Martin Scorsese is one of the most acclaimed filmmakers of all time.
He made his feature film directorial debut in 1967 with Who's That Knocking at My Door and from there he went from strength to strength within the movie industry, becoming a figure with almost unparalleled respect among his peers.
For many movie fans, it is a travesty that Scorsese only has one Academy Award to his name despite his illustrious career. The honour eventually came in 2008 with The Departed, which does indeed feature on our list of his top 10 greatest movies.
Within our MovieMeter community, there are naturally various Martin Scorsese movies that have received hugely positive responses. By subscribing to become a member of the MovieMeter community HERE, you can rate all of your favourite movies - and some of your least favourite ones.
It is no surprise to see that the MovieMeter community has Goodfellas as Scorsese's highest-rated movie. It is one of the most iconic gangster movies in history and tells the story of Henry Hill, played by Ray Liotta, and his life of crime alongside made men, the suave James Conway (Robert De Niro) and the psychotic Tommy DeVito (Joe Pesci).
In second is the movie that earned the aforementioned Academy Award for Best Director, The Departed.
The collaboration between Scorsese and De Niro is one that has defined their careers, and our top 10 has no less than six movies in which the former directed the latter - Goodfellas, Casino, Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, The Irishman and Cape Fear.
Best Martin Scorsese movies
1. Goodfellas (1990)
For as long as he could remember, Henry Hill (Ray Liotta) wanted to be a gangster. He starts out as an errand boy and over the years he gets bigger and bigger jobs. He falls under the care of Jimmy Conway (Robert De Niro), an old hand in the trade, and the psychopathic Tommy DeVito (Joe Pesci). Henry begins to enjoy the high life, but as questions are raised over those close to him, he begins to wonder who he can trust.
2. The Departed (2006)
Colin Sullivan (Matt Damon) works for the great and notorious mobster Frank Costello (Jack Nicholson) and is given the task of infiltrating the Boston Police Department. At the same time, undercover cop Billy Costigan (Leonardo DiCaprio) works his way into Costello's world and tries to earn his trust. But what will happen when Sullivan and Costigan's paths cross? What follows is a dangerous cat-and-mouse game as both men struggle to maintain their double lives.
3. Casino (1995)
Sam Rothstein (Robert De Niro), nicknamed Ace for his successful gambling methods, is a childhood friend of Nicky Santoro (Joe Pesci). When Ace earns a career in a casino in Las Vegas, Nicky follows soon after, but unlike Ace, he gets involved in criminal organisations. Then he meets Ginger (Sharon Stone), a woman who has the men in her pocket, but can't say no to her previous boyfriend. He marries her, but he shouldn't have.
4. Taxi Driver (1976)
War veteran Travis Bickle (Robert De Niro) works as a taxi driver. He is a lonely man obsessed with pornography and violence. His life continues to decline, and he slowly loses himself in his paranoia. He grows increasingly irritated by the thugs that walk the streets at night, and it's only a matter of time before he springs into action, helping to save a young prostitute (Jodie Foster).
5. Shutter Island (2010)
In 1954, World War II soldier-turned-U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio) and partner Chuck Aule (Mark RUffalo) investigate the disappearance of a patient from a hospital for the criminally insane, but his efforts are compromised by his troubling visions and also by a mysterious doctor (Ben Kingsley).
6. The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
In the height of yuppie greed in 1980s New York, Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio) takes an entry-level job at a Wall Street brokerage firm. Tired of not being his own boss, Belfort creates his own company aided by right-hand many Donny (Jonah Hill) and the pair begin to enjoy all that is provided by huge financial success, including the attentions of Naomi (Margot Robbie). However, the legality and morality of the firm is called into question by the FBI.
7. Raging Bull (1980)
Martin Scorsese's sports epic looks back on the career of Jake La Motta (Robert De Niro). In 1941, La Motta wanted to achieve more and prepare for heavyweight boxing. He was known as a boxer who was incredibly violent and therefore unstoppable in the ring. However, the violence would soon spread to his private life.
8. The Irishman (2019)
'The Irishman' follows the true story of Frank Sheeran (Robert De Niro). Frank is a World War II veteran who becomes a renowned hit man. He is rumored to have played a role in the disappearance of union leader Jimmy Hoffa (Al Pacino).
9. Cape Fear (1991)
Max Cady is released for assault after 14 years and seeks out the lawyer who then withheld evidence that could have exonerated him. He threatens the lawyer who uses legal means to protect his wife and daughter of almost 16 (the same age as the victim). The man learned to read in prison and also studied law.
10. After Hours (1985)
Paul Hackett makes a date with Marcy, but on the way to her flat, his money blows out of the cab window. This makes it impossible for him to get home, and he is forced to spend the whole night in SoHo, where the strangest types land him in bizarre situations.
Crime / Drama
1990 • 146 minutes
Crime / Thriller
2006 • 151 minutes
Crime / Thriller
1991 • 128 minutes
Wolf of Wall Street, The
Biography / Comedy
2013 • 180 minutes
Comedy / Thriller
1985 • 97 minutes
Crime / Drama
1995 • 178 minutes
Drama / Crime
1976 • 114 minutes
Mystery / Thriller
2010 • 138 minutes
Biography / Sport
1980 • 129 minutes
Biography / Crime
2019 • 209 minutes