After looking at Leonardo DiCaprio yesterday (here), alongside Martin Scorsese earlier in the week (here), it only makes sense to do Robert De Niro today, right? They’re all certainly having a moment right now with the release of Killers of the Flower Moon (reviewed here). Beyond that, De Niro is just simply one of the all-time greats. If one was crafting a Mount Rushmore of acting legends, it’s hardly obscene to suggest that his face would be on it. Even if some of his more recent works have been lacking at times, his heights are as high as anyone.
Below, you can see how I’d rank the best of the best, in terms of De Niro’s work. Unsurprisingly, his collaborations with Scorsese are littered throughout this list. What’s perhaps more surprising is that a few of his more modern turns have cracked my top ten. Where does Killers of the Flower Moon fall within his career? You’re about to find out…
Here now are what I believe to be the ten best performances from Robert De Niro. Take a gander:
Honorable Mention: Awakenings, Being Flynn, Cape Fear, Casino, The Deer Hunter, Mean Streets, and Wag the Dog
9. The Irishman
8. Cop Land
7. Everybody’s Fine
6. Killers of the Flower Moon
5. The Godfather Part II
4. The King of Comedy
3. Silver Linings Playbook
2. Raging Bull
1. Taxi Driver
What are your favorite performances from Robert De Niro? Let us know!