The best Martin Scorsese films, ranked

“There is no such thing as simplicity. Simple is hard.” – Martin Scorsese

legend. Perfects. The OG of modern cinema in its timeless glory. Director, writer and producer Martin Scorsese is undoubtedly one of the most influential and greatest directors of all time. His deep focus and unwavering dedication to filmmaking has inspired generations of artists not only directing and screenwriting but also with aspiring actors, crafters, and anyone who loves the medium.

The visionary director turns 80 on Thursday, and celebrates his birthday. diverse He ranks 25 feature films in his career till date.

I first hypnotized Scorsese with his remake of the 1962 film Cape Fear (1991), which starred Oscar-nominated Robert De Niro and a young Juliet Lewis, whom I knew from the classic My Stepmother Is an Alien (1988). I was horrified by the visceral nature of the way the film was framed, which was cutting back and forth between DeNiro’s loud and blaring monologues. This Oscars was the first I watched from start to finish that saw the likes of The Silence of the Lambs win the Big Five including Best Picture. More importantly, it demonstrated the Academy’s desire for suspense and tension, something Scorsese excelled at.

Among his endless list of awards, both in the US and internationally, he has compiled an impressive list including nine Best Director Oscar nominations, his highest-earning, second only to William Wyler’s 12 overall. They include “Raging Bull” (1980), “The Last Temptation of Christ” (1988), “Goodfellas” (1990), “Gangs of New York” (2002), “The Aviator” (2004), “The Departed” (2006), “Hugo (2011), “The Wolf of Wall Street” (2013) and “The Irishman” (2019). His only statuette is for the 2006 remake of Infernal Affairs, which also won Best Picture, Screenplay, Dialogue (William Monahan) and Editing (Thelma Schoonmaker).

His entire filmography has grossed over $2.1 billion worldwide. On the domestic side, his film grosses place him among the top 50 directors of all time. Born in New York City to Italian parents, he is known for his undying love of movies, which has been answered ten times. After attending Cardinal Hayes High School in the Bronx, Scorsese initially set out to become a priest and attended a preparatory school but dropped out after the first year. He later attended New York University, earning a BA in English and a master’s degree in Education.

After making several short films in the 1960s, he made his directorial debut with Who’s That Knocking at My Door (1967), titled “I Call First”, starring fellow Tisch school actor Harvey Keitel and veteran editor Schoonmaker. From there, he hit the ground running, working with countless actors, many of whom have had the Academy Awards. These winners include Ellen Burstyn for “Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore” (1974), Robert DeNiro for “Raging Bull”, Paul Newman for “The Color of Money” (1986), and Joe Pesci for ” Goodfellas and Cate Blanchett for The Aviator.

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Next up for Scorsese will be his adaptation of David Gran’s “Killers of the Flower Moon,” which reunites him with frequent muses and Oscar winners Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro, along with Jesse Plemons, Lily Gladstone and Brendan Fraser. It is distributed by Apple Original Films and is expected to be released in 2023.

Read miscellaneous A ranking of his 25 feature films is below.

“Death comes in a flash, and that’s the truth, the person is gone in less than 24 takes of the movie.”

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