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Monday, February 21, 2011

Martin Scorsese And His Best Directing In Recent Memory

Posted by patrick

By Brian Matthews

When discussing the greatest directors of all time, one person who is absolutely near the top of the list is Martin Scorsese. For decades, Scorsese has been churning out classic films and I don't think he's ever had a bad movie. It is truly remarkable that such a legend did not win his first Academy Award for Best Director until The Departed.

When it comes to choosing the best Martin Scorsese films, the following are my favorites.

It is tough to make a list of Martin Scorsese movies without giving praise to Taxi Driver. I saw this film for the first time in a film class at college, and I absolutely loved it. Both Robert De Niro and Jodie Foster were excellent in this movie.

Another fantastic Scorsese film that I had only seen recently was Gangs of New York. This movie depicts the early days of New York City as most had never seen it before. Daniel Day Lewis and Leonardo DiCaprio are spectacular in this one.

One Martin Scorsese movie that I absolutely loved was Goodfellas. This movie often gets thrown around in the discussion with The Godfather Saga as the best mafia movie of all time. The crazy thing is, Goodfellas is based on a true story.

I would be remiss to make a list of Martin Scorsese movies without giving praise to The Last Waltz. This is more of a music documentary than true movie, but many consider this to be the best of its kind. This film chronicles the last concert of the legendary group, The Band.

The last movie I will include on this epic list is Shutter Island. I really did not know what to expect in this psychological horror thriller, but I knew that if Scorsese was directing and DiCaprio was starring, it had to be good. I was right.

While I didn't mention King Of Comedy, I feel that this movie is also one of his better, yet underrated films. Jerry Lewis shines in this one.

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