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The Best Robert De Niro Movies

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List of the best Robert De Niro movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. Robert De Niro first worked with Martin Scorsese on the 1973 film Mean Streets and this dynamic duo went on to collaborate on several award-winning films. Robert De Niro's highest grossing movies have received a lot of accolades over the years, earning millions upon millions around the world. The order of these top Robert De Niro movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Robert De Niro movies will be at the top of the list. Robert De Niro has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Robert De Niro movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining Robert De Niro films to end the squabble once and for all.

If you think the best Robert De Niro role isn't at the top, then upvote it so it has the chance to become number one. The greatest Robert De Niro performances didn't necessarily come from the best movies, but in most cases they go hand in hand.

Everything from Taxi Driver to The Godfather Part II is included on this list, which helps answer the questions, "What are the best Robert De Niro movies?" and "What are the greatest Robert De Niro roles of all time?"

And if you are a fan of De Niro's mob movies, you might also enjoy our list of best Al Pacino movies and best Joe Pesci movies.


  • 1

    The Godfather Part II

    Al Pacino, Robert De Niro


    Directed byFrancis Ford Coppola

    The Godfather Part II is a 1974 American epic crime film produced and directed by Francis Ford Coppola from a screenplay co-written with Mario Puzo, starring Al Pacino and Robert De Niro. Partially...  more

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  • 2


    Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson


    Directed byMartin Scorsese

    Goodfellas is a 1990 American crime film directed by Martin Scorsese. It is a film adaptation of the 1986 non-fiction book Wiseguy by Nicholas Pileggi, who co-wrote the screenplay with Scorsese. The...  more

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  • 3

    Taxi Driver

    Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster


    Directed byMartin Scorsese

    Taxi Driver is a 1976 American neo-noir psychological thriller film directed by Martin Scorsese and written by Paul Schrader. Set in New York City soon after the end of the Vietnam War, the film...  more

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  • 4

    The Deer Hunter

    Meryl Streep, Robert De Niro


    Directed byMichael Cimino

    The Deer Hunter is a 1978 American epic drama film co-written and directed by Michael Cimino about a trio of Russian American steelworkers and their service in Vietnam. The film stars Robert De Niro,...  more

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  • 5


    Sharon Stone, Robert De Niro


    Directed byMartin Scorsese

    Casino is a 1995 American drama film directed by Martin Scorsese. It is based on the non-fiction book of the same name by Nicholas Pileggi, who also co-wrote the screenplay for the film with...  more

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  • 6

    Raging Bull

    Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci


    Directed byMartin Scorsese

    Raging Bull is a 1980 American biographical black-and-white sports drama film directed by Martin Scorsese, produced by Robert Chartoff and Irwin Winkler and adapted by Paul Schrader and Mardik Martin...  more

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  • 7

    A Bronx Tale

    Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci


    Directed byRobert De Niro

    A Bronx Tale is a 1993 American drama film set in the Bronx during the turbulent era of the 1960s. It was the directorial debut of Robert De Niro that follows a young Italian-American teenager in The...  more

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  • 8


    Natalie Portman, Al Pacino


    Directed byMichael Mann

    Heat is a 1995 American crime thriller film written, produced and directed by Michael Mann, and starring Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Val Kilmer. The film was released in the United States on...  more

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  • 9

    Once Upon a Time in America

    Jennifer Connelly, Robert De Niro


    Directed bySergio Leone

    Once Upon a Time in America is a 1984 Italian epic drama film co-written and directed by Sergio Leone and starring Robert De Niro and James Woods. It chronicles the lives of Jewish ghetto youths who...  more

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  • 10

    Cape Fear

    Robert De Niro, Nick Nolte


    Directed byMartin Scorsese

    Cape Fear is a 1991 American psychological thriller film directed by Martin Scorsese and a remake of the 1962 film of the same name. It stars Robert De Niro, Nick Nolte, Jessica Lange and Juliette...  more

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  • 11

    The Untouchables

    Robert De Niro, Sean Connery


    Directed byBrian De Palma

    The Untouchables is a 1987 American drama film directed by Brian De Palma and written by David Mamet. Based on the book The Untouchables, the film stars Kevin Costner as government agent Eliot Ness....  more

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  • 12

    Midnight Run

    Robert De Niro, Charles Grodin


    Directed byMartin Brest

    Midnight Run is a 1988 American action-comedy film directed by Martin Brest and starring Robert De Niro and Charles Grodin. Yaphet Kotto, John Ashton, Dennis Farina, Joe Pantoliano and Philip Baker...  more

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  • 13

    Mean Streets

    Robert De Niro, Martin Scorsese


    Directed byMartin Scorsese

    Mean Streets is a 1973 film directed by Martin Scorsese and co-written by Scorsese and Mardik Martin. The film stars Harvey Keitel and Robert De Niro. It was released by Warner Bros. on October 2,...  more

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  • 14

    Jackie Brown

    Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson


    Directed byQuentin Tarantino

    Jackie Brown is a 1997 drama film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino. It is an adaptation of Elmore Leonard's 1992 novel Rum Punch, the first adaptation from Tarantino, and stars Pam Grier in...  more

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  • 15


    Brad Pitt, Robert De Niro


    Directed byBarry Levinson

    Sleepers is a 1996 American legal drama film written, produced, and directed by Barry Levinson, and based on Lorenzo Carcaterra's 1995 novel of the same name....  more

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  • 16


    Robert De Niro, Robin Williams


    Directed byPenny Marshall

    Awakenings is a 1990 American drama film based on Oliver Sacks' 1973 memoir of the same title. It tells the true story of British neurologist Oliver Sacks, fictionalized as American Malcolm Sayer,...  more

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  • 17

    Meet the Parents

    Robert De Niro, Ben Stiller


    Directed byJay Roach

    Meet the Parents is a 2000 American comedy film directed by Jay Roach. Male nurse Greg Focker (Ben Stiller) meets his girlfriend's parents before proposing, but her suspicious father (robert De Niro)...  more

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  • 18

    The King of Comedy

    Robert De Niro, Jerry Lewis


    Directed byMartin Scorsese

    The King of Comedy is an American black comedy film starring Robert De Niro and Jerry Lewis. Directed by Martin Scorsese and written by Paul D. Zimmerman, the film focuses on themes including...  more

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  • 19


    Robert De Niro, Kurt Russell


    Directed byRon Howard

    Backdraft is a 1991 action thriller film directed by Ron Howard and written by Gregory Widen. The film stars Kurt Russell, William Baldwin, Scott Glenn, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Rebecca De Mornay,...  more

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  • 20

    Men of Honor

    Charlize Theron, Robert De Niro


    Directed byGeorge Tillman, Jr.

    Men of Honor is a 2000 drama film, starring Robert De Niro and Cuba Gooding Jr. The film was directed by George Tillman, Jr. It is inspired by the true story of Master chief petty officer Carl...  more

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  • 21


    Robert De Niro, Sean Bean


    Directed byJohn Frankenheimer

    Ronin is a 1998 American spy thriller action film directed by John Frankenheimer and starring Robert De Niro, Jean Reno, Natascha McElhone, Stellan Skarsgård, Sean Bean, and Jonathan Pryce. Written...  more

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  • 22

    This Boy's Life

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro


    Directed byMichael Caton-Jones

    This Boy's Life is a 1993 film adaptation of the memoir of the same name by American author Tobias Wolff. It is directed by Michael Caton-Jones and stars Leonardo DiCaprio as Tobias Wolff, Robert De...  more

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  • 23

    Angel Heart

    Robert De Niro, Mickey Rourke


    Directed byAlan Parker

    Angel Heart is a 1987 American horror mystery film written and directed by Alan Parker, and starring Mickey Rourke, Robert De Niro, and Lisa Bonet. The film, adapted from the novel Falling Angel by...  more

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  • 24

    Analyze This

    Robert De Niro, Billy Crystal


    Directed byHarold Ramis

    Analyze This is a 1999 comedy film directed by Harold Ramis, who co-wrote the screenplay with playwright Kenneth Lonergan and Peter Tolan. The film stars Robert De Niro as a mafioso and Billy Crystal...  more

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  • 25

    The Score

    Robert De Niro, Marlon Brando


    Directed byFrank Oz

    The Score is a 2001 thriller film directed by Frank Oz, and stars Robert De Niro, Edward Norton, Angela Bassett and Marlon Brando in his final film role. It was the only time that Brando and De Niro...  more

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