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

Ranker Film
376 votes 77 voters 1.4k views 16 items

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.

list ordered by

1
32 6
Jimmy Conway is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Robert De Niro, Ranked
Goodfellas

2
31 6
Travis Bickle is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Robert De Niro, Ranked
Taxi Driver

3
29 7
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
23 5
Michael is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Robert De Niro, Ranked
Michael The Deer Hunter

5
23 5
Sam 'Ace' Rothstein is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Robert De Niro, Ranked
Casino

6
20 3
Lorenzo Anello is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Robert De Niro, Ranked
A Bronx Tale

7
23 7
Jake La Motta is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Robert De Niro, Ranked
Jake La Motta Raging Bull

8
19 5
Neil McCauley is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Robert De Niro, Ranked

9
16 4
Father Bobby is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Robert De Niro, Ranked
Sleepers

10
18 8
Max Cady is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Robert De Niro, Ranked
Cape Fear, Cape Fear

11
10 5
Leonard Lowe is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Robert De Niro, Ranked
Awakenings

12
13 9
Jack Byrnes is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Robert De Niro, Ranked
Meet the Fockers, Meet the Parents, Little Fockers

13
9 6
Louis Gara is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Robert De Niro, Ranked
Jackie Brown

14
8 7
Paul Vitti is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Robert De Niro, Ranked
Analyze That, Analyze This

15
6 6
Pat Solitano, Sr. is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Robert De Niro, Ranked
Silver Linings Playbook

16
2 5
Conrad Brean is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Robert De Niro, Ranked
Wag the Dog