Robert De Niro's Best, Worst and Craziest Performances

From 'Raging Bull' to 'Rocky & Bullwinkle'

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Ugly: 'Cape Fear' (1991)

De Niro packed on the muscles and perfected a Southern accent for this big, broad turn as ex-con and murderer Max Cady, newly released from prison and ready to make his lawyer (or, rather, his "cooouunnseeeluuuuh") Nick Nolte suffer for not properly representing him. Yet another Scorsese collaboration – but this remake of an old Sixties suspense flick is far from the world of mob rituals or submerged existential psychoses. Rather, it's a sweaty, deliberately overbaked movie, dripping with atmosphere. De Niro's performance is strange, off-putting, almost comically broad – but also kind of perfect for the sleazy, unhinged tone of this thriller. BE

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