Top 10 Martin Scorsese Movies of All Time

We all watch movies, and which is the “best” is a matter of opinion. With that being said, here are the top 10 Martin Scorsese movies of all time. Feel free to check out other lists throughout Thought for Your Penny.

10. The Color of Money (1986) 89% at Rotten Tomatoes

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Vincent is a promising billiards player taken under the wings of hustler Fast Eddie Felson. They travel the country to make money off unassuming players, but Vince’s penchant for bragging and showing off soon ruins the hustle and puts him at odds with Eddie.

Rating: R
Director: Martin Scorsese
Starring: Tom Cruise, Paul Newman, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio

9. Casino (1995) 80% at Rotten Tomatoes

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Two mobsters (Ace Rothstein and Nicky Santoro) move to Las Vegas to run a casino. Each has a different outlook on life (Nicky is prone to violence, while Ace has a soft spot for a female who hustles him), and their flaws continuously get in the way of their dreams.

Rating: R
Director: Martin Scorsese
Starring: Robert De Niro, Sharon Stone, Joe Pesci

8. Cape Fear (1991) 75% at Rotten Tomatoes

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When a thuggish rapist is released from prison, he immediately stalks the family of the public defender who failed to get him acquitted. He manages to stay above the law using legal loopholes, forcing the family on the run until a bloody showdown.

Rating: R
Director: Martin Scorsese
Starring: Robert De Niro, Jessica Lange, Nick Nolte

7. Taxi Driver (1976) 98% at Rotten Tomatoes

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Travis Bickle is a Vietnam War vet suffering from insomnia, so he becomes a taxi driver at night. The night is filled with the dregs of humanity, and Bickle uses his marine training to right the wrongs he sees in the world, including rescuing a 12-year-old prostitute named Iris. This movie would inspire an assassination attempt on Ronald Reagan by John Hinckley Jr.

Rating: R
Director: Martin Scorsese
Starring: Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Cybill Shepherd

6. Gangs of New York (2002) 75% at Rotten Tomatoes

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Amsterdam Vallon was sent away from the Five Points area of Lower Manhattan in the early 1860s after his father is murdered by Bill “The Butcher” Cutting. He returns several years later to work his way up the criminal hierarchy and seek vengeance for his death.

Rating: R
Director: Martin Scorsese
Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Cameron Diaz, Leonardo DiCaprio

5. Raging Bull (1980) 95% at Rotten Tomatoes

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Jack LaMotta is a devastating prize fighter who can’t keep the violence in the ring. While his rage fuels a rise to the top of the boxing world, it drives a wedge between him and his friends and family.

Rating: R
Director: Martin Scorsese
Starring: Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Cathy Moriarty

4. The Aviator (2004) 87% at Rotten Tomatoes

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Howard Hughes is a brilliant billionaire with a penchant for flying and making movies. He grows more eccentric over time as he continues pursuing an adrenaline rush and the creation of the largest airplane ever built.

Rating: PG-13
Director: Martin Scorsese
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Beckinsale, John C. Reilly

3. Hugo (2011) 94% at Rotten Tomatoes

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Hugo is an orphan living in a Paris train station in the 1930s. He can fix clocks but can’t get the automaton his dead father left him without a special key. Hugo teams up with Isabelle to discover the secrets buried inside.

Rating: PG
Director: Martin Scorsese
Starring: Asa Butterfield, Chloe Grace Moretz, Christopher Lee

2. Goodfellas (1990) 96% at Rotten Tomatoes

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Henry Hill is a small time gangster who commits a robbery with Jimmy Conway and Tommy De Vito. His partners want to rise up the ranks of the Mob by any means necessary, but Henry has second thoughts.

Rating: R
Director: Martin Scorsese
Starring: Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Ray Liotta

1. The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) 78% at Rotten Tomatoes

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Jordan Belfort is one of Wall Street’s most infamous stock-brokers. The Wolf of Wall Street chronicles his path to building a penny stock empire, with all the excesses of money that come along with it.

Rating: R
Director: Martin Scorsese
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie

 

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Brian Penny is a former Business Analyst and Operations Manager at Bank of America turned whistleblower, troll, and freelance writer.

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