Al Pacino - 100 Years of Movie Posters - 62

Scarface (1983)
Scarface (1983)

A Chronology of Al Pacino Movie Posters 1972-2008.

Alfredo James Pacino (1940-) was born in East Harlem, New York City.

He has been Oscar Nominated 8 times and won once, Best Actor for Scent of a Woman (1992). He received two Oscar nominations for playing Michael Corleone in the Godfather trilogy.

Al Pacino has appeared in 40 movies, this hub showcases poster art from 32 of those films.

The Godfather (1972) Spanish lobby card
The Godfather (1972) Spanish lobby card
The Godfather (1972)
The Godfather (1972)


The Godfather (1972) Directed by Francis Ford Coppola. 175mins.

Classic gangster film based on Mario Puzo's best-selling novel. The film was a huge success and revived Marlon Brando's flagging career. Michael Corleone became Al Pacino's signature role and turned him into a star.

Followed by two sequels.

Nominated for 11 Oscars including Best Supporting Actor (Pacino), winning 3 - Best Picture, Best Screenplay and Best Actor (Brando)

IMDB rating 9.2

Scarecrow (1973)
Scarecrow (1973)


Scarecrow (1973) Directed by Jerry Schatzberg. 112mins.

Two drifters played by Al Pacino and Gene Hackman travel to Pittsburgh hoping to start a business together.

Gene Hackman's brother Richard has a small role in the film.

IMDB rating 7.2

Serpico (1973)
Serpico (1973)

Serpico (1973) Directed by Sydney Lumet. 130mins.

One of Pacino's most famous role's as Frank Serpico, a good cop who exposes police corruption in New York City. Based on real events chronicled in Pater Maas biography of Serpico.

Oscar Nominations for Best Screenplay and Best Actor (Pacino)

IMDB rating 7.8

The Godfather Part II (1974)
The Godfather Part II (1974)


The Godfather Part II (1974) Directed by Francis Ford Coppola. 200mins.

Acclaimed sequel to The Godfather though in my opinion a notch below that gangster epic. Michael Corleone (Pacino) is the new Don and it isn't long before there's an assassination attempt on his life. The film also flashes back in time to young Vito Corleone (De Niro) and his gradual ascent as a respected community leader in 1920s New York.

Nominated for 11 Oscars including Best Actor (Pacino), winning 6 - Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor (De Niro), Best Music (Nino Rota) and Best Art Direction.

IMDB rating 9.1

Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
Dog Day Afternoon (1975)


Dog Day Afternoon (1975) Directed by Sydney Lumet. 125mins.

"Attica! Attica!" A bungled bank robbery turns into a media circus. Based on true events.

Nominated for 6 Oscars including Best Actor (Pacino), winning 1 - Best Screenplay

IMDB rating 8.1

Bobby Deerfield (1977) French poster
Bobby Deerfield (1977) French poster


Bobby Deerfield (1977) Directed by Sydney Pollack. 124mins.

Pacino plays a famous racing car driver who loses his nerve after witnessing a horrific crash, Based on the novel Heaven Has No Favorites by Erich Maria Remarque.

IMDB rating 5.7

And Justice For All (1979)
And Justice For All (1979)


And Justice For All (1979) Directed by Norman Jewison. 119mins.

"You're out of order! The whole trial is out of order!" Pacino, now playing the 'Serpico' of the Legal profession, exposes corruption in the courtroom.

Oscar Nominations for Best Screenplay and Best Actor (Pacino).

IMDB rating 7.3

Cruising (1980)
Cruising (1980)



Cruising (1980) Directed by William Friedkin. 102mins.

Controversial police thriller, Pacino plays Officer Steve Burns who goes undercover to investigate the murders of several gay men by a serial killer.

IMDB rating 6.2

Author! Author! (1982)
Author! Author! (1982)



Author! Author! (1982) Directed by Arthur Hiller. 110mins.

Pacino plays a Broadway writer struggling to write his next play.

IMDB rating 5.9

Scarface (1983)
Scarface (1983)
Scarface (1983)
Scarface (1983)



Scarface (1983) Directed by Brian De Palma. 170mins.

Pacino's 'other' iconic gangster role. The film chronicles the rise and fall of Cuban crime boss Tony Montana. The critics were less than kind to Scarface on it's 1983 release but the film most likely has the biggest fan following of any of Pacino's films.

A loose remake of Howard Hughes classic 1932 gangster movie, directed by Howard Hawks.

IMDB rating 8.3

Revolution (1985)
Revolution (1985)



Revolution (1985) Directed by Hugh Hudson. 126mins.

Set during the American Revolution. Hugh Hudson's epic was an expensive flop which received Razzie nominations instead of Oscar nominations.

IMDB rating 4.9

Sea of Love (1989)
Sea of Love (1989)



Sea of Love (1989) Directed by Harold Becker. 113mins

Pacino's comeback movie after the disaster that was Revolution (1985). He plays a detective investigating a series of murders, the killer leaving the song "Sea of Love" playing on the record player at each crime scene.

Sea of Love grossed $110m worldwide.


IMDB rating 6.7

Dick Tracy (1990)
Dick Tracy (1990)


Dick Tracy (1990) Directed by Warren Beatty. 105mins.

Warren Beatty plays detective Dick Tracy, out to get crime boss Big Boy Caprice, played by Pacino. Pop queen Madonna co-stars as Breathless Mahoney.

Based on the comic strip character created by Chester Gould.

Nominated for 7 Oscars including Best Supporting Actor (Pacino) winning 3 - Best Art Direction, Best Makeup and Best Song.

IMDB rating 6.0

The Godfather Part III (1990)
The Godfather Part III (1990)


The Godfather Part III (1990) Directed by Francis Ford Coppola. 162mins.

"Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in!" Disappointing and lackluster second sequel to The Godfather. Pacino as Don Michael Corleone is the best thing about the movie. Coppola cast his daughter Sofia in the role of Mary Corleone after Winona Ryder declined the part. Also starring Andy Garcia and Diane Keaton.

Nominated for 7 Oscars including Best Picture and Best Director.

IMDB rating 7.6

Frankie and Johnny (1991)
Frankie and Johnny (1991)


Frankie and Johnny (1991) Directed by Garry Marshall. 118mins.

Romantic movie reuniting Al Pacino with his Scarface co-star Michelle Pfeiffer.

Based on the Broadway play which starred Kathy Bates as Frankie and Kenneth Walsh as Johnny.

IMDB rating 6.5

Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)
Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)



Glengarry Glen Ross (1992) Directed by James Foley. 100mins.

Based on David Mamet's Pulitzer prize winning play of the same name.

A fantastic cast of actors makes this a must-see movie. Salesmen at a real estate company face the sack unless they can improve standards and increase sales.

Oscar Nomination for Best Supporting Actor (Pacino).

IMDB rating 7.9

Scent of a Woman (1992)
Scent of a Woman (1992)


Scent of a Woman (1992) Directed by Martin Brest. 157mins.

"Hoo-ah!" Pacino finally wins a Best Actor Oscar. He plays Frank Slade, a retired blind Lieutenant Colonel. Chris O'Donnell plays the student who accepts a temporary job looking after the eccentric colonel.

Nominated for 4 Oscars winning 1 - Best Actor (Pacino).

IMDB rating 7.8

Carlito's Way (1993)
Carlito's Way (1993)

Carlito's Way (1993) Directed by Brian De Palma. 144mins.

Another popular role for Pacino, as Carlito Brigante, a notorious gangster hoping to go straight after leaving prison. Sean Penn co-stars as his close friend and lawyer Dave Kleinfeld. Also starring Penelope Ann Miller and John Leguizamo.

IMDB rating 7.9

Heat (1995)
Heat (1995)

Heat (1995) Directed by Michael Mann. 170mins.

Pacino and De Niro, on opposite sides of the law in a brilliantly made crime thriller by Michael Mann. Movie fans were ecstatic seeing the two acting greats paired against each other. The movie was very influential, especially noteworthy was the climactic bank robbery and shootout on the streets of Los Angeles. Also starring Val Kilmer, Jon Voight and Tom Sizemore.

IMDB rating 8.3

City Hall (1996)
City Hall (1996)



City Hall (1996) Directed by Harold Becker. 111mins.

Pacino plays the mayor of New York City. Deputy mayor (Cusack) discovers a connection between City Hall and the murder of a policeman.

IMDB rating 6.1

Donnie Brasco (1997)
Donnie Brasco (1997)



Donnie Brasco (1997) Directed by Mike Newell. 127mins (147mins)

FBI agent Joe Pistone (Depp) goes undercover to infiltrate a crime syndicate, posing as Donnie Brasco, an expert Jewel thief. He befriends Lefty Ruggiero (Pacino) the gang's aging hit-man.

Based on a true story.

Oscar Nomination for Best Screenplay.

IMDB rating 7.8

The Devil's Advocate (1997)
The Devil's Advocate (1997)



The Devil's Advocate (1997) Directed by Taylor Hackford. 144mins.

Not based on a true story.

Pacino plays Satan, who is going by the name John Milton, he offers hotshot young lawyer Kevin Lomax (Keanu Reeves) the opportunity to join his law firm. Lomax happily accepts, and than weird, bizarre and tragic things start to happen.

Brad Pitt and John Cusack were considered for the role of Lomax.

IMDB rating 7.4

The Insider (1999)
The Insider (1999)



The Insider (1999) Directed by Michael Mann. 157mins.

Russell Crowe plays tobacco industry whistleblower Jeffrey Wigand. He decides to go on the TV show 60 Minutes to reveal that the big tobbaco companies are increasing the addictiveness of nicotine in cigarettes. Al Pacino plays 60 Minutes producer Lowell Bergman.

Based on true events.

Nominated for 7 Oscars including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Actor (Crowe).

IMDB rating 7.9

Any Given Sunday (1999)
Any Given Sunday (1999)

Any Given Sunday (1999) Directed by Oliver Stone. 150mins (156mins)

Pacino plays the aging coach of a professional American Football team. He struggles to hold his team and his personal life together.

IMDB rating 6.7

Insomnia (2002) German poster
Insomnia (2002) German poster



Insomnia (2002) Directed by Christopher Nolan. 118mins.

In an unusual piece of casting, comedian Robin Williams plays a brutal killer. Al Pacino plays the insomniac cop out to catch the killer. Also starring Hilary Swank as a young police officer.

IMDB rating 7.2

Simone (2002)
Simone (2002)

Simone (2002) Directed by Andrew Niccol. 117mins.

Movie director Viktor Taransky (Pacino) receives a computer program from a friend who is than found dead.

The program is an elaborate computer simulation of a beautiful woman, 'Simone' (played by Rachel Roberts), which Taransky uses as the star of his latest film and tells everyone that Simone is a reclusive actress. Only he knows she isn't real. A bit far-fetched but entertaining. Also starring Winona Ryder.

IMDB rating 6.1

The Recruit (2003)
The Recruit (2003)



The Recruit (2003) Directed by Roger Donaldson. 115mins.

Brilliant computer programmer James Clayton (Colin Farrell) is recruited into the CIA by Walter Burke (Pacino). His first big assignment is to uncover who the mole is in the agency.

IMDB rating 6.5

The Merchant of Venice (2004)
The Merchant of Venice (2004)



The Merchant of Venice (2004) Directed by Michael Radford. 138mins.

Based on the play by William Shakespeare.

Dustin Hoffman was interested in playing Shylock but Al Pacino beat him to the role.

Cate Blanchett was to have played Portia but had to beg out after getting pregnant.

IMDB rating 7.1

Two for the Money (2005)
Two for the Money (2005)



Two for the Money (2005) Directed by D.J. Caruso. 122mins.

Ex-college football star Brandon Lang (Matthew McConaughey) is brilliant at predicting the outcome of football games, he is approached by Walter Abrams (Pacino) a top gambling consultant, who takes him under his wing.

IMDB rating 6.1

88 Minutes (2007)
88 Minutes (2007)


88 Minutes (2007) Directed by Jon Avnet. 108mins.

FBI forensic psychiatrist Dr. Jack Gramm (Pacino) receives a phone call from someone who's voice is electronically distorted, it is a death threat, the voice tells Jack he has just 88 minutes to live.

Interestingly the film is set in "real time", it is roughly 88 minutes from the time Jack receives the threat to the moment he confronts the killer.

IMDB rating 5.8

Ocean's Thirteen (2007)
Ocean's Thirteen (2007)

Ocean's Thirteen (2007) Directed by Steven Soderbergh. 122mins.

Second sequel to Steven Soderbergh's Ocean's Eleven (2001).

In this one Danny Ocean (George Clooney) teams up with Terry Benedict (Andy Garcia) to take down ruthless casino owner Willy Bank (Pacino) after he cons Reuben (Elliott Gould) and takes sole ownership of the casino they were building.

IMDB rating 6.9

Righteous Kill (2008)
Righteous Kill (2008)



Righteous Kill (2008) Directed by Jon Avnet. 101mins.

Pacino and De Niro, together again. They play Turk and Rooster, two cops chasing after a serial killer who murders criminals and is dubbed the 'Poetry Boy', because he leaves poems at the scene of the crime. Also starring John Leguizamo and Donnie Wahlberg.

IMDB rating 6.0

The Godfather Part II (1974) Lobby card
The Godfather Part II (1974) Lobby card

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UnnamedHarald 4 years ago from Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Al Pacino is always worth watching. I can't imagine The Godfather I and II without him. His debut in I was awesome. He seemed to come from nowhere but he had "star" written all over him. However, I've never sat through the entire Godfather III and he sometimes can go overboard (e.g. Scarface) in my opinion. Anyway, I hope you get to do future posters with him. Another nice set of posters.


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Steve Lensman 4 years ago from London, England Author

Thanks for commenting David. When I was young I was a huge fan of Pacino's but he did get a little 'shouty' in his later years. Still, he is one of the worlds greatest living actors and Michael Corleone is one of the great 'tragic' characters in movie history. I've done a poster hub on Marlon Brando, tomorrow if all goes well, I'll post a hub on the other 'Vito Corleone'.

Thanks for posting!


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Mhatter99 4 years ago from San Francisco

Pacino fan here. Thank you


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Steve Lensman 4 years ago from London, England Author

Thank you for commenting, Mhatter99, always welcome.


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Steve.....Really interesting! What a career Al has had! It took me a while to get to like him. Or, I should say, it was some of his better movies that turned me around......."Say Hello to my little friend."


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Steve Lensman 4 years ago from London, England Author

"Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in!" Pacino is a very intense actor. I don't think he was ever a sex symbol, young men idolise him and De Niro too. I think everyone loved his gangster roles, they really suited him. Scarface movie posters sell like hot cakes, all the video and music stores have Pacino as Tony Montana posters for sale. My nephew has one on his door. I had a Bruce Lee poster on my door. :)

Thanks for posting Paula, always appreciated.


Cogerson 4 years ago

I am not a big fan of Big Al...but I have seen every single one of these movies. Although not a fan...I do acknowledge that the man has talent and has appeared in many classic movies...hard to believe that he is 72 years old.

I recently watched his most recent classic....Jack and Jill(surprised it did not make the hub)....where he played himself and falls in love with Adam Sandler...Jack and Jill set the record for most Razzies(worst movie awards) but it does have one funny line in the movie.....Adam Sandler while playing Jill.....accidentally breaks Pacino's Oscar while playing stickball inside of Pacino's house....Sandler/Jill says she is sorry for breaking the Oscar...and says "Do you have another one?".....and Pacino says....."Surprisingly no!".

So there you go the highlight of Jack and Jill for me. Voted up and across the board.


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Steve Lensman 4 years ago from London, England Author

Thanks Bruce, appreciate the comment and the missing movie review. :)

Sorry to hear you're not a fan of Al's, just his iconic role in the Godfather trilogy would have been enough to make me a fan. But I'm much more a fan of his early work than the past decade or so.

I wasn't sure about Jack and Jill, was it a cameo or is he all the way through it? Plus I did't want to end my Pacino hub with a poster and info on Adam Sandler's Jack & Jill. :)

Highest rated film on the page is... [drum roll] The Godfather, followed by The Godfather II, no surprises there.

Lowest rated is Revolution.


Cogerson 4 years ago

Sadly Pacino has a pretty major role in the movie...Johnny Depp has a cameo in the movie with Pacino....but Pacino is in about 7 or 8 scenes...including a dancing and singing Dunkin Donut commercial...which is painful to watch.


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Steve Lensman 4 years ago from London, England Author

How the mighty have fallen. One to avoid than. Thanks for the update.

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