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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.

Robert De Niro is no stranger to working with popular directors, including Ron Howard, Quentin Tarantino and Joel Schumacher. Robert De Niro has been in some really popular films, and is right up there with stars like Al Pacino and Jack Nicholson in terms of fame and success.

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Taxi Driver is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Robert De Niro Movies
Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Martin 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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Goodfellas is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Robert De Niro Movies
Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson, Joe Pesci
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. ...more

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The Godfather Part II is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Robert De Niro Movies
Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall
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. ...more

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Raging Bull is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Robert De Niro Movies
Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Martin 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 ...more

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The Deer Hunter is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Robert De Niro Movies
Meryl Streep, Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken
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 ...more

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Casino is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Robert De Niro Movies
Sharon Stone, Robert De Niro, James Woods
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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The Untouchables is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Robert De Niro Movies
Robert De Niro, Sean Connery, Kevin Costner
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 ...more

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Cape Fear is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Robert De Niro Movies
Robert De Niro, Nick Nolte, Jessica Lange
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 ...more

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Heat is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Robert De Niro Movies
Natalie Portman, Al Pacino, Robert De Niro
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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Once Upon a Time in Amer... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Robert De Niro Movies
Jennifer Connelly, Robert De Niro, James Woods
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 ...more

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Mean Streets is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Robert De Niro Movies
Robert De Niro, Martin Scorsese, Harvey Keitel
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 ...more

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A Bronx Tale is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Robert De Niro Movies
Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Chazz Palminteri
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 ...more

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Meet the Parents is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Robert De Niro Movies
Robert De Niro, Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson
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 ...more

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Jackie Brown is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Robert De Niro Movies
Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson, Quentin 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 ...more

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The King of Comedy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Robert De Niro Movies
Robert De Niro, Jerry Lewis, Martin 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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Awakenings is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Robert De Niro Movies
Robert De Niro, Robin Williams, Vin Diesel
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 ...more

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Midnight Run is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Robert De Niro Movies
Robert De Niro, Charles Grodin, Joe Pantoliano
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 ...more

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Sleepers is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Robert De Niro Movies
Brad Pitt, Robert De Niro, Dustin Hoffman
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.

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Silver Linings Playbook ... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Robert De Niro Movies
Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper
Silver Linings Playbook is a 2012 American romantic comedy-drama film written and directed by David O. Russell, adapted from the novel The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick. The film ...more

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Backdraft is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Robert De Niro Movies
Robert De Niro, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh
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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Analyze This is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Robert De Niro Movies
Robert De Niro, Billy Crystal, Lisa Kudrow
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 ...more

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Cop Land is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Robert De Niro Movies
Sylvester Stallone, Robert De Niro, Debbie Harry
Cop Land is a 1997 American drama film written and directed by James Mangold, and starring Sylvester Stallone, Harvey Keitel, Ray Liotta, and Robert De Niro. The supporting cast features Peter ...more

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Ronin is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Robert De Niro Movies
Robert De Niro, Sean Bean, Ron Jeremy
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 ...more

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Angel Heart is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Robert De Niro Movies
Robert De Niro, Mickey Rourke, Lisa Bonet
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 ...more

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Meet the Fockers is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Robert De Niro Movies
Robert De Niro, Barbra Streisand, Dustin Hoffman
Meet the Fockers is a 2004 American comedy film directed by Jay Roach and the sequel to Meet the Parents. The film stars Robert De Niro, Ben Stiller, Dustin Hoffman, Barbra Streisand, Blythe ...more

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