As it’s Robert de Niro’s birthday, I’m reblogging one of my older articles as tribute. Do you have a favourite de Niro film? Or a performance of his that blew you away more than any other?
Quite simply, an acting institution. Robert de Niro has been in been in some of the world’s most iconic films, worked with directing greats and uttered some of cinemas most memorable lines. In a remarkable career spanning over 50 years (and counting), we take a closer look at eight of his best films. Scary to think of some of the ones we left out.
Going right back to 1931’s The Champ, Hollywood has always loved the skilful yet brutal dichotomy of boxing, so it takes something pretty damn special to stand out from the others. Raging Bull, about loathsome boxing legend Jake la Motta, is far more than a telling of the rise and fall of a sports star. And by a director Martin Scorcese, who has no interest in boxing, or sports in general, no less. It’s an intense black and white film that refuses to pull…
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Hmm. Favorite DeNiro films. My favorite performances would be Taxi Driver and Cape Fear.
Be honest. How many times have you done the “You talking to me?” bit?
At least 100! It’s so iconic and he utterly transforms into another character. The mafia films are fine, but I feel like I’m watching DeNiro. The ones I listed, I wasn’t watching DeNiro, but the character he became.
I wish he did more films like that today!
I agree.Did you like him in Silver Linings Playbook?
I did, but it is still a small part, and the film wasn’t really about him.
My favourite has to be Raging Bull, because of what he put his body through
It was incredible how intense his preparation was. From all accounts, Jake Gyllenhaal has gone to a lot of effort his Southpaw too.
You Talking to MEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE????
Taxi Driver, of course, when it comes to his performance.
But Godfather Part-II, happens to be my 2nd favourite movie from the 70’s decade.
I know. What a scene. And there wasn’t even supposed to be any dialogue either, de Niro ad libbed it.
Great article. I love De Niro (then again, who doesn’t?), especially in The King of Comedy and Raging Bull.
Two great examples. Two completely different types of roles.Have always loved The King of Comedy. One of my earliest posts was this actually https://alexraphael.wordpress.com/2013/09/04/lines-of-the-day-3/
It’s a fantastic film. The writing is superb!
And so say all of us 🙂