Fictional Characters The Greatest Characters Played by Robert De Niro, Ranked  

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Robert De Niro made his film debut in the 1960s, and he hasn't slowed down since. He's won two Academy Awards and been nominated for many more. He's a director as well as an actor. And the greatest Robert De Niro characters are some of the most memorable in cinematic history.

Which famous characters played by Robert De Niro are the best? Travis Bickle, the lead in Martin Scorsese's 1976 film Taxi Driver, took vigilante justice to the next level. Jimmy Conway from Goodfellas is another one of De Niro's most memorable roles. De Niro found the funny playing opposite Ben Stiller as the former CIA analyst – and terrifying future father-in-law – Jack Byrnes in Meet the Parents. Other great De Niro characters include Vito Corleone in Godfather II and Father Bobby in Sleepers.

Which Robert De Niro character is your favorite? Give the best roles a thumbs up to move them to the top of the list, and get in on the conversation in the comments section.

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Travis Bickle is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Robert De Niro, Ranked
Travis Bickle Taxi Driver

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Vito Corleone is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Robert De Niro, Ranked
Vito Corleone The Godfather Saga, The Godfather Part II

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Michael is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Robert De Niro, Ranked
Michael The Deer Hunter

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Max Cady is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Robert De Niro, Ranked
Max Cady Cape Fear, Cape Fear

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Jimmy Conway is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Robert De Niro, Ranked
Jimmy Conway Goodfellas

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Jake La Motta is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Robert De Niro, Ranked
Jake La Motta Raging Bull

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Sam 'Ace' Rothstein is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Robert De Niro, Ranked
Sam Rothstein Casino

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Lorenzo Anello is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Robert De Niro, Ranked
Lorenzo Anello A Bronx Tale

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Neil McCauley is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Robert De Niro, Ranked

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Father Bobby Carillo is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Robert De Niro, Ranked

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Leonard Lowe is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Robert De Niro, Ranked
Leonard Lowe Awakenings

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Louis Gara is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Robert De Niro, Ranked
Louis Gara Jackie Brown

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Pat Solitano, Sr. is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Robert De Niro, Ranked
Pat Solitano, Sr. Silver Linings Playbook

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Jack Byrnes is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Robert De Niro, Ranked
Jack Byrnes Meet the Fockers, Meet the Parents, Little Fockers

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Conrad Brean is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Robert De Niro, Ranked
Conrad Brean Wag the Dog

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Paul Vitti is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Robert De Niro, Ranked
Paul Vitti Analyze That, Analyze This