Back in 2020, Robert De Niro was honored as the greatest actor of his generation by British GQ. He has received 8 Oscar nominations via his outstanding performances in blockbusters such as The Godfather II, Raging Bull, The King Of Comedy, and the recent movie The Irishman. Let introduce to you the list of best Robert De Niro movies that have marked his successful acting career even when he turns 77.

1. The Godfather II (1974)

In The Godfather II, Robert De Niro portrays young Vito Corleone and successfully depicts this character’s journey to becoming the new Don of the Corleone family. His performance received a lot of acclaim from critics and brought him many chances to join other gangster movies. It is said that Robert De Niro gained the same success as Al Pacino in the 1972 movie. He then won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.

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2. Taxi Driver (1976)

Robert De Niro landed the role of Travis, a veteran and taxi driver in New York City. He suffers from chronic insomnia and believes that his duty is to kill street criminals. Taxi Driver is known as one of the best thriller movies and received the Palme d’Or award and 04 Oscar nominations including the Best Actor for De Niro.

3. Raging Bull (1980)

De Niro’s performance as a middleweight boxer Jake LaMotta is no doubt a great success during the 1943-born actor’s acting career. Many believe that Raging Bull is amongst the greatest movies of all time and it is obviously indisputable. Robert De Niro bagged the second Academy Award in 1981 via his performance in Raging Bull.

4. The King Of Comedy (1983)

Although The King Of Comedy didn’t receive as high appreciation as other names on the list of best Robert De Niro movies, it turns out to be a movie ahead of its time. It tells a story about Rupert Pupkin, a depressed comedian who desires to take a step in the entertainment world so that he decides to kidnap his idol - a talk show host. The King Of Comedy then becomes the undeniable inspiration for the 2019 blockbuster Joker (Joaquin Phoenix).

The King Of Comedy
Robert De Niro in The King Of Comedy.

5. Awakenings (1990)

On the contrary to his cold-blooded character in Goodfellas that was released in the same year, Robert De Niro portrayed Leonard Lowe, a patient under the treatment of Dr. Malcom sayer (Robin Williams). This movie was nominated for the Academy Awards three times and De Niro received a nomination for the Best Actor.

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6. Goodfellas (1990)

Speaking of Robert De Niro best movies, Goodfellas deserves on the top list. Martin Scorsese successfully managed to make the best gangster movie of all time in the 1990s and it is Goodfellas. During its runtime, the audiences couldn’t find any boring moments even when they have watched it again and again. De Niro played the role of James Conway, one of a three-member gang in the United States. His character makes a powerful impression due to his cruelty and snakiness.

7. Cape Fear (1991)

Max Cady is known as the cruelest character Robert De Niro has performed during his career. He portrayed a rapist who plots revenge on a lawyer who prevented him from receiving lighter sentencing 14 years ago.

8. Casino (1995)

Like Goodfellas and The Irishman, Martin Scorsese’s movie focuses on following the Italian gangs in the United States in the 20th century. This time, Robert De Niro played the role of a gambling expert nicknamed Ace who is sent to Las Vegas to run the hotel and casino operations. The movie reveals the darkness in the gambling industry, a perfect cover for criminal activities.

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9. The Irishman (2019)

Based on the nonfiction book I Heard You Paint Houses by Charles Brandt, The Irishman is known as a gangster epic movie and tells a story about Frank Sheeran (Robert De Niro) and his golden age. That’s why this movie appears on the list of best movies by Robert De Niro. The movie marks the impressive collaboration of four Oscar winners including Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Al Pacino, and Anna Paquin. At the 73rd British Academy Film Awards, The Irishman received 10 nominations including the Best Supporting Actor, Best Direction, Best Film, and more.

The Irishman
The Irishman.

Above are nine of the best Robert De Niro movies you shouldn’t miss. His great performances as Vito Corleone or James Conway have been the endless inspiration for next-generation directors and actors across the world. Which movie suits you the most? Tell us in the comment box below!

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