In an interview with The Guardian, the Academy Award-winning star revealed which actors he admires.
[De Niro in classic gangster film Goodfellas]
De Niro said: "The actors I respect are Matt Damon, Leonardo DiCaprio… Daniel Day-Lewis is a wonderful actor."
The Goodfellas actor added: "Jennifer Lawrence is wonderful. She's got a great energy."
Lawrence herself commented in a previous interview that she doesn't find the Hollywood legend intimidating.
[De Niro's co-stars Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper in Silver Linings Playbook]
When the 69-year-old was asked whether it was true that "they don't make movies like they used to", his response was uncertain.
De Niro replied: "I don't know. When I was in my early 20s, there weren't many independent films.
"Now there are a lot more, so it gives more opportunity for actors and everybody else."
De Niro also recently said that he has no desire to retire from movies.
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