Robert De Niro's Best, Worst and Craziest Performances

From 'Raging Bull' to 'Rocky & Bullwinkle'

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Good: 'The Untouchables' (1987)

One of De Niro's greatest roles is also one of the few times he played a criminal without trying to lend him any nuance or humanity. As a tubby, preening, big-talking Al Capone, our man Bob is both monstrous and comical, like a character out of one of the mobster's beloved operas. But what comes through most in the performance is contempt: This is a man who thinks very little of everyone around him. It's perfect for the movie, too; the more ruthless Capone seems, the more we root for Kevin Costner's Elliot Ness to do everything he can to bring him down "the Chicago way." It's a performance of shockingly urgent villainy. BE

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