Movie Talk

10 Robert De Niro Death Stares

Movie Talk

Robert De Niro is one of Hollywood's most intense actors. So in honor of his 70th birthday on Saturday, let's look back at his classic cinematic glares. Stay angry, sir.

The 'Did You Just Threaten Me'
'Casino' (1995)

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De Niro's Sam "Ace" Rothstein is here to run a business, not deal with your family drama. It's not in his job description to deal with incompetence… or, for that matter, rogue enforcers.

The 'You Had One Job'
'Goodfellas' (1990)

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When De Niro's The Gent tells you to do something, you should listen — especially when he's asking you to do something as simple as Don't. Buy. Anything.


The 'I'm Watching You'
'Meet the Parents' (2000)

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If your father-in-law was a CIA agent, he'd probably still be less intense than De Niro's Jack. Remember: He's got his eyes on you.

The 'You Killed My Father. Prepare To Die'
'The Godfather Part II' (1974)

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Bad things happen when you ask Vito Corleone to come closer, especially if you're responsible for his father's death. For this performance as one of the members of Coppola's iconic cinema crime family, De Niro earned his first Oscar.


The 'Vengeance Is Mine'
'Cape Fear' (1991)

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De Niro is absolutely terrifying as the unhinged convicted rapist-seeking-revenge Max Cady. Case in point: Right after being splashed with a pot of boiling water, he stares down his would-be victims and asks, "Are you offering me something hot?"

The 'What?'
'The Untouchables' (1987)

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"I want him dead!" Nobody steals from Al Capone, and nobody quite embodied the famous gangster as angrily and ruthlessly as De Niro.


The 'You're The Reason'
'Silver Linings Playbook' (2012)

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De Niro's Pat Sr. bets hard and bets large on the Eagles. And when he loses that bet, watch out! He takes his fury out on his son (played by Bradley Cooper) and Jennifer Lawrence's Tiffany – right before she schools him.

The 'Big Bad Wolf'
'Raging Bull' (1980)

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He doesn't huff and puff, but instead shouts and, well, rages: De Niro took on the role of obsessive, self-destructive boxer Jake LaMotta and brought the man's intensity, both in the ring and at home, to vivid, violent life.


The 'Russian Roulette'
'The Deer Hunter' (1978)

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Part of a trio of Russian-American soldiers being held prisoner, De Niro's Mike gets the better of his captors. That's the face of a man who's going to live.

The 'You Talkin' To Me?'
'Taxi Driver' (1976)

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Because no list of angry De Niro roles would be complete without Travis Bickle. The man is troubled anger incarnate.

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