10 of the best Robert de Niro movies

11 Jan

1. Mean Streets (1973). Directed by Martin Scorsese and released by Warner Bros, the film tells the story of a young man named Charlie who tries to move up in the New York mafia.



2. The Godfather: Part II (1974) continues the story of the Corleones, with Michael Corleone now in charge of the family business. In parallel, the film tells a second story, that of the young Vito Corleone, and how he succeeded in becoming the most feared mafia boss (Robert de Niro).



3. Taxi Driver (1976). Chronically alone and mentally unstable war veteran Travis Bickle, drives a cab throughout New York, and makes it his goal to “clean” the “scum” (pimps, prostitutes, drug dealers) off the streets of the city.



4. Raging Bull (1980) is a biographical film based on the memoir Raging Bull: My Story by Jake LaMotta, an Italian American boxer who’s rage and aggressive behavior outside the ring torn apart his family.



5. Once Upon a Time in America (1984) tells the story of David “Noodles” Aaronson and his Jewish pals, chronicling their childhoods on New York’s Lower East Side in the 1920s, through their gangster careers in the 1930s, and culminating in Noodles’ 1968 return to New York from self-imposed exile, at which time he learns the truth about the fate of his friends and again confronts the nightmare of his past.(RottenTomatoes)



6. The Untouchables (1987)- an account of the battle between gangster Al Capone and lawman Eliot Ness during the Prohibition Era.



7. Goodfellas (1990). Adapted from Nicolas Pileggi’s best-selling Wiseguy- the true-life account of mobster and FBI informant Henry Hill- the story details the rise and fall of Hill, a half-Irish, half-Sicilian New York kid who grows up idolizing the “wise guys” in his impoverished Brooklyn neighborhood. (RottenTomatoes)



8. Cape Fear (1991). Released from prison after serving 14 years for sexual assault, Max Cady begins harassing Sam Bowden (the lawyer who defended him) and his family because Bowden buried a report that would have in all likelihood acquitted Cady of the charges against him.



9. Heat (1995). Career criminal Neil McCauley (Robert de Niro) and his crew are chased by Lieutenant Vincent Hanna (Al Pacino), a dedicated policeman obsessed with catching them.



10. Ronin (1998). Former CIA officer Sam and four other veterans of special operations units receive the mission to attack a heavily armed convoy and steal a briefcase, the contents of which are not identified.



Sources: IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes.


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