Robert De Niro is one of the greatest Hollywood actors of all time. He is a legend. Robert De Niro movies have a strong, loyal audience. People of all ages are a fan of Robert De Niro movies. He has featured in some of Hollywood’s greatest hits. Movies like The Godfather 2 and The Taxi Driver are some of the finest films ever made. Robert De Niro movies mostly revolve around mafia and crime. His film partnership with legendary director Martin Scorsese took the world by storm and are still considered to be some of the greatest works in films ever done. His method acting and great personality established him as one of Hollywood’s biggest stars. For his film Raging Bull, he gained a record 60 pounds to play the older Jake LaMotta. He eventually won the Oscar for that role. De Niro also won the Oscar for The Godfather 2, where he became part of a handful of actors who won the award for a non-English speaking role. De Niro movies have been very popular over the years.The Top 10 Best Robert De Niro Movies are as follows.
Table of Contents
10. Mean Streets
Mean Streets was the first film of the partnership of Martin Scorsese and De Niro. Directed by Martin Scorsese and starring De Niro and Harvey Keitel, the film takes us to the streets of Little Italy where a small time gangster struggles to succeed in the mean streets. This film has been overshadowed with all the praise heaped on other Martin Scorcese/Robert De Niro films, but this is a classic which is as good as Casino or Goodfellas.
9. The King of Comedy
One of the most underated film of Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese, The King of Comedy tells the story of an aspiring comic, who stalks his idol to achieve fame. It initially did not do well at the box office but over the years, it has established a good audience and for fans of De Niro and Scorsese, this is a must watch movie, very different from the types of movies they usually make.
8. Once Upon a Time in America
Once Upon a Time in America is an Italian epic crime drama written and directed by the great director, Sergio Leone. Robert De Niro stars in the lead role as a “former Prohibition-era Jewish gangster who returns to the Lower East Side of Manhattan over thirty years later, where he once again must confront the ghosts and regrets of his old life.” This was the last film of Sergio Leone. The initial cut of the film was cut down to lesser run time but the cast, director and fans pressured the studio for the full release which eventually the studio agreed to.
Heat is one of the best De Niro movies. It finally brings together two of Hollywood’s greatest actors, Robert DeNiro and Al Pacino. One is a robber and the other a policeman. What follows next is a battle of wits and nerves in the remarkable chase shown in the movie. The movie was the first one in which both Al Pacino and DeNiro share a screen. Both the actors only have one scene together in the movie. The scene where both actors share the screen was one of the most awaited things in Hollywood. The movie was very well received and the dream of seeing two great actors share the screen was fulfilled.
Starring De Niro, Joe Pesci and Sharon Stone, Martin Scorsese’s Casino is one of the finest crime movies ever made. De Niro plays a gangster who, with the help of his close friend, Joe Pesci, builds a gambling empire. The story revolves around greed and how excess of money and power can ruin lives.
5. Raging Bull
Raging Bull gave De Niro his Oscar for the Best Actor and deservedly so. Scorsese’s Raging Bull is perhaps the finest boxing film ever made. De Niro plays Jake La Motta, the boxing legend, and the film depicts the rise and fall of the great boxer. For this role, De Niro gained a record 60 pounds weight and his transformation on-screen is remarkable. This movie is a treat for all De Niro fans.
4. The Deer Hunter
The Deet Hunter is a film on the Vietnam War and how it disrupted and impacted the lives of people in a small industrial town in Pennsylvania. The film has a star cast of Robert De Niro, Meryl Streep, John Cazale and Christopher Walken. This was Cazale’s last film.The movie has one very famous scene on Russian Roulette and the thrill and fear the audience feel during it cannot be mentioned in words.
3. Taxi Driver
Directed by Scorsese and starring De Niro and a very young Jodie Foster, Taxi Driver is an American Classic. De Niro used method acting in this film as he drove a taxi in the streets of New York for months. Taxi Driver is the story of a cab driver who is fed up of the system and wants a change. De Niro’s line “You Talkin’ to me” is one of the greatest movie quotes of all time.
Perhaps the greatest crime movie of all time, even greater than The Godfather! Goodfellas is Scorsese’s finest work as a director and stars De Niro Ray Liotta and Joe Pesci. The story is on the life of real time gangster Henry Hill and how he worked his way up the mob hierarchy. If there ever was a movie which depicted mob lifestyle in a close way, this is it.
1. The Godfather 2
Directed by Francis Ford Coppola, The Godfather 2 is the second movie of the Godfather trilogy. Some say it is even better than the first part. The movie shows the lives of a young Don Vito Corleone(played by Robert De Niro) and the present day life of his son Michael Corleone (played by Al Pacino). The movie also stars John Cazale and Robert Duvall. De Niro won the Oscar for Supporting Actor for The Godfather 2, and hence became part of a handful of actors who won the award for a non-English speaking role . The movie won 6 Oscars and is considered by many to be the greatest movie of all time, even greater than The Godfather.
9. Scent of a Woman