Martin Scorsese's Top 85 Must-See Films Films

Martin Scorsese's Top 85 Must-See Films

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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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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    Mr. Smith Goes to Washington Frank Capra

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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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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    Jason and the Argonauts Don Chaffey

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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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    How Green Was My Valley John Ford

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

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    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

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    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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    Mr. Deeds Goes to Town Frank Capra

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

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    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

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    Do the Right Thing Spike Lee

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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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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    Born on the Fourth of July Oliver Stone

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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    Othello Orson Welles

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

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    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

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    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

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    Nashville Robert Altman

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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    A Matter of Life and Death Emeric Pressburger, Michael Powell

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