85 Movies to Watch According to Martin Scorsese

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1.
Ace in the Hole (1951)
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A frustrated former big-city journalist now stuck working for an Albuquerque newspaper exploits a story about a man trapped in a cave to re-jump start his career, but the situation quickly escalates into an out-of-control circus. (111 mins.)
Director: Billy Wilder
 
2.
All That Heaven Allows (1955)
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An upper-class widow falls in love with a much younger, down-to-earth nurseryman, much to the disapproval of her children and criticism of her country club peers. (89 mins.)
Director: Douglas Sirk
 
3.
America America (1963)
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A young Anatolian Greek, entrusted with his family's fortune, loses it en route to Istanbul and dreams of going to the United States. (174 mins.)
Director: Elia Kazan
 
4.
An American in Paris (1951)
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Three friends struggle to find work in Paris. Things become more complicated when two of them fall in love with the same woman. (113 mins.)
 
5.
Apocalypse Now (1979)
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During the Vietnam War, Captain Willard is sent on a dangerous mission into Cambodia to assassinate a renegade colonel who has set himself up as a god among a local tribe. (153 mins.)
Director: Francis Coppola
 
6.
Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)
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A drama critic learns on his wedding day that his beloved maiden aunts are homicidal maniacs, and that insanity runs in his family. (118 mins.)
Director: Frank Capra
 
7.
The Bad and the Beautiful (1952)
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An unscrupulous movie producer uses an actress, a director and a writer to achieve success. (118 mins.)
 
8.
The Band Wagon (1953)
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A pretentiously artistic director is hired for a new Broadway musical and changes it beyond recognition. (112 mins.)
 
9.
Born on the Fourth of July (1989)
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The biography of Ron Kovic. Paralyzed in the Vietnam war, he becomes an anti-war and pro-human rights political activist after feeling betrayed by the country he fought for. (145 mins.)
Director: Oliver Stone
 
10.
Cape Fear (1962)
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A lawyer's family is stalked by a man he once helped put in jail. (105 mins.)
Director: J. Lee Thompson
 
11.
Cat People (1942)
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An American man marries a Serbian immigrant who fears that she will turn into the cat person of her homeland's fables if they are intimate together. (73 mins.)
 
12.
Caught (1949)
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It was Leonora Eames' childhood dream come true. She had married Smith Ohlrig, a man worth millions... (88 mins.)
Director: Max Opuls
 
13.
Citizen Kane (1941)
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Following the death of a publishing tycoon, news reporters scramble to discover the meaning of his final utterance. (119 mins.)
Director: Orson Welles
 
14.
The Conversation (1974)
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A paranoid, secretive surveillance expert has a crisis of conscience when he suspects that a couple he is spying on will be murdered. (113 mins.)
 
15.
Dial M for Murder (1954)
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An ex-tennis pro carries out a plot to murder his wife. When things go wrong, he improvises a brilliant plan B. (105 mins.)
 
16.
Do the Right Thing (1989)
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On the hottest day of the year on a street in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, everyone's hate and bigotry smolders and builds until it explodes into violence. (120 mins.)
Director: Spike Lee
 
17.
Duel in the Sun (1946)
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Beautiful half-breed Pearl Chavez becomes the ward of her dead father's first love and finds herself torn between her sons, one good and the other bad. (129 mins.)
Director: King Vidor
 
18.
The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921)
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An extended family split up in France and Germany find themselves on opposing sides of the battlefield during World War I. (150 mins.)
Director: Rex Ingram
 
19.
Europe '51 (1952)
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Irene Girard is an ambassador's wife and used to living in luxury. After the dramatic death of her son... (113 mins.)
 
20.
Faces (1968)
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A middle-aged man leaves his wife for a younger woman. Shortly after, his ex-wife also begins a relationship with a younger partner. The film follows their struggles to find love amongst each other. (130 mins.)
Director: John Cassavetes
 
21.
The Fall of the Roman Empire (1964)
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The death of Marcus Aurelius leads to a succession crisis, in which the deceased emperor's son, Commodus, demonstrates that he is unwilling to let anything undermine his claim to the Roman Empire. (188 mins.)
Director: Anthony Mann
 
22.
The Flowers of St. Francis (1950)
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The film dramatizes about a dozen vignettes from the life of St. Francis and his early followers - starting... (85 mins.)
 
23.
Force of Evil (1948)
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An unethical lawyer, with an older brother he wants to help, becomes a partner with a client in the numbers racket. (78 mins.)
 
24.
Forty Guns (1957)
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Showdown in Arizona between the Bonnell brothers, U.S.Marshals, and Jessica Drummond, the iron-fist rancher who controls the territory. (79 mins.)
Director: Samuel Fuller
 
25.
Germany Year Zero (1948)
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A young German boy faces the problems of the tough life in the immediate post WWII Berlin. (78 mins.)
 
26.
Gilda (1946)
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A small-time gambler hired to work in a Buenos Aires casino learns that his ex-lover is married to his employer. (110 mins.)
Director: Charles Vidor
 
27.
The Godfather (1972)
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The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son. (175 mins.)
 
28.
Deadly Is the Female (1950)
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A well meaning crack shot husband is pressured by his beautiful marksman wife to go on an interstate robbery spree, where he finds out just how depraved and deadly she really is. (86 mins.)
Director: Joseph H. Lewis
 
29.
HealtH (1980)
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A parody and satire of the U.S. political scene of the time, HealtH is set at a health food convention at a Florida luxury hotel, where a powerful political organization is deciding on a new president. (105 mins.)
Director: Robert Altman
 
30.
Heaven's Gate (1980)
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A dramatization of the real-life Johnson County War in 1890 Wyoming, in which a sheriff born into wealth attempts to protect immigrant farmers from rich cattle interests. (325 mins.)
Director: Michael Cimino
 
31.
House of Wax (1953)
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An associate burns down a wax museum with the owner inside, but he survives only to become vengeful and murderous. (88 mins.)
Director: Andre de Toth
 
32.
How Green Was My Valley (1941)
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At the turn of the century in a Welsh mining village, the Morgans, he stern, she gentle, raise coal-mining sons and hope their youngest will find a better life. (118 mins.)
Director: John Ford
 
33.
The Hustler (1961)
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An up-and-coming pool player plays a long-time champion in a single high-stakes match. (134 mins.)
Director: Robert Rossen
 
34.
I Walk Alone (1948)
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Frankie Madison leaves prison expecting a share from his ex-partner. But Prohibition bootlegging didn't prepare Frankie for Big Business. (97 mins.)
Director: Byron Haskin
 
35.
The Cake-Walk Infernal (1903 Short Film)
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Pluto, having seen the earth, comes back home amazed at the success of that well-known dance, the "cake-walk."... (5 mins.)
 
36.
It Happened One Night (1934)
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A spoiled heiress running away from her family is helped by a man who is actually a reporter in need of a story. (105 mins.)
Director: Frank Capra
 
37.
Jason and the Argonauts (1963)
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The legendary Greek hero leads a team of intrepid adventurers in a perilous quest for the legendary Golden Fleece. (104 mins.)
Director: Don Chaffey
 
38.
Journey to Italy (1954)
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An unhappily married couple attempts to find direction and insight while vacationing in Naples. (85 mins.)
 
39.
Julius Caesar (1953)
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The growing ambition of Julius Caesar is a source of major concern to his close friend Brutus. Cassius persuades him to participate in his plot to assassinate Caesar but they have both sorely underestimated Mark Antony. (120 mins.)
 
40.
Kansas City (1996)
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Robert Altman's jazz-scored film explores themes of love, crime, race, and politics in 1930s Kansas City... (116 mins.)
Director: Robert Altman
 
41.
Kiss Me Deadly (1955)
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A doomed female hitchhiker pulls Mike Hammer into a deadly whirlpool of intrigue, revolving around a mysterious "great whatsit." (106 mins.)
Director: Robert Aldrich
 
42.
Klute (1971)
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A small-town detective searching for a missing man has only one lead: a connection with a New York prostitute. (114 mins.)
Director: Alan J. Pakula
 
43.
La Terra Trema (1948)
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In rural Sicily, the fishermen live at the mercy of the greedy wholesalers. One family risks everything to buy their own boat and operate independently. (160 mins.)
 
44.
The Lady from Shanghai (1947)
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Fascinated by gorgeous Mrs. Bannister, seaman Michael O'Hara joins a bizarre yachting cruise, and ends up mired in a complex murder plot. (87 mins.)
 
45.
The Leopard (1963)
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The Prince of Salina, a noble aristocrat of impeccable integrity, tries to preserve his family and class amid the tumultuous social upheavals of 1860's Sicily. (186 mins.)
 
46.
Macbeth (1948)
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In fog-dripping, barren and sometimes macabre settings, 11th-century Scottish nobleman Macbeth is led... (92 mins.)
Director: Orson Welles
 
47.
The Magic Box (1951)
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A chronicle of the life of William Friese-Greene, a British inventor and early pioneer in cinema. (118 mins.)
Director: John Boulting
 
48.
MASH (1970)
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The staff of a Korean War field hospital use humor and high jinks to keep their sanity in the face of the horror of war. (116 mins.)
Director: Robert Altman
 
49.
Stairway to Heaven (1946)
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A British wartime aviator who cheats death must argue for his life before a celestial court. (104 mins.)
 
50.
McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971)
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A gambler and a prostitute become business partners in a remote Old West mining town, and their enterprise thrives until a large corporation arrives on the scene. (120 mins.)
Director: Robert Altman
 
51.
Il messia (1975)
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The story of the life of Jesus Christ. (140 mins.)
 
52.
Midnight Cowboy (1969)
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A naive hustler travels from Texas to New York to seek personal fortune but, in the process, finds himself a new friend. (113 mins.)
 
53.
Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters (1985)
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A fictionalized account in four chapters of the life of celebrated Japanese writer Yukio Mishima. (121 mins.)
Director: Paul Schrader
 
54.
Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Longfellow Deeds, a simple-hearted Vermont tuba player, inherits a fortune and has to contend with opportunist city slickers. (115 mins.)
Director: Frank Capra
 
55.
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
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A naive man is appointed to fill a vacancy in the United States Senate. His plans promptly collide with political corruption, but he doesn't back down. (129 mins.)
Director: Frank Capra
 
56.
Nashville (1975)
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Over the course of a few hectic days, numerous interrelated people prepare for a political convention as secrets and lies are surfaced and revealed. (160 mins.)
Director: Robert Altman
 
57.
Night and the City (1950)
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A small-time grifter and nightclub tout takes advantage of some fortuitous circumstances and tries to become a big-time player as a wrestling promoter. (101 mins.)
Director: Jules Dassin
 
58.
One, Two, Three (1961)
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In West Berlin during the Cold War, a Coca-Cola executive is given the task of taking care of his boss' socialite daughter. (115 mins.)
Director: Billy Wilder
 
59.
Othello (1951)
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The Moorish general Othello is manipulated into thinking that his new wife Desdemona has been carrying on an affair with his lieutenant Michael Cassio when in reality it is all part of the scheme of a bitter ensign named Iago. (90 mins.)
Director: Orson Welles
 
60.
Paisan (1946)
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Six vignettes follow the Allied invasion from July 1943 to winter 1944, from Sicily north to Venice... (126 mins.)
 
61.
Peeping Tom (1960)
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A young man murders women, using a movie camera to film their dying expressions of terror. (101 mins.)
Director: Michael Powell
 
62.
Pickup on South Street (1953)
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A pickpocket unwittingly lifts a message destined for enemy agents and becomes a target for a Communist spy ring. (80 mins.)
Director: Samuel Fuller
 
63.
The Player (1992)
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A Hollywood studio executive is being sent death threats by a writer whose script he rejected - but which one? (124 mins.)
Director: Robert Altman
 
64.
The Power and the Glory (1933)
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A man's life is retold just after his funeral. Beginning as a track walker, Tom Garner rose through all sorts of railroad jobs to head the company... (76 mins.)
 
65.
Stagecoach (1939)
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A group of people traveling on a stagecoach find their journey complicated by the threat of Geronimo and learn something about each other in the process. (96 mins.)
Director: John Ford
 
66.
Raw Deal (1948)
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Joe Sullivan has taken the rap for Rick who double-crosses him with a flawed escape plan and other means intended to get rid of him. (79 mins.)
Director: Anthony Mann
 
67.
The Red Shoes (1948)
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A young ballet dancer is torn between the man she loves and her pursuit to become a prima ballerina. (134 mins.)
 
68.
The Rise of Louis XIV (1966 TV Movie)
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1661: Cardinal Mazarin dies. In the power vacuum, the young Louis asserts his intention to govern as well as rule... (90 mins.)
 
69.
The Roaring Twenties (1939)
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Three men attempt to make a living in Prohibitionist America after returning home from fighting together in World War I. (106 mins.)
Director: Raoul Walsh
 
70.
Rocco and His Brothers (1960)
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Having recently been uprooted to Milan, Rocco and his four brothers each look for a new way in life when a prostitute comes between Rocco and his brother Simone. (177 mins.)
 
71.
Rome, Open City (1945)
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During the Nazi occupation of Rome in 1944, resistance leader Giorgio Manfredi is chased by Nazis and he seeks refuge and escape. (103 mins.)
 
72.
I segreti dell'anima (1912 Short Film)
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(22 mins.)
 
73.
Shadows (1959)
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Cassavetes' jazz-scored improvisational film explores interracial friendships and relationships in Beat-Era (1950s) New York City. (81 mins.)
Director: John Cassavetes
 
74.
Shock Corridor (1963)
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Bent on winning a Pulitzer Prize, a journalist commits himself to a mental institution to solve a strange and unclear murder. (101 mins.)
Director: Samuel Fuller
 
75.
Some Came Running (1958)
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Dave Hirsch, a writer and army veteran winds up in his small Indiana hometown, to the dismay of his respectable older brother. He meets and befriends various different characters and tries to figure out what to do with his life. (137 mins.)
 
76.
Stromboli (1950)
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Karen, a young woman from the Baltic countries, marries fisherman Antonio to escape from a prisoners camp. But the life in Antonio's village, Stromboli, threatened by the volcano, is a tough one and Karen cannot get used to it. (107 mins.)
 
77.
Sullivan's Travels (1941)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A director of escapist films goes on the road as a hobo to learn about life, which gives him a rude awakening. (90 mins.)
Director: Preston Sturges
 
78.
Sweet Smell of Success (1957)
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Powerful but unethical Broadway columnist J.J. Hunsecker coerces unscrupulous press agent Sidney Falco into breaking up his sister's romance with a jazz musician. (96 mins.)
 
79.
The Tales of Hoffmann (1951)
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A melancholy poet reflects on three women he loved and lost in the past: a mechanical performing doll, a Venetian courtesan, and the consumptive daughter of a celebrated composer. (138 mins.)
 
80.
The Third Man (1949)
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Pulp novelist Holly Martins travels to shadowy, postwar Vienna, only to find himself investigating the mysterious death of an old friend, Harry Lime. (104 mins.)
Director: Carol Reed
 
81.
T-Men (1947)
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Two US Treasury agents hunt a successful counterfeiting ring. (92 mins.)
Director: Anthony Mann
 
82.
Touch of Evil (1958)
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A stark, perverse story of murder, kidnapping, and police corruption in a Mexican border town. (95 mins.)
Director: Orson Welles
 
83.
The Trial (1962)
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An unassuming office worker is arrested and stands trial, but he is never made aware of his charges. (119 mins.)
Director: Orson Welles
 
84.
Two Weeks in Another Town (1962)
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After spending three years in an asylum, a washed-up actor views a minor assignment from his old director in Rome as a chance for personal and professional redemption. (107 mins.)
 
85.
Raw Deal (1948)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Joe Sullivan has taken the rap for Rick who double-crosses him with a flawed escape plan and other means intended to get rid of him. (79 mins.)
Director: Anthony Mann