10 great Al Pacino movies

9 Jan

1. The Godfather (1972). Based on a script written by Mario Puzo, the author of the eponymous book, and directed by one of the best directors of all times, Francis ford Coppola, the movie tells the story of the Corleones, a powerful New York crime family. With the participation of two exceptional actors, Marlon Brando and Al Pacino (who was rejected initially), The Godfather had a strong impact on the public at large and is now considered one of the greatest movies ever made.

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2. The Godfather part II (1974) continues the story of the Corleones, with Michael Corleone now in charge of the family business.

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3. The Godfather part III finds Don Michael Corleone wracked with guilt for his past decisions, and in the midst of trying to legitimize his business dealings as he promised years before. Coppola, who initially wanted to name the movie The Death of Michael Corleone but was rejected by the studio, stated that The Godfather series is in fact two films, and Part III is the epilogue.

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4. The Panic in Needle Park (1971) portrays life among a group of heroin addicts who hang out in “Needle Park” and the love story between two of them, Bobby and Helen.

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5. Bobby Deerfield (1977). Deerfield, an American race car driver on the European circuit  is obsessing about a recent deadly accident his friend had. On his quest to find out why the accident happened, he meets and falls in love with a mysterious woman who is terminally ill.

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6. Serpico (1973) tells the story of a honest cop who tries to find his place in the NY police and to expose corruption in the force. The script was based on the biography of Frank Serpico, an NYPD officer, and covers twelve years (from 1960 to June 15, 1972) of his life.

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7. Dog Day Afternoon (1975). The film was inspired by P.F. Kluge’s article “The Boys in the Bank”, which tells the story of the robbery of a Brooklyn bank by John Wojtowicz and Salvatore Naturile on August 22, 1972.

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8. Scarface (1983). Directed by Brian de Palma and written by Oliver Stone, with Al Pacino as the main character, Scarface represents one of the masterpieces of the american cinematography. Dedicated to the director (Howard Hawks) and the screenwriter (Ben Hecht) of the original 1932 version, the film tells the story of a Cuban refugee who comes to Miami in 1980, and becomes a drug cartel kingpin during the cocaine boom of the 80s.

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9. The Devil’s Advocate (1997). Kevin Lomax (Keanu Reeves), a defense attorney in Florida, who has never lost a case, is approached by a representative of the New York law firm Milton, Chadwick & Waters, who offers him a large sum of money to help the firm with a jury selection. Satisfied by the outcome of the trial, Milton (Al Pacino) offers him a job at his firm, a big salary and a luxurious apartment. Although prevented by his mother that nothing good will come out of it, he is too greedy to refuse the offer and moves to Manhattan with his wife. Soon after, the problems begin to disturb their perfect lives.

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10. Chinese Coffee (2000) is one of the three movies directed by Al Pacino (so far). He plays the role of Harry Levine, an unsuccessful writer in his forties, who struggles to escape misery. The action takes place mostly in his friend’s Jake Manheim apartment (a photographer who missed his chance at being a writer) where they argue about money, relationships, their friendship and Harry’s book.

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