Robert De Niro celebrates his 76th birthday on August 17, 2019. The Oscar-winning actor shows no signs of slowing down, with several movies on the horizon including upcoming roles in Todd Phillips’s super-villain origin story “Joker” and Martin Scorsese’s mob epic “The Irishman,” to name but a few. But how many of his titles remain classics? In honor of his birthday, let’s take a look back at 25 of his greatest films, ranked worst to best.
De Niro has been a frequent presence at the Academy Awards, winning his first Oscar as Best Supporting Actor for playing young Vito Corleone in Francis Ford Coppola’s “The Godfather, Part II” (1974). He hit the jackpot yet again for his role as boxer Jake LaMotta in Scorsese’s “Raging Bull” (1980), which brought him a victory in Best Actor. “Taxi Driver” (1976), “The Deer Hunter” (1978), “Awakenings” (1990) and “Cape Fear” (1991) earned him subsequent nominations in lead, and he reaped another bid in supporting for “Silver Linings Playbook” (2012).
Though he’s worked with some of Hollywood’s top directors, De Niro is best known for his collaborations with Scorsese, starting with “Mean Streets” (1973) and leading to “Taxi Driver,” “New York, New York” (1977), “The King of Comedy” (1983), “Goodfellas” (1990), “Cape Fear,” “Casino” (1995) and the upcoming “The Irishman.”
In addition to his Oscar success, De Niro won the Golden Globe for “Raging Bull,” earning their Cecil B. DeMille prize in 2011. On the TV side, he just reaped Emmy nominations for his guest performance as Robert Mueller in “Saturday Night Live” and for producing “When They See Us,” previously competing for producing and starring in “The Wizard of Lies” in 2017.
Tour our photo gallery above of De Niro’s best movies, including some of the titles listed above, as well as “Once Upon a Time in America” (1984), “Heat” (1995), “Jackie Brown” (1997) and more.
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