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Best Al Pacino Movies on Netflix in 2022

Mike
Mike
March 22, 2022
5 min

If you’re a fan of Al Pacino, then you’ll be happy to know that there are plenty of his movies on Netflix. But before we dive into Al Pacino movies on Netflix, a bit about the man himself.

Al Pacino the Man

Al Pacino was born Alfredo James Pacino on April 25, 1940 in Manhattan, New York. He grew up as a poor kid on the streets of the city. He had to share a one-bedroom apartment with his parents and grandparents.

Al Pacino’s father was an emigrant from Corleone in Sicily who arrived in the US around 1919 when he was 18 years old; his mother was also an emigrant from the Province of Bovino in Abruzzo. 

Al Pacino becomes a Star

His role in ”The Godfather” made him a star overnight. As soon as the film came out, everyone wanted to know more about this mysterious actor who had a thick accent and quoted Shakespeare on a whim.

Since this movie, there has been no stopping one of the greatest actors. He acted in some of the most iconic movies of all time, including ”Scarface,” which he also co-wrote.

Al Pacino Movies on Netflix: Some of His Best Films

Some consider Al Pacino to be the greatest actor who has ever lived. Here are some films you can watch right now on Netflix that showcase this talented actor at his finest:

The Godfather (1972)

Al Pacino and Marlon Brando in The Godfather

Al Pacino plays Michael Corleone, the reluctant son of Don Vito Corleone (played by Marlon Brando) who becomes more and more involved with organized crime as the movie goes on.

The first movie in the Godfather trilogy, directed by Francis Ford Coppola, is based on the book by Mario Puzo. Two further Godfather movies followed the success of the original. These can also be watched on Netflix.

The Godfather Part II (1974)

This is the first sequel to “The Godfather” and it’s just as good, if not better than the first one. Al Pacino’s performance as Michael Corleone as an adult fighting for power in his family against other crime families is superb. In this film Robert De Niro plays the young Don Vito Corleone.

The Godfather Part III (1990)

Al Pacino is back in the role of Michael Corleone for this third and final installment in The Godfather series. This time, he is struggling with his father’s legacy and how to uphold it while still being able to lead a crime-free life.

The Godfather trilogy is not only one of Al Pacino’s most famous performances but also some of his best movies. He earned two Oscar nominations for Best Supporting Actor and also won a BAFTA, Golden Globe and NBR Award.

Dog Day Afternoon (1975)

Dog Day Afternoon

This movie is loosely based on real events that took place in 1972. The story is about Sonny (played by Al Pacino) during a bank robbery in Brooklyn, New York. While this movie has some comedic aspects, it also deals with serious issues like gender identity and extremism.

…And Justice for All (1979)

Pacino played the role of Arthur Kirkland in this courtroom drama released in the same year as “The Godfather Part III.”

Pacino plays a lawyer who is blackmailed into defending a judge accused of assaulting and raping a young woman. The movie is all about the corrupt and rotten justice system and how Arthur Kirkland risks his career for not complying with it and on the contrary, denouncing it forcefully.

Scarface (1983)

This movie might be a bit too violent for some people, but it is definitely worth watching. director Brian De Palma leads Al Pacino in the role of Tony Montana, a Cuban immigrant who gets involved in the drug trade in Miami during the 1970s.

Scarface could be one of the best movies ever made. It has received mostly positive feedback from critics. Al Pacino’s performance is legendary. Other cast members are Michelle Pfeiffer as the beautiful wife of Tony Montana, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio as Tony’s sister, Steven Bauer as Manero’s right-hand man and friend, and many excellent others.

The Irishman (2019)

Al Pacino & Robert De Niro in The Irishman

Martin Scorsese directed the Irishman and it is one of the best Netflix movies with super-star Al Pacino working alongside another super-star, Robert De Niro, once again. It took so long to get Scorsese to cast Pacino in one of his films because, as the director himself said: “For me, Al was something unreachable!”

Pacino plays the part of Frank Sheeran who is now old and in a nursing home. He recalls his youth when he was a hitman/bodyguard for Jimmy Hoffa.

Other stars include Joe Pesci, Harvey Keitel, Ray Romano and Bobby Cannavale, among others.

The Devil’s Advocate (1997)

Before Keanu Reeves was playing Neo in the Matrix Trilogy, he played Kevin Lomax in this thrilling movie about a defence attorney who seems to be invincible and gets hired by a big law firm, with a big salary and a new wonderful house. At first, all seems great until his wife Mary (Charlize Theron) begins seeing strange things.

Al Pacino plays the part of John Milton, aka Satan. Who sets the premises for Kevin’s corruption of the soul by playing on his weaknesses.

A very good movie with tones of Paradise Lost - not by chance Pacino’s role has the name of the author - Dante’s Inferno and Goethe’s Faust.

Scent of a Woman (1992)

Scent of a Woman

Almost all critics agree that Scent of a Woman is one of Al Pacino’s most iconic roles. It is a remake of the famous Dino Risi 1974 Italian film with Vittorio Gassman and Agostina Belli.

In this movie, Al Pacino plays Frank Slade, an old man who is a retired highly decorated Vietnam War veteran and Army Colonel. Frank is blind, bitter and drinks too much.

For Thanksgiving, Frank’s niece hires a student to take care of him. Charlie (Chris O’Donnell) takes the job to be able to pay his flight home for Christmas.

Frank suddenly decides to go to New York and there Charlie learns about Frank’s past. They begin bonding and Charlie tells Frank about his problems at university.

Scent of a Woman was nominated for seven Oscars and won three of them. Pacino got the Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role.

Donnie Brasco (1997)

This is another mafia movie starring Al Pacino. It is based on the book by the same name written by Joseph D. Pistone himself and Richard Woodley. It’s about his six-year undercover operation with an organized crime family in New York City during the 1970s.

Al Pacino is Lefty an old gangster for the Bonanno mafia family. Johnny Depp is Joseph Pistone/Donnie Brasco, a young FBI agent undercover whose work brought about 200 incriminations and 100 convictions.

Insomnia (2002)

Al Pacino & Robin Williams in Insomnia

Pacino plays Will Dormer, an LAPD detective who with his partner Hap Eckhart (Martin Donovan) is sent to Alaska to investigate the murder of a young woman. The two policemen are under investigation themselves for having planted false evidence to incriminate a man who they knew was guilty of torturing and killing a young boy.

When they arrive in Alaska, they team up with a young local police officer (Hilary Swank) who is a big fan of Dormer’s work. In this film, Robin Williams plays the part of Walter Finch a local crime writer.

Christopher Nolan directed Insomnia. He will later direct Batman Begins and The Dark Knight.

Conclusion

These are just some of the great Al Pacino movies on Netflix. Be sure to check out the rest to find a film that suits your taste, like Jack and Jill with Adam Sandler, or Ocean’s Thirteen with George Clooney as our beloved Danny Ocean.

Other Pacino films like Danny Collins, with Annette Bening and The Insider, with Russell Crowe, are unfortunately not on Netflix.

These are some of the greatest films ever made and Al Pacino is one of the greatest actors ever. So enjoy watching them all!