Robert De Niro is one of the best actors to have ever walked the Earth, and it’s impossible to pick a single movie where he appears as being the absolute best. That’s because De Niro appears in many top-rated movies, and we’re proud to have the chance to mention a few of them in this article.
If you’re a fan of movies and you haven’t seen De Niro’s most important films, surely there chances are high that you’ll fall in love with the titles mentioned here. That’s because the famous actor is a true icon of the cinema world, and these movies are some great examples:
The Deer Hunter (1976):
Once you watch The Deer Hunter, the scenes of the Russian roulette that war prisoners were forced by the Vietnamese to go through will stick with you forever. This is a movie about the war in Vietnam, and De Niro has one of the leading roles alongside other titans of the cinema, such as Christopher Walken, John Cazale, and Meryl Streep. The movie presents the struggles that war soldiers go through, as well as how a military conflict can change them forever as individuals.
The Godfather (1974)
The Godfather, part two of Francis Ford Coppola’s masterpiece, focuses on the early life and career of Vito Corleone in the 1920s. This younger version of Corleone is played by De Niro, while we can see in the cast other great actors such as Al Pacino, Robert Duvall, John Cazale, and others.
During the first movie of the series, the role of Vito Corleone was taken by Marlon Brando.
Taxi Driver (1976)
“Taxi Driver” is the movie that made De Niro famous for his “Are you talking to me?” line. This movie presents the evolution of a taxi driver who’s fed up with the social scum from the streets of New York. De Niro is a mentally unstable taxi driver who decides to impose his own law on the decadence of the streets.
Raging Bull (1980):
Robert De Niro takes the leading role in “Raging Bull,” as he plays Jake LaMotta, a successful boxer whose temper destroys his personal life. Frank Vincent and Joe Pesci are also in the cast of this movie. De Niro’s character is a misogynistic and turbulent personality that’s hard to deal with, but that’s the whole charm of this classic and iconic film.
“Casino” is another unforgettable movie with names such as Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Sharon Stone, and Frank Vincent in the main roles. The movie explores the world of gambling and how gambling machines are made to always profit. Even if someone wins fair and square, he can be suspected of cheating if he wins too often. The characters of De Niro and Joe Pesci are best friends, but they also have an affair with the same woman, played by Sharon Stone, without knowing about the other. Deep down, De Niro’s character knows that he can’t trust either his friend or his girlfriend.
Once Upon a Time in America (1984)
“Once Upon a Time in America” from 1984 represents another one of De Niro’s amazing acting performances, as he plays the role of a mobster who sets a bet in stone with his good friends when they were very young. They wanted to build an empire and escape poverty, but not in an orthodox way. This movie is a classic and will remain forever in the hearts of numerous cinephiles around the world. It’s a 10/10, without a doubt.
Robert De Niro has appeared in many great movies throughout his glorious acting career. Which one is your favorite? Tell us in the comments!
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