Al Pacino is generally known worldwide for his roles in the ‘Godfather’ trilogy, the classical ‘Scarface’ movie, and the outstanding performance as a wise blind man in ‘Scent of a Woman’. This year the famous actor is turning 76, still being active in the industry. His filmography counts over 50 works. Does he have anything to offer apart from the stuff that got him where he currently is? Sure! Check out his 10 lesser-known Al Pacino movies:
10. The Panic in Needle Park (1971)
A good one to break all the stereotypes about the actor. Al Pacino is in his middle 20s and plays a young unemployed junkie. The movie perfectly captures the whole doom-like atmosphere of leading life as an addict. What probably will make you want to see the movie more is the fact that it was Pacino’s debut lead role in his cinema career.
9. Cruising (1980)
Can you imagine Al Pacino wearing a leather jacket and attending gay bars? Here he plays an undercover detective who is investigating the series of homosexual people’s violent murders. To find the maniac he has to fit in and be the part of the whole subculture. The content of the film is definitely inappropriate for children and LGBT haters as well. However, it could be regarded as “interesting” from the aesthetic perspective. Cruising is definitely one of the greatest lesser-known Al Pacino movies that any movie freak is ought to see.
8. Frankie and Johnny (1991)
Contrary to the previous one, this movie has nothing to do with blood and violence. The main topic is forgiveness and one more chances. We suppose we all sometimes ask ourselves questions like can I finally get my stuff together? Or can I finally find the one who will love me for who I am? Al Pacino’s character is not the exception. He has been through a lot. Just go ahead and watch him fighting for his happiness. If you lack some motivation to change your own life, you will definitely get it there.
7. Chinese Coffee (2000)
What it takes to be a struggling author? What it takes to finally break out of this shell? Wallowing in the state of depression combined with the excessive consumption of an alcohol versus taking action and overcoming your biggest hurdles that keep you away from your true self. Sometimes we have to get rid of something in order to get something better that we truly deserve. No matter what, even though it seems impossible at the time. This film had a very limited release. Nonetheless, it can still be a huge inspiration for pretty much anyone and is counted as one of the most incredible lesser-known Al Pacino movies.
6. Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
This one is based on the real events and reveals the story of two very unusual young bank robbers. Even though the whole movie is slightly longer than two hours, it feels like forever! You will never know why until give it a try. Also, it can be described as the almost perfect representation of Al Pacino’s early era. Moreover, he was given the Best Actor award by Los Angeles Film Critics Association for his amazing performance in this movie. We bet you’ve never seen a robber like that!
5. Any Given Sunday (1999)
Al Pacino is certainly not the actor who got famous by playing a role of someone related to the world of sport. However, he has always been experimenting with his roles, characters and appearances. As a result, we have a fine performance of him as a very passionate coach who will never let his team down even if it reaches its lowest. Sometimes we all wish we had a coach/teacher/boss like that. ‘Any Given Sunday’ came at number 5 in out list of 10 lesser-known Al Pacino movies.
4. Simone (2002)
This was the first time Pacino stepped on the science fiction territory, playing the role of a movie director who once had to create his own superstar by the means of a digital age. Like anywhere else, he does everything with passion. If you’re looking to see the actor do an unusual role – this one is a fantastic choice for you!
3. You Don’t Know Jack (2010)
The film was available only on the television and features Al Pacino in the role of notorious Jack “Dr. Death” Kevorkian, an Armenian-American euthanasia activist who operated in 1990s and made national headlines several times. At the first sight, Pacino himself is barely recognizable, as his character has short and completely white hair. The film is rather a biographical drama than a documentary and is designed to raise the awareness about this sensitive issue. The quality of Pacino’s performance is, as usually, beyond any doubts.
2. Sea Of Love (1989)
He made a brilliant comeback from a 4-year hiatus taken in 1985 delivering us one of the top 10 lesser-known Al Pacino movies that was named ‘Sea Of Love’. Even though the film seems to be overlooked nowadays, it features a fascinating story-line that’s worth its time. Once again, Pacino is a detective officer who has to solve and stop a terrible crime from being repeated over and over. This one will make you stay present and thrilled from the beginning until the very end. Watch Pacino do his best and, like always, with a great passion.
1. Serpico (1973)
This one was a next thing Al Pacino did right after his Godfather appearance. And, surely, it helped him solidify his positions of an aspiring and talented actor in the world of cinema. The film addresses a serious issue – corruption within the police. It’s based on the real events and features Pacino in the role of Frank Serpico, a brave and loyal to his moral standards detective. Two hours of a high-quality drama/thriller with an outstanding performance from Pacino tops the list.
10 Lesser-Known Al Pacino Movies
- Serpico (1973)
- Sea Of Love (1989)
- You Don’t Know Jack (2010)
- Simone (2002)
- Any Given Sunday (1999)
- Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
- Chinese Coffee (2000)
- Frankie and Johnny (1991)
- Cruising (1980)
- The Panic in Needle Park (1971)
Written by: Artem Ekimov