Best Movies Directed by Martin Scorsese

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Martin Scorsese is an American filmmaker born in New York, with a career spanning for more than 50 years.

He started his career by making short movies that include The Big Shave and Its Not Just You, Murray! of the lot. He debuted as a full-length director with the movie, Who’s That Knocking at My Door. He explored many themes such as modern crime, gang conflicts and Catholic guilt-redemption-faith-machismo. To date, he has directed 24 narrative movies and almost all of them are masterpieces. He was amongst the great directors’ lot during the American New Wave era along with Oliver Stone, Francis Ford Coppola, Hal Ashby, Brian De Palma and Steven Spielberg. Here are some of the best movies directed by Martin Scorsese.

Taxi Driver (1976)

Taxi Driver is an American neo-noir psychological thriller movie which is about an ex-Marine Travis Bickle, superbly played by Robert De Niro. A Vietnam working long hours a  taxi driver due to his insomnia, Travis is a product, victim, and observer of late 1970’s America. The other star cast in the movie includes Jodie Foster, Harvey Keitel and Cybill Shepherd.

Goodfellas (1990)

Goodfellas is an American crime movie and is based on an adaptation of Nicolas Pileggi’s book Wiseguy. Hard hitting and stylish, Goodfellas is a gangster classic. It explores the life of organized crime, and is the true-life account of a mobster and FBI informant Henry Hill (Ray Liotta). Robert de Niro and Joe Pesci (won Academy Award for Best Actor in Supporting role) played as mob partners to Henry Hill.

Casino (1995)

Casino is an American crime movie that is based on the Nicolas Pileggi’s non-fiction book Casino: Love and Honor in Las Vegas. It is a tale of two mobster friends, Ace Rothstein (Robert De Niro) and Nicky Santoro (Joe Pesci) who move to Las Vegas to make their mark. The movie also stars Sharon Stone (Ginger), who was brilliant as a prostitute and even James Woods as a sleazy pimp.

The Departed (2006)

The Departed is an American crime drama movie (remake of the Hong Kong movie Infernal Affairs). An undercover cop Billy Costigan (Leonardo De Caprio) and an espionage agent (Matt Damon) in the police department try to identify each other while infiltrating an Irish gang headed by (Frank Jack Nicholson)in South Boston. The movie has won 4 Oscar Awards that include Best Picture and Best Director.

The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

The Wolf of Wall Street is an American black comedy based on the true story of Jordan Belfort. The movie recounts Belfort’s life played by Leonardo De Caprio, his rise to a wealthy stock-broker along with his business partner- friend Donnie Azoff (Jonah Hill) and his firm Stratton Oakmont getting involved in corruption and fraud, ultimately leading to his downfall. The movie also stars Margot Robbie and Matthew McConaughey.