Al Pacino’s 10 Best Movies, Ranked by Rotten Tomatoes – TheFantasyTimes

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Al Pacino’s 10 Best Movies, Ranked by Rotten Tomatoes

Al Pacino has been a prominent figure in Hollywood for over 50 years, appearing in over 60 films and directing two. He has portrayed some of the most iconic characters in cinema history, earning a wide range of scores on Rotten Tomatoes, from a low of 3% to a perfect score of 100%. Here are Al Pacino’s highest-ranked movies on Rotten Tomatoes.

10. Donnie Brasco (1997) – 88%
Starring alongside Johnny Depp, Al Pacino delivers an unforgettable performance in this crime drama that explores the world of organized crime. The movie was directed by Mike Newell and received an Academy Award nomination in 1997.

9. Serpico (1973) – 92%
Directed by Sydney Lumet, this movie tells the true story of Frank Serpico, a former NYPD detective who fought against corruption within the police force. Al Pacino’s performance earned him a Best Actor nomination at the 46th Academy Awards.

8. Insomnia (2002) – 92%
Directed by Christopher Nolan, this psychological thriller features outstanding performances from Al Pacino and Robin Williams. While not without its flaws, the movie is praised for its intricate plot and thrilling suspense.

7. The Irishman (2019) – 95%
Martin Scorsese’s epic crime drama reunites Al Pacino and Robert DeNiro, along with Joe Pesci, in a story about the involvement of Frank Sheeran in the disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa. The movie received critical acclaim and was nominated for 10 Academy Awards.

6. Glengarry Glen Ross (1992) – 95%
Based on a Pulitzer Prize-winning play, this movie features a stellar cast and a brilliant script. Al Pacino’s performance earned him another Oscar nomination, and the movie is widely praised for its sharp dialogue and gripping story.

5. The Insider (1999) – 96%
This corporate thriller, directed by Michael Mann, features outstanding performances from Al Pacino and Russell Crowe. The movie explores the events surrounding a tobacco industry whistleblower and is praised for its gripping storytelling.

4. The Godfather Part II (1974) – 96%
Considered by many to be one of the greatest sequels of all time, this movie features exceptional performances from Al Pacino and Robert DeNiro. While it received mixed reviews upon its initial release, the movie has since become a classic of cinema.

3. Dog Day Afternoon (1975) – 96%
Directed by Sidney Lumet, this movie tells the true story of a bank robbery gone wrong. Al Pacino delivers a powerful performance as the lead character, earning him another Oscar nomination.

2. The Godfather (1972) – 97%
Considered by many to be a masterpiece of cinema, this movie set the standard for all crime dramas to come. Directed by Francis Ford Coppola, the movie features unforgettable performances from Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, and Robert Duvall.


1. Salome (2013) – 100%
While controversial due to its limited number of reviews, Salome is the highest-rated movie on Rotten Tomatoes for Al Pacino. The movie is an in-depth analysis of Oscar Wilde’s play of the same name, featuring outstanding performances from Al Pacino and Jessica Chastain.

In conclusion, Al Pacino has had a remarkable career in Hollywood, delivering outstanding performances in some of the most iconic movies of all time. His movies have received a wide range of scores on Rotten Tomatoes, but these are his highest-ranked films according to the website.

Al Pacino has enjoyed a five-plus decade career in Hollywood, starring in more than 60 films, while directing two. The actor has played some of the most iconic characters in some of the most memorable movies in cinema history. With a wide array of scores linked to his movies on Rotten Tomatoes. Ranging from the deepest depths of 3% all the way to the highest score possible, 100%. Pacino’s movies have an interesting path on the review website. These are Al Pacino’s best movies as ranked by Rotten Tomatoes.



10 Donnie Brasco (1997) – 88%

Al Pacino in Donnie Brasco
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Donnie Brasco features two actors operating in top form. Both Al Pacino and Johnny Depp give all-time performances in this crime drama that is praised by critics for its portrait of organized crime. Along with top-notch directing from Mike Newell, the movie would go on to be nominated for an Academy Award in 1997, a truly great year for cinema.

9 Serpico (1973) – 92%

Al Pacino in Serpico
Paramount Pictures

Serpico tells the real-life story of former New York City Police detective Frank Serpico and his struggle to help combat corruption within the NYPD. Directed by Sydney Lumet and one of the filmmaker’s best movies. Al Pacino gives a standout performance that earned him a Best Actor nomination at the 46th Academy Awards.

8 Insomnia (2002) – 92%

Insomnia Movie 1200 x 630
Warner Bros. Pictures

Insomnia is a film praised primarily for the performances given by Al Pacino and Robin Williams. Along with stellar direction from Christopher Nolan, the movie weaves a highly entertaining and intricate psychological thriller in this imperfect examination of lies.

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7 The Irishman (2019) – 95%

Al Pacino in The Irishman

Martin Scorsese’s sprawling epic and one of Netflix’s best original movies, The Irishman reunites longtime friends and costars Al Pacino and Robert DeNiro along with Joe Pesci. Based on the 2004 novel I Heard You Paint Houses, the movie tells the story of Frank Sheeran and his involvement with infamous teamster Jimmy Hoffa. Receiving heaps of universal praise from critics, the movie would be nominated for 10 Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

6 Glengarry Glen Ross (1992) – 95%

Al Pacino in Glengarry Glen Ross
New Line Cinema

Praised heavily for its brilliant script and home run acting performances, Glengarry Glen Ross would earn Pacino another Oscar nomination. Staying true to the original source material, a Pulitzer Prize-winning play, the movie earns every bit of praise it receives from critics and audiences alike.

5 The Insider (1999) – 96%

Al Pacino in The Insider
Touchstone Pictures

Often times, corporate thriller movies are made or broken by the strength of the performances in the film, as well as the directors involved. Source materials often come from scandalous and convoluted events, and it is up to the filmmakers and actors to make that material digestible. Both director Michael Mann and stars Al Pacino and Russel Crowe do just that in The Insider. Even earning praise from filmmaker Quentin Tarantino, who listed the movie as one of the top 20 films released since 1992.

4 The Godfather Part II (1974) – 96%

The Godfather Part II
Paramount Pictures

Following in the footsteps of its iconic predecessor, more on that later, The Godfather Part II succeeds in every aspect a sequel should strive to and may even surpass the original. Furthering the story while increasing the stakes through solid performances by Al Pacino and newcomer to the franchise Robert DeNiro. While receiving mixed reviews upon its initial release, the movie has been re-evaluated in the years since and is widely considered to be one of the best pieces of cinema ever made.

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3 Dog Day Afternoon (1975) – 96%

Dog Day Afternoon
Warner Bros.

Filled with a heavy dose of black humor and drama, Dog Day Afternoon is the true story of bank robber John Wojtowicz, played as Sonny Wojtowicz by Pacino in the movie. Pacino would receive another Oscar nomination for his role in the movie, one of the most heavily praised aspects of the film. Once again, the pairing of Pacino and director Sidney Lumet would create another iconic piece of cinema history.

2 The Godfather (1972) – 97%

Al Pacino in The Godfather
Paramount Pictures

How could The Godfather not be Pacino’s highest-ranked movie on Rotten Tomatoes, you may ask? I second that emotion. Considered by many to be a perfect movie, start to finish, The Godfather would set the gold standard for all crime dramas and cinema as a whole moving forward. Earning nine nominations and winning three Academy Awards at the 45th annual ceremony, the movie firmly cemented itself into cinema history.

1 Salome (2013) – 100%


Sure to be a controversial top entry on this list, Salome ranks at 100% on Rotten Tomatoes on only five official critic reviews, but sits at the highest spot, nevertheless. The movie is edited from an earlier docudrama film Wilde Salomé, in which Pacino leads an in-depth analysis of the Oscar Wilde play Salome. It is this analysis as well as performances from Pacino himself alongside Jessica Chastain that earns this movie the 100% it has.

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