Serpico is probably one of the earliest movies of Al Pacino that saw him on the widespread screen. Released in 1973, it was directed by Sidney Lumet, often known as master of cinema based on a true story. Al Pacino puts himself on the film as a cop named Serpino who is seen as a loyal and honest cop and refuses to share the black spoils from the criminals even when his own colleagues tempt him.
The crime based movie became a great forward step in his ascendance to the top and was rightfully nominated for two Oscars.
6. The Devil’s Advocate
The Devil’s advocate is indeed one of the best movies of Al Pacino and unsurprisingly earns the sixth place on our list. The movie not only features Al Pacino but also Keanu Reeves and together with the direction of Taylor Hackford, this movie went on to be a big hit in the Hollywood. Released in 1997, the movie is made in the mold of drama, mystery and thriller. Although being a popular one, the movie does not seem to be reckoned by the laurels as it fails to earn any major ones.
What can be expected from a movie featuring Al Pacino and Robert De Niro other than being successful? Heat is a movie featuring both of the above Hollywood greats and the movie succeeded expectedly. Indeed Heat is one of the best movies of Al Pacino and is deservedly placed sixth in our list. The movie was released in 1995 and encompasses actions, dramas and crimes. Robert De Niro leading a bandit group being chased by Al Pacino as a cop makes the movie already interesting. ‘Never have anything in your life that you can’t walk out on in thirty seconds flat, if you spot the heat coming around the corner.
4. Scent of a Woman
Very few would like to overlook the name of the movie, Scent of a Woman, when talking about the best movies of Al Pacino. Playing as a blind retired US army named Frank, Al Pacino is put on the screen as a one difficult to get along with and is looked after by a newly enrolled University young man Charlie on the movie released in 1992. However the job thought to be a piece of cake well turns out to be quite a trying job where the ex-colonel has his own many agendas on a trip.
The movie led Al Pacino to Academy award for best actor award in 1993. His fortune did not stop there as he also won the Golden Globe for best performance by an actor in a Motion Picture after. The movie went on to won seven similar top awards and was nominated for nine others.