Best Scorsese Films

Monday, March 21 by Amanda Ferguson

The best Martin Scorsese films are award winners and some films that haven't been completely recognized by the award giving community. However, practically anything Scorsese creates is top-notch. Dwindling down the best of his films comes down to wonderful writing, an outstanding cast, and life-changing stories.

  1. "Taxi Driver." This film was made during Martin Scorsese's earliest time in his career. It tells the story of a mentally unstable war veteran. "Taxi Driver" is saturated with anti-war commentary. Because of the lead character's war background, he is bogged down by the city in which he lives. He becomes a taxi driver at night and slowly becomes more and more violent as he plots an assassination. However, he also attempts to save a young prostitute from the filth that is the city. This film shows the postwar era in America and comments on the need for peace before, during, and after war.
  2. "Raging Bull." Scorsese made this film in 1980. His love of film noir cinematography shines through in this film. It was shot completely in black and white. It tells the story of a boxer whose violent temperament brings him to the top of his career while destroying his personal life.
  3. "Good Fellas." Scorsese's taste for violence comes full force in this film. He explores the life of the mob in the city. Unlike film such as "The Godfather", this movie has a great sense of humor. At its core, this film shows the climbing of the ladder in the mob. It follows a man trying to make his way up in the hierarchy from small time robber to mob boss. This film holds a mirror up to modern day corporate business and their successes.
  4. "Cape Fear." This film's title totally depicts the fear that a bible thumping, psychotic rapist can bring to others. When a lawyer hides a document from his rapist client that could have gotten him acquitted, the rapist is sent to prison. However, upon his release he plots revenge and decides to teach this lawyer and family man a lesson in the laws of the land, and, the laws of God.
  5. "The Departed." Although this film was a remake of a Japanese mafia film, Scorsese won his first Oscar for best director. This movie tells the paralleling and twisting story of two undercover cops trying to work with the Irish mafia in Boston. The two cops serve as each others' Doppelganger. They are each other's opposite and are trying to find out how to achieve their goals without one another getting in the way. The film is a classic good versus bad theme that is met with Irish pub rock and a Boston attitude that no one else can capture.