You want some Pacino with that !!!! Al Pacinos Best Films

by 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

85 Metascore

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.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton

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

86 Metascore

A man robs a bank to pay for his lover's operation; it turns into a hostage situation and a media circus.

Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Al Pacino, John Cazale, Penelope Allen, Sully Boyar

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

87 Metascore

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.

Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Al Pacino, John Randolph, Jack Kehoe, Biff McGuire

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

100 Metascore

The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Diane Keaton

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

59 Metascore

A prep school student needing money agrees to "babysit" a blind man, but the job is not at all what he anticipated.

Director: Martin Brest | Stars: Al Pacino, Chris O'Donnell, James Rebhorn, Gabrielle Anwar

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.

Director: Barry Levinson | Stars: Al Pacino, Brenda Vaccaro, John Goodman, Deirdre O'Connell

Votes: 23,912

A very very strong performance as Dr. Jack Kavorkian

7. Scarface (1983)

R | 170 min | Crime, Drama

65 Metascore

In Miami in 1980, a determined Cuban immigrant takes over a drug cartel and succumbs to greed.

Director: Brian De Palma | Stars: Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer, Steven Bauer, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio

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

80 Metascore

An examination of the machinations behind the scenes at a real estate office.

Director: James Foley | Stars: Al Pacino, Jack Lemmon, Alec Baldwin, Alan Arkin

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.

Director: Brian De Palma | Stars: Al Pacino, Sean Penn, Penelope Ann Miller, John Leguizamo

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

76 Metascore

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.

Director: Michael Mann | Stars: Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Val Kilmer, Jon Voight

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

76 Metascore

An FBI undercover agent infiltrates the mob and finds himself identifying more with the mafia life, at the expense of his regular one.

Director: Mike Newell | Stars: Al Pacino, Johnny Depp, Michael Madsen, Bruno Kirby

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

58 Metascore

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.

Director: Norman Jewison | Stars: Al Pacino, Jack Warden, John Forsythe, Lee Strasberg

Votes: 26,033

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

84 Metascore

A research chemist comes under personal and professional attack when he decides to appear in a "60 Minutes" expose on Big Tobacco.

Director: Michael Mann | Stars: Russell Crowe, Al Pacino, Christopher Plummer, Diane Venora

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

60 Metascore

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.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: Al Pacino, Diane Keaton, Andy Garcia, Talia Shire

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

78 Metascore

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.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Al Pacino, Robin Williams, Hilary Swank, Martin Donovan

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

72 Metascore

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.

Director: Jerry Schatzberg | Stars: Gene Hackman, Al Pacino, Dorothy Tristan, Ann Wedgeworth

Votes: 13,026

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

52 Metascore

A behind-the-scenes look at the life-and-death struggles of modern-day gladiators and those who lead them.

Director: Oliver Stone | Stars: Al Pacino, Dennis Quaid, Cameron Diaz, James Woods

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.

Director: Al Pacino | Stars: Al Pacino, Jerry Orbach, Susan Floyd, Ellen McElduff

Votes: 3,307

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

60 Metascore

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.

Director: Taylor Hackford | Stars: Keanu Reeves, Al Pacino, Charlize Theron, Jeffrey Jones

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

66 Metascore

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.

Director: Garry Marshall | Stars: Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer, Hector Elizondo, Nathan Lane

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

66 Metascore

A detective investigating a series of murders becomes involved with a woman who may be the culprit.

Director: Harold Becker | Stars: Al Pacino, Ellen Barkin, John Goodman, Michael Rooker

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.

Director: Jerry Schatzberg | Stars: Al Pacino, Kitty Winn, Alan Vint, Richard Bright

Votes: 13,557

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 »

Director: James Foley | Stars: Al Pacino, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Jerry Barone, Patrick Borriello

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.

Stars: Al Pacino, Meryl Streep, Emma Thompson, Mary-Louise Parker

Votes: 23,476

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.

Director: David F. Wheeler | Stars: Al Pacino, Paul Guilfoyle, Joseph Maher, Michael Higgins

Votes: 1,275

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.

Director: Harold Becker | Stars: Al Pacino, John Cusack, Bridget Fonda, Danny Aiello

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

63 Metascore

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.

Director: Michael Radford | Stars: Al Pacino, Joseph Fiennes, Lynn Collins, Jeremy Irons

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

36 Metascore

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.

Director: Dito Montiel | Stars: Channing Tatum, Al Pacino, Juliette Binoche, James Ransone

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.

Director: Warren Beatty | Stars: Warren Beatty, Madonna, Al Pacino, Charlie Korsmo

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

50 Metascore

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.

Director: D.J. Caruso | Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Al Pacino, Rene Russo, Armand Assante

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.

Director: Fred Coe | Stars: Patty Duke, James Farentino, Martin Balsam, Elsa Lanchester

Votes: 710

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

56 Metascore

A brilliant young CIA trainee is asked by his mentor to help find a mole in the Agency.

Director: Roger Donaldson | Stars: Al Pacino, Colin Farrell, Bridget Moynahan, Gabriel Macht

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.

Director: Arthur Hiller | Stars: Al Pacino, Dyan Cannon, Tuesday Weld, Bob Dishy

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.

Director: Sydney Pollack | Stars: Al Pacino, Marthe Keller, Anny Duperey, Walter McGinn

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.

Director: William Friedkin | Stars: Al Pacino, Paul Sorvino, Karen Allen, Richard Cox

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

49 Metascore

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.

Director: Andrew Niccol | Stars: Al Pacino, Catherine Keener, Rachel Roberts, Benjamin Salisbury

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

36 Metascore

Two veteran New York City detectives work on a case of serial executions of criminals who escaped justice.

Director: Jon Avnet | Stars: Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Carla Gugino, 50 Cent

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

62 Metascore

Danny Ocean rounds up the boys for a third heist, after casino owner Willy Bank double-crosses one of the original eleven, Reuben Tishkoff.

Director: Steven Soderbergh | Stars: George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Michael Mantell

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 »

Director: Hugh Hudson | Stars: Al Pacino, Donald Sutherland, Nastassja Kinski, Joan Plowright

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

17 Metascore

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.

Director: Jon Avnet | Stars: Al Pacino, Alicia Witt, Ben McKenzie, Leelee Sobieski

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

53 Metascore

A New York press agent must scramble when his major client becomes embroiled in a huge scandal.

Director: Daniel Algrant | Stars: Al Pacino, Téa Leoni, Ryan O'Neal, Kim Basinger

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

18 Metascore

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.

Director: Martin Brest | Stars: Ben Affleck, Jennifer Lopez, Justin Bartha, Terry Camilleri

Votes: 43,444 | Gross: $6.07M

Not necessarily Pacino's fault but not even Al could save this sewer sludge waste of a film