My Top 5 Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese Movies
There have been many great movie collaborations over the years, Doris Day & James Garner, Richard Gere & Diane Lane and Tim Burton & Johnny Depp. But probably one of the most successful is that of Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese. Their first movie together was "Mean Streets" back in 1973 and since then have worked together on 8 movies, the last of which being "Casino" in 1995. What is amazing is not a single one of those 8 movies is bad and the pairing of Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese is as close as you can get to a guaranteed hit.
Mean Streets (1973)
Charlie has dreams of running his Uncle Giovanni's restaurant in New York's Little Italy, but with his Uncle being a gangster the Catholic Charlie often finds himself torn between doing what is right and keeping those around him happy. His life is not made any easier by his friend Johnny Boy whose gambling has left him in trouble with a local loan shark. Uncle Giovannie doesn't like Charlie's friendship towards Johnny Boy and this causes him to keep his relationship with Johnny Boy's cousin Teresa a secret so that he can keep his dream of running the restaurant alive.
Genre: Crime, Drama
Cast: Robert De Niro, Harvey Keitel, David Proval, Amy Robinson, Richard Romanus, Cesare Danova
Taxi Driver (1976)
Struggling with sleepless nights brought on by his time in Vietnam, ex-Marine Travis Bickle finds work as a New York cabbie in the hope that driving the night shift will help fill the hours. But as he drives around the city all he sees is a cesspool of disease and crime except for when he spots Betsy who helps work Senator Charles Palatine. Taken with the attractive young woman Travis asks her out but ends up ruining things when he takes her to a porn movie. It's the final thing which pushes him over the edge as he starts to act stranger and stranger especially when he comes across Iris a 12 year old girl working as a prostitute for pimp Matthew.
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Cast: Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Cybill Shepherd, Harvey Keitel, Leonard Harris, Peter Boyle, Albert Brooks
Raging Bull (1980)
In the boxing ring Jake LaMotta is the king, his rage means that whoever he faces he obliterates. But that same rage causes him problems out of the ring, making him a ticking time bomb and someone for his friends and family to fear. Desperate to control his rage it seems that no matter what he does it always boils to the surface fuelled by jealousy and paranoia. All of which means that whilst he maybe the king of the ring he's a lonely man outside of it.
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Cast: Robert De Niro, Cathy Moriarty, Joe Pesci, Frank Vincent, Nicholas Colasanto
As a teenager Henry Hill looked out at the tough New York neighbourhood where he grew up and all he wanted to be was a wise guy, part of the mob culture he saw everyday. He got his wish and along with the violent Tommy and the slick Jimmy the three start making a name for themselves working for local mob boss Paulie Cicero. Having pulled of a big robbery the three should be set for life, but run ins with rival made men and Henry's drug dealing habits means there is only one way for the three of them to go and that is down.
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Cast: Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci, Lorraine Bracco, Paul Sorvino
Having made his name as a man who knows everything about betting Ace Rothstein finds himself fronting a Casino for his mob bosses. All is well as Ace runs a slick operation making money for his bosses like never before. But all that changes when not only does Ace's friend the violent Nicky decide he wants a piece of the Las Vegas action but professional hustler Ginger McKenna enters Ace's life causing him to take his eye off the ball.
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Cast: Robert De Niro, Sharon Stone, Joe Pesci, Barbara De Fina, Don Rickles
Complete List of Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese Movies
- Mean Streets
- Taxi Driver
- New York, New York
- Raging Bull
- The King of Comedy
- Cape Fear