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Best and worst Al Pacino movies

  • #19. The Panic in Needle Park (1971)

    Directed by Jerry Schatzberg

    - IMDb user rating: 7.1
    - Votes: 14,423
    - Metascore: data not available
    - Runtime: 110 min

    This 1971 drama is about a pair of heroin junkies in New York who fall in love while hanging around Sherman Square, a place that was referred to as "Needle Park" at the time. Pacino plays the main character who gets his love interest (played by Kitty Winn) hooked on heroin. It was fairly well-received at the time and still maintains an 85% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

  • #18. The Merchant of Venice (2004)

    Directed by Michael Radford

    - IMDb user rating: 7.1
    - Votes: 33,110
    - Metascore: 63
    - Runtime: 131 min

    This 2004 Shakespeare adaptation was the first English-language film with sound to be made from the famous and often controversial play. Pacino plays the lead role of Shylock, a Jewish moneylender who must convert to Christianity at the end of the plot — a storyline that has long prompted debate over whether it’s anti-semitic. The film’s overall reception was mostly positive, but the response to its handling of the anti-semitism question was mixed, with many critics saying it sugar-coated the anti-semitism inherent in the script.

  • #17. Chinese Coffee (2000)

    Directed by Al Pacino

    - IMDb user rating: 7.2
    - Votes: 3,529
    - Metascore: data not available
    - Runtime: 99 min

    Al Pacino originally played the lead role of Harry Levine in the Broadway play version of “Chinese Coffee” in 1992. He must have enjoyed the role because eight years later, he directed and again starred in the movie adaption. The film is essentially a long conversation between two struggling writers discussing their careers and other themes.

  • #16. Insomnia (2002)

    Directed by Christopher Nolan

    - IMDb user rating: 7.2
    - Votes: 254,443
    - Metascore: 78
    - Runtime: 118 min

    This remake of a Norwegian film by the same name follows two cops as they hunt down a killer in a far-northern Alaskan town bathed in perpetual daylight (hence the name “Insomnia”). Pacino plays one of the detectives in the 2002 movie, which received glowing reviews, boasting a 92% score on Rotten Tomatoes. "Driven by Pacino's performance, ‘Insomnia’ is a smart and riveting psychological drama,” reads the site’s summary of the film

  • #15. Scarecrow (1973)

    Directed by Jerry Schatzberg

    - IMDb user rating: 7.3
    - Votes: 13,988
    - Metascore: 72
    - Runtime: 112 min

    Pacino stars opposite Gene Hackman in this 1973 road movie about two rough-and-tumble drifters who team up to travel cross-country with the goal of starting a car-wash business. Although the film was a flop at the box office in the U.S., it later gained a significant cult following internationally. Writing a retrospective in 2013 for The Guardian in honor of its re-release, critic Peter Bradshaw said: “Contrary to rumours that this is second-string American new wave, this Pacino-Hackman double-hander is a freewheeling masterpiece.”

  • #14. ...and justice for all (1979)

    Directed by Norman Jewison

    - IMDb user rating: 7.4
    - Votes: 27,665
    - Metascore: 58
    - Runtime: 119 min

    Pacino plays a Baltimore defense attorney in this 1979 high-stakes courtroom drama about the trial of a powerful judge. The film, which is the source of the sometimes quoted phrase “You're out of order!,” was well-received at the time of its release, earning two Oscar nominations, one for Pacino’s performance as Arthur Kirkland.

  • #13. The Devil's Advocate (1997)

    Directed by Taylor Hackford

    - IMDb user rating: 7.5
    - Votes: 303,400
    - Metascore: 60
    - Runtime: 144 min

    Starring Keanu Reeves, this 1997 horror film is about a brilliant young attorney who accepts a job at a powerful New York law firm where he discovers that his boss, played by Pacino, is, in fact, the Devil. The film received mixed ratings with a 67% approval score on Rotten Tomatoes.

  • #12. The Godfather: Part III (1990)

    Directed by Francis Ford Coppola

    - IMDb user rating: 7.6
    - Votes: 326,918
    - Metascore: 60
    - Runtime: 162 min

    In the final installment in Francis Ford Coppola’s mobster trilogy, “The Godfather: Part III,” Pacino takes on his role of Michael Corleone one last time. Although the film, which was nominated for seven Academy Awards including Best Picture, is the lowest-rated of the three movies on IMDb, it is still one of Pacino's top-ranking movies of all time. Pacino was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture.

  • #11. Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)

    Directed by James Foley

    - IMDb user rating: 7.8
    - Votes: 88,873
    - Metascore: 80
    - Runtime: 100 min

    This well-received 1992 film by director James Foley is based on the Pulitzer-winning play of the same name about a group of morally corrupt real estate agents in Chicago. Al Pacino was nominated for both an Oscar and a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Ricky Roma, one of the sleazy agents.

  • #10. Serpico (1973)

    Directed by Sidney Lumet

    - IMDb user rating: 7.8
    - Votes: 97,526
    - Metascore: 87
    - Runtime: 130 min

    This was only Pacino’s fourth film, but it cemented his fame alongside “The Godfather,” which had just come out the year before. The 1973 crime thriller told the real-life story of an undercover cop who investigated police corruption in New York City. Pacino played the title role of NYPD officer Frank Serpico, winning a Golden Globe for Best Actor for doing so, as well as an Oscar nomination.

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