Known for his roles in films such as The Godfather and Scarface, Al Pacino is one of the finest actors in the history of film. His film roles in the 70’s helped to establish his credibility as an actor and he has come a long ways since he first began in film. In recent years, he also had roles in programs such as the 2003 miniseries Angels in America and You Don’t Know Jack in 2010.
Interestingly enough when Pacino first came to his role as Michael Corleone, producers did not want him in the role. Director Francis Ford Coppola fought for Pacino to have the part and they were both worried about being fired. However, it is one of the greatest movies said to have been made.
In addition to nominations and wins for his roles in acting, he has also won Tony awards, one in 1969 for Does a Tiger Wear a Necktie? and The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel.
With a new movie coming out, entitled Manglehorn, and to celebrate this versatile actor’s fame and achievements, TheCelebrityCafe.com has put together the top ten films starring Al Pacino.
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10. 88 Minutes
A college professor, who also is a forensic psychiatrist, named Dr. Jack Gramm is told he only has 88 minutes to live. When evidence links him to recent murders, Gramm must do all he can to save his life.
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9. The Insider
This 1999 film is based on a whistleblower named Jeffrey Wigand, who did an interview regarding the amount of nicotine that was being put into tobacco products. Pacino plays Lowell Bergman, a journalist working on the story.
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8. Dick Tracy
Al Pacino plays Big Boy Caprice in this 1990 movie. Caprice is a crime boss who comes into contact with detective Dick Tracy. He manages to keep Tracy from truly catching him in the middle of one of his criminal activities.
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7. Ocean’s Thirteen
Pacino plays Willy Bank, a former business partner of Reuben Tishkoff (Elliot Gould), who causes Tishkoff to suffer a heart attack after he makes him sign papers that would absolve his rights to a new hotel-casino. Daniel Ocean (George Clooney) puts his team together in order to take down Bank.
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6. The Godfather
This film is considered to be one of the greatest films made and it stars Marlon Brando as Vito Corleone, the leader of a crime family in New York. Al Pacino stars as his son, Michael, who isn’t sure about running the business one day, but he eventually becomes the Mafia boss throughout the second and third films in the movie series.
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5. Any Given Sunday
Pacino plays Tony D’Amato, the head coach of the Miami Sharks who was responsible for many achievements in the football league. However, as he has grown older and the team has had failures, the new owner of the Sharks tries to make changes that D’Amato isn’t thrilled with.
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4. The Devil’s Advocate
With Keanu Reeves, Al Pacino plays John Milton, who owns a law firm and asks defense attorney Kevin Lomax to join. What Kevin doesn’t know is that Milton is actually the Devil himself.
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This 1973 biographical film on the life of police officer Frank Serpico had Pacino in the title role as the officer who worked to expose police corruption. Serpico works to be an honest cop, but seeing his colleagues doing bad things makes him work to bring them down.
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This 1983 film portrays Al Pacino as Tony Montana, a man who comes to Miami from Cuba and becomes a drug kingpin. The film is one of Pacino’s most popular movies he has made.
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1. Scent of a Woman
Al Pacino plays a blind man named Frank Slade, a retired colonel who takes a young man named Charlie Simms on a trip during Thanksgiving weekend. Charlie was working to look after him, all while going through a possible dismissal from his prestigious school. At the end of the movie, Frank made a moving speech about Charlie’s integrity in not selling out individuals who were involved in a prank.
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