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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.

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    The Godfather Part II
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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
  • 2
    Goodfellas
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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
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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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  • 4
    Casino
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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
  • 5
    The Deer Hunter
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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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    Heat
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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
  • 7
    A Bronx Tale
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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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  • 8
    Cape Fear
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    Cape Fear

    Robert De Niro, Nick Nolte

    Released1991

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

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  • 9
    Once Upon a Time in America
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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
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    Raging Bull

    Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci

    Released1980

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

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  • 11
    The Untouchables
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    The Untouchables

    Robert De Niro, Sean Connery

    Released1987

    Directed byBrian De Palma

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  • 12
    Midnight Run
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    Midnight Run

    Robert De Niro, Charles Grodin

    Released1988

    Directed byMartin Brest

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  • 13
    Mean Streets
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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
  • 14
    Jackie Brown
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    Jackie Brown

    Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson

    Released1997

    Directed byQuentin Tarantino

    Jackie Brown is a 1997 drama film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino. It is an... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 15
    Sleepers
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    Sleepers

    Brad Pitt, Robert De Niro

    Released1996

    Directed byBarry Levinson

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  • 16
    Meet the Parents
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    Meet the Parents

    Robert De Niro, Ben Stiller

    Released2000

    Directed byJay Roach

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  • 17
    Awakenings
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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
  • 18
    Ronin
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    Ronin

    Robert De Niro, Sean Bean

    Released1998

    Directed byJohn Frankenheimer

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  • 19
    Backdraft
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    Backdraft

    Robert De Niro, Kurt Russell

    Released1991

    Directed byRon Howard

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  • 20
    The King of Comedy
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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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  • 21
    Cop Land
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    Cop Land

    Sylvester Stallone, Robert De Niro

    Released1997

    Directed byJames Mangold

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  • 22
    Men of Honor
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    Men of Honor

    Charlize Theron, Robert De Niro

    Released2000

    Directed byGeorge Tillman, Jr.

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  • 23
    The Score
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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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  • 24
    Analyze This
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    Analyze This

    Robert De Niro, Billy Crystal

    Released1999

    Directed byHarold Ramis

    Analyze This is a 1999 comedy film directed by Harold Ramis, who co-wrote the screenplay with... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 25
    This Boy's Life
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    This Boy's Life

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro

    Released1993

    Directed byMichael Caton-Jones

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