Total Recall: Al Pacino's Best Movies

Summary

It may not be getting much critical love at the moment, but this weekend's Stand Up Guys has at least one thing going for it: An expertly seasoned cast that includes Alan Arkin, Christopher Walken, and Al Pacino. They've all made plenty of great films -- in fact, you can check out our countdown of Walken's best movies right here -- but seeing those names together made us realize that we've never dedicated a list to the mighty Pacino filmography, and we knew we had to take this chance to repent. Join us, if you will, for a stroll through a world where one of the greatest actors of his generation always lived up to his greatest potential, and movies like 88 Minutes and Jack and Jill never happened. It's time for Total Recall! Back to Article

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Chris Buckley

Chris Buckley

Or Two-Bits?

Jan 30 - 01:49 PM

Muse Ikkle

Muse Ikkle

Correct!

Jan 30 - 02:20 PM

Paul Kilgust

Paul Kilgust

SCARECROW!!!

Jan 30 - 02:21 PM

Vince Rizzo

Vince Rizzo

Scarecrow wonderfully brooding ...

Jan 30 - 04:10 PM

Muse Ikkle

Muse Ikkle

Agreed, has the devil ever been portrayed better?

Jan 30 - 02:22 PM

infernaldude

Infernal Dude

I liked Peter Stormare in Constantine but he's a far second to Pacino.

Jan 30 - 07:48 PM

Kyle Frame

Kyle Frame

Agreed, he was awesome for that genre. Hope they do a sequel, I loved that movie.

Feb 3 - 05:23 AM

Pedro Lourenšo

Pedro Lourenšo

yes, robert deniro, harvey spencer...

Jan 31 - 09:45 AM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

Jack Nicholson in Witches of Eastwick for me.

Jan 31 - 08:19 PM

infernaldude

Infernal Dude

I like where all of you went with this. Great choices! Love De Niro in Angel Heart. No one eats an egg more sinister.

Feb 1 - 12:11 AM

Kyle Frame

Kyle Frame

Completely different genre, but I always liked Elizabeth Hurley's rendition in "Bedazzled". If nothing else, the Devil certainly has never been as sexy.

Feb 3 - 05:23 AM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Hero? Anyone who doesn't understand that "Scarface" is essentially about the folly of pride (and the inevitable fall) doesn't deserve to consider themselves a fan of the film. Properly understood, it is powerful. For idiots, I suppose its meant to be emulated?

Jan 30 - 03:24 PM

Andrew Chaney

Andrew Chaney

I completely agree with you there. Heat was epic.

Jan 30 - 04:03 PM

Sergio Arias

Sergio Arias

Agreed!

Feb 1 - 02:26 AM

Vince Rizzo

Vince Rizzo

Scarecrow wonderfully brooding ...

Jan 30 - 04:10 PM

Zane B

Chum Chum

why do people come ot these pages to bitch? It is what it is.
And Pacino is one of the best. It's that simple

Jan 30 - 04:25 PM

Kyle Frame

Kyle Frame

It's a top 10 list. When ever on the internet, do people NOT bitch about a top 10 list? To quote Michael Biehn from the original The Terminator, "It's what he does! It's all he does!"

Feb 3 - 05:31 AM

Dave J

Dave J

I've seen the original and don't think it's neither better nor worst than Nolans version because the original dwelled on atmosphere(notice the fog) and less dialogue, as opposed to Nolans which consisted to have reasonating dialogue! If the original was remade here in North America scene per scene then it would not have worked here at all since the police system is totally different!

And I just want to say that the users on here enjoyed all the "Twilight" and "Transformer" films than the RT critics do meaning if you have so much faith with the users so much then perhaps you should stop listening to the critics!

Jan 30 - 05:35 PM

Joe Hart

Joe Hart

...AND JUSTICE FOR ALL

Jan 30 - 06:30 PM

David Miller

David Miller

I think that was the first film I saw that starred Al Pacino. A very good film.

Jan 30 - 09:08 PM

Paul Lane

Paul Lane

Geeze, almost correct. That's Pacino's #1 film is "Godfather 2", #2 is "The Godfather".

Jan 30 - 06:52 PM

Rob Creighton

Rob Creighton

What about Author Author!?!?

Jan 30 - 07:14 PM

Rbaldelli7

Michael Baldelli

Donnie Brasco is the most underrated gangster flick of all time. Love it.

Heat not making the list proves how many great films Pacino has made.

Anybody who hasn't seen Glengarry Glenn Ross isn't a closer and closers don't get coffee.

I've never seen The Insider, it's the only film on the list I haven't seen, I doubt it's better than most of Pacino's classics.

I know they are two separate films, but they should have combined The Godfather films in order to add another film to the list. ...And Justice for All and Carlito's Way two other great Pacino films.

I love Nolan, but Insomnia was a rare miss for me.

Jan 30 - 07:34 PM

Swoosh

Swoosh Swoosh

HEY you dont say that about The Insider! It's my favorite movie of all time. Watch it it's powerful stuff. Michael Mann is the man!

Jan 30 - 08:30 PM

Armond White Sucks

Michael Baldelli

I will watch it before I make a final judgement. I just love those other films so much, it's going to be very hard for it to beat them out. I do like Mann though.

Jan 31 - 11:20 AM

Billy Beefcaked

Billy Beefcaked

I love every one of those movies.

Jan 30 - 07:36 PM

infernaldude

Infernal Dude

Hot profile pic.

Jan 30 - 07:47 PM

Rbaldelli7

Michael Baldelli

Only if you don't consider Reservoir Dogs a Heist film. I would argue that Heat isn't even the best Pacino heist movie. That would go to Dog Day Afternoon.

Jan 30 - 07:41 PM

markit8dude

Paul Bongiorno

I agree, Michael.

Feb 2 - 01:32 AM

infernaldude

Infernal Dude

@Mick. Scarface is a lesson in excess and letting power go to your head. Plus, it has some iconic scenes, images and lines that resonate with the rap artists you are mentioning. Also, that same poster was on every white kids wall when I was in college so I take that into account as well. Tony Montana lived hard and died young, in a pool of his own blood (literally).

Jan 30 - 07:46 PM

Dick Travis

Mick Travis

@Infernal Dude You know what: I absolutely agree that the '83 version does have iconic scenes, images and lines as you say; I gave the film 2.5 stars out of 5 so it's not like I hated it. But seriously, what did you guys think of the 1932 version? (Bear in mind that "The World is Yours" did come from the original Howard Hawks-Ben Hecht version).

Jan 30 - 09:45 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

It's a classic, of course. I've found that it doesn't make much sense comparing the two.

Jan 30 - 10:07 PM

infernaldude

Infernal Dude

Ya, different eras of film making make different feeling films, IMO. To me, Scarface ('83) is a true example of '80s excess and has a very '80s vibe to it YET keeps a lot of the "gangster" themes intact. Either way, I still enjoy the film. Hell, I call someone a "fucking cock-A-roach " at least once a week.

Jan 30 - 10:44 PM

infernaldude

Infernal Dude

Hot profile pic.

Jan 30 - 07:47 PM

infernaldude

Infernal Dude

I liked Peter Stormare in Constantine but he's a far second to Pacino.

Jan 30 - 07:48 PM

Kyle Frame

Kyle Frame

Agreed, he was awesome for that genre. Hope they do a sequel, I loved that movie.

Feb 3 - 05:23 AM

Swoosh

Swoosh Swoosh

HEY you dont say that about The Insider! It's my favorite movie of all time. Watch it it's powerful stuff. Michael Mann is the man!

Jan 30 - 08:30 PM

Armond White Sucks

Michael Baldelli

I will watch it before I make a final judgement. I just love those other films so much, it's going to be very hard for it to beat them out. I do like Mann though.

Jan 31 - 11:20 AM

Ryan Adams

Ryan Adams

Can we get an honorable mention for Angels in America? It was an HBO special instead of a movie, but he was fantastic in that.

Jan 30 - 08:31 PM

Christopher256G

Christopher Greffin

I second that one. Terrific miniseries.

Jan 31 - 03:51 PM

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