Martin Scorsese's Top 85 Must-See Films Films
Vote List
562  reranks 518 votes 33 voters 14,639 views by  Ranker
Staff
more info

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.
</> Rerank List
  1. 1
    Up 21
    Down 4
    Francis Ford Coppola More
    #1 on the original list
  2. 2
    Up 11
    Down 3
    Frank Capra More
    #668 on the original list
  3. 3
    Up 13
    Down 5
    Orson Welles More
    #20 on the original list
  4. 4
    Up 13
    Down 5
    Francis Ford Coppola More
    #24 on the original list
  5. 5
    Up 15
    Down 7
    John Schlesinger More
    #365 on the original list
  6. 6
    Up 9
    Down 3
    J. Lee Thompson More
    #1155 on the original list
  7. 7
    Up 9
    Down 3
    Frank Capra More
    #422 on the original list
  8. 8
    Up 11
    Down 5
    Carol Reed More
    #213 on the original list
  9. 9
    Up 6
    Down 2
    Charles Vidor More
    #1454 on the original list
  10. 10
    Up 6
    Down 2
    Robert Rossen More
    #1271 on the original list
  11. 11
    Up 7
    Down 3
    Alfred Hitchcock More
    #363 on the original list
  12. 12
    Up 7
    Down 3
    Orson Welles More
    #546 on the original list
  13. 13
    Up 5
    Down 2
    Frank Capra More
    #1391 on the original list
  14. 14
    Up 5
    Down 2
    John Ford More
    #443 on the original list
  15. 15
    Up 5
    Down 2
    Vincente Minnelli More
    #1219 on the original list
  16. 16
    Up 7
    Down 4
    John Ford More
    #1007 on the original list
  17. 17
    Up 5
    Down 3
    Don Chaffey More
    #1216 on the original list
  18. 18
    Up 5
    Down 3
    André De Toth More
    #2113 on the original list
  19. 19
    Up 7
    Down 5
    Francis Ford Coppola More
    #385 on the original list
  20. 20
    Up 7
    Down 5
    Spike Lee More
    #231 on the original list
  21. 21
    Up 3
    Down 2
    Alexander Mackendrick More
    #1631 on the original list
  22. 22
    Up 5
    Down 4
    Alan J. Pakula More
    #1189 on the original list
  23. 23
    Up 7
    Down 6
    Oliver Stone More
    #1359 on the original list
  24. 24
    Up 6
    Down 5
    Robert Altman More
    #903 on the original list
  25. 25
    Up 2
    Down 2
    No image
    Vincente Minnelli More
    #1918 on the original list
  26. 26
    Up 2
    Down 2
    Robert Altman More
    #1687 on the original list
  27. 27
    Up 5
    Down 5
    Robert Altman, Fred Williamson More
    #719 on the original list
  28. 28
    Up 3
    Down 3
    Robert Aldrich More
    #1363 on the original list
  29. 29
    Up 3
    Down 3
    David O. Selznick, William Dieterle, Josef von Sternberg More
    #2163 on the original list
  30. 30
    Up 3
    Down 3
    Byron Haskin More
    #2293 on the original list
  31. 31
    Up 3
    Down 3
    Vincente Minnelli More
    #2318 on the original list
  32. 32
    Up 4
    Down 4
    Orson Welles More
    #1371 on the original list
  33. 33
    Up 4
    Down 4
    Emeric Pressburger, Michael Powell More
    #1845 on the original list
  34. 34
    Up 4
    Down 4
    Preston Sturges More
    #983 on the original list
  35. 35
    Up 3
    Down 4
    Luchino Visconti More
    #2235 on the original list
  36. 36
    Up 3
    Down 4
    Billy Wilder More
    #1765 on the original list
  37. 37
    Up 2
    Down 3
    Roberto Rossellini More
    #835 on the original list
  38. 38
    Up 2
    Down 3
    Frank Capra More
    #388 on the original list
  39. 39
    Up 2
    Down 3
    Michael Powell More
    #2222 on the original list
  40. 40
    Up 2
    Down 3
    No image
    Orson Welles More
  41. 41
    Up 2
    Down 3
    Jules Dassin More
  42. 42
    Up 2
    Down 3
    Jacques Tourneur More
    #2338 on the original list
  43. 43
    Up 2
    Down 3
    Samuel Fuller More
    #1848 on the original list
  44. 44
    Up 2
    Down 3
    Joseph H. Lewis More
  45. 45
    Up 2
    Down 3
    No image
    Joseph L. Mankiewicz More
    #1851 on the original list
  46. 46
    Up 2
    Down 3
    Robert Altman More
    #1050 on the original list
  47. 47
    Up 2
    Down 3
    Orson Welles More
  48. 48
    Up 2
    Down 3
    Samuel Fuller More
  49. 49
    Up 2
    Down 3
    John Cassavetes More
  50. 50
    Up 1
    Down 2
    Samuel Fuller More

items 1 - 50 of 85

think you can do better?

Rerank This List
why?

got a blog or website?

embed this list
why?

viewers of this list also saw

more popular lists