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Martin Scorsese’s List Of 85 Must-See Films

Martin Scorsese's List Of 85 Must-See Films

There are few directors who know every nook and cranny of film history with the degree of depth and excitement as Martin Scorsese. And if you’re trying to condense over one hundred years of cinema history, and stack up the movies you need to see to earn you cinephile stripes, the director has you covered. 

A few years back, the filmmaker sat down with FastCoCreate for a lengthy four-hour chat during which Scorsese dropped the names of no less than eighty-five movies. The site compiled them at the time (with complete notes and quotes from the filmmaker — so head over there for more context) and Open Culture has put them back on the radar today.

And of course, it cuts a big swath through cinema, from stone cold classics to foreign film essentials, film noir treasures and much, much more. Check out all 85 below — how many have you seen? And in case you missed it, here’s Martin Scorsese’s List Of The 39 Foreign Films You Should See Before You Die.

Ace in the Hole
All that Heaven Allows
America, America
An American in Paris
Apocalypse Now
Arsenic and Old Lace
The Bad and the Beautiful
The Band Wagon
Born on the Fourth of July
Cape Fear
Cat People
Citizen Kane
The Conversation
Dial M for Murder
Do the Right Thing
Duel in the Sun
The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse
Europa ’51
The Fall of the Roman Empire
The Flowers of St. Francis
Force of Evil
Forty Guns
Germany Year Zero
The Godfather
Gun Crazy
Heaven’s Gate
House of Wax
How Green Was My Valley
The Hustler
I Walk Alone
The Infernal Cakewalk
It Happened One Nght
Jason and the Argonauts
Journey to Italy
Julius Caesar
Kansas City
Kiss Me Deadly
La Terra Trema
The Lady From Shanghai
The Leopard
The Magic Box
A Matter of Life and Death
McCabe & Mrs. Miller
The Messiah
Midnight Cowboy
Deeds Goes to Town
Smith Goes to Washington
Night and the City
One, Two, Three
Peeping Tom
Pickup on South Street
The Player
The Power and the Glory
Raw Deal
The Red Shoes
The Rise of Louis XIV
The Roaring Twenties
Rocco and his Brothers
Rome, Open City
Secrets of the Soul
Shock Corridor
Some Came Running
Sullivan’s Travels
Sweet Smell of Success
Tales of Hoffman
The Third Man
Touch of Evil
The Trial
Two Weeks in Another Town

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