Martin Scorsese is a Sicilian-American who works as a director, producer, film historian, and screenwriter. His career spans over 50 years and many of his films address themes relating to his heritage. The movies he has directed have won many awards and received great critical acclaim. This has earned him the accolade of being one of the most influential filmmakers in cinematic history. Here are five of his best film.
This 1976 neo-noir psychological thriller won many awards. These included the Blue Ribbon Awards for Best Foreign Film, the Golden Palm, the Hochi Film Festival Award for Best Foreign Film and the National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Director. It is about an ex-serviceman who becomes a Taxi Driver and struggles to cope in the underworld of New York. He also befriends an underage prostitute. The film was written by Paul Schrader and starred Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Albert Brooks, and Harvey Kettel. It was made on a budget of $1.3 million and grossed $28.3 million at the worldwide box office.
Goodfellas was released in 1990 and won multiple awards. This crime film was an adaptation of Nicholas Pileggi’s non-fiction book ‘Wiseguy’. It starred Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci, and Lorraine Bracco. Henry Hill is the main character in the movie. He is a mob associate and the film revolves around him, his friends, and his family. The movie covers the period from 1955 to 1980. On a budget of $25 million, this film grossed $46.8 million at the worldwide box office.
‘Raging Bull’ was another collaboration between Scorsese and Robert De Niro. This biographical black-and-white sports drama film was released in 1980. It is an adaptation of Jake LaMotta’s memoir ‘Raging Bull: My Story’ and is about the life of a professional boxer. It is preserved in the National Film Registry. ‘Raging Bull’ also grossed $23.4 million at the box office on a budget of $18 million.
‘Hugo’ was nominated for 42 awards of which it won nine. This epic historical adventure drama film was released in 2011 and grossed $158.8 million at the worldwide box office. The film was written by John Logan and Brian Selznick. Starring in the movie were Jude Law, Christopher Lee, Ben Kingsley, Sacha Baron Cohen, Chloe Grace Moretz, Ray Winstone, Asa Butterfield, and Emily Mortimer. The story is based on ‘The Invention of Hugo Cabret’ by Brian Selznick. It is about a boy who lives alone at a Paris railway station during the 1930s.
‘The Departed’ won an amazing 19 awards, including four Oscars. This 2006 crime drama was written by William Monahan and starred Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg, Martin Sheen, and Ray Winstone. It is a Boston-based movie about an Irish mob boss that is loosely based on the famous gangster Whitley Bulger. The movie was made on a budget of $90 million and grossed $289.8 million.
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