Every film actor worth his salt cites a handful of legends as his influences. Robert Anthony De Niro is a permanent fixture in that list of legends. In his film and stage career spanning over half a century and a hundred-odd films, he has given some stupendous performances which have become the gold standard in acting.
While best known for his mafia flicks, De Niro has time and again surprised audiences, be it with his catatonic patient act in Awakenings (1990), the hilariously uptight father-in-law in Meet The Fockers (2000), or the supportive patriarch in Silver Linings Playbook (2012).
Sit up and watch in awe as this icon, who completes 73 glorious years today, couples his impossibly breathtaking visage with some incredibly nuanced performances, to yield these gems which are now studied by acting students the world over:
1. Mean Streets (1973)
2. The Untouchables (1987)
3. Awakenings (1990)
4. Cape Fear (1991)
5. GoodFellas (1990)
6. The Deer Hunter (1978)
7. Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
8. Raging Bull (1980)
9. The Godfather II (1974)
10. Taxi Driver (1976)
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