After making his way into movies, via a couple of uncredited roles in the mid-to-late 1960s, Robert De Niro has built up a reputation as one of the most popular actors in Hollywood. His career has seen him take on various roles, in some of the most interesting films produced, with the actor working with a collection of great directors too.

His pictures have ranged from the boxing movie, Raging Bull, to the hilarious comedy, Meet the Parents. The actor has crossed genres multiple times, and built up a very loyal fan base in the process.

But do you know the name of every Robert De Niro film? No? Then you had best keep reading.

In this post I am taking a look back at the film career of Robert De Niro, with a rundown of all his movies. I will be going through his films, decade-by-decade, to showcase all of the pictures in his back catalogue.




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Robert De Niro’s movie career started in the 1965, when he took a small uncredited role as ‘client at the diner’ in the film, Three Rooms in Manhattan. He followed this up with another uncredited role in Young Wolves in 1968, before playing the part of Jon Rubin in Greetings.

De Niro’s roles during this decade were few, but the films gave him a starting point for his career. His movies in the 1960s included:

  • Three Rooms in Manhattan (1965)*
  • Young Wolves (1968)*
  • Greetings (1968)
  • The Wedding Party (1969)**
  • Sam’s Song (1969)

*Uncredited role

**Credited as Robert Denero




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Onto the 1970s now, and while the ’60s gave De Niro a start in the industry, it was during this decade that he really began to make his mark. The 1970s is where De Niro appeared in some of his most notable films, including The Godfather Part II and Taxi Driver.

Other films during the ’70s included 1900, Means Streets, and Bang the Drum Slowly. He also appeared in Michael Cimino’s The Deer Hunter, opposite Christopher Walken and Meryl Streep.

De Niro’s movies during the 1970s included:

  • Bloody Mama (1970)
  • Hi, Mom! (1970)
  • Jennifer on My Mind (1971)
  • Born to Win (1971)
  • The Gang That Couldn’t Shoot Straight (1971)
  • Bang the Drum Slowly (1973)
  • Mean Streets (1973)
  • The Godfather Part II (1974)
  • Taxi Driver (1976)
  • 1900 (1976)
  • The Last Tycoon (1976)
  • New York, New York (1977)
  • The Deer Hunter (1978)



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Moving into the 1980s, and with De Niro’s star status having taken a considerable upswing, he continued to appear in a series of high-profile pictures. He kicked the decade off playing the part of Jake La Motta in Martin Scorsese’s Raging Bull, before moving on to movies such as The King of Comedy, Brazil, and The Mission.

In 1987, De Niro took on the part of Al Capone in The Untouchables, while in 1988 he played Jack Walsh in Midnight Run. In 1989 he popped up in Jacknife and We’re No Angels.

Robert De Niro’s films throughout the 1980s included:

  • Raging Bull (1980)
  • True Confessions (1981)
  • The King of Comedy (1982)
  • Once Upon a Time in America (1984)
  • Falling in Love (1984)
  • Brazil (1985)
  • The Mission (1986)
  • Angel Heart (1987)
  • The Untouchables (1987)
  • Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam (1987)
  • Midnight Run (1988)
  • Jacknife (1989)
  • We’re No Angels (1989)



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Sliding into the 1990s, and De Niro continued to remain at the top of his game, headlining a number of pictures, including the mobster movie, Goodfellas. In 1991, he played the role of Donald Rimgale in Backdraft, before appearing as the vile (and scene-stealing) Max Cady in Cape Fear.

Notable movies in this decade included A Bronx Tale, Frankenstein, Casino, and Heat. In 1999, De Niro scratched his funny bone with the comedy Analyze This, and appeared in Joel Schumacher’s Flawless.

De Niro’s films throughout the 1990s included:

  • Stanley & Iris (1990)
  • Goodfellas (1990)
  • Awakenings (1990)
  • Guilty by Suspicion (1991)
  • Backdraft (1991)
  • Cape Fear (1991)
  • Mistress (1992)
  • Night and the City (1992)
  • Mad Dog and Glory (1993)
  • This Boy’s Life (1993)
  • A Bronx Tale (1993)
  • Frankenstein (1994)
  • One Hundred and One Nights (1995)
  • Casino (1995)
  • Heat (1995)
  • The Fan (1996)
  • Sleepers (1996)
  • Marvin’s Room (1996)
  • Cop Land (1997)
  • Jackie Brown (1997)
  • Wag the Dog (1997)
  • Great Expectations (1998)
  • Ronin (1998)
  • Analyze This (1999)
  • Flawless (1999)



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Heading into the 2000s, and with the actor continuing to remain popular with audiences, De Niro’s workload showed no signs of slowing down. He started the decade with the children’s comedy, The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle, before appearing in Men of Honour, and then Meet the Parents opposite Ben Stiller.

Notable movies in this decade include Analyze ThatStardust, and Hide and Seek. De Niro also appeared in the Meet the Parents sequel, Meet the Fockers.

De Niro’s films throughout the 2000s included:

  • The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle (2000)
  • Men of Honour (2000)
  • Meet the Parents (2000)
  • 15 Minutes (2001)
  • The Score (2001)
  • Showtime (2002)
  • City by the Sea (2002)
  • Analyze That (2002)
  • Godsend (2004)
  • Shark Tale (2004)
  • Meet the Fockers (2004)
  • The Bridge of San Luis Rey (2004)
  • Hide and Seek (2005)
  • Arthur and the Invisibles (2006)
  • The Good Shepherd (2006)
  • Stardust (2007)
  • What Just Happened (2008)
  • Righteous Kill (2008)
  • Everybody’s Fine (2009)



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Into the 2010s, and De Niro continued to appear in a string of movies. Not all of them were the best quality, and he often chose quantity over quality, but he remained a star throughout.

Films in this decade ranged from The Big Wedding and The Carrier to Red Lights and Dirty Grandpa. He also appeared in another Meet the Parents sequel, Little Fockers, and took a supporting role in the DC Comics film, Joker.

De Niro’s movies in the 2010s included:

  • Machete (2010)
  • Stone (2010)
  • Little Fockers (2010)
  • The Ages of Love (2011)
  • Limitless (2011)
  • Killer Elite (2011)
  • New Year’s Eve (2011)
  • Red Lights (2012)
  • Being Flynn (2012)
  • Crossfire (2012)
  • Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
  • The Big Wedding (2013)
  • Killing Season (2013)
  • The Family (2013)
  • Last Vegas (2013)
  • American Hustle (2013)*
  • Grudge Match (2013)
  • The Carrier (2014)
  • The Intern (2015)
  • Heist (2015)
  • Joy (2015)
  • Dirty Grandpa (2016)
  • Hands of Stone (2016)
  • The Comedian (2016)
  • The Wizard of Lies (2017)
  • Joker (2019)
  • The Irishman (2019)

*Uncredited role




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And finally, into the 2020s now, and De Niro continues to crop up in a number of films. He kicked the decade off with The War with Grandpa, followed by The Comeback Trail.

De Niro’s movies in the 2020s include:

  • The War with Grandpa (2020)
  • The Comeback Trail (2020)
  • Amsterdam (2022)
  • Savage Salvation (2022)
  • About My Father (2023)


So, those are all of the Robert De Niro movies, but what are your favourites? Are you a fan of New York, New York or is The King of Comedy your top movie? Perhaps Midnight Run is the film for you, or possibly Casino?

Whatever your favourite Robert De Niro movie, be sure to drop a comment below.


And if you are a fan of Robert De Niro you might like to know that many of his hit movies are available to buy on DVD and Blu-ray, including the iconic picture, Raging Bull.

If you’ve not watched Raging Bull before, the film is a biographical sports drama, in which De Niro plays the role of real-life professional boxer, Jake LaMotta.

The Raging Bull DVD is available from all good entertainment stockists, including Amazon US and Amazon UK.



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