For the Record: Martin Scorsese’s 85 Must-See Films



Martin Scorsese exhibits his unparalleled knowledge of film history, as well as his eclectic taste, with this list of eighty-five must-see films. His genre-spanning selections include classic cornerstones of cinema and contemporary masterpieces alike. 


Mr. Scorsese’s top picks are as follows:

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


In a four-hour interview with FastCoCreate, Scorsese name-dropped these eighty-five films and cited them, after a fashion, as the source of his inspiration. To learn more about that interview, and about Scorsese’s take on his favorite films, click here.

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2 Responses to “For the Record: Martin Scorsese’s 85 Must-See Films”

  1. Brian Johnson Says:

    June 3rd, 2015 at 4:54 pm

    My idea of “must-see” and his are clearly different, but that’s why there is a variety of films. :-)

  2. jazzfan47 Says:

    June 4th, 2015 at 3:32 pm

    Disappointing list.

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