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The Best Martin Scorsese Movies  

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List Rules Movies directed by Martin Scorsese (including documentaries)

Director Martin Scorsese is most closely associated with gangster and crime films, particularly the 1990 classic Goodfellas and the Vegas-set Casino. He has had a remarkably diverse career, including raucous comedies (The King of Comedy), documentary films (Shine a Light), period dramas (Gangs of New York), psychological thrillers (Shutter Island), and the hit kid's film Hugo. Throughout his illustrious career, Scorsese has been honored with numerous awards, including Emmys, Golden Globes, BAFTAs, the Palme D'Or, and the Oscar for The Departed.

Scorsese is known for his use of longstanding award winning actors as Harvey Keitel, Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci and Leonardo DiCaprio. He has been named one of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World and is frequently listed as one of the greatest directors of all time, in the ranks of such legends as Steven Spielberg and Alfred Hitchcock. And he constantly ranks in the upper echelon of Ranker's top directors and current directors lists. 

Scorsese's top films lean more towards period pieces, gangster dramas, violence, and New York City, but this ranking of the top Scorsese movies includes documentaries, including multiple rockumentaries of classic rock legends. Keep an open mind as you vote!   

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Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson, Joe Pesci
Goodfellas is a 1990 American crime film directed by Martin Scorsese. It is a film adaptation of the 1986 non-fiction book Wiseguy by Nicholas Pileggi, who co-wrote the screenplay with Scorsese. ...more
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Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Martin Scorsese
Taxi Driver is a 1976 American neo-noir psychological thriller film directed by Martin Scorsese and written by Paul Schrader. Set in New York City soon after the end of the Vietnam War, the film ...more
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Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson, Alec Baldwin
The Departed is a 2006 American crime drama film directed by Martin Scorsese, and a remake of the 2002 Hong Kong film Infernal Affairs. Irish Mob boss Francis "Frank" Costello (Jack ...more
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Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Martin Scorsese
Raging Bull is a 1980 American biographical black-and-white sports drama film directed by Martin Scorsese, produced by Robert Chartoff and Irwin Winkler and adapted by Paul Schrader and Mardik ...more
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Sharon Stone, Robert De Niro, James Woods
Casino is a 1995 American drama film directed by Martin Scorsese. It is based on the non-fiction book of the same name by Nicholas Pileggi, who also co-wrote the screenplay for the film with ...more
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Cameron Diaz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Liam Neeson
Gangs of New York is a 2002 American fictionalized historical drama film set in the mid-19th century in the Five Points district of Lower Manhattan in 1863. The film was directed by Martin ...more
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The Wolf of Wall Street is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Martin Scorsese Movies
Leonardo DiCaprio, Matthew McConaughey, Margot Robbie
The Wolf of Wall Street is a 2013 American biographical black comedy film directed by Martin Scorsese. The screenplay by Terence Winter is adapted from the eponymous memoir by Jordan Belfort and ...more
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Robert De Niro, Martin Scorsese, Harvey Keitel
Mean Streets is a 1973 film directed by Martin Scorsese and co-written by Scorsese and Mardik Martin. The film stars Harvey Keitel and Robert De Niro. It was released by Warner Bros. on October ...more
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Leonardo DiCaprio, Michelle Williams, Mark Ruffalo
Shutter Island is a 2010 American psychological thriller film directed by Martin Scorsese. The film is based on Dennis Lehane's 2003 novel of the same name. Production started in March 2008. ...more
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Kate Beckinsale, Leonardo DiCaprio, Gwen Stefani
The Aviator is a 2004 American biographical drama film directed by Martin Scorsese, written by John Logan and produced by Michael Mann, Sandy Climan, Graham King, and Charles Evans, Jr.. It ...more
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Robert De Niro, Jerry Lewis, Martin Scorsese
The King of Comedy is an American black comedy film starring Robert De Niro and Jerry Lewis. Directed by Martin Scorsese and written by Paul D. Zimmerman, the film focuses on themes including ...more
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Robert De Niro, Nick Nolte, Jessica Lange
Cape Fear is a 1991 American psychological thriller film directed by Martin Scorsese and a remake of the 1962 film of the same name. It stars Robert De Niro, Nick Nolte, Jessica Lange and ...more
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Jude Law, Chloƫ Grace Moretz, Christopher Lee
Hugo is a 2011 American 3D historical adventure drama film directed and co-produced by Martin Scorsese and adapted for the screen by John Logan. Based on Brian Selznick's novel The Invention of ...more
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Tom Cruise, Paul Newman, Martin Scorsese
The Color of Money is a 1986 drama film directed by Martin Scorsese from a screenplay by Richard Price, based on the 1984 novel of the same name by Walter Tevis. The film stars Paul Newman and ...more
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Martin Scorsese, Teri Garr, Catherine O'Hara
After Hours is a 1985 American black comedy film directed by Martin Scorsese, written by Joseph Minion, and starring an ensemble cast, including Rosanna Arquette, Griffin Dunne, Linda ...more
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David Bowie, Willem Dafoe, Harvey Keitel
The Last Temptation of Christ is a 1988 American-Canadian epic drama film directed by Martin Scorsese. The film is a film adaptation of Nikos Kazantzakis' controversial 1953 novel of the same ...more
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The Last Waltz was a concert by the Canadian rock group the Band, held on American Thanksgiving Day, November 25, 1976, at Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco. The Last Waltz was advertised as ...more
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Nicolas Cage, Queen Latifah, John Goodman
This film is a 1999 American drama film directed by Martin Scorsese and written by Paul Schrader, based on the novel by Joe Connelly. It stars Nicolas Cage, Patricia Arquette, John Goodman, Ving ...more
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Jodie Foster, Kris Kristofferson, Laura Dern
Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore is a 1974 American comedy-drama film directed by Martin Scorsese and written by Robert Getchell. It stars Ellen Burstyn as a widow who travels with her preteen ...more
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Michelle Pfeiffer, Winona Ryder, Daniel Day-Lewis
The Age of Innocence is a 1993 American film adaptation of Edith Wharton's 1920 novel of the same name. The film was released by Columbia Pictures, directed by Martin Scorsese, and stars Daniel ...more
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No Direction Home is a documentary film by Martin Scorsese that traces the life of Bob Dylan, and his impact on 20th-century American popular music and culture. The film focuses on the period ...more
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George Harrison: Living in the Material World is a 2011 documentary film directed by Martin Scorsese, based on the life of Beatles member George Harrison. It earned six nominations at the 64th ...more
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Robert De Niro, Liza Minnelli, Mary Kay Place
New York, New York is a 1977 American musical drama film directed by Martin Scorsese. It is a musical tribute, featuring new songs by John Kander and Fred Ebb as well as standards, to Scorsese's ...more
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A Personal Journey with Martin... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Martin Scorsese Movies
A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies is a documentary film of 225 minutes in length, presented by Martin Scorsese and produced by the British Film Institute. In the ...more
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Sonam Phuntsok, Tenzin Thuthob Tsarong, Gyurme Tethong
Kundun is a 1997 epic biographical film written by Melissa Mathison and directed by Martin Scorsese. It is based on the life and writings of the 14th Dalai Lama, the exiled political and ...more