7. Mean Streets (1973)
Mean streets is a crime film directed by Martin Scorsese starring Harvey Keitel and Robert De Niro. The movie sees Robert De Niro as Johnny Boy, a furious and out of control young man and Harvey Keitel as Charlie, who works for his uncle, local mafia, and dreams to ascend in the mafia hierarchy but is tormented by his foolhardy friend Johnny Boy. Johnny Boy is a petty gambler and owes money to many local money-lenders. Meanwhile Charlie falls in love with Johnny Boy’s cousin, Teresa, an epilepsy sufferer.
One day, Johnny Boy faces a dispute with one of the money-lender, now knowing the condition will worsen Charlie, Johnny Boy and Teresa attempt to leave a city together. As always De Niro is at his best in this movie too.
6. The King of Comedy (1983)
The King of Comedy is a black comedy film, directed by Martin Scorsese and presents Robert De Niro as Rupert Pupkin and Jerry Lewis as Jerry Langford. Rupert Pupkin desires to be a stand-up comedian, and believes that it would mark a great beginning of his career if gets a chance to appear in Jerry Langford’s talk show. As Langford denies, Pupkin abducts him and demands a place in Langford’s talk show.
This movie is free from gunshots, killing, violent rage: quite different from De Niro’s other movies and renders audiences a jovial fun .Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro once again deliver their best, this time, in the form of light-hearted comedy.
5. Goodfellas (1990)
Goodfellas is one of the finest movies of all time about the organized crime. The movie is another idyllic upshot from the collaboration of Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese where De Niro plays Jimmy Conway, a seasoned con artist along with Ray Liotta as Henry Hill, Joe Pesci as Tommy DeVito. Henry Hill, who wants to be a gangster, starts working for crime boss Paulie and happens to meet other fellows Jimmy Conway and Tommy DeVito. The film is all about the rise and ultimate fall of Henry Hill and his friends Jimmy and Tommy.
Goodfellas is reckoned as great achievement for 19990s as it led to other fantastic movies of the decade like Pulp Fiction, The Usual Suspects, L.A. Confidential etc.
4. The Deer Hunter (1978)
The Deer Hunter is a war drama directed by Michael Cimino about Vietnam War and its aftermath. The film stars Robert De Niro as Michael , Christopher Walken as Nick and John Savage as Steven; three Russian American steel workers and depicts the disruptions that the Vietnam War brought into the lives of people of Pennsylvania. As movie progresses, we can see the trio get enlisted to U.S. Army and leave for Vietnam, where they are taken captive by enemy force.
They manage to escape somehow, but they can’t be as they were before war, Nick loses recollection of Steven and Michael, Steven becomes handicapped. In this movie, De Niro delivers heart breaking performance which earned him a nomination in Academy Awards for Best Actor.