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The Best Robert De Niro Movies

Updated November 4, 2019 57.2k votes 3.3k voters 128.7k views79 items

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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.

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    The Godfather Part II is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Robert De Niro Movies
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    The Godfather Part II

    Al Pacino, Robert De Niro

    Released1974

    Directed byFrancis Ford Coppola

    The Godfather Part II is a 1974 American epic crime film produced and directed by Francis Ford... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Goodfellas is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Robert De Niro Movies
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    Goodfellas

    Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson

    Released1990

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

    Goodfellas is a 1990 American crime film directed by Martin Scorsese. It is a film adaptation... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Taxi Driver is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Robert De Niro Movies
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    Taxi Driver

    Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster

    Released1976

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

    Taxi Driver is a 1976 American neo-noir psychological thriller film directed by Martin... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Casino is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Robert De Niro Movies
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    Casino

    Sharon Stone, Robert De Niro

    Released1995

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

    Casino is a 1995 American drama film directed by Martin Scorsese. It is based on the... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    The Deer Hunter is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Robert De Niro Movies
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    The Deer Hunter

    Meryl Streep, Robert De Niro

    Released1978

    Directed byMichael Cimino

    The Deer Hunter is a 1978 American epic drama film co-written and directed by Michael Cimino... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    A Bronx Tale is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Robert De Niro Movies
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    A Bronx Tale

    Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci

    Released1993

    Directed byRobert De Niro

    A Bronx Tale is a 1993 American drama film set in the Bronx during the turbulent era of the... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Heat is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Robert De Niro Movies
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    Heat

    Natalie Portman, Al Pacino

    Released1995

    Directed byMichael Mann

    Heat is a 1995 American crime thriller film written, produced and directed by Michael Mann,... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Cape Fear is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Robert De Niro Movies
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    Cape Fear

    Robert De Niro, Nick Nolte

    Released1991

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

    Cape Fear is a 1991 American psychological thriller film directed by Martin Scorsese and a... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Once Upon a Time in America is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Robert De Niro Movies
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    Once Upon a Time in America

    Jennifer Connelly, Robert De Niro

    Released1984

    Directed bySergio Leone

    Once Upon a Time in America is a 1984 Italian epic drama film co-written and directed by... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 10
    Raging Bull is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Robert De Niro Movies
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    Raging Bull

    Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci

    Released1980

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

    Raging Bull is a 1980 American biographical black-and-white sports drama film directed by... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Untouchables is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Robert De Niro Movies
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    The Untouchables

    Robert De Niro, Sean Connery

    Released1987

    Directed byBrian De Palma

    The Untouchables is a 1987 American drama film directed by Brian De Palma and written by David... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 12
    Midnight Run is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Robert De Niro Movies
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    Midnight Run

    Robert De Niro, Charles Grodin

    Released1988

    Directed byMartin Brest

    Midnight Run is a 1988 American action-comedy film directed by Martin Brest and starring... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 13
    Mean Streets is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Robert De Niro Movies
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    Mean Streets

    Robert De Niro, Martin Scorsese

    Released1973

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

    Mean Streets is a 1973 film directed by Martin Scorsese and co-written by Scorsese and Mardik... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 14
    Jackie Brown is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Robert De Niro Movies
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    Jackie Brown

    Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson

    Released1997

    Directed byQuentin Tarantino

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  • 15
    Meet the Parents is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Robert De Niro Movies
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    Meet the Parents

    Robert De Niro, Ben Stiller

    Released2000

    Directed byJay Roach

    Meet the Parents is a 2000 American comedy film directed by Jay Roach. Male nurse Greg Focker... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Sleepers is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Robert De Niro Movies
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    Sleepers

    Brad Pitt, Robert De Niro

    Released1996

    Directed byBarry Levinson

    Sleepers is a 1996 American legal drama film written, produced, and directed by Barry... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Awakenings is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Robert De Niro Movies
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    Awakenings

    Robert De Niro, Robin Williams

    Released1990

    Directed byPenny Marshall

    Awakenings is a 1990 American drama film based on Oliver Sacks' 1973 memoir of the same title.... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 18
    Ronin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Robert De Niro Movies
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    Ronin

    Robert De Niro, Sean Bean

    Released1998

    Directed byJohn Frankenheimer

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    Backdraft is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Robert De Niro Movies
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    Backdraft

    Robert De Niro, Kurt Russell

    Released1991

    Directed byRon Howard

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    The King of Comedy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Robert De Niro Movies
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    The King of Comedy

    Robert De Niro, Jerry Lewis

    Released1982

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

    The King of Comedy is an American black comedy film starring Robert De Niro and Jerry Lewis.... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Men of Honor is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Robert De Niro Movies
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    Men of Honor

    Charlize Theron, Robert De Niro

    Released2000

    Directed byGeorge Tillman, Jr.

    Men of Honor is a 2000 drama film, starring Robert De Niro and Cuba Gooding Jr. The film was... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    The Score is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Robert De Niro Movies
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    The Score

    Robert De Niro, Marlon Brando

    Released2001

    Directed byFrank Oz

    The Score is a 2001 thriller film directed by Frank Oz, and stars Robert De Niro, Edward... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Cop Land is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Robert De Niro Movies
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    Cop Land

    Sylvester Stallone, Robert De Niro

    Released1997

    Directed byJames Mangold

    Cop Land is a 1997 American drama film written and directed by James Mangold, and starring... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    This Boy's Life is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Robert De Niro Movies
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    This Boy's Life

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro

    Released1993

    Directed byMichael Caton-Jones

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    Analyze This is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Robert De Niro Movies
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    Analyze This

    Robert De Niro, Billy Crystal

    Released1999

    Directed byHarold Ramis

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