These are the top 10 Robert De Niro movies that you need to check out!
Robert De Niro is an American film legend and one of the greatest actors of our time.
Many of Robert De Niro movies have a cult following and an elevated status on list of the Greatest Movies of All Time.
In the following list, we break down his 10 greatest movies.
“You talkin’ to me?”
Robert De Niro spoke these words into his mirror and the phrase became a pop culture.
In a long list of Martin Scorsese and De Niro collaborations, this film ranks at the top. It is often cited as one of the top films of all time.
In the film, De Niro plays Travis Bickle, a New York City taxi driver with a complex psyche. Bickle quells his desires among the prostitutes, pimps, and gangsters of the New York nightlife.
The film takes an interesting turn when Bickle becomes obsessed with a young political campaign advisor (Cybil Shepherd).
After that, his attention shifts to saving a young prostitute (Jodie Foster) from her evil pimp.
The film was met with both critical and commercial success. It cost about 1 million to make and earned 30 million at the box office.
Taxi Driver was nominated for four Academy Awards, including a Best Actor for De Niro.
While he didn’t win the Oscar, the character was listed in the 100 greatest characters of American Film Institutes.
Moreover, De Niro’s portrayal of Bickle also landed him on the list of 50 greatest villans.
In the film, De Niro plays Ace Rothstein, a bookmaker with Mafia ties who is sent to manage a Las Vegas Casino. As long as the mobsters are getting the green, Rothstein can keep his head above the water.
Sharon Stone proves to be a worthy leading lady to De Niro’s veteran acting, often stealing the scenes.
It was Stone who also took home the Oscar for this one.
The movie cast and action packed good story lines make this film became one of the greatest films ever.
Everyone knows sequals are never as good as the original, right?
De Niro’s brilliant performance puts this stereotype to bed by giving a riveting performance in the first sequal to ever win an Oscar.
The film won many Academy Awards to name including Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor for De Niro and Best Actor for Al Pacino.
Above all, De Niro gives a performance of a lifetime as Vito Corleon, who makes a dramatic escape from Italy and founds the biggest crime family in New York.
It is regarded by many film lovers as better than the original and is one of the most well-known films of all time.
It is a can’t miss for any film lover and De Niro fan.
Raging Bull is the film for which De Niro grabbed an Oscar for Best Actor and for good reason.
The film is on the surface a biographical sports flick about middleweight boxer Jake La Motta.
It chronicles his in the ring success, flashing back to 1940s New York.
On a deeper level, it is a film about an extremely unlikable man full of violent and jealous tendencies who obsesses about the fact that his wife may be cheating on him.
De Niro reunited with his Mean Streets co-star Joe Pesci who plays his loyal brother who tried to save the boxer from his demons.
He gives what is arguably the performance of his career. People were impressed to see him famously gaining 50 pounds in the middle of production to play the self-destructive athlete.
The film was nominated for 8 Oscars. Roger Ebert named it one of his top 10 favorite films of all time.
In the Michael Crimino film, the little known director recruited De Niro to bring some star power to his war pic.
De Niro was drawn to the character of steel worker, Mike, who enlist along with his friends.
The film gives a gritty and emotional portray of the harsh realities of war in Vietnam.
The film received critical acclaim from critics and audiences.
Moreover, the film won 5 Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Supporting Actor for Walken.
By now, it is clear De Niro knows how to depict the Italian-American mobster and in Once Upon a Time in America he does not disappoint.
The film is a gangster epic, spanning decades in the life of three friends. It is both a violent and remarkable film.
The violence is in essence not for the fear factor, but to depict the harsh realities of mobster life.
De Niro gripping portrays a man full of regrets who can’t escape the ghost of his past. A true acting legend at his finest.
Heat was a highly anticipated De Niro film because for the first time since The Godfather 2 he would be reunited in a film with Al Pacino.
In the film, De Niro plays professional thief Neil McCauly known for big time heist of armored cars and big banks. Pacino plays veteran LAPD detective Vincent Hanna.
The men ensue in a game of cat and mouse that proves the characters are more alike than different.
Both are exhausted from their lifestyles which have alienated them from family and friends.
They want the end their careers on a high note before moving on.
While the characters have little interaction, the few moments they meet electrify the film with tension-filled scenes.
The movie was not critically acclaimed, however it was a box office success garnering $187 million worldwide.
Scorsese and De Niro returned to the mob genre in Goodfellas. The movie tells the story of real life mobster Henry Hill (Ray Liotta), seeks to rise up the rankings in the New York mafia. He is mentored by mobster Jimmy Conroy (De Niro).
De Niro modeled the character on real life mobster Jimmy Burke and his deception is a reflection of De Niro as a master in character study.
It was Goodfellas which inspired the hit television series The Sopranos.
The film was nominated for six Academy Awards and garnered $150 million at box offices.
It is known as one of the best ensemble cast of all times heightened by an unshakable De Niro performance.
De Niro once again plays a psychopathic criminal in the 1962 remake.
In the film he has a vendetta against the public defender who purposely failed to do his job and keep him out of jail.
Fourteen years later and released from prison he terrorizes the lawyer and his family.
De Niro challenges the idea of who is protagonist by often times appearing more intelligent and more honorable than the lawyer.
The film was nominated for several Academy Awards and Golden Globes and helped to propel the career of Juliette Lewis.
Means Streets was the film that put both Scorsese and De Niro on the map.
It is a gritty mafia movie set in 1950s Italy which would pave the way for the Godfather, the Sopranos, and the whole crime/mob genre.
De Niro brilliantly help Johnny Boy who gets into trouble with loan sharks. Harvey Keitel plays the lead and the mobster who will put himself of the line to save Johnny.
The film was Scorsese’s most personal movie ever.
He said: “It is not a film it is a declaration, a statement, of who I am.”
It received both critical and commercial success in addition to introducing the world to De Niro.