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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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    #1 on the original list Francis Ford Coppola

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    #21 on the original list Orson Welles

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    #24 on the original list Francis Ford Coppola

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    #367 on the original list John Schlesinger

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    #210 on the original list Carol Reed

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    #1141 on the original list J. Lee Thompson

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    #369 on the original list Alfred Hitchcock

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    #419 on the original list Frank Capra

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    #673 on the original list Frank Capra

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    #563 on the original list Orson Welles

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    #1233 on the original list Robert Rossen

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    #393 on the original list Francis Ford Coppola

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    #244 on the original list Spike Lee

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    #1480 on the original list Charles Vidor

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    #1368 on the original list Oliver Stone

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    #911 on the original list Robert Altman

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    #1014 on the original list John Ford

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    #455 on the original list John Ford

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    #1385 on the original list Frank Capra

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    #1218 on the original list Vincente Minnelli

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    #667 on the original list Robert Altman, Fred Williamson

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    #1244 on the original list Don Chaffey

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    #1677 on the original list Robert Altman

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    #1204 on the original list Alan J. Pakula

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    #2079 on the original list André De Toth

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    #1591 on the original list Alexander Mackendrick

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    #1039 on the original list Robert Altman

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    #2295 on the original list John Irvin

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    #996 on the original list Preston Sturges

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    #1338 on the original list Orson Welles

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    #1834 on the original list Emeric Pressburger, Michael Powell

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    Byron Haskin

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    #2191 on the original list David O. Selznick, William Dieterle, Josef von Sternberg

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    #2309 on the original list Vincente Minnelli

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    #1410 on the original list Robert Aldrich

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    #1994 on the original list Vincente Minnelli

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    #2238 on the original list Luchino Visconti

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    #1708 on the original list Billy Wilder

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    Orson Welles

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    #2206 on the original list Michael Powell

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    #1808 on the original list Samuel Fuller

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    #395 on the original list Frank Capra

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    John Cassavetes

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    Joseph H. Lewis

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    #843 on the original list Roberto Rossellini

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    #1844 on the original list Joseph L. Mankiewicz

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    #2265 on the original list Jacques Tourneur

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    Samuel Fuller

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    Orson Welles

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