Al Pacino's Filmography - Best to worst (so far)

by mattiasflgrtll6 | created - 23 Aug 2016 | updated - 1 month ago | Public

I've seen over half of them at least, so I decided I'd make this list. However, I will extend it as I see more of his work!

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1. Carlito's Way (1993)

R | 144 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

65 Metascore

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: 188,086 | Gross: $36.95M


Will always be his best. It was a riveting emotional masterpiece. I don't think anything will ever be able to top it.

2. 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: 151,560 | Gross: $28.97M


I love movies about the newspaper and reporting industry, and this is maybe the absolute best in the genre.

3. Scarface (1983)

R | 170 min | Crime, Drama

65 Metascore

In 1980 Miami, 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: 679,052 | Gross: $45.60M


You knew it would be up high on here. You knew it.

But it deserves it.

4. Dog Day Afternoon (1975)

R | 125 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

86 Metascore

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

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

Votes: 221,423 | Gross: $50.00M


One of the saddest movies I've ever seen.

5. 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: 257,152 | Gross: $67.36M


Not only fantastic, it's horribly underrated as well.

6. Manglehorn (2014)

PG-13 | 97 min | Drama

56 Metascore

Left heartbroken by the woman he loved and lost many years ago, Manglehorn, an eccentric small-town locksmith, tries to start his life over again with the help of a new friend.

Director: David Gordon Green | Stars: Al Pacino, Holly Hunter, Harmony Korine, Chris Messina

Votes: 6,694 | Gross: $0.13M


This movie got mixed reviews, and unjustly so. This is one of his most hearfelt performances to date.

7. ...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: 28,066


The best court movie ever made.

8. 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: 1,473,991 | Gross: $134.97M


Easily the best in the trilogy. Not even a contest.

9. Danny Collins (2015)

R | 106 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

58 Metascore

An aging rock star decides to change his life when he discovers a 40-year-old letter written to him by John Lennon.

Director: Dan Fogelman | Stars: Al Pacino, Annette Bening, Jennifer Garner, Bobby Cannavale

Votes: 28,041 | Gross: $5.35M


I knew I would like it. But not that I would LOVE it! :O

10. 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: 3,091 | Gross: $0.03M


This movie premiered at an unfortunate time. The same year, Heat was released and got a lot more attention. Honestly, I think this movie is better than Heat. Check it out if you want a really great down-to-earth drama.

11. 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: 26,849 | Gross: $22.77M


This is the kind of romantic comedy we need more of.

12. 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: 237,556 | Gross: $63.90M


I sense... a great movie!

13. The Devil's Advocate (1997)

R | 144 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

60 Metascore

An exceptionally adept Florida lawyer is offered a job at a high-end New York City 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: 307,167 | Gross: $60.98M


His only horror movie. You can tell he had a lot of fun with this, and so did I. The most surprising thing is how creepy it was. You scared me, Pacino! The cinematography is incredibly gorgeous too.

14. Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (2019)

R | 161 min | Comedy, Drama

83 Metascore

A faded television actor and his stunt double strive to achieve fame and success in the film industry during the final years of Hollywood's Golden Age in 1969 Los Angeles.

Director: Quentin Tarantino | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Emile Hirsch

Votes: 214,120 | Gross: $135.37M


He's not in that that much, but he's still terrific for the little screentime he has. And the movie is highly recommended seeing for anyone who loves Tarantino.

15. 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: 258,407 | Gross: $41.91M


The second most emotionally intense gangster flick of his next to Carlito's Way. You feel so bad for his character, and Johnny Depp himself gives the greatest performance of his career.

16. 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: 89,837 | Gross: $10.73M


Nonstop entertaining dark comedy and real estate salesmen. Not really a subject I'm interested in, but the cast of characters are so colorful and expertly acted you don't need to be an expert to be having a blast. Of course though, the best one of all is Al Pacino, perfectly walking the fine line between a man of authority and someone who cares about how you feel, could be your friend. One of his best few comedy performances.

17. The Godfather: Part II (1974)

R | 202 min | Crime, Drama

90 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: 1,025,856 | Gross: $57.30M


I found it a little slow in some parts... Other than that, it was great.

18. 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: 54,231 | Gross: $103.74M

One of the funniest roles that Al Pacino has ever had. The look of the film is also very stylish and nicely colorful. 8.5/10

19. 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: 4,751 | Gross: $13.11M


You will be missed, Arthur Hiller. This solid comedy delivers both on the laughs as well as on the feels. I also like how the kids in this movie swear naturally.

20. Revolution (1985)

PG-13 | 126 min | Adventure, Drama, History

A trapper and his young son get pulled into the American revolution early as unwilling participants and remain involved through to the end.

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

Votes: 5,990 | Gross: $0.36M


I find it hard to believe this movie was so bad it ruined Pacino's career. I thought it was really, really good. The most underrated movie he's ever done.

21. 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: 56,868 | Gross: $9.68M


Funny, witty but depressing satire on the artificial nature of celebrity obsession.

22. Looking for Richard (1996)

PG-13 | 111 min | Documentary, Drama

Al Pacino's deeply-felt rumination on Shakespeare's significance and relevance to the modern world through interviews and an in-depth analysis of "Richard III."

Director: Al Pacino | Stars: Al Pacino, Alec Baldwin, Kevin Spacey, Frederic Kimball

Votes: 7,655 | Gross: $1.36M


A very good documentary! It's an ambitious subject, and Al Pacino does a great job directing it. And while he's himself in most of the movie, he's fantastic in the scenes where he's acting (doing the Richard III play). A must for all fans of Pacino.

23. 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: 1,367


It's that odd independent project which people saw and were confused by afterwards. But while others think the confusing tone is a bad thing, I think that's the appeal. There's something mysterious about it which I can't quite explain. Don't knock it, give it a chance and judge for yourself.

24. 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: 35,365 | Gross: $58.57M


Suspenseful and also more romantic than I expected. Has some great lines as well: "COME THE WET ASS HOUR, I'M *EVERYBODY'S* DADDY!"

25. The Recruit (2003)

PG-13 | 115 min | Action, Thriller

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: 125,091 | Gross: $52.80M


Predictable, but very entertaining spy movie.

26. Bobby Deerfield (1977)

PG | 124 min | Drama, Romance

47 Metascore

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: 3,483 | Gross: $9.30M

8/10: Slowpaced, but very moving and one of Pacino's lowkey tearjerkers. He and Marthe Keller have BRILLIANT chemistry together, playing the couple that couldn't be any more different from each other, but still feel a deep love for each other underneath.

27. 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: 25,269


Touches a very sensitive subject successfully. It's one of those movies which really makes you think afterwards.

28. The Panic in Needle Park (1971)

PG | 110 min | Drama

74 Metascore

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: 14,619


If any movie should convince you to never do drugs, it's this one! A good early look into Pacino's acting career.

29. 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: 99,081 | Gross: $29.80M


A disturbing look at police force corruption. Serpico was a hero, and Pacino does an honor to him with his portrayal.

30. 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.

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

Votes: 533,439 | Gross: $67.44M


It's pretty good, but one of his more overrated movies. The excellent acting by Pacino, Robert De Niro and Val Kilmer made it worth an 8.

31. 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: 107,448 | Gross: $75.53M


So good it almost makes me care about sports.

32. 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: 331,649 | Gross: $66.67M


Come on, people. Godfather 3 was really not that bad.

33. 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: 33,373 | Gross: $3.77M


Interesting movie, mostly due to Pacino's fantastic performance. I love how he reads Shakespeare, with such passion and confidence in the words.

The length is overbearing however and some scenes are boring which is why the rating isn't higher, but still a solid adaption of a classic play, and they couldn't have gotten anyone better to play Shylock.

34. Stand Up Guys (2012)

R | 95 min | Comedy, Crime, Thriller

41 Metascore

A pair of aging stickup men try to get the old gang back together for one last hurrah before one of the guys takes his last assignment - to kill his comrade.

Director: Fisher Stevens | Stars: Al Pacino, Christopher Walken, Alan Arkin, Julianna Margulies

Votes: 51,017 | Gross: $3.30M


Sure it has some flaws and the ending felt a bit rushed, but I thought it was enjoyable for what it was. It's really more about friendships than about crime life.

35. Righteous Kill (2008)

R | 101 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

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: 81,385 | Gross: $40.08M


Surprisingly enough it's Robert De Niro who steals the show instead, but Pacino was still good in it. The Razzie nomination was very unwarranted.

36. 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: 18,622 | Gross: $20.20M


All over the place (I still couldn't figure out the plot one hour into the movie) and kinda disappointing, but solid for a time passer and it's a load of fun seeing Pacino play the mayor. John Cusack and Bridget Fonda are also good as usual.

37. Misconduct (2016)

R | 106 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

24 Metascore

When an ambitious young lawyer takes on a big case against a powerful and ruthless executive of a large pharmaceutical company, he soon finds himself involved in a case of blackmail and corruption.

Director: Shintaro Shimosawa | Stars: Josh Duhamel, Anthony Hopkins, Al Pacino, Alice Eve

Votes: 13,904


It wasn't awful, but I expected much more. You can watch it once, but is not very suitable for repeated viewings.

38. 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: 10,698 | Gross: $0.12M


The first 30 minutes are great.

The rest of it makes me scratch my head. I was pretty irritated after watching it I'll admit, since the plot could've been handled much better with a more competent screenwriter.

Eh. It's okay.

39. 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: 41,477 | Gross: $22.86M


Good humor and acting (from the *first* lead), but a dull plot and awful acting from Matthew McConaughey makes this one forgettable.

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: 72,116 | Gross: $16.93M


I didn't even hate it, it's simply another case of squandered potential. The first half hour is promising, but as the movie goes on less and less starts to make sense, not to mention Pacino and William Forsythe are the only good actors here. The rest of them are terrible, especially Alicia Witt and Leelee Sobeiski.

41. Hangman (II) (2017)

R | 98 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

31 Metascore

A homicide detective brings his partner out of retirement to help catch a serial killer whose crimes are based on the children's game Hangman.

Director: Johnny Martin | Stars: Al Pacino, Karl Urban, Brittany Snow, Joe Anderson

Votes: 11,214


By far the worst one next to Son Of No One. The ONLY reason this doesn't rank as low is because it actually does have kind of a story. As poorly developed as it is.

42. The Son of No One (2011)

R | 90 min | Action, Crime, Drama

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: 15,903 | Gross: $0.03M


Oh my God, I fucking hate this lazily written pretentious piece of shit! FUCK THIS MOVIE!

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