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Who is the better Actor?  

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  1. 1. Who is the better Actor?

    • Robert De Niro
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    • Al Pacino
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DeNiro. He's a far more versatile actor than Pacino. Granted Pacino won his Oscar for something of a comedy role, I still find DeNiro more entertaining in a comedic role than Pacino while they are equals in the dramatic field.

I've noticed that Pacino is a louder type of individual when it comes to these things while DeNiro is more stone-faced and I guess I prefer the colder, calmer role.

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I'd say that they are evenly matched. If you have seen Heat, in that movie Pacino out shines by far. But DeNiro's early work with Scorsesse is priceless. Infact, if it was a battle between their earliest work I'd hand this one to DeNiro but I think the decider in this on will be the fact that Pacino produces top caliber performances, everytime all the time even after years on top. DeNiro however hasn't been in an overwhelmingly good role in a while.

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At one time I would've said DeNiro but he's done so much crap over the last 10 years or so that it's taken away from his past greatness. I've got to go with Pachino.

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At one time I would've said DeNiro but he's done so much crap over the last 10 years or so that it's taken away from his past greatness. I've got to go with Pachino.

could you explain how Deniro has done crap in the past 10 years? While I agree that movies such as City By the Sea, Cop Land, Showtime and Godsend are crap, he has been in good movies such as Heat, Ronin, Meet the Parents, Analyze This, and Jackie Brown. Also, Pacino hasn't been in the greatest movies lately either...

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I'd say that they are evenly matched. If you have seen Heat, in that movie Pacino out shines by far. But DeNiro's early work with Scorsesse is priceless. Infact, if it was a battle between their earliest work I'd hand this one to DeNiro but I think the decider in this on will be the fact that Pacino produces top caliber performances, everytime all the time even after years on top. DeNiro however hasn't been in an overwhelmingly good role in a while.

Any Given Sunday says hi.

Why wouldn't we compare the two actors? They were trained by the same company no? Around the same time.

Secondly, it's Pacino, not Pachino. Hoi that bothers me. It's like people who spell it as "Rick Flair"

Thirdly, DeNiro hasn't always been in crap. I personally loved 15 Minutes even though DeNiro didn't have a major role. I liked Showtime as well. As I said before, DeNiro appears to be the more versatile actor because he's done successful comedic films (more than one) and successful dramatic films as well.

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could you explain how Deniro has done crap in the past 10 years? While I agree that movies such as City By the Sea, Cop Land, Showtime and Godsend are crap, he has been in good movies such as Heat, Ronin, Meet the Parents, Analyze This, and Jackie Brown. Also, Pacino hasn't been in the greatest movies lately either...

I absolutely hated Meet the Parents. It just wasn't funny. I also hated Analyze That. Analyze This was okay but that sequel was just atrocious. I didn't care much for Jackie Brown either. IMO, it was the weakest of the Tarantino films by far. Ronin was okay but it didn't do too much for me. Now heat was a great movie. Overall, I haven't cared for much of what he's done lately.

Pacino had some good movies over the last 10 years. Donnie Brasco, Devils Advocate, Heat, and Any Given Sunday. Insomnia and The Recruit were okay.

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Like many other people, I think both are excellent actors. However, Robert Deniro is my all-time favorite actor, simply because he has been the star or co-star of so many of my favorite movies. I adore the Travis Bickle character (Taxi Driver), probably my favorite movie character of all time. One of his earlier films "Mean Streets" that Harvey Keitel also starred in is another great film. Mean Streets is a good film to see Deniro in the early stages of his acting career. Throw in other movies such as Deer Hunter (which has another great actor in Christopher Walken, and the late John Cazale who co-starred with Pacino in Dog Day Afternoon), Raging Bull (based on the life of Boxer Jake La Motta, co-starring Joe Pesci), Casino, and Goodfellas (another two with Joe Pesci and a score of other great actors). I was particulary impressed with the way Deniro portrayed Jake La Motta in Raging Bull. After reading the book Raging Bull, you had to really commend Deniro for playing Jake La Motta's character almost to perfection.

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Gay question, just gay.

These two should NEVER be compared against each other. They are both like legends, but if someone literally forced me to choose then I'm thinking Pachino for the scarface movie.

Agrees... But to choose.. DeNiro because of Godfather 2.

He plays Vito Corleone so well, almost better then Brando did in the original.

Although Pacino has done good movies lately, but he killed the Godfather in part 3. He shouted way too much to be how he is described in the book. Unless when he got older he started to shout.

Besides, Meet the Parents owned.

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I have to go with Robert De Niro.

I'm not fond of Al Pacino's acting. Granted, he's a great actor...but he just gets on my nerves.

Say what you want about it, and call me a blasphemer, but I feel that "Scarface" wasn't that great a movie. Al Pacino just annoyed me with the way he talked. But that's my opinion.

I just like Robert De Niro a lot more. I loved him in "Taxi Driver", and "Casino" was a classic too.

But Pacino...

I feel that he was only good in the first two Godfather movies.

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Like many other people, I think both are excellent actors. However, Robert Deniro is my all-time favorite actor, simply because he has been the star or co-star of so many of my favorite movies. I adore the Travis Bickle character (Taxi Driver), probably my favorite movie character of all time. One of his earlier films "Mean Streets" that Harvey Keitel also starred in is another great film. Mean Streets is a good film to see Deniro in the early stages of his acting career. Throw in other movies such as Deer Hunter (which has another great actor in Christopher Walken, and the late John Cazale who co-starred with Pacino in Dog Day Afternoon), Raging Bull (based on the life of Boxer Jake La Motta, co-starring Joe Pesci), Casino, and Goodfellas (another two with Joe Pesci and a score of other great actors). I was particulary impressed with the way Deniro portrayed Jake La Motta in Raging Bull. After reading the book Raging Bull, you had to really commend Deniro for playing Jake La Motta's character almost to perfection.

I totally agree with you on the Raging Bull part.. Although, Im pretty damned suprised your the first personto mention Deniro's performance in this movie. His performance was nothing but simply amazing

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I totally agree with you on the Raging Bull part.. Although, Im pretty damned suprised your the first personto mention Deniro's performance in this movie. His performance was nothing but simply amazing

I'm surprised myself, I always thought Raging Bull was a classic that everybody had seen. One interesting thing about that movie is Joe Pesci's role in it. In the movie his role is actually a combo of Pete (Jake's best friend) and Joey, Jake's brother. Deniro also managed to whip himself into fantastic shape for the younger years of Jake's career, and then put on more weight for the later years of Jake's life. Talk about dedication.

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DeNiro was quality in his early days and every now and then he releases something good but the majority of his recent stuff is shite, similar scenario with Pacino.

Both are highly overrated though, they are quality actors, but I can't help but feel too many people say they like them just for the sake of saying they like them.

I love Taxi Driver and Deer Hunter and I know of so many people that I could tell didn't like them but made out they were good just because they wanted to be the good ol' fanboys. I can respect anyone that can watch one of these movies and have to balls to say 'This here is dog shit'.

I say old school DeNiro wins.

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