Al Pacino's best films
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Published: 4/25/2012 6:15 PM
Print this article In the pantheon of iconic factors, few people stand above Al Pacino. He's been a mainstay in Hollywood for decades and turned in some of the most famous roles in movie history. The legendary actor turned 72 on Wednesday, and with that in mind here are some of his most well-known roles.
Released in 1972 under the direction of Sidney Lumet, many consider this to be Pacino's best performance. Though he did not take home the Academy Award for the film, his turn as real-life undercover police officer Frank Serpico is truly a sight to behold.
"Dog Day Afternoon"
Also directed by Lumet, this 1975 film was loosely based on the true story of John Wojtwociz, who held up a bank in New York City. Pacino plays Sonny (the character modeled after Wojtwociz) and gives a commanding performance, which earned him an Oscar nomination. It has since become considered among the best crime dramas to be put to film.
Widely regarded as one of the best movies of all time, "The Godfather" owes a lot of its success to the performance of Pacino as Michael Corleone. He reprised the role in the following two sequels, something that would help cement his place as a Hollywood legend.
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