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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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    #24 on the original list Francis Ford Coppola

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    #369 on the original list John Schlesinger

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    #21 on the original list Orson Welles

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    #213 on the original list Carol Reed

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    #373 on the original list Alfred Hitchcock

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    #1132 on the original list J. Lee Thompson

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    #574 on the original list Orson Welles

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    #682 on the original list Frank Capra

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    #431 on the original list Frank Capra

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    #1103 on the original list Robert Rossen

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    #237 on the original list Spike Lee

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    #403 on the original list Francis Ford Coppola

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    #1484 on the original list Charles Vidor

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    #1390 on the original list Oliver Stone

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    #1044 on the original list John Ford

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    #465 on the original list John Ford

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    #1404 on the original list Frank Capra

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    #1249 on the original list Vincente Minnelli

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    #925 on the original list Robert Altman

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    #622 on the original list Robert Altman, Fred Williamson

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    #1261 on the original list Don Chaffey

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    #1686 on the original list Robert Altman

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    #1215 on the original list Alan J. Pakula

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    #2023 on the original list André De Toth

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    #1370 on the original list Orson Welles

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    #1050 on the original list Robert Altman

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    #1618 on the original list Alexander Mackendrick

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    #2312 on the original list John Irvin

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    #1002 on the original list Preston Sturges

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    #1835 on the original list Emeric Pressburger, Michael Powell

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    #2274 on the original list Vincente Minnelli

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    #404 on the original list Frank Capra

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    #2217 on the original list David O. Selznick, William Dieterle, Josef von Sternberg

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    #1427 on the original list Robert Aldrich

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    #842 on the original list Roberto Rossellini

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    #1812 on the original list John Cassavetes

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    #2292 on the original list Samuel Fuller

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    #1997 on the original list Vincente Minnelli

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    #2246 on the original list Luchino Visconti

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    #1497 on the original list Billy Wilder

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    #2224 on the original list Michael Powell

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    #1869 on the original list Samuel Fuller

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    Orson Welles

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    #2267 on the original list Jacques Tourneur

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    #1827 on the original list Joseph L. Mankiewicz

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