Scorsese Films With Robert De Niro

Sunday, April 24 by Lee Grayson

Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro have made some classic movies and a list of Scorsese films with Robert DeNiro includes a listing of Academy Award winners. The first film with DeNiro acting and Scorsese directing was released in 1973 and the two will probably continue to pair in films until one no longer is able to make movies. The films, in chronological order, begin in the 1970s and, although there is a gap after the mid-1995, the DeNiro and Scorsese pair again in 2012 on "The Irishman."

  1. "Mean Streets." The first collaboration between Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro was this 1973 film about the tough streets of New York City. A young De Niro is cutting his criminal chops as Johnny Boy along side Charlie, played by Harvey Keitel. The two junior hoods are in way over their heads in this graphic drama that takes place in New York's Little Italy
  2. "Taxi Driver." Taxi driver exposed De Niro's acting genius in 1976. The plot follows an unstable, former Vietnam veteran who takes a job as a taxi driver in New York City. Travis Bickle, De Niro's character, thinks he is saving Iris, a young prostitute played by actress Joie Foster. 
  3. "New York, New York." While some De Niro fans feel this 1977 film is not one of the best offerings for the Scorsese and De Niro team, the film breaks the traditional mold established both before and after this film. De Niro plays a musician opposite actress Liza Minnelli in this film musical. 
  4. "Raging Bull." This De Niro and Scorsese film released in 1980 tells the real-life story of boxer Jake La Motta. Cathy Moriarty and Joe Pesci play opposite De Niro in this black-and-white film stylistically directed by Scorsese. 
  5. "The King of Comedy." Another unusual plot for the De Niro and Scorsese team, the plot of this 1982 movie aligns more with the fixation of "Taxi Driver." Comedy fan and wanna be comedian Rupert Pupkin stalks his hero, played by Jerry Lewis. The film introduces a comedy newcomer, Sandra Bernhard.
  6. "Goodfellas." This Scorsese and De Niro collaboration sets the basic groundwork for most fans in 1990 with the plot revolving around organized crime figures. Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci and Paul Sorvino also star in this graphically-violent film. 
  7. "Cape Fear." This 1991 remake of the 1962 original starring Robert Mitchum, Gregory Peck and Polly Bergen, tells the story of revenge. De Niro plays Max Cady, a convicted rapist who is hell bent on revenge on the lawyer who he believes is responsible for his conviction. Scorsese, a film history fan, works with the original film score composed by Bernard Herrmann that was not used for the original film. The director takes the original music, with some supplemental music, to create the mood for this classic suspense film. 
  8. "Casino." A classic De Niro and Scorsese partnership in 1995, "Casino" brings the team to Las Vegas to follow the gaming in the city that never sleeps. De Niro plays casino owner Sam "Ace" Rothstein. Viewers get an insight into the gambling operations in Vegas, as well as see the story of revenge when a man's wife cheats on him with another guy. Sharon Stone plays Ginger McKenna, participant in the cheating heart. Joe Pesci and James woods also star, as do Kevin Pollak, Don Rickles, Alan King, Dick Smothers, Frank Vincent and Vinny Vella. The film historian Scorsese is at work again in this film that shows some of Vegas' early floor show headliners still kicking and performing. 
  9. "The Irishman." This 2012 release tells the story of a Mafioso hit man. Al Pacino and Joe Pesci also star in the tale of Frank "The Irishman" Sheeran who claims to be the person who took out Teamster Union leader Jimmy Hoffa in 1975. De Niro plays Sheeran.