Al Pacino is one of the most prolific actors of all-time due to his wide range and consistently compelling performances. His portrayals of Michael Corleone in “The Godfather” and Tony Montana in “Scarface” are among the most iconic performances in the history of film.
What makes Al Pacino truly special as an actor is his ability to hone in on his characters’ internal monologue and express that convincingly through every single mannerism, line of dialogue, and subtle reaction.
Where Al Pacino really shines is when he is allowed a sweeping monologue. When Al Pacino is tasked with delivering a lengthy and telling monologue, viewers take notice because he does so in a brilliant fashion that is simply mesmerizing. These are the five best Al Pacino monologues of all-time.
5) Say Goodbye To The Bad Guy – “Scarface” (1983)
Al Pacino plays a bad guy like few other actors have ever been capable of doing and when tasked with a monologue focused on the essence of being a “bad guy,” he shines. At this point in the film, Tony Montana is highly drugged up yet still aware enough of the world around him to make some poignant observations about America, and Pacino’s delivery of the monologue is nothing short of brilliant.
4) Ricky Roma’s Morality – “Glengarry Glen Ross” (1992)
Ricky Roma’s monologue is one of the many highpoints of this masterfully written early-’90s drama. The way the monologue illustrates the character’s impeccable salesmanship skills while also offering insight into his contemplative nature is a testament to the skillful screenwriting, but Al Pacino’s performance takes it to a whole other level.
3) The Coach’s Motivational Speech – “Any Given Sunday” (1999)
Al Pacino has a knack for delivering a fiery performance, but when given a motivational monologue he manages to somehow kick things up another notch. When he is tasked with motivating the team in “Any Given Sunday,” you feel the energy of that locker room as he perfectly hits every beat and delivers the monologue with profound conviction and sincerity.
2) The City’s Greatness As A Palace – “City Hall” (1996)
“City Hall” is a largely forgotten film, but it had glimmers of brilliance, especially from the film’s lead actor, Al Pacino. His performance as New York City Mayor John Pappas was memorable but the wake scene is simply legendary. The speech he gives is rousing and one of the most overlooked monologues of all-time. Once again, when tasked with a fiery monologue, Al Pacino gives exemplary performances.
1) I’ll Show You Out Of Order – “Scent of a Woman” (1992)
Al Pacino took home the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance as Lieutenant Colonel Frank Slade in “Scent of a Woman.” From beginning to end, this 1992 film is a work of art and Al Pacino shines during every moment on screen, but his remarks in front of the Baird School opposite James Rebhorn are marvelous, simply marvelous. The unbridled passion displayed during this monologue is pure Pacino and exemplifies the talent he has shown throughout his career.
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