
The comic strip detective finds his life vastly complicated when Breathless Mahoney makes advances towards him while he is trying to battle Big Boy Caprice's united mob.
Votes: 51,479 | Gross: $103.74M
At times awkward in this movie about the comic strip Dick Tracy. A at times fun film but I found it hard to make out Pacino covered in clumps of makeup
30. Two for the Money (2005)
R | 122 min | Drama, Sport, Thriller
After suffering a career-ending knee injury, a former college football star aligns himself with one of the most renowned touts in the sports-gambling business.
Votes: 39,518 | Gross: $22.86M
Not a bad performance to a not so bad movie. But not exactly what you would come to expect from the same guy who played Michael Corleone
31. Me, Natalie (1969)
M | 111 min | Comedy, Drama
A young woman struggles for independence.
Pacino's sharpens his acting chops for bigger roles to come in his first major role
32. The Recruit (2003)
PG-13 | 115 min | Action, Drama, Mystery
A brilliant young CIA trainee is asked by his mentor to help find a mole in the Agency.
Votes: 120,899 | Gross: $52.80M
Not even Pacino can save this one standing next to a very wooden Farrell spurting out poorly written lines
33. Author! Author! (1982)
PG | 110 min | Comedy, Drama, Family
While facing the stress of his play being produced on Broadway, a playwright deals with having to raise his son, his stepdaughters, and his stepsons.
Votes: 4,490 | Gross: $13.11M
Pacino plays a writer in this middle of the line family comedy
34. Bobby Deerfield (1977)
PG | 124 min | Drama, Romance
Bobby Deerfield, a famous American race car driver on the European circuit, falls in love with the enigmatic Lillian Morelli, who is terminally ill.
Votes: 3,241 | Gross: $9.30M
Pacino stars as a famous race car driver in this less then memorable film. Not a bad movie in itself. But not worthy of great Pacino performances to come
35. Cruising (1980)
R | 102 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
A police detective goes undercover in the underground S&M gay subculture of New York City to catch a serial killer who is preying on gay men.
Votes: 15,243 | Gross: $19.80M
If this movie was not so strange and at times over the time with leather S&M gear It wouldn't be half bad. But weird background music along with fading script and storyline make this cult followed movie one that falls flat as a Pacino performance. However the dance scene with Al is if nothing else awkward as well as hilarious
36. S1m0ne (2002)
PG-13 | 117 min | Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi
A producer's film is endangered when his star walks off, so he decides to digitally create an actress to substitute for the star, becoming an overnight sensation that everyone thinks is a real person.
Votes: 54,897 | Gross: $9.68M
A less then memorable performance in a less then memorable film
37. Righteous Kill (2008)
R | 101 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
Two veteran New York City detectives work on a case of serial executions of criminals who escaped justice.
Votes: 77,822 | Gross: $40.08M
Not the worst movie by any means but way more was expected in this combo of two of the finest screen actors around
38. Ocean's Thirteen (2007)
PG-13 | 122 min | Crime, Thriller
Danny Ocean rounds up the boys for a third heist, after casino owner Willy Bank double-crosses one of the original eleven, Reuben Tishkoff.
Votes: 282,250 | Gross: $117.15M
Not Pacino's fault as well but you could sense he was just going through the motions on this one
39. Revolution (1985)
PG | 126 min | Adventure, Drama, History
New York trapper Tom Dobb becomes an unwilling participant in the American Revolution after his son Ned is drafted into the Army by the villainous Sergeant Major Peasy. Tom attempts to find... See full summary »
Votes: 5,555 | Gross: $0.36M
Big Al does not give a terrible performance and the movie itself is not bad at all. It is just he was slightly miscast in this little viewed film
40. 88 Minutes (2007)
R | 108 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
On the day that a serial killer that he helped put away is supposed to be executed, a noted forensic psychologist and college professor receives a call informing him that he has 88 minutes left to live.
Votes: 69,756 | Gross: $16.93M
Not one of Pacino's finer acting moments. Not to say he was very bad in it . But lets just say this was the wrong script at the wrong time
41. People I Know (2002)
R | 100 min | Crime, Drama
A New York press agent must scramble when his major client becomes embroiled in a huge scandal.
Votes: 10,381 | Gross: $0.12M
Even Big Al himself later said he should not have done this film. Such a depressing movie and the storyline flat and lifeless
42. Gigli (2003)
R | 121 min | Comedy, Crime, Romance
The violent story about how a criminal lesbian, a tough-guy hitman with a heart of gold, and a mentally challenged man came to be best friends through a hostage.
Votes: 43,444 | Gross: $6.07M
Not necessarily Pacino's fault but not even Al could save this sewer sludge waste of a film