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- Top 10 Martin Scorsese Movies
- 1. The Departed (2006)
- 2. Cape Fear (1991)
- 3. Shutter Island (2010)
- 4. The Aviator (2004)
- 5. The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
- 6. The Color of Money (1986)
- 7. Taxi Driver (1976)
- 8. Gangs of New York (2002)
- 9. Goodfellas (1990)
- 10. Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore (1974)
- Martin Scorsese Complete Narrative Filmography
2. Cape Fear (1991)
This psychological drama follows a convicted rapist seeking chasing the public defender whom he believes aided in his wrongful imprisonment. The all-star ensemble includes Nick Nolte, Jessica Lange, Juliette Lewis, Gregory Peck, and Robert De Niro, in his seventh collaboration with Scorsese.
3. Shutter Island (2010)
Scorsese brought prolific writer Dennis Lehane’s disorienting novel to terrifying life in this neo-noir thriller that’s set in a mental institution on a remote island. Leonardo DiCaprio plays a criminally insane U.S. Marshal while Sir Ben Kingsley portrays the lead psychiatrist—who may or may not be one of the good guys.
5. The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
Based on the memoir of the same name, this black comedy follows the (mostly) true story of fast-talking stockbroker Jordan Belfort (played by DiCaprio in his fifth collaboration with Scorsese). Belfort’s astronomical rise and wealth leads to increasingly ridiculous behavior—until the FBI and SEC gets to him.
7. Taxi Driver (1976)
A critically-acclaimed and important work of art, Taxi Driver tells the tale of a Vietnam war veteran (a young De Niro) who descends into insanity as he drives a decrepit cab along New York’s gritty streets. The infamous “You talkin’ to me?” line De Niro delivers while staring at himself in a mirror is ranked as one of the American Film Institute’s top 100 movie quotes of the last century.
10. Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore (1974)
A rare rom-com in Scorsese’s oeuvre, this film stars Ellen Burstyn as a bereaved widow wandering the American Southwest. The film was nominated for several Oscars, with Burstyn taking home the award for Best Actress.
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Martin Scorsese Complete Narrative Filmography
Who's That Knocking at My Door (1967)
Boxcar Bertha (1972)
Mean Streets (1973)
Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974)
Taxi Driver (1976)
New York, New York (1977)
Raging Bull (1980)
The King of Comedy (1982)
After Hours (1985)
The Color of Money (1986)
The Last Temptation of Christ (1988)
Cape Fear (1991)
The Age of Innocence (1993)
Bringing Out the Dead (1999)
Gangs of New York (2002)
The Aviator (2004)
The Departed (2006)
Shutter Island (2010)
The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
Big Ideas That Sparked Martin Scorsese’s Films
When Scorsese decides that he wants to tell a story on film, there is a spark: a moment in history, as with The Age of Innocence (1993) and Gangs of New York (2002); a character idea, as with The Aviator (2004); a parallel with films he loved in the past, as with Shutter Island (2010); a theological question, as with The Last Temptation of Christ (1988); or simply a script filled with interesting themes, as with Taxi Driver. Sometimes a book will spark his interest, as was the case with Goodfellas. Both the structure of Nick Pileggi’s book Wiseguy and Martin’s connection to its setting influenced his decision to adapt the text for the screen.
The themes that Martin revisits film after film are sin and redemption, good and evil, and weakness and strength.