It is difficult to keep track of all the legendary roles Robert De Niro has played. It is difficult to narrow down the filmography of actors who have played many famous roles, because they have so many to choose from.
We have a good handle on Robert De Niro’s best work, and we’ve gone through the best films he’s been in to see how much he contributed to their success. It is impossible to argue against any of the 10 listed below.
10. Cape Fear (1991)
Robert De Niro can play bad guys, but it is rare to see him portray a character as crazy as Max Cady in Cape Fear. Cady is angry that his lawyer buried evidence that would have lowered his sentence. Cady has an appetite for blood and is well-versed in the law.
Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese are the stars of Cape Fear, but it is a better film than the original. De Niro paid a doctor to grind down his teeth and work out until his body fat percentage was supposedly just 4%. De Niro’s physical change solidified his role as a monster intent on vengeance.
9. Heat (1995)
Robert De Niro plays a real-life criminal in Heat who is in a game of cat and mouse with Al Pacino. They had appeared in The Godfather: Part II before, but this was the first time yify yts they appeared in the same scene.
The chemistry between Robert De Niro and Al Pacino is what makes Heat stand out. The film industry has tried many times to recreate the enchantment of Righteous Kill and The Irishman. Even if Heat isn’t the best Robert De Niro-Pacino film, it’s still a good contender for a place in our top 10.
8. The Untouchables (1987)
In The Untouchables, De Niro plays a real-life mobster who is one of the greatest mobsters of all time. Kevin Costner is playing the man tasked with bringing down Al Capone.
Robert De Niro did not win an Oscar for his performance, but he stood out at the event. It is surprising that Bob Hoskins was originally supposed to play Al Capone’s right hand man in the movie, but De Niro’s performance changed that. Imagine how much better this movie would be if it starred Bob.
7. The King Of Comedy (1982)
Robert De Niro plays a man named Rupert Pupkin in a television show. It is a great film for people who haven’t watched it yet but want to see it again, because it is only about a few things. The film, which Robert De Niro apparently reveled in the writing and which appears to draw inspiration from The King of Comedy, is due to be released this year.
Robert De Niro paid off even if he put his own life at risk. One of De Niro’s stalkers helped him prepare for the role by following him and having a conversation with him. He went to great lengths to do this, but was it really necessary? Knowing that he did this makes this performance even better.
6. Casino (1995)
The mob hires a sports gambler to run their casino in Las Vegas after he wins a lottery. Robert De Niro is given a lot of responsibility as Sam “Ace” Rothstein in Martin Scorsese’s just under three-hour gangster epic.
If you compare it to Goodfellas, you might think it is inferior, but even a weaker cooperation between Scorsese and De Niro is a great film. De Niro is always entertaining in his work, whether he is working with Sharon Stone or Joe Pesci. A spectator could wish to be him until they see how bad things are for him in the second and third acts.
5. The Deer Hunter (1978)
The Deer Hunter is one of the best films about the Vietnam War. We are taken on a crazy adventure that is horrifying and heartbreaking when we see Robert De Niro’s Mike and friends in America before the war.
Robert De Niro is a great actor and his portrayal of a real person makes this a moving film. It won the Best Picture Oscar because it leaves a lasting impression on the viewer. The film shows the terrors of war and their impact on those who served our country despite the fact that some scenes were not real.
4. The Godfather: Part II (1974)
The second part of The Godfather is done. It is one of Robert De Niro’s most well-known films, and it has been voted one of the best and most influential by the American Film Institute. De Niro plays a young man in the mafia when he is a child.
The second part of The Godfather received mixed reviews when it was released, but over time, many have come to regard it as one of the best films of all time. Robert De Niro and Al Pacino did a great job, but critics thought his tale was too slow. The critics came around after seeing the film, as seen by everyone.
3. Taxi Driver (1976)
Every new movie will be a Martin and Robert De Niro classic. Taxi Driver is one of the duo’s best works, as it transitions from a violent and slightly insane working-class man to a hero. He is not an anti-hero, but is he a nasty guy who was fortunate? What does it matter?
Robert De Niro’s line in Taxi Driver is one of the most memorable lines in film history. The phrase “You talking to me?” has been used in countless films and television series over the years, so even children are familiar with it. If you like De Niro, you will love this film, unless you like violence.
2. Goodfellas (1990)
Goodfellas is one of the greatest gangster movies ever made and is one of Robert De Niro’s most memorable roles. I know it is ironic that Henry is played by Ray Liotta, but De Niro is brilliant regardless of his role. He plays Jimmy, a criminal who teaches Henry the ins and outs of criminal life.
The film’s critics said that Robert De Niro’s star power was all Martin Scorsese needed to get the financing for Goodfellas. It is not surprising that De Niro delivered one of his best performances in any of the mob movies, given that he is a household name. He is a master at combining scary, cool, and awful at the same time.
1. Raging Bull (1980)
Robert De Niro has appeared in many great films, but his most memorable is in Raging Bull. Jake LaMota’s performance is a depiction of someone you both love and hate. You feel sorry for him, sympathize with him, and even dislike him.
Robert De Niro has two different types of persona, one villainous and one psychotic. Jake LaMotta is being portrayed by this actor, but he does so in a way that is truly remarkable. Robert De Niro earned an Oscar for his work in Raging Bull.
Robert De Niro received a pipe bomb while filming the movie.
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