Al Pacino is for several generations of viewers one of the greatest actors of all time. His undisputed splendor in the seventies would have been enough to maintain that status forever, but after some setbacks in his career he was able to reinvent himself, even more than once. Now, at 82, he remains a respected and beloved star, currently landing several top-tier roles that allow new generations to know him.
Pacino is one of the actors who made himself. He worked a lot before making a living from acting, from being a movie usher to having a moving company, he lived firsthand the difficult path to the top.
Divorced parents, a financially challenged childhood, the loss of his mother and grandfather, his most important relatives, when he was just beginning his career: all of this taught the actor how difficult the world was. What he learned on the streets and the professions he had, also helped him to build many of his characters.
Once he started his work in theater things started to get going and it was in 1972 when his role as Michael Corleone in The Godfather I would change everything.
Al Pacino would be king in the 1970s, along with Robert DeNiro, with whom they seemed to have a quiet competition over the years. His best titles from that decade include: panic in the park (1971), The Godfather (1972), serpico (1973), The Godfather II (1974), dog afternoon (1975) and Justice for all (1979). Better impossible.
In the eighties he made some risky projects that failed at the box office or with critics, as is the case with Cruising (1980), Scarface (1983) and Revolution (1984), and although some of them are now cult films, the actor decided to suspend his film career for five years. He returned with a seemingly minor film, forbidden obsession (sea of love, 1989) and his career returned to the top without problems. Despite her nominations, she had never won an Oscar and it was precisely in that return that she won the award for his work in a remake, Women perfume (1992).
They are also from that time The Godfather III (1990), Frankie & Johnny (1991), Carlito’s Way (1993) and Fire against fire (nineteen ninety five). Listing all his works would be a lot, because he also discovered, in the era of cable and now in streaming, a new place to show off as an actor, sometimes leading, sometimes secondary. Revered by new directors and veterans alike, his most recent works include Once upon a time… in Hollywood (2018) of Quentin Tarantino Y the Irish (2019) of Martin Scorsese.
But the best way to celebrate an actor is to see his work, so here we offer you a selection of the best of Al Pacino to watch in streaming. Some classics are not always available, others are on several services at once.
hbo max: Scarface, Dog Day Afternoon, Any Given Sunday, Devil’s Advocate. Also three made-for-TV movies: Paterno, You Don’t Know Jack and Phil Spector.
Netflix: Fire against fire, Scarface and The Irishman.
StarPlus: Fire against fire, Serpico.
Prime Video: Women’s perfume, The devil’s advocate, Scarface, Fire against fire and the series hunters.