Martin Scorsese – Favorite Films


A comprehensive list of the favorite films of iconic filmmaker Martin Scorsese are examined below.  The Oscar-winning director’s career spans over fifty years, with an immense body of work that includes many of the greatest movies ever made, including  three films on the American Film Institute’s 100 Greatest Films of all time (#4: Raging Bull, #52: Taxi Driver, and #92: Goodfellas).  Principal photography on Scorsese’s next film, The Irishman, wrapped on March 5, 2018.  The film, which will be distributed on Netflix in 2019, is based on the life of mobster Frank Sheeran (played by Robert De Niro), who was a close associate of both mob boss Russell Bufalino and Teamsters leader Jimmy Hoffa.  The screenplay for the film was adapted from Charles Brandt’s book I Heard You Paint Houses, which details hours of conversations between Brandt and Sheeran and includes Sheeran’s infamous deathbed confession whereby he recounted how he personally murdered his close friend Hoffa at the behest of Bufalino and the Mafia Commission.

I Heard You Paint Houses

For more information on any of the films below, feel free to click on the respective image (via Amazon).


2001: A Space Odyssey

8 1/2

Ashes and Diamonds

Citizen Kane

The Leopard


The Red Shoes

The River

Salvatore Giuliano

The Searchers

Ugetsu Monogatari


Scorsese submitted the above-list of personal favorites to Sight and Sound Magazine in 2013. In addition to the foregoing, Scorsese has expressed admiration for the following films during numerous interviews.

The Great Train Robbery

Sullivan’s Travels

The Birth, the Life and the Death of Christ

Rome, Open City


The Skipping Cheeses

The Thief of Bagdad

Some Came Running

The Roaring Twenties

The Third Man

The Trial

The Shock Corridor


Two Weeks in Another Town

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Tales of Hoffman

Rocco and His Brothers

The Flowers of St. Francis

Peeping Tom

The Power and the Glory

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

Hell’s Angels


Night and the City

The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse


The Messiah


The Fall of the Roman Empire

Cape Fear (1962)

The Conversation


Ace in the Hole

Mr. Deeds Goes to Town

It Happened One Night

How Green Was My Valley

Midnight Cowboy

The Godfather

All That Heaven Allows

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If you are unfamiliar with any of the below films by Scorsese, we strongly recommend checking them out.

* The film Raging Bull was adapted from Jake LaMotta’s memoir, Raging Bull: My Story.

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