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Robert De Niro vs. Al Pacino: Who Wins Our Epic Actor Battle?

We're crunching the numbers to see which actor-gangster is the bestfella.

by | November 27, 2019 | Comments

Robert De Niro reunites with Al Pacino this month in Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman, the epic and Certified Fresh new Netflix gangster flick. The two actors – who last shared the screen in Michael Mann’s Heat – have been getting plenty of Oscar buzz for the movie in which Pacino plays infamous Teamster leader Jimmy Hoffa and De Niro plays his right-hand man, Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran. If either wins big this awards season, they will be adding to an already heaving trophy shelf. But who between Pacino and De Niro is the ultimate king of the big screen? We’re looking to settle that question by looking at their Tomatometer scores, box office performance, iconic roles, and one wild card category. Did we get it right? Let us know in the comments. (Yes, we’re talking to you.)

The Irishman is currently available on Netflix. 

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The Irishman (2019)
95%

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Adjusted Score: 123820%
Critics Consensus: An epic gangster drama that earns its extended runtime, The Irishman finds Martin Scorsese revisiting familiar themes to poignant, funny, and profound effect.
Synopsis: In the 1950s, truck driver Frank Sheeran gets involved with Russell Bufalino and his Pennsylvania crime family. As Sheeran climbs... [More]
Directed By: Martin Scorsese

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