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10 Best Movies of Martin Scorsese

Martin Scorsese is one of those legendary directors that is still prolific to this day. There have been many films produced by this man born in the Little Italy region.

Most of the films presented by Scorsese have themes related to the mafia world. This is natural because the place where the director was born on November 17, 1942 is known as the lair of the mafia.

For those of you who want to know about Martin Scorsese, there are some of his movies that you can watch later. You can watch these movies in the list below!

Martin Scorsese

Mean Streets

  • Release year : 1973
  • Genre : Crime
  • Produce : Taplin-Perry-Scorsese Productions
  • Actors: Harvey Keitel, Robert De Niro, David Proval

This is the first collaboration between Scorsese and actor Robert De Niro. Scorsese and De Niro are one of the most iconic director and actor duos in Hollywood.

This crime drama is set in Little Italy. Where Scorsese was born. The story itself is not far from the world of crime and gangs in Little Italy in particular, and America in general.

Taxi Driver

  • Released year : 1976
  • Genre : Neo Noir psychological drama
  • Produce : Bill / Phillips Productions Italo / Judeo Productions
  • Actors: Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Albert Brooks, Harvey Keitel

After Mean Streets, Scorsese returned to duet with De Niro in this film. In Taxi Driver, De Niro is said to play the main character named Travis Bickle. A depressed 26-year-old veteran who works as a taxi driver at night.

During his early career as a taxi driver, the protagonist witnessed many crimes. It made him act brutally in the name of defending the truth.

To play the main character of this film, De Niro is said to have done many different things. Starting from military school, becoming a taxi driver working 15 hours a day.

Raging Bull

  • Release year : 1980
  • Genre: Biography, Sports
  • Produce : United Artist
  • Actors: Robert De Niro, Cathy Moriarty, Joe Pesci

Raging Bull is the only film directed by Martin Scorsese that deals with sports. The idea for this film was coined by Robert De Niro when Scorsese was addicted to cocaine.

Raging Bull itself is a biography of the character Jack LaMotta. A good boxer in America sticks to negative behavior. Especially with his own wife. In addition to bringing Scorsese’s career back to life, Raging Bull also brought Robert De Niro the Academy Award for Best Actor in 1981.

Good Fellas

  • Release year: 1990
  • Genre : Crime
  • Produce : Warner Bros
  • Actors: Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci

The film is adapted from a book called Wiseguy, which tells the life of a bandit named Henry Hill. The character played by Robert De Niro is said to have experienced the ups and downs of his life, especially during the period 1955-1980.

In this film, Scorsese allowed Robert De Niro complete freedom to improvise when he played Henry Hill. In addition, Scorsese also takes a more stylish cinematic approach in this 145-minute film.

Casino

  • Release year: 1995
  • Genre : Crime Epic
  • Produce : Syalis DA, Legende Enterprise, De Finna / Cappa
  • Actors: Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Kevin Pollack, Don Rickles

Five years after GoodFellas, Scorsese returns to the life of a bandit. This time, the character chosen is Sam “Ace” Rothstein, played by Robert De Niro, Scorsese’s “loving son.”

When it first appeared, this film was not appreciated by some parties. This is because the theme closely resembles GoodFellas. However, over time, this film began to appreciate, because it was considered to have a more mature cinematography than GoodFellas.

Gangs of New York

  • Release year : 2002
  • Genre: Epic Crime Drama
  • Production : Tochtone Pictures, Miramax Films, Alberto Grimaldi Productions, Initial E
  • Actors: Leonardo DiCaprio, Daniel Day Lewis, Cameron Diaz

In addition to Robert De Niro, Scorsese also has an actor who is his “golden child”. Leonardo DiCaprio is one such actor. In addition to the beginning of his collaboration with Scorsese, this film was a turning point for DiCaprio. From what was initially synonymous with a good guy, he has turned into an actor who specializes in dealing with depressed characters.

The Gangs of New York itself tells the story of the conflict between the Paradise Square natives led by William “Bill The Butcher” Cut and the Irish Catholic immigrants Dead Rabbits led by “Priest Vallon” .

The original feud was won by the natives led by Bill. That doesn’t mean the feud between the two is just over, though. Because, the son of the leader of the Dead Rabbit group has secretly devised a revenge plan.

Aviator

  • Release year : 2004
  • Genre: Biographical Drama
  • Production : Warner Bros Pictures, Miramax Films
  • Actors: Leonardo DiCaprio, Cate Blanchett, Alan Alda, Kate Beckinsale

Two years after Gangs of New York, Scorsese leaned on Leonardo again in the movie The Aviator. This 170-minute film is based on the true story of Howard Hughes. Especially in the period 1927-1947.

These times are critical for a Hughes. The reason is, those periods were around the time Hughes had to deal with the OCD he had. The character Hughes in this film is played by Leonardo DiCaprio.

Although DiCaprio is the main character of this movie, The Aviator actually got Alan Alda and Cate Blanchett to win their first Oscars. Alda won a trophy in the Supporting Actor category, while Cate won a trophy in the Supporting Actor category.

The Departed

  • Release year : 2006
  • Genre : Crime
  • Production : Plan B Entertainment Group, Vertigo Entertainment, Media Asia Films
  • Actors: Leonardo Di Caprio, Jack Nicholson, Matt Damon

To date, The Departed is the only film to win an Oscar for Scorsese. The Departed itself is an adaptation of the Hong Kong film titled Neighborhood.

Taking place in Boston, this 151-minute film tells the story of two men from two different camps in disguise. Once a secret of the Massachusetts police, as well as a hotbed of the Irish mafia. The conflict in this movie begins when their undercover actions are discovered.

Shutter Island

  • Release year : 2010
  • Genre : Neo-noir Psychological Horror
  • Production : Phoenix Pictures, Sikelia Productions, Appian Way Productions
  • Actors: Leonardo Di Caprio, Mark Ruffalo, Ben Kingsley, Michelle Williams

2010 is the year of Leonardo Di Caprio. In that year, he acted in two films classified as “heavyweight”. One of them was Shutter Island, directed by his mentor, Martin Scorsese.

On Shutter Island, Leo played Edward “Teddy” Daniels. United States sheriffs are tasked with investigating Shutter Island. An island has a mysterious mental facility. This film is considered quite “heavy” because of its complex, dense plot and unexpected ending.

The Wolf of the Wall Street

  • Release year : 2013
  • Genre : Biographical Crime Black Comedy
  • Production : Red Granite Pictures, Appian Way Productions, Sikelia Productions, EMJAG Productions
  • Actors: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie, Matthew McConaughey, Jean Dujardin

Want to see Leonardo DiCaprio act both greedy and insane? Just watch this Martin Scorsese movie! In this film, Leo plays Jordan Belfort. A stockbroker who is greedy, hedonistic and often acts insane.

During the filming of this film, Scorsese gave Leo and the other actors the freedom to improvise. Besides Leonardo, this film also has the charming acting of Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie, Matthew McConaughey.

There are many movies that have been made by Martin Scorsese. Ten of them were mentioned above. Ten movies are great to watch, especially for those of you who want to learn more about Scorsese.

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