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#1 Posted by mm665 (429 posts) -
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#2 Posted by mm665 (429 posts) -

 For me these are two greatest living actors today but i never coulda decide which
one is better.  Which one do you prefer and why?

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#3 Posted by MooseyMcMan (12623 posts) -

Batman. 

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#4 Posted by Skald (4444 posts) -

I've always liked Al Pacino better.

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#5 Posted by Brendan (9208 posts) -

Al Pacino has kept himself relatively respectable in the past decade despite his star having passed somewhat.  De Niro on the other hand...

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#6 Posted by Claude (16667 posts) -

De Niro
 
  

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#7 Edited by MrKlorox (11164 posts) -

Depends on if you want someone who knows he's currently a bad actor, or one who doesn't. Yes, both used to be excellent under the right direction... but that is a time passed.
 
Deniro knows it and uses it to his advantage like William Shatner. Pacino seems to be oblivious of it, which makes it so much better when he acts seriously.

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#8 Posted by onarum (3212 posts) -

That's a tough one, really can't decide, Now you made me want to watch Heat for the 100th time :p

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#9 Posted by Gabriel (4139 posts) -

I'm gonna lean toward... 
 
Can't decide. 

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#10 Posted by benpack (3629 posts) -

DeNiro.
 
Mean Streets, Godfather pt II, Taxi Driver, Deer Hunter, Goodellas, Untouchables.

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#11 Edited by Marz (6095 posts) -

    

  

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#12 Posted by Daiphyer (1530 posts) -

Al Pacino. Easily. The reason? Little Fockers, Meet the Parents, Meet the Fockers.

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#13 Posted by Daveyo520 (7766 posts) -

De Niro.

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#14 Edited by ryanwho (12011 posts) -

I'm gonna say the travesties they've wrought in the last 15 years keep either of them from being considered the best living actor. 
Little Fockers has 2 separate moments that are competing for the absolute low point in DeNiro's career. You could say that Pacino wins just by being less prolific at making legacy destroying shit. Fact is, an entire generation of people only know DeNiro from shitty movies basically.
PS Gene Hackman, Jack Nicholson and Robert Duvall, any of them would make a better case for lifetime achievement at this point. I didn't forget Clint Eastwood or Robert Redford, they're serviceable on screen but their best work is behind the camera. /opinion 

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#15 Posted by MisterChief (832 posts) -

Now? Neither. They both should have retired after Heat.

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#16 Edited by Bribo (735 posts) -

I like eye-rolling, scenery-chewing and bizarre emphasis on a particular part of a sentence. Which is why I vote for Anthony Hopkins. 
 
Second choice - Pacino.

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#17 Posted by Black_Rose (7772 posts) -

They're both fantastic actors but Deniro seems to have lost it lately. Pacino did an amazing job last year in You Don't Know Jack and a few years back with The Merchant of Venice and Angels in America. I can't remember the last truly great Deniro performance.  

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#18 Edited by iKANNIBAL (602 posts) -

Does it really matter what movies they did in the past years? most good actors have those few undesirables both are still legends and will be at the very top or close to it on any best actors of all time list. I picked Al.

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#19 Posted by KillyDarko (1991 posts) -

I used to prefer De Niro back in the Scorsese days, but I don't like the type of movies he's in anymore, so I kinda prefer Pacino right now.

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#20 Posted by GunstarRed (6046 posts) -

Al Pacino, reason? this... 
 
  
  
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#21 Posted by deactivated-5a00c029ab7c1 (1777 posts) -

 Al Pacino

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#22 Posted by velucyraptor (364 posts) -

Pacino. Pacino, Pacino, Pacino.

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#23 Posted by Damodar (2152 posts) -

Pacino for me. 
 
I love his performance as Michael Corleone. 
 
De Niro obviously has some great work too. I recently saw Angel Heart and he was pretty great in that. Charismatic and intimidating as hell.

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#24 Posted by Droop (1929 posts) -

A.I. Pacino vs Robot De Niro

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#25 Posted by IchiroYagiza (453 posts) -

Al Pacino

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#26 Edited by Sessh (3317 posts) -

I'll have to go with De Niro, pre 2000 De Niro that is.
 
He's just way too good in Taxi Driver and The Deer Hunter.
 

@doublezeroduck

said:

" @mm665 said:

" these are two greatest living actors today "
You must have them confused with Jamie Kennedy and Pauly Shore.  "
But what about Ben Affleck and Matt Damon. Oh wait, you're into commedians. Okay then, two words: Rob Schneider.
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#27 Posted by vilhelmnielsen (1777 posts) -
@marioncobretti said:
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Al Pacino, reason? this... 
 
  
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Oh god, the traumas of my childhood!!!
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#28 Posted by toowalrus (13404 posts) -

I don't have a strong attachment to eather italian douchbag. Jim Carrey.

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#29 Edited by ProfessorEss (7961 posts) -
@MrKlorox said:

...both used to be excellent under the right direction... but that is a time passed.

LONG passed.
 
Now if you were to ask who does the best characture of themselves well then... no, wait, that goes to Shatner.
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#30 Posted by Whight_Knight (708 posts) -

Can't decide. Pacino for Carlito's Way, Dog Day Afternoon, Scarface and De Niro for Deerhunter, Goodfellas, Taxi Driver et al. Pretty hard to decide.

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#31 Posted by Tebbit (4616 posts) -
@Brendan said:
" Al Pacino has kept himself relatively respectable in the past decade despite his star having passed somewhat.  De Niro on the other hand... "
Has made completely respectable, and not cringe-inducing at all cinema for the thinking-man (read: not swarms of idiots). 
 
My vote goes to Eddie Gordo for keeping it fresh all these years.
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#32 Posted by OutOfBounds9000 (2513 posts) -
@Claude said:
"De Niro
 
  
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The biggest reason to pick DeNiro. But i pick Pacino because of this:  
  And Carlitos Way.
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#33 Posted by OutOfBounds9000 (2513 posts) -
@MooseyMcMan said:
"Batman.  "

 Also, Adam West is actually 10 times better than these two.
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#34 Posted by EvilTwin (3313 posts) -

I'm more of a De Niro fan.  And I don't care what anyone says, he was great in Stardust.

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#35 Posted by valrog (3741 posts) -

Can't decide.

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#36 Posted by frankfartmouth (1048 posts) -

If you run through a list of their respective greatest achievements, I really don't see how you can decide:
 
De Niro
 
Mean Streets. Taxi Driver. The King of Comedy. Raging Bull. The Godfather Part II.  Goodfellas. The Deer Hunter. 
 
Pacino
 
The Godfather. The Godfather Part II. Serpico. Dog Day Afternoon. Scarface. Glengarry Glen Ross. 
 
On second thought, when I look at that, I'll take De Niro.

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#37 Edited by MikkaQ (10296 posts) -

I cannot pick, two great actors who have had very good ups, and some pretty awful downs. And both played some of the best gangsters of all time, and both were in fucking Godfather. So I really can't pick here.  
 
@ryanwho: Though I do agree with you that De Niro seems to do less damage control than Al Pacino when they do their inevitably shitty "paying the bills" movies (though It's more of a "pay for my grandkids' cars" movie these days). 

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#38 Posted by SSully (5619 posts) -

Pacino. He atleast tries to stay relevant with projects like You Dont Know Jack and Merchant of Venice in the last few years. De Niro, while still having an amazing list of past movies he took part in, he still let himself go. 

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#39 Posted by hexx462 (506 posts) -

If we're talking about the 1970's there's no way to choose between the two. I want nothing to do with the the bizarre doppelgangers that are walking around in their skin these days.
 
I'd have to go with Deniro though.  His performances in Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Goodfellas, Once Upon a Time in America, and Mean Streets are just unreal. I feel like Pacino truly lost his way starting with Scarface, which is a movie I love for it's camp value, not necessarily for it's quality. If you look at most of his 70's output he was an incredibly subtle actor, and his emotional outbursts were effective and terrifying, but used in service of the story. He slowly began to rely on these outbursts as a crutch over the years with Heat being the only movie where they pay off.

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#40 Edited by Veektarius (6400 posts) -
@ryanwho: Gene Hackman had a great 20 years between the French Connection and Unforgiven, but he's no Robert Duvall or Jack Nicholson.  He's got a handful of great roles, but started late and retired early.  I think a good comparison to Pacino and Deniro, however, is Michael Caine.  He did some early work as some very shady characters (see, for example, Get Carter - you'd be amazed at how intimidating he managed to be) , and has put out a steady stream of good material amidst the crap throughout his life. 
 
I guess I'd say Get Carter pales in comparison to Taxi Driver and Too Late the Hero is no Deer Hunter, but when we go for lifetime achievement - well, then you also have to factor in how Little Fockers compares to Inception, or how Righteous Kill compares to the Dark Knight.  Despite the high quality of some of his work, however, I've never seen any evidence he still has interest in challenging roles, sort of like the Italians.
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#41 Posted by vendetta (446 posts) -

De Niro's performances in Raging Bull, Taxi Driver > Anything Pacino has ever done.

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#42 Posted by Dany (8019 posts) -
@Vendetta
De Niro's performances in Raging Bull, Taxi Driver > Anything Pacino has ever done.
Scent of a woman!!!

GIVE ME ALL YOU GOT!!!!
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#43 Posted by Faint (837 posts) -

You say it like its even a question! Al Pacino by a mile.

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#44 Posted by vendetta (446 posts) -
@Dany said:
" @Vendetta
De Niro's performances in Raging Bull, Taxi Driver > Anything Pacino has ever done.
Scent of a woman!!! GIVE ME ALL YOU GOT!!!! "
Not even close.
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#45 Posted by Chris2KLee (2402 posts) -

I can't decide. Pachino certainly kept more of his dignity, but De Niro did so many great movies already. I can't blame him for going for the easy and probably a lot more relaxing payday. Now if you don't mind, I have to watch Heat for the 3,000th time.

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#46 Posted by RockAction (376 posts) -

  
pacino; personally i feel he's a better actor 
 
and deniro only really has one character type with maybe 3 shades of it, you could say the same about pacino but I think he has numerous characters  
 
he has taken chances that sometimes didnt pay off but sometimes did 
  
of course both have lost their way, but i especially dislike what deniro is doing in comedies today, just dont find him funny, wasn't bad in Machete, but again not great 
 
i can always watch pacino though, he's one of my favourite actors, but besides that i think he's a better actor, maybe fewer iconic roles but more roles and substance generally 
   
though deniro was pretty amazing in angelheart 

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#47 Posted by Black_Rose (7772 posts) -
@ProfessorEss said:
" @MrKlorox said:

...both used to be excellent under the right direction... but that is a time passed.

LONG passed.  Now if you were to ask who does the best characture of themselves well then... no, wait, that goes to Shatner. "
Have you people seen You DOn't Know Jack? 
 
I highly recommend you do.
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#48 Posted by TobbRobb (6542 posts) -

Why choose when you can have both? They have made several movies together... Time to watch Heat.

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#49 Posted by PrivateIronTFU (3858 posts) -

Gene Hackman. Anybody see Heist? Amazing movie.

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#50 Posted by TerraDelu (531 posts) -

I wanna see a Pacino biopic with De Niro playing Pacino.