Robert De Niro

Robert De Niro, a man with whom Pacino has repeatedly co-starred and jousted for roles, may also be his best competition for best actor of the 1970s (and perhaps ever?).

After breaking out in 1970s roles including The Gang That Couldn’t Shoot Straight (above) and Bang the Drum slowly, he became a film icon with Mean Streets, The Godfather Part II (for which he won his first Oscar), Taxi Driver, and The Deer Hunter. Next came 1980’s Raging Bull, which earned him his second Oscar.

His too-many to list roles between then and now include Goodfellas, Casino, Awakenings, Silver Linings Playbook, Heat, Jackie Brown, Midnight Run, and the Meet the Parents franchise. He earned the most recent of his Oscar nominations for The Irishman, which again paired him with Pacino and Martin Scorsese, though the film marked the first time he worked with both.

He was also up for an Oscar for best supporting actor this year for his role in Killers of the Flower Moon.

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