Pacino filmography a roll call of American cinema


With an Oscar, an Emmy, three Golden Globes (not to mention the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn.'s Cecil B. DeMille Award) and dozens of other nominations over his four-decade career, Al Pacino's oeuvre spans dramas, thrillers, comedies and Shakespeare. Following is a selected filmography of the projects that have established him as one of the greatest living actors.

The Godfather (1972)
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Michael Corleone was only Pacino's fourth film role, but Coppola was impressed enough by the Tony Award-winning theater actor to convince an unsure Paramount to cast him.
Awards: Nominated for a Golden Globe and an Oscar

Serpico (1973)
Director: Sidney Lumet
Pacino played it straight in this biopic, based on Peter Maas' book about an honest cop who turns against his corrupt colleagues. Considered one of his best roles, Pacino's performance earned the No. 40 slot on AFI's "100 Years ... 100 Heroes & Villains" list.
Awards: Won a Golden Globe; nominated for an Oscar

Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
Director: Sidney Lumet
Pacino's second collaboration with Lumet, in which he played bank robber Sonny Wortzik, featured the actor's famous "Attica!" cry. Pacino, who collapsed from exhaustion during filming, took a two-year hiatus after the production wrapped.
Awards: Nominated for a
Golden Globe and an Oscar

... And Justice for All (1979)
Director: Norman Jewison
As a blackmailed Baltimore defense attorney who is forced to defend a judge in a rape trial, Pacino riveted audiences with his passionate performance, which includes the now-legendary "You're out of order!" rant.
Awards: Nominated for a Golden Globe and an Oscar

Sea of Love (1989)
Director: Harold Becker
As a New York City cop in search of a serial killer in this crime thriller, Pacino has sizzling chemistry with co-star Ellen Barkin, who plays the prime suspect. The film reintroduced Pacino as a romantic lead and an audience favorite after a string of less-than-successful movies.
Awards: Nominated for a Golden Globe

Dick Tracy (1990)
Director: Warren Beatty
To depict cartoon character/gangster Big Boy Caprice, Pacino helped design his makeup and created a more slender cinematic Big Boy.
Awards: Nominated for a Golden Globe and an Oscar

Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)
Director: James Foley
Pacino plays a struggling real estate salesman in the profanity-laden film adaptation of David Mamet's Pulitzer Prize-winning play.
Awards: Nominated for a Golden Globe and an Oscar

Scent of a Woman (1992)
Director: Martin Brest
Pacino tangoed his way to acclaim in the role of the bitter and blind Lt. Col. Frank Slade, who hires a high school student (Chris O'Donnell) to accompany him to New York for Thanksgiving. Hoo-ah!
Awards: Won a Golden Globe and an Oscar

The Devil's Advocate (1997)
Director: Taylor Hackford
Pacino is John Milton, a hotshot lawyer who might actually be the devil himself. "Advocate" went on to earn Warner Bros. Pictures nearly $153 million in worldwide boxoffice receipts.

The Insider (1999)
Director: Michael Mann
Pacino plays CBS' "60 Minutes" producer Lowell Bergman, who helped Jeffrey Wigand (Russell Crowe) take on Big Tobacco in the early '90s. The film earned seven Oscar nominations, but Pacino was passed over.

Any Given Sunday (1999)
Director: Oliver Stone
Pacino starred as a football coach struggling both professionally and personally. Stone says he wrote the role for Pacino, whom he thought would perfectly portray someone dealing with leaving middle age.

Angels in America (2003)
Director: Mike Nichols
Adapted by Tony Kushner from his play of the same name, this HBO miniseries starred Pacino as right-wing attorney Roy Cohn.
Awards: Won an Emmy and a Golden Globe