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The Best Martin Scorsese Movies

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List RulesMovies 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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  • Goodfellas1
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    Goodfellas

    Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson

    Released1990

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

    Goodfellas is a 1990 American crime film directed by Martin Scorsese. It is a film adaptation... more on Wikipedia

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  • Taxi Driver2
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    Taxi Driver

    Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster

    Released1976

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

    Taxi Driver is a 1976 American neo-noir psychological thriller film directed by Martin... more on Wikipedia
  • The Wolf of Wall Street3
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    The Wolf of Wall Street

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Matthew McConaughey

    Released2013

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

    The Wolf of Wall Street is a 2013 American biographical black comedy film directed by Martin... more on Wikipedia

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  • Casino4
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    Casino

    Sharon Stone, Robert De Niro

    Released1995

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

    Casino is a 1995 American drama film directed by Martin Scorsese. It is based on the... more on Wikipedia

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  • The Departed5
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    The Departed

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson

    Released2006

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

    The Departed is a 2006 American crime drama film directed by Martin Scorsese, and a remake of... more on Wikipedia
  • Raging Bull6
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    Raging Bull

    Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci

    Released1980

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

    Raging Bull is a 1980 American biographical black-and-white sports drama film directed by... more on Wikipedia
  • Shutter Island7
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    Shutter Island

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Michelle Williams

    Released2010

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

    Shutter Island is a 2010 American psychological thriller film directed by Martin Scorsese. The... more on Wikipedia

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  • The King of Comedy8
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    The King of Comedy

    Robert De Niro, Jerry Lewis

    Released1982

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

    The King of Comedy is an American black comedy film starring Robert De Niro and Jerry Lewis.... more on Wikipedia
  • The Irishman9
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    The Irishman

    Robert De Niro, Al Pacino

    Released2019

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

    The Irishman is a 2019 American epic biographical crime film directed by Martin Scorsese and... more on Wikipedia

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  • Cape Fear10
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    Cape Fear

    Robert De Niro, Nick Nolte

    Released1991

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

    Cape Fear is a 1991 American psychological thriller film directed by Martin Scorsese and a... more on Wikipedia

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  • The Aviator11
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    The Aviator

    Kate Beckinsale, Leonardo DiCaprio

    Released2004

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

    The Aviator is a 2004 American biographical drama film directed by Martin Scorsese, written by... more on Wikipedia
  • Mean Streets12
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    Mean Streets

    Robert De Niro, Martin Scorsese

    Released1973

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

    Mean Streets is a 1973 film directed by Martin Scorsese and co-written by Scorsese and Mardik... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • Gangs of New York13
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    Gangs of New York

    Cameron Diaz, Leonardo DiCaprio

    Released2002

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

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  • The Color of Money14
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    The Color of Money

    Tom Cruise, Paul Newman

    Released1986

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

    The Color of Money is a 1986 drama film directed by Martin Scorsese from a screenplay by... more on Wikipedia
  • After Hours15
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    After Hours

    Martin Scorsese, Teri Garr

    Released1985

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

    After Hours is a 1985 American black comedy film directed by Martin Scorsese, written by... more on Wikipedia

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  • Hugo16
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    Hugo

    Jude Law, Chloë Grace Moretz

    Released2011

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

    Hugo is a 2011 American 3D historical adventure drama film directed and co-produced by Martin... more on Wikipedia

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  • The Last Temptation of Christ17
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    The Last Temptation of Christ

    David Bowie, Willem Dafoe

    Released1988

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

    The Last Temptation of Christ is a 1988 American-Canadian epic drama film directed by Martin... more on Wikipedia

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  • Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore18
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    Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore

    Jodie Foster, Kris Kristofferson

    Released1974

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

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  • The Age of Innocence19
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    The Age of Innocence

    Michelle Pfeiffer, Winona Ryder

    Released1993

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

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    The Last Waltz

    Robbie Robertson, Muddy Waters

    Released1978

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

    The Last Waltz was a concert by the Canadian rock group the Band, held on American... more on Wikipedia

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  • Silence21
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    Silence

    Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver

    Released2016

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

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  • Bringing Out the Dead22
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    Bringing Out the Dead

    Nicolas Cage, Queen Latifah

    Released1999

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

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  • No Direction Home23
    No Direction Home is a documentary film by Martin Scorsese that traces the life of Bob Dylan,... more on Wikipedia
  • George Harrison: Living in the Material World24
    George Harrison: Living in the Material World is a 2011 documentary film directed by Martin... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • My Voyage to Italy25
    My Voyage to Italy is a personal documentary by acclaimed Italian-American director Martin... more on Wikipedia