With a career spanning more than 50 years, Martin Scorsese has made many great movies throughout his career as a director. Regarded as one of the most significant and influential filmmakers in cinematic history, Scorsese worked on a few movies before 1973. But he really gained his popularity Mean Streets, the first movie where he had all the control. The iconic movie also launched Robert De Niro’s career and the rest we all know. On this list, we are mentioning the 10 Of The Best Martin Scorsese Movies of all time.
One of the greatest films in the gangster genre, Goodfellas is an adaptation of Nicholas Pileggi’s non-fiction book Wiseguy. Goodfellas is one of the most re-watchable movies of all time. The movie was a brilliant take on the rise and fall of a trio of gangsters. From the dialogue to the camerawork, Goodfellas is one of the best movies of Scorsese and also one of the most quotable ones of all time.
2. The Departed:
Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, and Mark Wahlberg, The Departed was the movie that won Martin Scorsese his first Oscar for Best Director. The movie is an elaborate double-crossing scheme with Boston cops infiltrating gangsters and gangsters infiltrating cops. The movie won four Oscars including for Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Picture and Best Film Editing.
3. Taxi Driver:
The psychological thriller Taxi Driver starring Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Cybill Shepherd, Harvey Keitel and more is considered as one of the most influential and greatest movies of all time. Set in New York following the Vietnam War, Taxi Driver is about a lonely veteran and his becoming disgusted with the urban decay that surrounds him. Taxi Driver earned Scorsese the reputation for violence sequences in his movies.
4. Raging Bull:
Adapted from Jake LaMotta’s memoir Raging Bull: My Story, Raging Bull starring Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci is one of Scorsese’s best movies. Scorsese brilliantly depicts the rise and destructive fall of LaMotta. The stunningly beautiful black and white cinematography and editing were praised by critics and the masses.
5. The Wolf of Wall Street:
Even in his 70’s, Scorsese never lost his touch with his audience. The movie is based on Jordan Belfort’s memoir of the same name. It is one of his most successful projects. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio who gave a stellar performance along with Jonah Hill, The Wolf of Wall Street is about Belfort’s perspective on his career as a stockbroker and his engagement in rampant corruption and fraud leading to his downfall.
6. King of Comedy:
Focusing on themes including celebrity worship and American media culture, King of Comedy was a flop at the box office but became a cult classic in the coming years. The movie is about a mentally deranged aspiring stand-up comedian, Rupert played by De Niro unsuccessfully trying to launch his career.
7. Gangs of New York:
Inspired by Herbert Asbury’s non-fiction book of the same name, Gangs of New York tells the story of the urban underworld. In 1862 New York, when the anti-Irish and anti-Catholic gang were influencing and dominating the city’s political scene, an immigrant gang emerges and takes on the old gang as the Draft Riots of 1863 break out.
8. Mean Streets:
Starring Harvey Keitel and Robert De Niro, Mean Streets was inspired by Scorsese’s own life. The movie was about Charlie, a young Italian-American trying to make a name for himself in the New York mafia. It’s a gritty, street-level depiction of New York City that is Scorsese’s one of the greatest movies.
based on Nicholas Pileggi’s nonfiction book Casino: Love and Honor in Las Vegas, Casino is one of the best movies of Martin Scorsese. All the primary characters in Casino are inspired by real-life people. Inspired by the mafia’s influence on the gambling operations in Las Vegas during the 1970s, Casino reunited many of the members of Goodfellas and had a similar theme.
10. After Hours:
After Hours follows a computer word processor, Paul Hackett and the series of misadventures he experiences while making his way home in the night. The black comedy celebrates the weirdness of Lower Manhattan when conveniences like cell phones and bank cards not there.
Some other movies Martin Scorsese that are also worth mentioning are The Last Waltz, Hugo, The Aviator, Cape Fear, Shutter Island, The Last Temptation of Christ and George Harrison: Living in the Material World.