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Best and worst Al Pacino movies

  • Best and worst Al Pacino movies

    Al Pacino has been lighting up the big screen since the late 1960s, gaining a devoted fanbase with his good looks, great acting, and rough-and-tumble charm. His first film debut was a small role as a character named Tony in 1969’s drama “Me, Natalie” starring Patty Duke. However, that wasn’t his big break. It was Francis Ford Coppola's 1972 gangster flick “The Godfather” three years later that made him an instant legend. In that film, the Italian-American actor played the iconic lead character Michael Corleone—a part he beat out Jack Nicholson, Robert Redford, Warren Beatty, and Robert De Niro to get.

    The following year he played the title character in 1973’s Oscar-nominated drama “Serpico” and together these two films cemented his public perception as a leading man. For the next few decades, he played mostly cops and gangsters in crime thrillers. Though he indeed starred in a few comedies and romantic dramas (“Frankie and Johnny” and “Scent Of A Woman” being two of the most famous), most of his quieter, non-dramatic roles came later in life. His early days were filled with shootouts, car chases, and lots of Italian-American swagger.

    Today, Pacino has over four dozen film credits to his name, as well as a handful of appearances on TV, stage, and in documentaries. He’s received accolades for his work, many of which came early in his career. His first Oscar nomination, for example, was for the first Godfather film (which also scored him a Golden Globe nomination). This kicked off a four-year streak where he was nominated for an Oscar and a Golden Globe every year between 1973 and 1976. In total, Pacino has been nominated for seven Oscars (winning one) and 17 Golden Globes (winning four). He also has a Grammy nomination, two Tony wins, and two Screen Actors Guild wins.

    Not all of his films have been Oscar-winners—there have certainly been some duds in there, too. To honor the prolific actor, Stacker has put together a list of every Al Pacino movie ever made, ranked from worst to best, according to IMDb user ratings (pulled on July 11, 2019). We only included feature-length Pacino films and excluded “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” which hasn't come out yet. We broke ties by looking at the number of votes.

    Check out the gallery ahead to see where your favorite Pacino movie ranks.

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  • #49. Gigli (2003)

    Directed by Martin Brest

    - IMDb user rating: 2.4
    - Votes: 44,622
    - Metascore: 18
    - Runtime: 121 min

    Martin Brest’s “Gigli” is widely considered a terrible movie that’s frequently the butt of jokes—and unfortunately, Pacino’s performance wasn’t enough to save it. The film won seven Razzies (it was nominated for nine) including Worst Picture, Worst Actor, Worst Actress, and even Pacino’s role of Worst Supporting Actor. It also won five Stinkers Bad Movie awards (having been nominated for 11) and only brought in $7.2 million of its $75.6 budget.

  • #48. Jack and Jill (2011)

    Directed by Dennis Dugan

    - IMDb user rating: 3.3
    - Votes: 71,760
    - Metascore: 23
    - Runtime: 91 min

    Shortly after “Jack and Jill” was released in 2011, The Daily Beast’s Ramin Setoodeh called it the “worst movie ever made.” The Adam Sandler comedy, in which Pacino plays a caricatured version of himself, broke Razzie records with 12 nominations and also achieved the show’s first ever full sweep, cleaning up in every category including Worst Picture, Worst Actor, and Worst Actress. Pacino’s performance was one of the few elements that most critics agreed worked. “Although it features an inexplicably committed performance from Al Pacino, ’Jack and Jill’ is impossible to recommend on any level whatsoever,” wrote movie critic Jeff Leins.

  • #47. We're No Animals (2013)

    Directed by Alejandro Agresti

    - IMDb user rating: 5.1
    - Votes: 440
    - Metascore: data not available
    - Runtime: 90 min

    “We're No Animals” (“No Somos Animales”) is a 2013 comedy directed by Argentine filmmaker Alejandro Agresti about a Hollywood movie-maker who moves to South America to pursue more personal projects after getting burned out on Hollywood. Pacino has a small cameo in the film, which John Cusack co-wrote and stars in.

  • #46. The Son of No One (2011)

    Directed by Dito Montiel

    - IMDb user rating: 5.1
    - Votes: 15,776
    - Metascore: 36
    - Runtime: 90 min

    Directed by Dito Montiel—an author who also wrote the book the film is adapted from—this 2011 movie is a cop thriller starring Channing Tatum as a young police officer trying to clear his name from an incident in his past. Pacino plays a corrupt older detective who helped the protagonist years ago but has now become part of the political system. The film received mostly negative reviews, and at Sundance a handful of people even walked out during a private screening.

  • #45. Hangman (2017)

    Directed by Johnny Martin

    - IMDb user rating: 5.2
    - Votes: 10,512
    - Metascore: 31
    - Runtime: 98 min

    This 2017 thriller, which follows two investigators as they hunt down a serial killer who’s been using the kid’s game “Hangman” to stage murders, received exceptionally low ratings when it came out. The independent crime drama—which “makes a typical episode of 'Criminal Minds' look sophisticated, according to The Hollywood Reporter—has an abysmal approval rating of 5% on Rotten Tomatoes.

  • #44. Revolution (1985)

    Directed by Hugh Hudson

    - IMDb user rating: 5.3
    - Votes: 5,918
    - Metascore: data not available
    - Runtime: 126 min

    This 1985 historical drama follows fur trapper Tom Dobb, played by Pacino, as he finds himself accidentally involved in the American Revolutionary War. The film was a giant box office flop that lost lots of money and prompted widespread criticism. At the time, Variety likened it to visiting a museum, saying that the movie “looks good without really being alive.”

  • #43. Misconduct (2016)

    Directed by Shintaro Shimosawa

    - IMDb user rating: 5.3
    - Votes: 13,611
    - Metascore: 24
    - Runtime: 106 min

    “Misconduct” is another Pacino film that received strikingly low ratings across the board, barely managing a 7% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It’s about a lawyer who ends up in a web of blackmail after taking a case against a corrupt pharmaceutical executive. Among many critics, Empire Online called out the film’s “fumbling ludicrousness” which it said was “muddled, risible and overstuffed with twists.”

  • #42. People I Know (2002)

    Directed by Daniel Algrant

    - IMDb user rating: 5.5
    - Votes: 10,631
    - Metascore: 53
    - Runtime: 100 min

    Another crime drama, this 2002 film by Daniel Algrant is about a prescription drug-addicted publicist (played by Pacino) who’s hired by a politician to assist with a major scandal. The movie, which included footage of the World Trade Center at the time, was originally scheduled to be released earlier but was pushed back due to the Sep. 11 terror attacks. The images ended up being removed from the film but can be seen on the DVD release version.

  • #41. The Humbling (2014)

    Directed by Barry Levinson

    - IMDb user rating: 5.6
    - Votes: 5,931
    - Metascore: 59
    - Runtime: 112 min

    Pacino optioned this movie after reading the book, tapping director Barry Levinson to direct it for him. It’s a dark comedy in which Pacino plays Simon Axler, an aging, suicidal actor who gets involved with an ex-girlfriend’s daughter. Although the reception was mixed, the overall consensus was not positive. As Rotten Tomatoes summarized: “'The Humbling’ is an inarguable highlight of Al Pacino's late-period filmography, but that's an admittedly low bar that it doesn't always clear by a very wide margin.”

  • #40. Manglehorn (2014)

    Directed by David Gordon Green

    - IMDb user rating: 5.6
    - Votes: 6,582
    - Metascore: 56
    - Runtime: 97 min

    In this 2014 independent drama directed by David Gordon Green, Pacino plays an aging key-maker named A.J. Manglehorn who’s stuck on a long-lost love. He meets a bank teller, played by Holly Hunter, who shows him kindness and brings him around. Although the film did not earn outstanding reviews, Pacino’s performance was mostly well-received.

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