In the world of acting and directing, not many names standout nearly as much as that of Martin Scorsese. Whether you’re a fan of his great acting skills or a fan of the many # 1 films he has directed or produced, it’s easy to see why so many movie goers love him. He began his love of acting and directing over 40 years ago as a young college student with a passion of all things film. Over the last 4 decades, Scorsese has had one of the most influential and successful film careers of all-time.
With that said, below are just three of the most popular films he has either acted in or directed.
Scorsese Movie #3: Taxi Driver
In 1976, Martin Scorsese directed the dark film about an insomniac with a weird personality. Hailed as one of the best films of all-time, it’s probably Martin Scorsese most notable one. After deciding to become a Taxi Driver to help cope with his extreme insomnia, Robert De Niro, known as Travis in the film, comes in to contact with people from all walks of life. When he falls for a beautiful woman on a political campaign, he decides his life mission’s to make the streets of New York a safer place. He begins training and learning how to defend himself and the city. In the mean time, Travis meets a young prostitute and decides he’ll do whatever he can to get her out of the prostitution world. Through a series of fights, let-downs and hitting rock bottom, Travis finally succeeds in getting the young girl out of prostitution. With its sinister tales and a long list of amazing actors and actresses, it’s easy to see why ‘Taxi Driver’ is still one of the most popular movies almost 40 years after it was first released.
Scorsese Movie #2: Goodfellas
In 1990, Scorsese directed another one of the most popular films ‘Goodfellas’, a gangster movie that has been nominated for 6 academy awards. The cast includes some of the biggest names in film including Joe Pesci, Robert De Niro and Sharon Stone. The movie follows a young boy who grows up in the mob lifestyle. Determined to rise through the ranks of the gangster lifestyle he works very hard to prove he is as tough, as smart an as ruthless as any other gangster. Along the way, he gains tons of luxury items and money yet all at the expense of drugs, murder and other horrific crimes. As the story continues, the young man’s life starts to unravel and he soon finds himself in a series of bad mistakes and a bad drug problem. Based around the book named ‘WiseGuy’, the movie ‘Goodfellas’ shows an in-depth look at the world gangsters live and deal in.
Scorsese Movie #1: Gangs Of New York
One of his best films since ‘Goodfellas’, in 2002 Scorsese directed the epic film ‘Gangs of New York’. The movie is set in the late 1800’s and follows the story of a young man trying to vindicate his father’s death. Lead character Amsterdam, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, travels back to New York which’s filled with ruthless gangs. In an effort to find the man responsible for his fathers death, Amsterdam must live, play and work with the gangsters in an effort to get to the big boss responsible for his father’s murder. The movie takes viewers on a journey of revenge in which you wonder if the lead character will suffer the same fate as his father in the gang ridden streets of NY. Aside from directing the movie, Scorsese played a very small unaccredited part in the film as well.
These are just three of the most popular movies Scorsese has directed or acted in. As mentioned earlier, his movie career spans over 4 decades, so he has dozens and dozens of films. He has also been nominated for many different awards including Academy Awards as well as an Oscar. He has been honored and celebrated not only for his brilliant directing and acting but also for his producing and screenwriting. With many projects in the works for 2016 and beyond, Scorsese shows no signs of slowing down in the film world.