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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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The Godfather is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Martin Scorsese's Top 85 Must-See Films
The Godfather Francis Ford Coppola

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Citizen Kane is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Martin Scorsese's Top 85 Must-See Films
Citizen Kane Orson Welles

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Apocalypse Now is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Martin Scorsese's Top 85 Must-See Films
Apocalypse Now Francis Ford Coppola

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The Third Man is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Martin Scorsese's Top 85 Must-See Films
The Third Man Carol Reed

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Dial M for Murder is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Martin Scorsese's Top 85 Must-See Films
Dial M for Murder Alfred Hitchcock

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Mr. Smith Goes to Washington is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Martin Scorsese's Top 85 Must-See Films

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It Happened One Night is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Martin Scorsese's Top 85 Must-See Films
It Happened One Night Frank Capra

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Cape Fear is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Martin Scorsese's Top 85 Must-See Films
Cape Fear J. Lee Thompson

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The Hustler is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Martin Scorsese's Top 85 Must-See Films
The Hustler Robert Rossen

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Midnight Cowboy is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Martin Scorsese's Top 85 Must-See Films
Midnight Cowboy John Schlesinger

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Stagecoach is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Martin Scorsese's Top 85 Must-See Films
Stagecoach John Ford

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Touch of Evil is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Martin Scorsese's Top 85 Must-See Films
Touch of Evil Orson Welles

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Jason and the Argonauts is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Martin Scorsese's Top 85 Must-See Films

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How Green Was My Valley is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Martin Scorsese's Top 85 Must-See Films

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The Lady from Shanghai is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Martin Scorsese's Top 85 Must-See Films
The Lady from Shanghai Orson Welles

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Gilda is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Martin Scorsese's Top 85 Must-See Films
Gilda Charles Vidor

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Mr. Deeds Goes to Town is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Martin Scorsese's Top 85 Must-See Films

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The Conversation is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Martin Scorsese's Top 85 Must-See Films
The Conversation Francis Ford Coppola

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Do the Right Thing is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Martin Scorsese's Top 85 Must-See Films
Do the Right Thing Spike Lee

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MASH is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Martin Scorsese's Top 85 Must-See Films
MASH Robert Altman

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McCabe & Mrs. Miller is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Martin Scorsese's Top 85 Must-See Films
McCabe & Mrs. Miller Robert Altman

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Sweet Smell of Success is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Martin Scorsese's Top 85 Must-See Films
Sweet Smell of Success Alexander Mackendrick

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Cat People is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Martin Scorsese's Top 85 Must-See Films
Cat People Jacques Tourneur

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Rome, Open City is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Martin Scorsese's Top 85 Must-See Films
Rome, Open City Roberto Rossellini

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The Trial is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Martin Scorsese's Top 85 Must-See Films
The Trial Orson Welles

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House of Wax is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Martin Scorsese's Top 85 Must-See Films
House of Wax André de Toth

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Sullivan's Travels is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Martin Scorsese's Top 85 Must-See Films
Sullivan's Travels Preston Sturges

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Arsenic and Old Lace is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Martin Scorsese's Top 85 Must-See Films
Arsenic and Old Lace Frank Capra

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Duel in the Sun is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Martin Scorsese's Top 85 Must-See Films
Duel in the Sun Josef von Sternberg, William Dieterle William Cameron Menzies

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Born on the Fourth of July is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Martin Scorsese's Top 85 Must-See Films

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An American in Paris is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Martin Scorsese's Top 85 Must-See Films
An American in Paris Vincente Minnelli

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The Bad and the Beautiful is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Martin Scorsese's Top 85 Must-See Films
The Bad and the Beautiful Vincente Minnelli

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Ace in the Hole is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Martin Scorsese's Top 85 Must-See Films
Ace in the Hole Billy Wilder

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Peeping Tom is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Martin Scorsese's Top 85 Must-See Films
Peeping Tom Michael Powell

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The Red Shoes is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Martin Scorsese's Top 85 Must-See Films
The Red Shoes Emeric Pressburger, Michael Powell

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Julius Caesar is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Martin Scorsese's Top 85 Must-See Films
Julius Caesar Joseph L. Mankiewicz

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Faces is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Martin Scorsese's Top 85 Must-See Films
Faces John Cassavetes

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The Band Wagon is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Martin Scorsese's Top 85 Must-See Films
The Band Wagon Vincente Minnelli

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Othello is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Martin Scorsese's Top 85 Must-See Films
Othello Orson Welles

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Shadows is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Martin Scorsese's Top 85 Must-See Films
Shadows John Cassavetes

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America America is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Martin Scorsese's Top 85 Must-See Films
America America Elia Kazan

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Nashville is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Martin Scorsese's Top 85 Must-See Films
Nashville Robert Altman

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Klute is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Martin Scorsese's Top 85 Must-See Films
Klute Alan J. Pakula

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I Walk Alone is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Martin Scorsese's Top 85 Must-See Films
I Walk Alone Byron Haskin

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Shock Corridor is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Martin Scorsese's Top 85 Must-See Films
Shock Corridor Samuel Fuller

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Kiss Me Deadly is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Martin Scorsese's Top 85 Must-See Films
Kiss Me Deadly Robert Aldrich

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Macbeth is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Martin Scorsese's Top 85 Must-See Films
Macbeth Orson Welles

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Some Came Running is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Martin Scorsese's Top 85 Must-See Films
Some Came Running Vincente Minnelli

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One, Two, Three is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Martin Scorsese's Top 85 Must-See Films
One, Two, Three Billy Wilder

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A Matter of Life and Death is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Martin Scorsese's Top 85 Must-See Films
A Matter of Life and Death Emeric Pressburger, Michael Powell