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5 Iconic Films That Influenced Director Martin Scorsese

Written by MasterClass

Last updated: Aug 25, 2021 • 3 min read

Award-winning filmmaker Martin Scorsese may have influenced a countless number of directors all over the world, but Martin was also influenced by many artists that came before him. For Scorsese, it’s important to be aware of the films that came before you and to reinterpret them, not with the goal of trying to learn anything from them specifically, but to see if they spark curiosity or interest. As a successful filmmaker, Martin Scorsese often looks to the masters who came before him in order to inform his process, as well as some of his most iconic creative choices.

Filmmaker Martin Scorsese, who has over 50 years experience directing some of cinema’s most notable films such as Goodfellas (1990), Casino (1995), The Departed (2006), The Wolf of Wall Street (2013), and The Irishman (2019), shares shares some of the films that have most influenced him.