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Martin Scorsese’s Favorite Movies: Over 30 Films the Director Wants You to See

Movies from the U.S, India, South Korea, Senegal, Italy, and more make up an impressive list of Scorsese's favorite films.

Martin Scorsese Favorite Movies

Martin Scorsese


Martin Scorsese is one of the world’s most renowned film directors, but he also happens to be one of the world’s most impressive cinephiles. When it comes to film history knowledge and film preservation efforts, Scorsese remains pretty unmatched. The director has devoted as much time to his own directorial efforts as he has to championing film history through his non-profit organization The Film Foundation and educational documentaries such as “A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies.”

Scorsese is currently gearing up to world premiere his new gangster epic “The Irishman,” which makes it the perfect time to explore the movies that made the director fall in love with cinema in the first place. A definitive list of Martin Scorsese’s favorite movies would be massive, but the 35 titles below are a great place to start. Each entry also includes some words from Scorsese himself that help shine a light on what makes the respective film so remarkable.

The following films are presented in alphabetical order.

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