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Classic Movies Martin Scorsese's Top 85 Must-See Films  

Randolph Strauss
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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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44 9
The Godfather is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Martin Scorsese's Top 85 Must-See Films
Francis Ford Coppola

2
32 10
Apocalypse Now is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Martin Scorsese's Top 85 Must-See Films
Francis Ford Coppola

3
33 11
Citizen Kane is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Martin Scorsese's Top 85 Must-See Films
Orson Welles

4
24 5
Dial M for Murder is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Martin Scorsese's Top 85 Must-See Films
Alfred Hitchcock

5
28 9
The Third Man is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Martin Scorsese's Top 85 Must-See Films
Carol Reed

6
24 12
Midnight Cowboy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Martin Scorsese's Top 85 Must-See Films
John Schlesinger

7
18 8
Touch of Evil is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Martin Scorsese's Top 85 Must-See Films
Orson Welles

8
18 8
Cape Fear is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Martin Scorsese's Top 85 Must-See Films
J. Lee Thompson

9
17 8
It Happened One Night is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Martin Scorsese's Top 85 Must-See Films
Frank Capra

10
18 9
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Martin Scorsese's Top 85 Must-See Films

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14 6
Stagecoach is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Martin Scorsese's Top 85 Must-See Films
John Ford

12
13 7
The Hustler is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Martin Scorsese's Top 85 Must-See Films
Robert Rossen

13
12 7
The Lady from Shanghai is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Martin Scorsese's Top 85 Must-See Films
Orson Welles

14
14 9
Jason and the Argonauts is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Martin Scorsese's Top 85 Must-See Films

15
9 5
McCabe & Mrs. Miller is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Martin Scorsese's Top 85 Must-See Films
Robert Altman

16
14 11
Do the Right Thing is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Martin Scorsese's Top 85 Must-See Films
Spike Lee

17
14 11
The Conversation is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Martin Scorsese's Top 85 Must-See Films
Francis Ford Coppola

18
12 9
MASH is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Martin Scorsese's Top 85 Must-See Films
Robert Altman

19
9 6
Arsenic and Old Lace is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Martin Scorsese's Top 85 Must-See Films
Frank Capra

20
9 6
Gilda is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Martin Scorsese's Top 85 Must-See Films
Charles Vidor

21
7 4
Rome, Open City is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Martin Scorsese's Top 85 Must-See Films
Roberto Rossellini

22
11 9
How Green Was My Valley is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Martin Scorsese's Top 85 Must-See Films

23
9 8
House of Wax is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Martin Scorsese's Top 85 Must-See Films
André de Toth

24
7 6
Mr. Deeds Goes to Town is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Martin Scorsese's Top 85 Must-See Films

25
12 12
Born on the Fourth of July is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Martin Scorsese's Top 85 Must-See Films

26
10 10
Nashville is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Martin Scorsese's Top 85 Must-See Films
Robert Altman

27
7 7
Sweet Smell of Success is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Martin Scorsese's Top 85 Must-See Films
Alexander Mackendrick

28
6 6
Cat People is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Martin Scorsese's Top 85 Must-See Films
Jacques Tourneur

29
5 5
Duel in the Sun is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Martin Scorsese's Top 85 Must-See Films
Josef von Sternberg, William Dieterle, William Cameron Menzies

30
4 4
The Trial is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Martin Scorsese's Top 85 Must-See Films
Orson Welles

31
3 3
America America is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Martin Scorsese's Top 85 Must-See Films
Elia Kazan

32
8 9
Klute is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Martin Scorsese's Top 85 Must-See Films
Alan J. Pakula

33
6 7
Sullivan's Travels is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Martin Scorsese's Top 85 Must-See Films
Preston Sturges

34
6 7
Ace in the Hole is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Martin Scorsese's Top 85 Must-See Films
Billy Wilder

35
5 6
Julius Caesar is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Martin Scorsese's Top 85 Must-See Films
Joseph L. Mankiewicz

36
4 5
Stromboli is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Martin Scorsese's Top 85 Must-See Films
Roberto Rossellini

37
4 5
Night and the City is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Martin Scorsese's Top 85 Must-See Films
Jules Dassin

38
4 5
Othello is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Martin Scorsese's Top 85 Must-See Films
Orson Welles

39
3 4
One, Two, Three is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Martin Scorsese's Top 85 Must-See Films
Billy Wilder

40
6 8
An American in Paris is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Martin Scorsese's Top 85 Must-See Films
Vincente Minnelli

41
5 7
The Bad and the Beautiful is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Martin Scorsese's Top 85 Must-See Films
Vincente Minnelli

42
5 7
Peeping Tom is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Martin Scorsese's Top 85 Must-See Films
Michael Powell

43
5 7
The Red Shoes is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Martin Scorsese's Top 85 Must-See Films
Emeric Pressburger, Michael Powell

44
4 6
Faces is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Martin Scorsese's Top 85 Must-See Films
John Cassavetes

45
3 5
Some Came Running is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Martin Scorsese's Top 85 Must-See Films
Vincente Minnelli

46
3 5
The Band Wagon is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Martin Scorsese's Top 85 Must-See Films
Vincente Minnelli

47
2 4
Shadows is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Martin Scorsese's Top 85 Must-See Films
John Cassavetes

48
4 7
The Leopard is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Martin Scorsese's Top 85 Must-See Films
Luchino Visconti

49
4 7
The Player is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Martin Scorsese's Top 85 Must-See Films
Robert Altman

50
3 6
Shock Corridor is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Martin Scorsese's Top 85 Must-See Films
Samuel Fuller