5 Favorites #77: 5 Favorite Robert De Niro Performances

Every week, we’ll pose a new “five favorites” question. You just list your five favorites that fit in that category (preferably in preference order) and you’re welcome to discuss and debate the selections and see just how much you do or do not have in common with others. If you want to take a look back at our past articles to comment or enjoy, here is a post set aside to track all of our articles.

We haven’t done a living actor in some time, so I figured it was time to start again. Let’s hit an actor whose comedic work of recent years hasn’t sufficiently held a candle to his older work, so let’s give him a reminder of the performances we think were his best.

What are your 5 Favorite Robert De Niro performances?


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  1. Godfather Part II, and then most of the other four slots filled by Scorsese movies.

    Favorite: Taxi Driver.

  2. Taxi Driver
    Raging Bull
    Bang the Drum Slowly
    The Deer Hunter

  3. Taxi Driver
    Raging Bull
    Once Upon a Time in America
    The Deer Hunter
    The Godfather, Part II

  4. William Edwards

    The first three performance are virtually equal in their brilliance.

    1. Taxi Driver
    2. The King of Comedy
    3. Raging Bull
    4. The Godfather Part 2
    5. 1900

  5. His Best:
    1. Taxi Driver
    2. Raging Bull
    3. The King of Comedy
    4. Goodfellas
    5. Midnight Run

    His Worst:
    1. Little Fockers
    2. The Fan
    3. New York, New York
    4. The Mission
    5. Everything between Meet the Parents and Stone (15 Minutes, Men of Honor, Showtime, City by the Sea, Analyze That, Godsend, Meet the Fockers, Shark Tale, Hide and Seek, The Bridge of San Luis Rey, The Good Shepherd, Arthur and the Invisibles, Stardust, Righteous Kill, What Just Happened, Everybody’s Fine, Machete)

    1. I agree his recent output has been atrocious, but I liked Stardust in spite of him and Everybody’s Fine because of him.

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