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Al Pacino Is Back At It Again (At 77!) With A Look Back At His 10 Greatest Roles So Far

Mob movie legends Al Pacino and Robert De Niro reunite for a new gangster film.

They were snapped shooting scenes on location in New York for The Irishman, directed by Martin Scorsese.

Pacino, 77, and De Niro, 74, appeared 43 years ago in The Godfather Part II – though they never appeared in a scene together – and were last paired in 2008’s Righteous Kill.

Their most memorable – and first – scenes shot together were for Michael Mann’s crime epic Heat.

Scorsese’s long-awaited new project also teams the legendary pair up with fellow mob film stars Joe Pesci and Harvey Keitel.

But Oscar winner Scorsese says that the new project will not simply be a spin off to cult classics Goodfellas or Casino .

Deep heat? Al Pacino (left) and Robert De Niro (right) are reunited 22 years after Heat (Image: matrixpictures.co.uk)
The Irishman marks the first time Pacino has worked with Scorsese – and some people are really VERY excited about this (Image: Getty Images North America)

Alongside him will be Pesci , Liotta, Keitel and Bobby Cannavale as major players in the drama for Netflix.

While fans have speculated that the net movie will resemble other classic gangster films, Scorsese says “this is different.”

The New York director said: “Goodfellas and Casino have a certain style that I created for them – it’s on the page in the script actually.

“Putting Goodfellas together was almost like an afterthought, at times I was kind of rushing, I felt I’d already done it because I’d played it all out in terms of the camera moves and the editing and that sort of thing.

“The style of the picture, the cuts, the freeze-frames, all of this was planned way in advance, but here it’s a little different.

“The people are also older in ‘The Irishman.’ It’s certainly more about looking back, a retrospective, so to speak, of a man’s life and the choices that he’s had to make.”

Here are the real life gangsters behind Martin Scorsese’s mega-budget movie “The Irishman” – the violent story of mobster Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran (Image: Splash News)

And needless to say we can not WAIT for this to be the next in a long list of Pacino’s best. But while we wait, lets take a look back at his 10 greatest performances (in our humble opinion) of all time:

1. “The Godfather”

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“The Godfather” (1972): Pacino was nominated for a best supporting actor Oscar for his role as the intense, conflicted mob son Michael Corleone. No need to say that this was a memorable performance. The Godfather is considered by critics to be one of the greatest movies of all time.

2. “Serpico”

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“Serpico” (1973): Pacino was nominated for a best actor Oscar for his role as a New York City cop who goes undercover to expose corruption. Frank Serpico (Al Pacino) is an idealistic New York City cop who refuses to take bribes, unlike the rest of the force. His actions get Frank shunned by the other officers, and often placed in dangerous situations by his partners. The film was based on a true story.

3. “The Godfather Part 2”

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“The Godfather Part 2” (1974): Pacino again was nominated for best actor when he reprised his role as Michael Corleone. The movie was the first sequel to win a best picture Oscar. This too (believe it or not) is considered by critics to be one of the best movies ever made right after it’s prequel The Godfather (part 1).

4. “And Justice for All”

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“And Justice for All” (1979): Pacino received his fourth best actor nomination for his role as a Baltimore defense lawyer. It was a satirical drama in which an idealistic lawyer who tries to win cases for clients trapped in a hypocritical and corrupt legal system finds himself defending a venal and self-righteous judge

5. “Scarface”

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“Scarface” (1983): In Brian DePalma’s remake of the 1930s gangster film, Pacino played Tony Montana, a Cuban boatlift refugee, who rose to the top of Miami’s drug underworld. If you can tolerate all the profanity and violence, ‘Scarface‘ is a great epic film. I’ve seen it several times and created this quiz to recall some great parts of the movie

6. “Scent of a Woman”

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“Scent of a Woman” (1992): Pacino finally won a best actor Oscar for his portrayal of the blind U.S. Army Lt. Col. Frank Slade, Finally he won an all-too-deserved award for best picture after countless nominations.

7. “Glengarry Glen Ross”

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“Glengarry Glen Ross” (1992): For playing ace salesman Ricky Roma in the big-screen version of David Manet’s play about real-estate salesman, Pacino was also nominated for a best supporting actor Oscar. He was the first male actor ever to receive two acting nominations for two different movies in the same year.

8. “Carlito’s Way”

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“Carlito’s Way” (1993):A free man after years in prison, Carlito Brigante (Al Pacino) intends to give up his criminal ways, but it’s not long before the ex-con is sucked back into the New York City underworld. Pacino played a gangster who is released from prison with the help of his lawyer (Sean Penn) and vows to go straight.

9. “The Devil’s Advocate”

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“The Devil’s Advocate” (1997): He played…. Satan! What more needs to be said.

10. “Any Given Sunday”

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“Any Given Sunday” (1999): In this Oliver Stone-directed drama, Pacino plays an aging football coach. And this movie went down in fame for one of (if not THE) best motivational speeches in movie history. We don’t want to spoilt it for you so it sounds you like probably have a  whole bunch of watching to add to your list now.