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Martin Scorsese's Top 85 Must-See Films

A list of 85 important films as chosen by director Martin Scorsese during an interview with Fast Company magazine. In December of 2011, a lengthy discussion between Scorsese and reporter Rick Tetzeli of Fast Company touched on a number of topics relating to Scorsese's long career in filmmaking, and particularly his Oscar-nominated 2011 release "Hugo." Over the course of the discussion, Scorsese frequently brought up examples of classic movies that he thinks all students of filmmaking should watch to better understand the medium. This list collects all those referenced movies in one place, as a basic guide to Martin Scorsese's favorite or most essential pieces of film art. Vote for your favorite Martin Scorsese film of all time here.

The list includes a number of well-known films from famous directors. Billy Wilder's satirical "Ace in the Hole," Visconti's epic "The Leopard" (which Scorsese calls one of the best movies ever made), John Ford's groundbreaking Western "Stagecoach" and Sam Fuller's edgy "Shock Corridor." The list also includes a number of films that are relatively underappreciated, many of which Scorsese has previously drawn attention to in interviews and documentary films. These include the John Garfield noir "Force of Evil," Powell and Pressburger's "A Matter of Life and Death" and the often-overlooked Vincent Minnelli melodrama "Some Came Running" with Frank Sinatra in a non-musical role.
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    #24 on the original list Francis Ford Coppola

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    #382 on the original list John Schlesinger

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    #21 on the original list Orson Welles

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    #377 on the original list Alfred Hitchcock

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    #206 on the original list Carol Reed

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    #1120 on the original list J. Lee Thompson

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    #678 on the original list Frank Capra

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    #1089 on the original list Robert Rossen

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    #446 on the original list Frank Capra

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    #392 on the original list Francis Ford Coppola

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    #561 on the original list Orson Welles

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    #1470 on the original list Charles Vidor

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    #1384 on the original list Oliver Stone

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    #1026 on the original list John Ford

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    #1242 on the original list Don Chaffey

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    #1388 on the original list Frank Capra

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    #1022 on the original list Robert Altman

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    #1977 on the original list André De Toth

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    #485 on the original list John Ford

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    #1348 on the original list Orson Welles

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    #2199 on the original list Jacques Tourneur

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    #614 on the original list Robert Altman, Fred Williamson

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    #1441 on the original list Vincente Minnelli

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    #838 on the original list Roberto Rossellini

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    #2190 on the original list David O. Selznick, William Dieterle, Josef von Sternberg

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    #1972 on the original list Vincente Minnelli

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    #991 on the original list Preston Sturges

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    #1210 on the original list Alan J. Pakula

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    #1777 on the original list John Cassavetes

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    #2175 on the original list Michael Powell

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    #2277 on the original list Samuel Fuller

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    Orson Welles

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    #1618 on the original list Alexander Mackendrick

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    #1696 on the original list Robert Altman

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    #2249 on the original list Orson Welles

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    #2281 on the original list John Cassavetes

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    #919 on the original list Robert Altman

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    #393 on the original list Frank Capra

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    #1483 on the original list Billy Wilder

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    #1836 on the original list Emeric Pressburger, Michael Powell

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    Byron Haskin

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    #2282 on the original list Vincente Minnelli

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    #1418 on the original list Robert Aldrich

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    #1838 on the original list Joseph L. Mankiewicz

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    #2302 on the original list Vincente Minnelli

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    #2013 on the original list Raoul Walsh

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