The Five Worst Movies Robert De Niro Has Appeared In


There are a number of great actors out there who have done some low quality films.  Some have also appeared in TV shows with weird cameos and it kind of makes you wonder “what the hell are they doing in this?”  I mentioned this with Michael Caine a few months ago and I decided to see if Robert De Niro had appeared in anything crappy.

Luckily for De Niro he’s got a pretty clean track record but even a guy with a resume of De Niro’s got a few stinkers thrown in there.   And I decided to take a look at five movies De Niro really shouldn’t have been in.

I don’t blame an actor for getting a pay check but when you’re a guy as good as Robert De Niro I think some lines should be drawn



It was nominated for a 2003 Razzie for the worst onscreen duo.  And let’s just say that pairing up Robert De Niro and Eddie Murphy was just a bad idea.  While Meet the Parents and Analyze This were very solid, De Niro then occasionally turning to comedy really really pissed me off.  Showtime is the ultimate proof that you just don’t keep doing that when you’re a total stud onscreen.

Meet the Fockers


Let’s face it.  Meet the Parents was really good when it came out.  Robert De Niro came fresh off of doing Analyze This and the allure of tough guy Italian funny man from Analyze That hadn’t worn off.  So the novelty of him as a comedic actor was still there.  It was there enough for this movie to be funny.  But a sequel?  I can’t even begin to tell you how much I hated this movie.  Shame on you Robert (and Dustin Hoffman for that matter).

Righteous Kill


Pacino and De Niro!  Wow!  Everyone was all pumped to see these guys paired together again after Heat was so successful.  But did you really think that adding in 50 cent would help?  The mixing of different generations of actor and genre was just a terrible combination.  Could this movie have been good?  I give it a strong maybe.

Analyze That


I’m amazed that after how badly I thought Analyze That was that De Niro went on to make Meet the Fockers.   I know this was all about ticket sales but good God Paul Vitti was just such a loser in this one.  In the first you could tell he still had some Goodfellas and Casino in him.  In this one it’s just pathetic.



Yeah, I’m thinking WTF too.  De Niro must have owed Robert Wuhl something fierce to appear in this movie.  Honestly, I have nothing left to say.  It sucked.

Bonus – Meet the Fockers Sequel

To even begin imagining how bad this is going to be will just anger me.

  • Frybird

    Wasn’t DeNiro the Villan in that awful Rocky & Bullwinkle Movie?

  • Yes, DeNiro was in Rocky & Bullwinkle and that should always be #1 on a terrible DeNiro film list.

  • Cheryl

    no Hide and Seek on the list? (that movie with Dakota Fanning – I think I got the title right) That movie was god awful.

    I don’t understand the Meet the Fockers hate…I loved Barbra Streisand!

  • jaromir

    Guilty pleasure would be “show time” that movie kinda makes me laugh. As for the rest, I have to agree. “Meet the Parents” was good and “Meet the Folkers” wasn’t that bad either but it was basically the exact same movie as the first, was basically pointless.

  • Sean

    Meet the Fockers was alright. a medicore sequel but not terrible.
    and i only found Righteous Kill interesing for one reason: Carla Guigino.

  • clint

    what about deer hunter that movie wasn’t funny at all. what was deniro thinking?

  • Terry

    Are u kidding me? Deer Hunter is really classic

  • MacGyver1138

    I can’t believe there are so many people who even thought Meet the Fockers was mediocre. I’m sorry, but it didn’t have any redeeming qualities as far as I’m concerned. It was awful.

  • DJ

    “Everybody’s Fine” was horrible.

  • Davo

    Terry, I think you’ve missed Clint’s work there, champ 😉

  • Me

    Meet the Fockers wasn’t that bad. How about City by the Sea, Godsend, and Hide and Seek.

  • AA007

    ‘The fan’ was another pathetic movie starring De Niro

  • dehan

    Have not seen Mistress, but Righteous Kill wasn’t bad-I liked it. Not as good as Godfather 2 and Heat (obviously), but still good. Godsend, City by the Sea and Hide and Seek also very underrated. Going to watch Rocky and Bullwinkle will see how that is to me. Also 15 Minutes and Men of Honor and Everybody’s Fine is very underrated and also Stone. However, I hated What Just Happened, Stardust, Arthur and the Invisibles, Analyze That, Little Fockers, Meet the Fockers, We’re No Angels and Showtime and Shark Tale.

  • dehan

    The Fan, The Good Shepherd and New Year’s Eve is also very underrated