Martin Charles Scorsese is the ‘most Oscar Nominated living director.’ Growing up, he saw his mother act in films and theaters and got inspired to cinemas since he was young. He started watching a broad range of important movies that inspired him to be an actor. Scorsese is credited with ushering in the concepts of gang conflicts, catholic ideas concerning redemption and guilt as well as new crime in Hollywood. He believed in his long-time cinema partner Robert De Niro, and together they have many favorite movies. Here are Scorsese’s ten finest movies.
Top Ten Movie by Martin Scorsese of all time
10. After Hours (1985)
Martin Scorsese likes dealing with film noir and black comedy since starting his career. He combines comedy and satire and makes the results endearing like what we see in ‘After Hours.’ The movie also includes other famous actors such as Rosanna Arquette, Griffin Dunne, and Linda Fiorentino. In the film, a professor happens to meet a literature lover called Marcy in a favorite Manhattan café. The professor boards a cab to the lady’s place but is unable to pay for the service, leading to life-threatening and awkward situations.
9. The Wolf on Wall Street (2013)
Just like the collaboration with de Niro, the blend of Leonardo di Caprio and Martin Scorsese went well, being the fifth film since they released ‘Gangs of New York’ in 2002. ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ is a different one for Martin as we are used to seeing him playing satirical dramas and dark comedies. The movie is a tale of Jordan Belfort, a temporal broker who later starts a successful brokerage firm called ‘Stratton Oakmont’ at twenty years of age. Thy fool rich people and earn a good income, with the huge amount of money making them get involved in drugs, thrills, and sex. The FBI later catches up with them, and that marks Belfort’s downfall.
8. Mean Streets (1973)
People hail ‘Mean Streets’ as ‘one of the best American movies ever composed.’ The same is an original crime film, unlike the many television shows and crime films that we watch today. Due to the originality and charm in ‘Mean Street,’ many TV shows continue to copy a lot from it. Harvey Keitel and Robert de Niro take the lead roles in the film that talks about some petty criminals, mafias and punks in Italy who enter a vicious lone shark after being unable to pay some debts. The only friend who can help the gang members also gets involved in criminal activities, complicating things even more.
7. The Departed (2006)
The incredible movie is adapted from a different Chinese film and remains one of the best that Martin Scorsese has acted until today. The film presents its self with cruel authenticity and changes our perception of gangster dramas. The film makes use of talented Hollywood actors such as Jack Nicholson, Matt Damon, and Leonardo Di Caprio. ‘The Departed’ is about an undercover cop who attempts to infiltrate a gang lord’s empire to obtain information about him. Immediately after gaining the group’s trust, the cop discovers that there is another criminal who infiltrated the police service and sends information about the cop to the gangs. Rivalry breeds confusion in a movie that boasts of winning four Oscars.
6. Casino (1995)
Martin Scorsese has never looked down on de Niro, and Joe Pesci always supported them from behind. De Niro was the star, but Joe Pesci gave the best role as a supporting actor. The film flashes back to Las Vegas and goes after a low time mobster who oversees a casino in the 1970s. Things move smoothly until his enforcer who happens to be his ex-hustler wife, a group of politicians and a con artist mingles with him, making his job harder.
5. The Age of Innocence (1993)
Martin Scorsese teams up with Daniel Day-Lewis, a guy who has won three Oscars and who takes the time to practice all his roles. ‘The Age of Innocence’ is a perfect tale of lust and envy in a marriage that later goes wrong. Michelle Pfeiffer acts alongside Winona Ryder and Day-Lewis as the main characters. The film tells us about a beautiful marriage between socialite Ryder and a wealthy advocate called Lewis. The affair looks lovely from the outside until Lewis gets attracted to his wife’s cousin.
4. The King of Comedy (1982)
The movie is based on celebrity worship and tells us how obsession towards an event, a thing or a person can lead us to indulge in violence. ‘The King of Comedy’ is another movie that resides in the favorite ‘dark comedy genre.’ The role played by Martin is considered as one of the best in movies as well as a creepy one. The film is about failure and expectations in life and talks about a failure who regards himself as a star and even hosts an imaginary talk show in his house. He meets the real talk show host one day and thinks he has succeeded, but the host has little interest in him. He then kidnaps the host and asks for an appearance on the talk show as ransom. The movie looks at the dark psychology that exists in human minds.
3. Goodfellas (1990)
‘Goodfellas’ is a film with hard hitting morals and an incredible gangster film that the cinematic world has ever produced. The film contains the qualities of being classic and royal in every frame. The series of actions that lead to the crime makes the film better with actors Robert de Niro, Ray Liotta and Joe Pesci. The film is a crime family’s associate and a friend within a time span of several years and how the family came to a downfall after years of drug deals. ‘Goodfellas’ is an adaptation of the novel called ‘Goodfellas.’
2. Ranging Bull (1980)
‘Ranging Bull’ is often referred to as the ‘magnus opus’ of Scorsese, the ‘best movie of the 1980s.’ The film is a biography of Jake LaMotta, a middleweight boxer with both Italian and American descents. His demons destroy the fighter’s career and life. ‘Ranging Bull’ follows LaMotta from his childhood as he grows up with a future wife and a harsh relationship with a well-intended brother. His rise to success and his self-destruction made by an uncontrollable appetite, sexual jealousy, and sexual violence. Joe Pesci acts as LaMotta’s brother.
1. Taxi Driver (1976)
The 1976 movie called ‘Taxi Driver’ brings ultimate perfection to the ‘psychological thriller genre.’ In the opening scene, a cab emerges from the thick clouds and then there is the closing scene where bullets ricochet everywhere and the cameras come down and close on the face of Robert de Niro. The movie tells about a taxi driver who intends to clean the city’s filth as he operates a cab at night. The driver then meets a campaign worker, and they plot to kill a favorite presidential candidate. However, the taxi driver diverts attention and tries to rescue a teenage prostitute.
Martin Scorsese is one guy who you will find in almost all incredible movies. He teams up with the best actors and actresses in Hollywood to compose the best movies.