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List of the best Al Pacino movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. Al Pacino's highest grossing movies have received a lot of accolades over the years, earning millions upon millions around the world. The order of these top Al Pacino movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Al Pacino movies will be at the top of the list. Al Pacino has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Al Pacino movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining Al Pacino films to end the squabble once and for all.

If you think the best Al Pacino role isn't at the top, then upvote it so it has the chance to become number one. The greatest Al Pacino performances didn't necessarily come from the best movies, but in most cases they go hand in hand.

The list you're viewing is made up of films like Two for the Money and Cruising.

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best Al Pacino movies?" and "What are the greatest Al Pacino roles of all time?"

Notable directors that have worked with Al Pacino include names like Christopher Nolan, Brian De Palma and Garry Marshall. Al Pacino has been in some really popular films, and is right up there with stars like Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci in terms of fame and success.

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The Godfather Part II is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Al Pacino Movies
Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall

Released: 1974

Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola

The Godfather Part II is a 1974 American epic crime film produced and directed by Francis Ford Coppola from a screenplay co-written with Mario Puzo, starring Al Pacino and Robert De Niro. ...more

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The Godfather is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Al Pacino Movies
Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall

Released: 1972

Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola

The Godfather is a 1972 American crime film directed by Francis Ford Coppola, based on the novel by Mario Puzo. The aging patriarch (Marlon Brando) of an organized crime dynasty transfers ...more

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Scarface is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Al Pacino Movies
Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer, Steven Bauer

Released: 1983

Directed by: Brian De Palma

Scarface is a 1983 American crime drama film directed by Brian De Palma, and a remake of the 1932 film. In 1980s Miami, Cuban refugee Tony Montana (Al Pacino) rises up and becomes a powerful ...more

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Dog Day Afternoon is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Al Pacino Movies
Al Pacino, Carol Kane, Charles Durning

Released: 1975

Directed by: Sidney Lumet

Dog Day Afternoon is a 1975 American drama film directed by Sidney Lumet, written by Frank Pierson, and produced by Martin Bregman and Martin Elfand. The film stars Al Pacino, John Cazale, ...more

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Heat is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Al Pacino Movies
Natalie Portman, Al Pacino, Robert De Niro

Released: 1995

Directed by: Michael Mann

Heat is a 1995 American crime thriller film written, produced and directed by Michael Mann, and starring Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Val Kilmer. The film was released in the United States on ...more

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Carlito's Way is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Al Pacino Movies
Al Pacino, Sean Penn, Viggo Mortensen

Released: 1993

Directed by: Brian De Palma

Carlito's Way is a 1993 American drama film directed by Brian De Palma, based on the novels Carlito's Way and After Hours by Judge Edwin Torres. The film adaptation was scripted by David Koepp. ...more

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Scent of a Woman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Al Pacino Movies
Al Pacino, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Gabrielle Anwar

Released: 1992

Directed by: Martin Brest

Scent of a Woman is a 1992 American drama directed and produced by Martin Brest that tells the story of a preparatory school student who takes a job as an assistant to an irascible, blind, ...more

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Serpico is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Al Pacino Movies
Al Pacino, Judd Hirsch, Abraham Murphy

Released: 1973

Directed by: Sidney Lumet

Serpico is a 1973 American drama film directed by Sidney Lumet and starring Al Pacino. Waldo Salt and Norman Wexler wrote the screenplay, adapting Peter Maas's biography of NYPD officer Frank ...more

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Donnie Brasco is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Al Pacino Movies
Johnny Depp, Al Pacino, Paul Giamatti

Released: 1997

Directed by: Mike Newell

Donnie Brasco is a 1997 American film directed by Mike Newell and starring Al Pacino and Johnny Depp. Michael Madsen, Bruno Kirby, James Russo, and Anne Heche appeared in supporting roles. The ...more

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...And Justice for All ... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Al Pacino Movies
Al Pacino, Craig T. Nelson, Jeffrey Tambor

Released: 1979

Directed by: Norman Jewison

...And Justice for All is a 1979 courtroom drama film, directed by Norman Jewison, and starring Al Pacino, Jack Warden, John Forsythe, and Lee Strasberg. Jeffrey Tambor, Christine Lahti, Craig ...more

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The Devil's Advocate is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Al Pacino Movies
Charlize Theron, Al Pacino, Keanu Reeves

Released: 1997

Directed by: Taylor Hackford

The Devil's Advocate is a 1997 American mystery thriller film based on Andrew Neiderman's novel of the same name. It is directed by Taylor Hackford and stars Keanu Reeves, Al Pacino, and ...more

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Insomnia is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Al Pacino Movies
Al Pacino, Robin Williams, Hilary Swank

Released: 2002

Directed by: Christopher Nolan

Insomnia is a 2002 American thriller film directed by Christopher Nolan, and starring Al Pacino, Robin Williams and Hilary Swank. It tells the story of two Los Angeles homicide detectives ...more

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Glengarry Glen Ross is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Al Pacino Movies
Al Pacino, Alec Baldwin, Kevin Spacey

Released: 1992

Directed by: James Foley

Glengarry Glen Ross is a 1992 American drama, adapted by David Mamet from his 1984 Pulitzer Prize- and Tony-winning play of the same name, and directed by James Foley. The film depicts two days ...more

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The Godfather Part III ... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Al Pacino Movies
Al Pacino, Diane Keaton, Bridget Fonda

Released: 1990

Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola

The Godfather Part III is a 1990 American film written by Mario Puzo and Francis Ford Coppola, and directed by Coppola. It completes the story of Michael Corleone, a Mafia kingpin who tries to ...more

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The Insider is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Al Pacino Movies
Al Pacino, Russell Crowe, Christopher Plummer

Released: 1999

Directed by: Michael Mann

The Insider is a 1999 American drama film directed by Michael Mann, based on the true story of a 60 Minutes segment about Jeffrey Wigand, a whistleblower in the tobacco industry. The 60 Minutes ...more
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Sea of Love is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Al Pacino Movies
wiabux added Al Pacino, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman

Released: 1989

Directed by: Harold Becker

Sea of Love is a 1989 thriller film directed by Harold Becker, written by Richard Price, and starring Al Pacino, Ellen Barkin, and John Goodman. The story concerns a New York City detective ...more

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Any Given Sunday is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Al Pacino Movies
Cameron Diaz, Al Pacino, Jamie Foxx

Released: 1999

Directed by: Oliver Stone

Any Given Sunday is a 1999 American drama film directed by Oliver Stone depicting a fictional professional American football team. The film features an ensemble cast, consisting of Al Pacino, ...more
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The Panic in Needle Park... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Al Pacino Movies
Al Pacino, Paul Sorvino, Raúl Juliá

Released: 1971

Directed by: Jerry Schatzberg

The Panic in Needle Park is a 1971 American film directed by Jerry Schatzberg and starring Al Pacino in his second film appearance. The screenplay was written by Joan Didion and John Gregory ...more
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Frankie and Johnny is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Al Pacino Movies
wiabux added Michelle Pfeiffer, Al Pacino, Nathan Lane

Released: 1991

Directed by: Garry Marshall

Frankie and Johnny is a 1991 American drama film directed by Garry Marshall, and starring Al Pacino and Michelle Pfeiffer in their first film together since Scarface. Héctor Elizondo, ...more
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Scarecrow is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Al Pacino Movies
wiabux added Al Pacino, Gene Hackman, Eileen Brennan

Released: 1973

Directed by: Jerry Schatzberg

Scarecrow is a 1973 road movie starring Gene Hackman and Al Pacino.

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Cruising is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Al Pacino Movies
Al Pacino, Ed O'Neill, Karen Allen

Released: 1980

Directed by: William Friedkin

Cruising is a 1980 psychological thriller film written and directed by William Friedkin and starring Al Pacino. The film is loosely based on the novel of the same name, by The New York Times ...more
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The Recruit is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Al Pacino Movies
Al Pacino, Colin Farrell, Bridget Moynahan

Released: 2003

Directed by: Roger Donaldson

The Recruit is a 2003 American-German spy thriller film, directed by Roger Donaldson and starring Al Pacino, Colin Farrell and Bridget Moynahan. It was produced by Epsilon Motion Pictures and ...more

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Dick Tracy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Al Pacino Movies
Madonna, Al Pacino, Dustin Hoffman

Released: 1990

Directed by: Warren Beatty

Dick Tracy is a 1990 American action film based on the 1930s comic strip character of the same name created by Chester Gould. Warren Beatty produced, directed, and starred in the film, which ...more

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Ocean's Thirteen is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Al Pacino Movies
Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Al Pacino

Released: 2007

Directed by: Steven Soderbergh

Ocean's Thirteen is a 2007 American comedy film directed by Steven Soderbergh and starring an ensemble cast. It is the third and final film in the Soderbergh series following the 2004 sequel ...more

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The Merchant of Venice ... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Al Pacino Movies
Al Pacino, Steve Martin, Jeremy Irons

Released: 2004

Directed by: Michael Radford

The Merchant of Venice is a 2004 romantic drama film based on Shakespeare's play of the same name. It is the first full-length sound film in English of Shakespeare's play — other versions are ...more