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List of Al Pacino Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. The Godfather (1972)
69
2
The Godfather
R
69
2

Michael Corleone returns from WWII as a decorated war hero and is reluctant to enter the family business headed by his father Vito Corleone, a powerful New York mafia boss. However, after his aging father clashes with a treacherous rival for denying assistance regarding a drug deal, Michael is dragged into a mob war that tears his family apart.

As:
Cast
Role:
Michael Corleone
Genres:
Crime, Drama
Star Cast:
Marlon Brando, Abe Vigoda, Diane Keaton, Robert Duvall, James Caan, Richard S. Castellano
2. The Godfather: Part II (1974)
60
3
The Godfather: Part II
R
60
3

Both a prequel and a sequel to the widely acclaimed crime film The Godfather, it continues the story of Michael Corleone as he survives several misfortunes while expanding the family business, and puts it in contrast to the early struggles of his father, Vito Corleone, recording his introduction into a life of crime.

As:
Cast
Role:
Michael
Genres:
Crime, Drama
Awards:
BAFTA Award for Best Actor
3. Scarface (1983)
55
2
Scarface
TV-14
55
2

A remake of the 1932 film of the same name, Scarface narrates the story of an exiled Cuban criminal, Tony Montana, who joins Miami drug lord Frank Lopez and desire to have it all – the empire as well as latter’s trophy wife. He rises to become powerful drug lord himself. However, enemies and his own paranoia eventually lead to his downfall

As:
Cast
Role:
Tony Montana
Director:
Genres:
Drama, Crime
Star Cast:
Charles Durning, Richard Belzer, F. Murray Abraham, Michelle Pfeiffer, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Robert Loggia, Steven Bauer
4. Heat (1995)
50
3
Heat
R
50
3

A thief pulling off one last heist, and a cop hell-bent on catching him; Heat has all the elements of a successful crime drama, complete with an all-star cast. How this game of cat and mouse plays out forms the crux of the movie, with plenty of action and drama to satisfy every viewer.

As:
Cast
Role:
Lt. Vincent Hanna
Director:
Genres:
Drama, Crime, Thriller, Action
6. Scent of a Woman (1992)
55
7
Scent of a Woman
R
55
7

A scholarship student takes up a temporary job over Thanksgiving weekend taking care of a blind retired army officer. Soon he is busy preventing the alcoholic veteran officer's moody misadventures including attempting suicide. This award-winning drama is the remake of a 1974 Italian film.

As:
Cast
Role:
Lt. Col. Frank Slade
Director:
Martin Brest
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Gabrielle Anwar, Philip Seymour Hoffman, James Rebhorn, Chris O'Donnell
Awards:
Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
7. Serpico (1973)
44
3
Serpico
R
44
3

In this biographical neo-noir film, idealistic NYPD Officer, Frank Serpico, who refuses to participate in the widespread corruption within law enforcement, is constantly harassed by his colleagues. When higher authorities ignore his complaints and he is shot in the face by another cop, he decides to testify before a government commission investigating into the police corruption.

As:
Cast
Role:
Serpico
Director:
Sidney Lumet
Genres:
Biography, Thriller, Crime, Drama
Star Cast:
F. Murray Abraham, John Randolph, Jack Kehoe, Biff McGuire, Barbara Eda-Young
Awards:
Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
8. Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
40
5
Dog Day Afternoon
R
40
5

A dramatization of the 1972 bank robbery masterminded by John Wojtowicz, the movie Dog Day Afternoon chronicles the events following a bank robbery committed by Sonny Wortzik and Salvatore Naturale. The film is notable for its anti-establishment tone. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Sidney Lumet
Genres:
Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Star Cast:
Charles Durning, John Cazale, Carol Kane, Beulah Garrick, Penelope Allen
Awards:
BAFTA Award for Best Actor
9. Carlito's Way (1993)
41
5
Carlito's Way
R
41
5

After drug dealer Carlito Brigante is released early from prison thanks to an exploitation by his sleazy lawyer friend Dave Kleinfeld, he pledges to mend his ways and rekindles his romance with former girlfriend Gail. However, despite repeated attempts to avoid temptations, he is eventually dragged into his former violent lifestyle while assisting Kleinfeld against an Italian Mafia boss.

As:
Cast
Role:
Carlito
Director:
Genres:
Drama, Crime, Thriller
Star Cast:
10. Donnie Brasco (1997)
40
5
Donnie Brasco
R
40
5

The film is based on the real story of FBI agent Joe Pistone who goes undercover as Donnie Brasco to spy on mob life in New York and befriends gangster Lefty Ruggiero. However, his prolonged absence breaks apart his marriage, the mafia begins to suspect a mole in the gang, and he becomes attached to his friend Lefty.

As:
Cast
Role:
Lefty
Director:
Mike Newell
Genres:
Drama, Biography, Crime
Star Cast:
Johnny Depp, Paul Giamatti, Michael Madsen, Bruno Kirby, James Russo
11. ...and justice for all. (1979)
33
5
...and justice for all.
R
33
5

Arthur Kirkland is a defense attorney who finds himself in a moral crisis when he is forced to defend a judge accused of rape, whom he thinks may be guilty.  

As:
Cast
Role:
Arthur Kirkland
Director:
Norman Jewison
Genres:
Thriller, Crime, Drama
Star Cast:
12. The Devil's Advocate (1997)
40
7
The Devil's Advocate
R
40
7

Defence Attorney Kevin Lomax is competent and has never lost a case. He is hired by New York’s top law firm headed by John Milton, and despite his mother’s resistance, he leaves with his wife Mary Ann. His new job is demanding and Mary finds herself isolated and begins having visions and nightmare. Kevin eventually realises that he might be working for devil.

As:
Cast
Role:
John Milton
Director:
Taylor Hackford
Genres:
Thriller, Drama, Mystery
Star Cast:
Keanu Reeves, Charlize Theron, Craig T. Nelson, Jeffrey Jones, Judith Ivey
14. The Insider (1999)
27
3
The Insider
R
27
3

Based on a 60 minutes segment, the movie focuses on Jeffrey Wigand and CBS producer Lowell Bergman. Former Brown & Williamson employee, Wigand survives death threats and corruption in corporate America to reveal the truth about his former company while Bergman struggles against CBS to reveal the entire truth to the public.  

As:
Cast
Role:
Lowell Bergman
Director:
Genres:
Thriller, Biography, Drama
Star Cast:
Russell Crowe, Christopher Plummer, Philip Baker Hall, Diane Venora
15. The Godfather: Part III (1990)
33
6
The Godfather: Part III
R
33
6

In the final film in The Godfather trilogy, Michael Corleone is almost successful in legitimizing his family business and is keen to leave the underworld. However, there are numerous issues that he has to deal with, starting from his own health to a feud between Vincent Mancini and Joey Zasa and a blooming romance between Vincent Mancini and Mary.

As:
Cast
Role:
Don Michael Corleone
Genres:
Drama, Crime
Star Cast:
Eli Wallach, Diane Keaton, Andy Garcia, Joe Mantegna, Talia Shire
16. Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)
18
4
Glengarry Glen Ross
R
18
4

Ricky Roma, Shelley Levene, Dave Moss, and George Aaronow are four real-estate salesmen who work for Premiere Properties, Chicago. When during a sales meeting it is revealed that the bottom two salesmen of the month will be fired, rivalry turns into jealousy and treachery amongst the four. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Ricky Roma
Director:
James Foley
Genres:
Mystery, Crime, Drama
17. Scarecrow (1973)
15
7
Scarecrow
R
15
7
As:
Cast
Role:
Lion
Director:
Jerry Schatzberg
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Gene Hackman, Dorothy Tristan, Ann Wedgeworth, Richard Lynch
18. Insomnia (2002)
24
5
Insomnia
R
24
5

LAPD detectives Will Dormer and Hap Eckhart come to Nightmute, Alaska, to assist in the investigations of the murder of a 17-year-old teenage girl, but while trying to entrap prime suspect Walter Finch, Dormer accidentally shoots Eckhart. With young local detective Ellie Burr investigating Eckhart's death, insomniac Dormer becomes an easy pawn in Finch's psychological game.

As:
Cast
Role:
Will Dormer
Genres:
Thriller, Drama, Mystery
Star Cast:
Robin Williams, Hilary Swank, Martin Donovan, Nicky Katt
19. Sea of Love (1989)
29
8
Sea of Love
R
29
8

Frank, a troubled detective living in New York City is investigating a serial killer using personal ads in a magazine. In order to find the culprit, he tries to use his own personal ads. Problem arises when he falls for Helen Cruger, who is his prime suspect. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Det. Frank Keller
Director:
Harold Becker
Genres:
Drama, Mystery, Crime, Thriller, Romance
Star Cast:
Lorraine Bracco, John Goodman, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Rooker, William Hickey, Ellen Barkin
20. Danny Collins (2015)
20
4
Danny Collins
R
20
4

Danny Collins is an aging rock star who decides to change his life after he discovers a 40-year-old letter written to him by John Lennon. He even reunites with his illegitimate son and his family, but over time, his past demons return and start to haunt him.

As:
Cast
Role:
Danny Collins
Director:
Dan Fogelman
Genres:
Comedy, Music, Drama
21. The Panic in Needle Park (1971)
11
7
The Panic in Needle Park
PG
11
7
As:
Cast
Role:
Bobby
Director:
Jerry Schatzberg
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Paul Sorvino, Kitty Winn, Alan Vint, Richard Bright, Kiel Martin
22. Frankie and Johnny (1991)
21
3
Frankie and Johnny
R
21
3

A former convict Johnny gets released from prison and starts working as a cook in a local diner. He soon falls in love with a waitress named Frankie, who is a loner and emotionally wounded. However, Frankie is determined to win her love.  

As:
Cast
Role:
Johnny
Director:
Genres:
Romance, Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
Nathan Lane, Michelle Pfeiffer, Kate Nelligan, Hector Elizondo
23. Any Given Sunday (1999)
19
4
Any Given Sunday
R
19
4

Veteran football coach, Tony D'Amato, who took the Miami Sharks to the top, is struggling now with an aging team and is at odds with new young team owner Christina Pagniacci. Following repeated team injuries, when third-string quarterback Willie Beamen steals the show with his offensive display, D'Amato is forced to reevaluate his professional and personal decisions.

As:
Cast
Role:
Tony D'Amato
Director:
Genres:
Drama, Sport
24. Looking for Richard (1996)
8
5
Looking for Richard
PG-13
8
5
As:
Producer, Director, Writer
Director:
Al Pacino
Genres:
Drama, Documentary
Star Cast:
Aidan Quinn, Winona Ryder, Alec Baldwin, Harris Yulin, Madison Arnold
25. Ocean's Thirteen (2007)
17
7
Ocean's Thirteen
PG-13
17
7

In this final film in the Ocean's trilogy, Danny Ocean and his team set out to bring down hotelier and casino owner Willy Bank after the latter betrayed Reuben Tishkoff. His audacious plan, if successful, will lead to the failure of Bank’s new casino on its opening day itself.

As:
Cast
Genres:
Crime, Thriller
26. Me, Natalie (1969)
4
7
Me, Natalie
PG
4
7

Brooklyn teenager Natalie has always had confidence issues for not being good looking as per society norms. Frustrated with her parents, she moves to Manhattan and finds true love in aspiring artist David Harris. As their romance blooms, complications from David’s previous marriage forces Natalie to truly take control of her own life. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Fred Coe
Genres:
Drama, Comedy
Star Cast:
Elsa Lanchester, Martin Balsam, Nancy Marchand, James Farentino
27. Chinese Coffee (2000)
5
5
Chinese Coffee
R
5
5
As:
Cast, Director
Role:
Harry Levine
Director:
Al Pacino
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Jerry Orbach, Susan Floyd, Ellen McElduff, Michel Moinot
28. The Merchant of Venice (2004)
8
5
The Merchant of Venice
R
8
5

Based on William Shakespeare’s popular play of the same name, this film tells the story of Bassania, who requires a huge sum of money if he wants to marry the woman of his dreams Portia. He has no other option but to make a deadly deal with a cruel Jewish moneylender named Shylock. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Shylock
Director:
Michael Radford
Genres:
Romance, Drama
Star Cast:
Joseph Fiennes, Jeremy Irons, Lynn Collins, Zuleikha Robinson
29. The Recruit (2003)
15
5
The Recruit
PG-13
15
5

James Clayton is recruited by Senior CIA instructor Walter Burke to be trained at the Farm, the CIA training facility. Unfortunately, he is let go after failing an exercise. Later, Burke tells him that he actually passed and recruits him as an undercover agent. But nothing is what it seems.  

As:
Cast
Role:
Walter Burke
Director:
Roger Donaldson
Genres:
Mystery, Thriller, Drama, Action, Romance
Star Cast:
Colin Farrell, Bridget Moynahan, Gabriel Macht, Kenneth Mitchell
30. Cruising (1980)
10
6
Cruising
R
10
6
As:
Cast
Role:
Steve Burns
Director:
William Friedkin
Genres:
Thriller, Mystery, Drama, Crime
Star Cast:
Paul Sorvino, Don Scardino, Richard Cox, Karen Allen
31. City Hall (1996)
17
3
City Hall
R
17
3

An innocent young boy is accidentally killed during a shootout between the police and the mob. Soon the Deputy Mayor steps in to investigate the matter and dig for answers.

As:
Cast
Role:
Mayor John Pappas
Director:
Harold Becker
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
32. Salomé (2013)
7
5
Salomé
R
7
5
As:
Cast, Director
Role:
King Herod
Director:
Al Pacino
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Jessica Chastain, Kevin Anderson, Roxanne Hart, Ralph Guzzo
33. Author! Author! (1982)
10
5
Author! Author!
PG
10
5
As:
Cast
Role:
Ivan Travalian
Director:
Arthur Hiller
Genres:
Romance, Comedy, Drama, Family
Star Cast:
Richard Belzer, Tuesday Weld, Dyan Cannon, Bob Elliott, Bob Dishy
34. Stand Up Guys (2012)
11
6
Stand Up Guys
R
11
6

When Val is released after serving 28 years in prison for killing the son of a crime boss, he finds his old friend and crime partner Doc waiting for him. The two friends spend the night in partying and while having their dinner, Doc confesses that he has been ordered to kill Val within 10 A.M. and if he does not do that he himself will be killed.  

As:
Cast
Role:
Val
Director:
Fisher Stevens
Genres:
Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Star Cast:
35. Dick Tracy (1990)
17
7
Dick Tracy
PG
17
7

Tough detective Dick Tracy is after crimes mastermind Alphonse ‘Big Boy’ Caprice, who is trying to take over the city, and another mysterious criminal, The Blank. Besides, he has to keep girlfriend Tess Trueheart happy, take care of an orphan, and elude advances of seductive club-singer Breathless Mahoney who can furnish evidence against Caprice. Tracy must nab Caprice to save the city.

As:
Cast
Director:
Genres:
Romance, Action, Thriller, Crime, Music, Comedy
36. Bobby Deerfield (1977)
7
4
Bobby Deerfield
PG
7
4
As:
Cast
Role:
Bobby
Director:
Genres:
Romance, Drama
Star Cast:
Walter McGinn, Marthe Keller, Anny Duperey, Van Doude
37. Two for the Money (2005)
13
7
Two for the Money
R
13
7

Two for the Money is a sports crime drama film, which tells the story of Brandon Lang, a former college football star, who sustains an injury that ends his career. He eventually aligns himself with a renowned tout in the sports-gambling business. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Walter
Director:
D.J. Caruso
Genres:
Sport, Thriller, Drama
38. Righteous Kill (2008)
14
5
Righteous Kill
R
14
5

NYPD detectives, David Fisk and Thomas Cowan, partners for 30 years, are investigating murders of suspected criminals who escaped sentence. A pair of young detectives being assigned to the same case creates tensions between the two teams. As the serial killer is doing what the police can’t do within the law-boundaries, Fisk and Cowan wonder whether the killer is one amongst them? 

As:
Cast
Role:
Rooster
Director:
Jon Avnet
Genres:
Drama, Mystery, Thriller, Crime, Action
39. 88 Minutes (2007)
14
3
88 Minutes
R
14
3

Forensic psychologist, Jack Gramm, was instrumental in the conviction and sentencing to death of serial killer Jon Forster. Nine years later, as the day of Forster’s execution approaches, copycat murders start happening and Gramm receives a call stating he has only 88 minutes to live. Gramm must find the copycat murderer before it’s too late. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Jack Gramm
Director:
Jon Avnet
Genres:
Drama, Crime, Thriller, Mystery
Star Cast:
Amy Brenneman, William Forsythe, Leelee Sobieski, Alicia Witt
40. Two Bits (1995)
3
4
Two Bits
PG-13
3
4
As:
Cast
Role:
Grandpa
Director:
James Foley
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Alec Baldwin, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Andy Romano, Jerry Barone
41. The Local Stigmatic (1990)
3
4
The Local Stigmatic
3
4
As:
Cast, Producer
Role:
Graham
Director:
David F. Wheeler
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Paul Guilfoyle, Joseph Maher, Michael Higgins, Brian Mallon
42. S1m0ne (2002)
6
11
S1m0ne
PG-13
6
11

Filmmaker Viktor Taransky needs a hit to revive his declining career. But the leading star of his next film quits and he is unable to find a suitable replacement. Then he digitally creates ‘Simone,’ an unreal but realistic-looking actress who becomes a star overnight. So it becomes difficult for him to reveal the reality and has to struggle to hide her non-presence. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Viktor Taransky
Director:
Andrew Niccol
Genres:
Drama, Comedy, Sci-Fi
43. Manglehorn (2014)
8
5
Manglehorn
PG-13
8
5
As:
Cast
Role:
Manglehorn
Director:
David Gordon Green
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Chris Messina, Holly Hunter, Harmony Korine, Skylar Gasper
46. People I Know (2002)
5
6
People I Know
R
5
6
As:
Cast
Role:
Eli Wurman
Director:
Daniel Algrant
Genres:
Drama, Crime
Star Cast:
Kim Basinger, Ryan O'Neal, Téa Leoni, Richard Schiff
48. Hangman (2017)
6
4
Hangman
R
6
4
As:
Cast
Role:
Detective Archer
Director:
Johnny Martin
Genres:
Mystery, Crime, Thriller
Star Cast:
50. Jack and Jill (2011)
5
6
Jack and Jill
PG
5
6

Thanksgiving is not a happy occasion for the successful Los Angeles ad executive, Jack Sadelstein, because of his obnoxious twin sister Jill’s yearly visit, which unfailingly turns his blissful world topsy-turvy. However, Jack has no option but to tolerate her longer when he realizes that actor Al Pacino, whom Jack badly requires for a high-paying client’s commercial, has taken a liking for Jill.

As:
Cast
Role:
Al Pacino
Director:
Dennis Dugan
Genres:
Comedy
51. Gigli (2003)
3
9
Gigli
R
3
9

A small-time inept gangster, Larry Gigli, receives orders to kidnap a mentally disabled brother of a prominent district attorney. As Gigli abducts the person and brings to his apartment, a gorgeous, spunky woman, Ricki, is sent to work with him to ascertain that Gigli doesn’t mess up the job. But then Gigli is drawn to Ricki who claims to be a lesbian.

As:
Cast
Director:
Martin Brest
Genres:
Romance, Crime, Comedy
Star Cast:
Jennifer Lopez, Ben Affleck, Christopher Walken, Terry Camilleri, David Backus, Lenny Venito
52. Dabka (2017)
3
3
Dabka
3
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Seymour Tolbin
Director:
Bryan Buckley
Genres:
Drama, Biography
Star Cast:
Evan Peters, Melanie Griffith, Russell Posner, Barkhad Abdi
53. Wilde Salomé (2011)
2
2
Wilde Salomé
R
2
2
As:
Cast, Director, Writer
Role:
Himself / King Herod
Director:
Al Pacino
Genres:
Drama, Documentary
Star Cast:
Jack Huston, Jessica Chastain, Kevin Anderson, Roxanne Hart, Estelle Parsons

TV Movie(s)

54. You Don't Know Jack (2010)
8
3
You Don't Know Jack
8
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Jack Kevorkian
Director:
Barry Levinson
Genres:
Biography, Drama
Star Cast:
Susan Sarandon, Adam Driver, John Goodman, Brenda Vaccaro, Deirdre O'Connell, Todd Susman
Awards:
Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
55. Paterno (2018)
7
3
Paterno
TV-MA
7
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Joe Paterno
Director:
Barry Levinson
Genres:
Biography, Sport
Star Cast:
Riley Keough, Kathy Baker, Greg Grunberg, Annie Parisse
56. Phil Spector (2013)
5
5
Phil Spector
TV-MA
5
5
As:
Cast
Role:
Phil Spector
Director:
David Mamet
Genres:
Biography, Drama
Star Cast:
Helen Mirren, Jeffrey Tambor, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rebecca Pidgeon

TV Shows and Videos

The Godfather Trilogy: 1901-1980 (1992)
The Godfather Trilogy: 1901-1980
R
As:
Cast
Role:
Don Michael Corleone
Director:
Francis Ford Coppola
Genres:
Crime, Drama, Thriller
Star Cast:
Angels in America (2003)
Angels in America
TV-MA
As:
Cast
Role:
Roy Cohn
Director:
Mike Nichols
Genres:
Romance, Drama, Fantasy
Awards:
Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
Hunters (2020)
Hunters
TV-MA
As:
Cast
Role:
Meyer Offerman
Director:
Michael Uppendahl, Nelson McCormick, Wayne Yip
Genres:
Crime, Drama, Mystery
Star Cast:
Logan Lerman, Lena Olin, Carol Kane, Saul Rubinek

Al Pacino Awards

Academy Awards
Scent of a Woman Best Actor in a Leading Role 1993
Golden Globe Awards
You Don't Know Jack Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television 2011
Angels in America Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television 2004
Scent of a Woman Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama 1993
Serpico Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama 1974
Primetime Emmy Awards
You Don't Know Jack Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie 2010
Angels in America Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie 2004
BAFTA Awards
Dog Day Afternoon Best Actor 1976
The Godfather: Part II Best Actor 1976