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Ten Famous Movies Of Al Pacino

A Famous actor who is 69 years old but still famous because of his extreme, unique and undeniable talents ..

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Alfredo James "Al" Pacino (born April 25, 1940) is an American film and stage actor and director.Al Pacino has been one of the top actors in the movie industry for quite some time. He is arguably the most accomplished actor of his generation. His personality and passion have entertained movie patrons since the early 1970s. Several of his performances stand out above the rest. 
He won the Academy Award for Best Actor in 1992 for his role in Scent of a Woman after receiving seven previous nominations.
 
Trying to compile the ten best movies he has been in is a challenge of epic
Proportions. From every part of his storied past, we have compiled a listing of the ten best. 
 
Here are the greatest Al Pacino movies of all time as voted on by my large circle of movie loving friends and associates.

1. The Godfather (1972): breakout performance of  Al Pacino in 1972 as Michael Corleone in "The Godfather." His feistiness and intensity in that role earned him his first Academy Award nomination. The film shows Pacino’s character going from the least intimidating member of the cast to the most intimidating. Michael is one of film’s most complex characters, a son who tried to stay out of his father’s shadow and ended up becoming bloodthirsty. Pacino is absolutely brilliant throughout the film. This was one of his more subdued and nuanced roles.

2. The Godfather:Part 2 (1975): It’s worth listing Part II separate from Part I because Pacino basically played an entirely different character. Michael in Part II started cold and got colder, never regretting any of the brutal moves he makes to protect his business. Pacino’s scenes are intercut with scenes of De Niro playing Don Corleone, and the result is a film that practically defines “juxtaposition.” Many film critics feel that The Godfather II was not only Pacino’s best movie, but one of the greatest movies of all time.

3. Heat (1995): Al Pacino plays Vincent Hanna, a lieutenant of detectives in L.A.P.D.'s Robbery/Homicide Division who searches through the remains of a crime for the scent of his prey and then hunts them down. Those are the elevated experiences of his life -- the rest is disorder. Divorced twice, Hanna's third marriage is precarious as he focuses all his attention on Neil McCauley. "Heat" examines the characters of two extraordinarily driven men whose actions tear through the fabric of Los Angeles.


4. Scarface (1983): Certainly this was one of Pacino's biggest hits, and is one of the most popular. It was simply not one of his better acting roles. Certainly Pacino was riveting in this movie, but the distraction of blood and guts can not overcome the great one liner throughout the flick. "Say hello to my little friend!"

5. Serpico (1973): Al Pacino, stars as frank Serpico.Its a true story based on peter maas novel, serpico, about a newyork police officer, in the 60s, who stand up against, the corruption of n.y cops. Pacino plays the part to a tee and I think he was the perfect actor for this part. Co-starring Jack Kehoe and John Randolph.

6. Donnie Brasco (1997): This fantastic mafia drama has a wonderful supporting cast including Johnny Depp as well as Pacino. This is the true story of the life of FBI agent Joseph Pistone. Pistone infiltrated the New York mob in the 70’s and befreinded gangster Lefty Ruggiero.

7. Dog Day Afternoon (1975): One of Pacino's earliest flicks, this is also one of his best. If you love Al Pacino, you simply must check out this classic film. It’s a very funny and dramatic tale starring Pacino as a bumbling bank robber.  Next to Scent of a Woman, perhaps Pacino's best performance.  John Cazale and Charles Durning add to a great cast.  One of the best films of the 70's.

8. Scent of a Woman (1992): Probably the best acting I've ever seen by Pacino.  He deservedly won an Oscar for this wonderful movie.  It runs a little long, but it is worth every minute.  Lt. Colonel Frank Slade is one of the most memorable characters Pacino has played.  Chris O'Donnell is also quite good in this film.

9. Any Given Sunday ( 1999): Any Given Sunday is a 1999 American drama film directed by Oliver Stone depicting a fictional professional American football team. It had its moments, but fell short of this lofty standard on most points. Pacino was a bright spot in this movie, however, and that puts it firmly in the number 7 slot.

10. Sea of Love (1989): Sea of Love is a 1989 crime/thriller film about New York City detective Frank Keller trying to catch a serial killer who finds victims through the singles column in a newspaper. Pacino plays Manhattan homicide detective Frank Keller. Keller is investigating a string of serial murders where the victims are killed with a shot in the neck and the killer always leaves the single "Sea of Love" playing at the scene.

 

Author's note: Based on various online and magazine survey.
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