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Best and worst Al Pacino movies

  • #29. Stand Up Guys (2012)

    Directed by Fisher Stevens

    - IMDb user rating: 6.5
    - Votes: 50,653
    - Metascore: 41
    - Runtime: 95 min

    Starring alongside Christopher Walken and Alan Arkin, Pacino plays an aging criminal who reunites with old buddies after getting out of prison. Comedy ensues. It received mostly mixed reviews, with a 37% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, but the film did earn a Golden Globe nomination for Bon Jovi’s song "Not Running Anymore."

  • #28. The Recruit (2003)

    Directed by Roger Donaldson

    - IMDb user rating: 6.6
    - Votes: 124,391
    - Metascore: 56
    - Runtime: 115 min

    Although this high-intensity 2003 thriller received mixed reviews — with a 43% approval score on Rotten Tomatoes — it nevertheless grossed $101 million worldwide. The film follows the story of a young computer geek who gets recruited by the CIA to help find a mole. Pacino plays the senior CIA recruiter who takes an interest in the young trainee, played by Colin Farrell.

  • #27. Salomé (2013)

    Directed by Al Pacino

    - IMDb user rating: 6.7
    - Votes: 1,455
    - Metascore: data not available
    - Runtime: 81 min

    This 2013 film starring Jessica Chastain is a companion piece to an earlier experimental film titled “Wilde Salomé” that explored an Oscar Wilde play about a Biblical character who performs a dance in exchange for John the Baptist's head. Pacino wrote, directed, and starred in the movie which is edited from footage of the first one (which he also wrote, directed, and starred in).

  • #26. Frankie and Johnny (1991)

    Directed by Garry Marshall

    - IMDb user rating: 6.7
    - Votes: 26,519
    - Metascore: 66
    - Runtime: 118 min

    One of Pacino’s more famous movies, “Frankie and Johnny” is a romantic comedy that tells the story of an ex-con who gets out of prison and tries to start a romance with an emotionally reserved waitress. The 1991 film marked an on-screen reunion for Pacino and co-star Michelle Pfeiffer, who’d also starred together as love interests in 1983’s “Scarface.”

  • #25. Me, Natalie (1969)

    Directed by Fred Coe

    - IMDb user rating: 6.8
    - Votes: 752
    - Metascore: data not available
    - Runtime: 111 min

    This 1969 film, which was Pacino’s big-screen debut, earned its lead Patty Duke a Golden Globe. It’s about a frumpy woman who moves to Greenwich Village where she discovers both love and independence. Pacino has a small role in the film as a man named Tony.

  • #24. Pirates of Somalia (2017)

    Directed by Bryan Buckley

    - IMDb user rating: 6.8
    - Votes: 7,227
    - Metascore: 54
    - Runtime: 116 min

    Written and directed by Bryan Buckley, this 2017 movie is based on a true story about aspiring journalist Jay Badahur who got tangled up with Somali pirates while chasing a story. Pacino plays a veteran journalist, an idol of the protagonist’s, who convinces him to go abroad to investigate.

  • #23. Sea of Love (1989)

    Directed by Harold Becker

    - IMDb user rating: 6.8
    - Votes: 34,829
    - Metascore: 66
    - Runtime: 113 min

    In “Sea of Love,” Pacino plays a detective who falls for a woman who may be behind a string of murders he’s investigating. The 1989 film, directed by Harold Becker and co-starring Ellen Barkin and John Goodman, received mostly positive reviews, as did Pacino’s performance. Writing for the Washington Post, Hal Hinson noted that Pacino helped the character overcome tropes: “As written, the character is a cliche—he's the cop with nothing in his life but law enforcement, the cop who's broken with his family and lives alone, mostly drunk and mostly bitter. But as Pacino plays him, it's the character's cagey intelligence and tenacity that register.”

  • #22. Any Given Sunday (1999)

    Directed by Oliver Stone

    - IMDb user rating: 6.9
    - Votes: 106,774
    - Metascore: 52
    - Runtime: 162 min

    Directed by Oliver Stone, 1999’s “Any Given Sunday” is a sports drama about the trials and tribulations of a professional football team that resembles the NFL. The film, in which Pacino plays head coach Tony D'Amato, is partly based on real-life NFL player Pat Toomay’s biography. Roger Ebert said that the “psychology of the veteran coach” was well-captured in the script and that Pacino has some “nice heart-to-hearts.”

  • #21. Ocean's Thirteen (2007)

    Directed by Steven Soderbergh

    - IMDb user rating: 6.9
    - Votes: 298,377
    - Metascore: 62
    - Runtime: 122 min

    In “Ocean's Thirteen,” the third installment of the Ocean’s heist trilogy, Pacino stars as Willy Bank, a greedy casino boss who becomes one of the criminal ensemble’s targets. Although the film received overall ratings that were fairly good, Pacino’s character was criticized as not being very well fleshed out. “Pacino is stuck with a wafer-thin role that denies us his usual fire,” a critic wrote for The Hollywood Reporter.

  • #20. Danny Collins (2015)

    Directed by Dan Fogelman

    - IMDb user rating: 7.0
    - Votes: 27,555
    - Metascore: 58
    - Runtime: 106 min

    This 2015 film written and directed by Dan Fogelman (who also wrote “Crazy, Stupid, Love,” among others) is about an aging rock star played by Pacino. The musician modifies his wild lifestyle after discovering a letter that John Lennon wrote to him four decades prior. Pacino was nominated for a Golden Globe for his performance in the film.

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