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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52 13
Jimmy Conway is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Robert De Niro, Ranked
Goodfellas
2
53 16
Travis Bickle is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Robert De Niro, Ranked
Taxi Driver
3
52 16
Vito Corleone is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Robert De Niro, Ranked
The Godfather Saga, The Godfather Part II
4
43 12
Michael is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Robert De Niro, Ranked
Michael The Deer Hunter
5
41 15
Jake La Motta is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Robert De Niro, Ranked
Jake La Motta Raging Bull
6
34 11
Neil McCauley is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Robert De Niro, Ranked
7
37 14
Sam 'Ace' Rothstein is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Robert De Niro, Ranked
Casino
8
32 15
Max Cady is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Robert De Niro, Ranked
Cape Fear, Cape Fear
9
29 13
Lorenzo Anello is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Robert De Niro, Ranked
A Bronx Tale
10
25 11
Father Bobby is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Robert De Niro, Ranked
Sleepers
11
21 10
Louis Gara is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Robert De Niro, Ranked
Jackie Brown
12
22 13
Leonard Lowe is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Robert De Niro, Ranked
Awakenings
13
25 17
Jack Byrnes is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Robert De Niro, Ranked
Meet the Fockers, Meet the Parents, Little Fockers
14
16 16
Paul Vitti is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Robert De Niro, Ranked
Analyze That, Analyze This
15
12 15
Pat Solitano, Sr. is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Robert De Niro, Ranked
Silver Linings Playbook
16
7 14
Conrad Brean is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Robert De Niro, Ranked
Wag the Dog