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The 5 Greatest Performances by Al Pacino

Dated : July, 17, 2011  By
Seriously I don’t know but in my very humble opinion, Al Pacino is one of the greatest actors we have after Marlon Brando and Olivier. Well many others will have a different say, obviously this is just one of my opinions. But apart from my opinion people always have loved Al Pacino for his portrayal of roles, like no one else can do. He even makes a bad character likeable, like he did in Scarface, it never happened apart from Godfather that a negative character was appreciated so much by the audiences. He makes a character look so good, he is one of the most skilled actors from Hollywood and he has been part of some really iconic movies, which have attained a cult status today. His roles till today have the power to shake you upside down. So I get the privilege to write which are is his best five movies, and trust me when you like some actor and then not be partial to his performances is very tough. I can simply write any name of his movies and there will be no debate as each movie of Al Pacino is good, but still I have tried to get only the best five movies out of the very illustrious career of the Legend called Al Pacino. And as we all know Al Pacino movies are famous for his dialogues so I have included one dialogue from each movie. So here goes the list.

5. Ricky Roma (Glengarry Glen Ross, 1992)

Famous quote from the movie: “You never open your mouth till you know what the shot is.” Plot: The Plot of the movie centre’s around an examination of the machinations behind the scenes at a real estate office. Director: James Foley Writers: David Mamet (play), David Mamet (screenplay) Stars: Al Pacino, Jack Lemmon and Alec Baldwin Well I was confused for the 5th spot so much as the other competitors were other legend movies like Serpico and Insomnia. But why Glengarry Glen Ross won this spot is because this Oscar nominated movie had Al Pacino in his real elements. Each and every scene of this movie that has Pacino in it is an awesome scene. I just loved the way Pacino’s character manipulates Jonathan Pryce and the way he rips into Kevin Spacey and says him “Who ever told you could work with men?!

4. Lowell Bergman (The Insider, 1999)

Famous quote from the movie: “To me, you are not a commodity. What you are is important” Plot: The movie Plot is about a research chemist who comes under personal and professional attack when he decides to appear in a "60 Minutes" expose on Big Tobacco. Director: Michael Mann Writers: Marie Brenner (article), Eric Roth Stars: Russell Crowe, Al Pacino and Christopher Plummer I don’t know why but this movie is surely underrated and so is Al Paino’s performance. He again shines like a star in this movie, his acting is so real and when you really watch this movie out, you will watch it again for Pacino’s performance.

3. Tony Montana (Scarface, 1983)

Famous quote from the movie: “I always tell the truth. Even when I lie” Plot: In 1980 Miami, a determined Cuban immigrant takes over a drug empire while succumbing to greed. (Cartel not Mafia) Director: Brian De Palma Writer: Oliver Stone (screenplay) Stars: Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer and Steven Bauer I really don’t have anything to say about this movie, Simply “WOW”, “GENIUS”, “MASTERPIECE”, and what not. A cult movie that just cannot go out of my head. I always feel like watching this movie, its like an addition and the reason to watch this movie again and again. Well obviously Tony Montana is a character that cannot be replicated ever. Bollywood Actor Amitabh Bachchan tried to do a Tony Montana in his movie “Agneepath” which is a straight lift of Scarface. Amitabh failed miserably in front of the iconic character portrayed by Al Pacino.

2. Sonny Wortzik (Dog Day Afternoon, 1975)

Famous Quote from the movie: “The guy who kills me… I hope he does it because he hates my guts, not because it’s his job” Plot: A man robs a bank to pay for his lover's operation; it turns into a hostage situation and a media circus. Director: Sidney Lumet Writers: P.F. Kluge (article), Thomas Moore (article), and 2 more credits Stars: Al Pacino, John Cazale and Charles Durning One great movie from the 70’s. I am tired of saying it again and again, Al Pacino made this character Sonny some so real that you feel the pain that the character is going throught, you feel the anger. So again one gem of a performance by Al Pacino.

1. Michael Corleone (The Godfather trilogy, 1972, ’74 & ’90)

Famous Quote from the movie: “If anything in this life is certain, if history has taught us anything, it is that you can kill anyone” The Godfather Plot: The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son. Director: Francis Ford Coppola Writers: Mario Puzo (novel), Mario Puzo (screenplay) Stars: Marlon Brando, Al Pacino and James Caan The Godfather 2: Plot: The early life and career of Vito Corleone in 1920s New York is portrayed while his son, Michael, expands and tightens his grip on his crime syndicate stretching from Lake Tahoe, Nevada to pre-revolution 1958 Cuba. Director: Francis Ford Coppola Writers: Francis Ford Coppola (screenplay), Mario Puzo (screenplay) Stars: Al Pacino, Robert De Niro and Robert Duvall The Godfather 3: Plot: In the midst of trying to legitimize his business dealings in 1979 New York and Italy, aging mafia don Michael Corleone seeks to vow for his sins while taking a young protégé under his wing. Director: Francis Ford Coppola Writers: Mario Puzo, Francis Ford Coppola Stars: Al Pacino, Diane Keaton and Andy Garcia Do I really have to say anything why are all the three movies in the list, well if I wouldn’t have done this then probably the other two would had been bonus features. I don’t have to say anything about how good the movie was or how iconic is the character of Michael Corleone. But you really need to know that The Godfather was the first big movie Pacino ever acted in and it never showed and the rest is history. All hail “The Godfather”. I can so easily put every movie of his in the Bonus list but anyways we all know every movie of Pacino has been a classy, even his bad films look good due to his extra-ordinary acting skills. I really respect this great actor and so do many others, so if you have a different list than mine then surely give them in the comments section below. But one thing for sure Pacino fan or not you can enjoy the movies listed above anytime in your life. That’s a real guarantee.
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