6:53 AM PDT 8/17/2013 by Sophie Schillaci, Chris Godley
From "Meet the Fockers" to "The Godfather: Part II," the iconic actor has run the gamut of characters in his lengthy and prestigious career. On his 70th birthday, THR looks back at his most commercially successful features. (Source: Box Office Mojo)
In 2000, De Niro starred opposite Cuba Gooding Jr. in Men of Honor, based on the true story of Master Chief Petty Officer Carl Brashear.
Brashear was the first black-American Master Diver in the U.S. Navy.
Lifetime Gross: $48,818,921
18. 'The Deer Hunter'
De Niro led an all-star cast, including Christopher Walken and Meryl Streep, in The Deer Hunter, a 1978 war drama from director Michael Cimino. The Universal film earned De Niro an Academy Award nomination for best actor, though he ultimately lost to Jon Voight in Coming Home that year.
Lifetime Gross: $48,979,328
17. 'Hide and Seek'
Critically panned but commercially successful, Hide and Seek found De Niro playing dad to a young Dakota Fanning.
Lifetime Gross: $51,100,486
The Penny Marshall-directed drama Awakenings opened in December of 1990 to a measly $417,000 but was a critical hit and garnered three Academy Award nominations, including best actor for De Niro.
Lifetime Gross: $52 Million
Kevin Bacon, Brad Pitt, Dustin Hoffman and Minnie Driver joined De Niro in Sleepers, a 1996 revenge thriller from director Barry Levinson.
Lifetime Gross: $53,315,285
14. 'New Year's Eve'
De Niro played a relatively small role in Garry Marshall's ensemble pic New Year's Eve, acting opposite Halle Berry as a sick man hoping to watch the ball drop over Times Square one last time. The film opened in December of 2011 to $13 million.
Lifetime Gross: $54,544,638
13. 'The Good Shepherd'
After a lengthy hiatus, De Niro returned to directing in 2006 with The Good Shepherd, starring Matt Damon and Angelina Jolie. The CIA film received mixed reviews and, despite a prime awards season release from Universal, was Oscar-nominated only once, for art direction.
Lifetime Gross: $59,952,835
De Niro re-teamed with his Godfather: Part II co-star Al Pacino for Michael Mann's 1995 crime drama, Heat. The critically acclaimed film has been named among IMDb's 250 greatest films of all time (120 out of 250) and ranked No. 5 on its list of the 100 best crime movies of all time.
Lifetime Gross: $67,436,818
11. 'The Score'
De Niro co-starred with Edward Norton and Marlon Brando in TheScore in 2001. It marked Brando's final film role and, despite both winning Oscars for portraying the same character -- Vito Corleone -- in The Godfather franchise, was the only time that De Niro and Brando shared the screen.
The Score opened at No. 2 at the box office with $19 million behind Reese Witherspoon's Legally Blonde.
Lifetime Gross: $71,107,711
10. 'The Untouchables'
De Niro played legendary crime boss Al Capone in the 1987 crime drama The Untouchables, based on the book of the same name.
Sean Connery also starred, earning an Academy Award for best supporting actor.
Lifetime Gross: $76,270,454
Ron Howard's 1991 action thriller Backdraft took $12.7 million in its opening weekend at the box office. The film was nominated twice at the inaugural MTV Movie Awards in 1992.
Lifetime Gross: $77,868,585
8. 'Cape Fear'
Martin Scorsese's 1991 remake of Cape Fear marked the seventh of eight collaborations between the filmmaker and De Niro. The leading man was nominated for the Academy Award and Golden Globe for best actor, while the film was nominated for the Golden Bear at the 42nd Berlin Film Festival.
Lifetime Gross: $79,091,969
Before Silver Linings, there was Limitless, in which Bradley Cooper and De Niro play business associates. The nail-biter, directed by Neil Burger, took home the award for best thriller at the 2011 Scream Awards.
Lifetime Gross: $79,249,455
6. 'Analyze This'
Warner Bros.' 1999 hit Analyze This opened to $18.3 million and earned De Niro a Golden Globe nomination.
Lifetime Gross: $106.9 Million
5. 'Silver Linings Playbook'
De Niro re-teamed with Cooper for 2012's Silver Linings Playbook, playing father to Cooper, his mentally ill son. Jacki Weaver starred as De Niro's wife in the film, while Jennifer Lawrence won an Academy Award for her portrayal of Cooper's love interest. The film became a critical and commercial darling, premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival and going on to win a slew of awards. For his part, De Niro was nominated in the supporting actor category for both the Academy Awards and the Screen Actors Guild Awards.
Lifetime Gross: $132,092,958
4. 'Little Fockers'
The third installment in Universal's wildly successful Meet the Parents franchise, De Niro plays grandpa to Ben Stiller's kids in 2010's Little Fockers.
Lifetime Gross: $148,438,600
3. 'Shark Tale'
De Niro tried his hand (er, voice) at kid-friendly fare in DreamWorks' 2004 animated flick, Shark Tale. Fittingly, De Niro voiced the crime lord Great White Shark, Don Lino, while Will Smith, Angelina Jolie, Martin Scorsese, Jack Black and Renee Zellweger also starred.
Lifetime Gross: $160,861,908
2. 'Meet the Parents'
De Niro was a scene stealer in Jay Roach's 2000 comedy Meet the Parents, playing Teri Polo's overprotective father. The iconic actor memorably delivered the line "Are you a pothead, Focker?" and nabbed an MTV Movie Award for it.
Lifetime Gross: $166,244,045
1. 'Meet the Fockers'
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