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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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    Emeric Pressburger, Michael Powell

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    #1497 on the original list Billy Wilder

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    #1810 on the original list Douglas Sirk

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    Elia Kazan

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    #1249 on the original list Vincente Minnelli

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    #24 on the original list Francis Ford Coppola

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    #404 on the original list Frank Capra

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    #1390 on the original list Oliver Stone

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    #1132 on the original list J. Lee Thompson

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    #2267 on the original list Jacques Tourneur

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    Max Ophüls

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    #21 on the original list Orson Welles

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    #373 on the original list Alfred Hitchcock

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    #237 on the original list Spike Lee

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

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    Roberto Rossellini

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    #1812 on the original list John Cassavetes

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    Abraham Polonsky

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    Samuel Fuller

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    Roberto Rossellini

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    #2311 on the original list Roberto Rossellini

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    #1484 on the original list Charles Vidor

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    Joseph H. Lewis

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    Robert Altman

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    Michael Cimino

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    #2023 on the original list André De Toth

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    #1044 on the original list John Ford

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    Byron Haskin

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    #682 on the original list Frank Capra

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    #1261 on the original list Don Chaffey

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    #2222 on the original list Roberto Rossellini

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    #1827 on the original list Joseph L. Mankiewicz

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    Robert Altman

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    #1427 on the original list Robert Aldrich

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    #1215 on the original list Alan J. Pakula

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    Luchino Visconti

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    Roberto Rossellini

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    #622 on the original list Robert Altman, Fred Williamson

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    Orson Welles

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    #1050 on the original list Robert Altman

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    #369 on the original list John Schlesinger

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    Paul Schrader

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    #1404 on the original list Frank Capra

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    #431 on the original list Frank Capra

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    #925 on the original list Robert Altman

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    Jules Dassin

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    Billy Wilder

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    Orson Welles

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    #2254 on the original list Roberto Rossellini

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    #2224 on the original list Michael Powell

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