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Hollywood actor Robert De Niro turns 80. Here are some of his all-time hit movies

First Published: 17th August, 2023 12:20 IST

De Niro is the recipient of various accolades, including two Academy Awards, a Golden Globe Award

An epitome of cinematic brilliance, who is still an unmatched one, Robert De Niro has turned 80 today.

Audiences have relished his mastery as an actor during his career spanning over five decades leaving behind an unmatched impression in their minds.

Some of his top performances that have enthralled the movie lovers are:
Taxi Driver (1976): This 1976 psychological drama earned De Niro his first Academy Award nomination. A tour de force performance, Taxi Driver sees him as Travis Bickle, a mentally unstable Vietnam War veteran turned taxi driver. His portrayal of Bickle’s descent into madness is hauntingly compelling and showcases his mastery of method acting.

Raging Bull (1980): Widely regarded as one of the greatest performances in cinematic history, De Niro’s transformation into the troubled boxer Jake LaMotta for this 1980 biographical drama is nothing short of astonishing. His weight gain, and his meticulous portrayal of LaMotta’s inner demons earned him an Oscar.

The Godfather Part II (1974): As the young Vito Corleone in this 1974 crime epic, De Niro’s portrayal standouts out in this epic sequel. Despite limited dialogue, his nuanced expressions and subtle gestures tactfully conveyed the rise of a future mafia patriarch. His performance earned him his second Academy Award.

Goodfellas (1990): This 1990 crime film saw director Martin Scorsese and De Niro collaborating again. De Niro’s portrayal of Jimmy Conway, as a charismatic yet ruthless mobster, his chemistry with fellow actors, and his ability to balance charm and danger are integral to the film.

Heat (1995): This movie is a must-watch because of De Niro’s on-screen pairing with Al Pacino. This 1995 crime thriller is a cinematic treat. De Niro as a career criminal against a determined detective brings weightage to the character.

Awakenings (1990): This 1990 drama film saw De Niro in an entirely different characterization. Unlike his typical roles, his portrayal of a patient suffering from encephalitis lethargica showcases his emotional depth. Paired opposite Robin Williams, who was his compassionate doctor, De Niro’s performance is poignant.

Silver Linings Playbook (2012): As Pat Solitano Sr., a loving yet superstitious father, De Niro’s portrayal takes the cake in this 2012 romantic dramedy. His struggles to connect with his son amidst their shared eccentricities add layers of depth to the film’s familial dynamics.

Known for his collaborations with Martin Scorsese, an American and Italian film director, he is considered to be one of the most influential actors of his generation. De Niro is the recipient of various accolades, including two Academy Awards, a Golden Globe Award, the Cecil B. DeMille Award, and a Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award. In 2009, De Niro received the Kennedy Center Honor, and earned a Presidential Medal of Freedom from U.S. President Barack Obama in 2016.

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