NEW YORK, NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 16: Al Pacino attends the "House Of Gucci" New York Premiere at Jazz at Lincoln Center on November 16, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
Movies - TV
The 15 Best
Al Pacino
15. The Panic in Needle Park
Al Pacino's first lead role was that of a heroin addict in the harrowing New York City-based drama "The Panic in Needle Park." The film gave the world an early glimpse of Pacino's talents on the precipice of his big breakout as a major star.
14. The Devil's Advocate
Pacino's flair for the dramatic served him well in "The Devil's Advocate," in which he gives an appropriately over-the-top performance as none other than Satan himself.The stylishly atmospheric "The Devil's Advocate" benefits from a truly committed cast, resulting in a devilishly entertaining, '90s-rific gem.
13. Donnie Brasco
In "Donnie Brasco," Pacino plays real-life 1970s Mafia hitman "Lefty" Ruggiero to great effect opposite Johnny Depp as the titular undercover informant. It’s one of the lesser mafia-centric films in his portfolio, as he's made so many good ones, hence its relatively low ranking.
12. Scent of a Woman
Pacino received his first, and only, Oscar win for his feisty performance as a blind, extremely cantankerous retired Army Lieutenant Colonel named Frank Slade in “Scent of a Woman.” However, the film hasn't aged as well as some other films, perhaps, especially when viewed as part of his impressive collective body of work.
11. Insomnia
Pacino plays LAPD Detective Will Dormer in “Insomnia,” who is called to Alaska to investigate the murder of a 17-year-old girl, but things get complicated when he develops insomnia. This one is worth revisiting as the movie scratches at the door of Pacino's top movies of all time.