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Below, I am making a short list of what I've heard of.
I am making the distinction between Passing & Classic (Non-Passing).

Classic Single-Deck Head-to-Head Pinochle (2player)
Classic Single-Deck Cutthroat Pinochle (3player)
Classic Single-Deck Partnership Pinochle (4player)
Classic Double-Deck Partnership Pinochle (4player)
Passing Double-Deck Partnership Pinochle (4player)
Classic Triple-Deck Trio-vs-Trio Pinochle (6player)

Has anybody played or seen something else?

Are there other ways to break these formats down?  Beyond Passing/Non-Passing, number of decks, number of players?
My sister once told me she found rules for 5-player pinochle...I think using a single deck. We never had the opportunity to play it though, so I wouldn't have the slightest idea about the rules. I'll poke around and see if I can find anything on it.

Also, regarding breaking the formats down - I don't know if you got my e-mail with my family's rules for three-handed pinochle, but in that I discussed two separate scoring systems - what I termed "standard scoring" and "alternate scoring," for lack of better terms. So that would be another categorization applicable to the 2- and 3-player variants. (For those interested, I'll post the 3-player rules as soon as Mick has had a chance to provide his feedback. I'm also going to develop rules for 2- and 4-player, single-deck variants.)