Martin Scorsese’s Top 5 Films Of All Time!

Martin Scorsese, the legendary filmmaker, has gifted the world with a plethora of cinematic gems. His exceptional storytelling and directorial prowess have left an everlasting mark on the film industry, with several of his works being hailed as some of the best films of all time!


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Among his extensive filmography, five movies stand out as archetypal examples of Martin Scorsese’s mastery. These films have not only received critical acclaim but have also resonated deeply with audiences worldwide. Let’s dive into what makes these five movies the epitome of Scorsese’s brilliance.

Taxi Driver

Taxi Driver, released in 1976, remains a haunting portrayal of inner city alienation and a journey of moral deterioration. The film’s intense character study, coupled with Scorsese’s masterful direction, has secured its place as a cinematic landmark. Receiving an IMDb score of 8.3, Rotten tomato score of 95% and Metacritic score of 93.

Robert De Niro’s iconic performance as Travis Bickle, a disturbed war veteran turned taxi driver, is a testament to the film’s lasting impression on an audience.

Scorsese’s collaboration with acclaimed cinematographer Michael Chapman and editor Tom Rolf elevated the film’s visual and narrative impact, Bernard Herrmann, a renowned composer, scored the theme music of “Taxi Driver” and creates a captivating, almost hypnotic composition with a military feel

Raging Bull

Raging Bull, released in 1980, stands as a powerful film in the sports drama genre. Scorsese’s collaboration with cinematographer Michael Chapman and editor Thelma Schoonmaker resulted in a visually striking and emotionally charged film. Robert De Niro’s transformative performance as boxer Jake LaMotta, coupled with the film’s raw intensity, has solidified its position as one of Scorsese’s greatest works. The films critical and commercial success, combined with the impact it made on audiences has rounded up an IMDb score of 8.1, Rotten Tomatoe score of 93% and Metacritic score of 90.

Raging Bull is widely regarded as a great movie for a variety of reasons, including its exceptional shot composition, direction, and many other aspects. Scorsese’s use of innovative camera techniques, such as slow motion and dynamic tracking shots, effectively captures the intensity and emotion of the boxing matches and the characters’ turbulent lives. The fight sequences in Raging Bull are meticulously choreographed and shot to convey the brutal physicality of boxing.


Goodfellas, released in 1990, is a cinematic exploration of organized crime like no other. Scorsese’s collaboration with editor Thelma Schoonmaker and cinematographer Michael Ballhaus resulted in a gripping narrative and visually stunning sequences. The film’s intricate portrayal of the mafia lifestyle, coupled with stellar performances from the cast, has earned it widespread acclaim and a place in cinematic history. Receiving an IMDb score of 8.7, Rotten Tomatoe score of 96 and Metacritic score of 92.

Goodfellas is widely acclaimed as one of the greatest crime films of all time, and it showcases numerous aspects that contribute to its greatness, including exceptional direction, shot composition, and various other elements. Scorsese’s use of long tracking shots, voice-over narration, and rapid editing creates a sense of urgency and immersion, drawing viewers into the world of the mob. Goodfellas is renowned for its innovative narrative structure, as it weaves through different time periods in the life of Henry Hill, played by Ray Liotta.


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The Departed

The Departed, released in 2006, marked Scorsese’s triumphant entrance into the crime thriller genre. The film’s tough narrative, along with its stellar ensemble cast, garnered widespread praise. Scorsese’s everlasting collaboration with editor Thelma Schoonmaker and continued collaboration with cinematographer Michael Ballhaus captures a seamless and visually captivating storytelling experience.

The Departed is a gripping crime thriller that stands out as a modern classic, receiving an IMDb score of 8.5, Rotten Tomatoe Score of 91% and Metacritic score of 85.

Once again, Michael Ballhaus’s cinematography shines, capturing the gritty urban landscapes of Boston with a visceral and atmospheric quality. The film’s visual style, including its use of shadow and light, contributes to the overall mood and intensity of the story. The Departed boasts a stellar ensemble cast, including Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, and Mark Wahlberg, all delivering compelling performances. The strength of the cast brings depth and authenticity to the characters, elevating the film’s impact.

The Wolf of Wall Street

The Wolf of Wall Street, released in 2013, is a scathing portrayal of excess and greed on Wall Street. Martin Scorsese’s direction in “The Wolf of Wall Street” is characterized by its frenetic pace and bold visual style. Scorsese’s use of kinetic camera movements, rapid editing, and immersive storytelling techniques captures the hedonistic and chaotic world of Belfort and his associates. The film’s cinematography, overseen by Rodrigo Prieto, is a visually striking aspect of the movie. The use of vibrant colors, dynamic camera work, and inventive framing contributes to the film’s lively and captivating visual aesthetic.

The Wolf of Wall Street effectively balances its darkly comedic elements with a satirical critique of greed, corruption, and the pursuit of wealth at any cost. The film’s sharp wit and biting social commentary add depth and complexity to its narrative. This film received an IMDb score of 8.2, Rotten Tomatoe score of 83% and Metacritic score of 75.

These films stand as towering achievements in the realm of cinema. Through these masterpieces, Scorsese has showcased his unparalleled ability to dive into the human psyche, dissect societal constructs, and craft narratives that resonate across generations. The collaboration between Scorsese and talented individuals such as Robert De Niro, Thelma Schoonmaker, Michael Chapman, Leonardo DiCaprio and others has consistently yielded cinematic wonders that continue to captivate audiences and earn critical acclaim. As a result, these films have secured their places as timeless classics.

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