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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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    #21 on the original list Orson Welles

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    #206 on the original list Carol Reed

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    #388 on the original list John Schlesinger

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    #381 on the original list Alfred Hitchcock

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    #1089 on the original list J. Lee Thompson

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    #683 on the original list Frank Capra

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    #453 on the original list Frank Capra

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    #1111 on the original list Robert Rossen

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    #393 on the original list Francis Ford Coppola

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    #563 on the original list Orson Welles

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    #242 on the original list Spike Lee

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    #1245 on the original list Don Chaffey

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    #491 on the original list John Ford

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    #1469 on the original list Charles Vidor

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    #1029 on the original list Robert Altman

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    #1387 on the original list Oliver Stone

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    #1024 on the original list John Ford

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    #1392 on the original list Frank Capra

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    #597 on the original list Robert Altman, Fred Williamson

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    #1971 on the original list André De Toth

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    #1440 on the original list Vincente Minnelli

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    #1588 on the original list Alexander Mackendrick

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    #2216 on the original list Jacques Tourneur

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    #1370 on the original list Orson Welles

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    #845 on the original list Roberto Rossellini

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    #2214 on the original list David O. Selznick, William Dieterle, Josef von Sternberg

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    #1969 on the original list Vincente Minnelli

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    #995 on the original list Preston Sturges

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    #1483 on the original list Billy Wilder

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    #1220 on the original list Alan J. Pakula

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    #2173 on the original list Michael Powell

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    #1831 on the original list Joseph L. Mankiewicz

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    #1761 on the original list John Cassavetes

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    #1698 on the original list Robert Altman

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    Orson Welles

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    #2276 on the original list Samuel Fuller

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    #2300 on the original list John Cassavetes

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    #2291 on the original list Orson Welles

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    #938 on the original list Robert Altman

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    #1829 on the original list Emeric Pressburger, Michael Powell

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    #395 on the original list Frank Capra

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    #1453 on the original list Robert Aldrich

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    #2279 on the original list Vincente Minnelli

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    #2329 on the original list Vincente Minnelli

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    #2031 on the original list Raoul Walsh

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