There’s a little film in theaters right now called Being Flynn and it stars, among others, Robert De Niro. So maybe the last couple of years have not be that great but he still is a legend among his peers.
Now the movie is not really getting much love from critics and it’s only in 4 theaters so it won’t break any records. Winner of 2 Oscars over the years and nominated 4 more times, Robert De Niro is not just an Academy darling, he also has a good number of box office hits and so we are here for just that, a top 10 of his most successful films.
For this list I chose worldwide numbers unadjusted for inflation mostly because I just had to get Heat on there. Backdraft (1991) 2.4 million – Now here’s a movie I didn’t expect would make its way on here.
As far as I remember it was a damn good film so check it out if you haven’t already. Limitless (2011) $161.8 million – This is a newer feature, a film with an interesting concept executed in quite an original way.
The only gripe I have is that it feels a bit rushed in certain parts, like they ran out of ideas before the end and just had to finish it somehow.
Otherwise Limitless is a great thriller that should be seen. Sleepers (1996) $165.6 million – I think I last saw this a good 12 years ago or more, regardless I still remember enough.
It’s about a bunch of boys that are sent to a detention facility for minors after an accident that ends up killing someone. Fast-forward 10 years later and a chance at revenge arises. Robert De Niro plays a priest, sort of a mentor to the boys. Analyze This (1999) $176.9 million – Here Robert De Niro is in comedy mode and he nails it as mob boss Paul Vitti, a gangster with serious issues trying to get in touch with his feelings.
Robert De Niro lends his instantly recognizable voice to a shark mob boss, so right up his alley.
The film also features the voices of Will Smith, Renee Zellweger, Jack Black, Angelina Jolie and even Martin Scorsese. Meet the Fockers (2004) 6.6 million – The sequel to Meet the Parents, not as good but still funny.
Riding on the success of the original, it became a huge hit, one that spawned a less successful and ultimately horrible 3rd entry found above, named Little Fockers.
I feel that with Robert De Niro, more so then others, most of his best movies weren’t exactly big ticket sellers so quite a few of them didn’t make this top 10.
Billy Crystal plays a shrink that is forced into helping De Niro’s character and thus hilarity ensues.