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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 More
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    Billy Wilder More
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    Douglas Sirk More
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    Vincente Minnelli More
    #1229 on the original list
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    Frank Capra More
    #385 on the original list
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    #1153 on the original list
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    Jacques Tourneur More
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    Orson Welles More
    #20 on the original list
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    #378 on the original list
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    #229 on the original list
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    David O. Selznick, William Dieterle, Josef von Sternberg More
    #2161 on the original list
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    Roberto Rossellini More
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    Charles Vidor More
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    Joseph H. Lewis More
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    Robert Altman More
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    Michael Cimino More
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    André De Toth More
    #2123 on the original list
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    John Ford More
    #1019 on the original list
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    Byron Haskin More
    #2314 on the original list
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    Frank Capra More
    #695 on the original list
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    Don Chaffey More
    #1232 on the original list
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    Roberto Rossellini More
    #2206 on the original list
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    Joseph L. Mankiewicz More
    #1834 on the original list
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    Robert Altman More
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    Robert Aldrich More
    #1373 on the original list
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    Alan J. Pakula More
    #1193 on the original list
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    Roberto Rossellini More
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    Robert Altman, Fred Williamson More
    #714 on the original list
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    Orson Welles More
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    Robert Altman More
    #1048 on the original list
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    John Schlesinger More
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    Paul Schrader More
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    #1408 on the original list
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    Frank Capra More
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    Robert Altman More
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    Jules Dassin More
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    Billy Wilder More
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    Roberto Rossellini More
    #2312 on the original list
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    Michael Powell More
    #2226 on the original list

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