Martin Scorsese Reveals His 12 Favorite Movies

Martin Scorsese provided Sight and Sound magazine with his list of favourite films.


  • 8.4/10

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    1941

    Citizen Kane

    A group of reporters are trying to decipher the last word ever spoken by Charles Foster Kane, the millionaire newspaper tycoon: "Rosebud." The film begins with a news reel detailing Kane's life for the masses, and then from there, we are shown flashbacks from Kane's life. As the reporters investigat ...

    black and white

    drama

    golden palm

    melancholy

  • 8.3/10

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    1968

    2001: A Space Odyssey

    "2001" is a story of evolution. Sometime in the distant past, someone or something nudged evolution by placing a monolith on Earth (presumably elsewhere throughout the universe as well). Evolution then enabled humankind to reach the moon's surface, where yet another monolith is found, one that signa ...

    70mm

    artificial intelligence

    artistic

    futuristic

    golden palm

    philosophy

  • 8.3/10

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    1958

    Vertigo

    John "Scottie" Ferguson is a retired San Francisco police detective who suffers from acrophobia and Madeleine is the lady who leads him to high places. A wealthy shipbuilder who is an acquaintance from college days approaches Scottie and asks him to follow his beautiful wife, Madeleine. He fears she ...

    70mm

    film noir

    golden palm

    melancholy

    mystery

    paranoia

  • 8.3/10

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    1948

    The Red Shoes

    Under the authoritarian rule of charismatic ballet impressario Boris Lermontov, his proteges realize the full promise of their talents, but at a price: utter devotion to their art and complete loyalty to Lermontov himself. Under his near-obsessive guidance, young ballerina Victoria Page is poised fo ...

    artistic

    golden palm

    life & death

    melancholy

  • 8.2/10

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    1953

    Ugetsu

    In the beginning of the springtime in the period of the Japanese Civil Wars of the Sixteenth Century in Lake Biwa in the Province of Omi, the family man farmer and craftsman Genjurô travels to Nagahama to sell his wares and makes a small fortune. His neighbor Tobei that is a fool man dreams on becom ...

    artistic

    black and white

    civil war

    golden palm

    melancholy

    morality

  • 8.1/10

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    1963

    8 1/2

    Guido is a film director, trying to relax after his last big hit. He can't get a moment's peace, however, with the people who have worked with him in the past constantly looking for more work. He wrestles with his conscience, but is unable to come up with a new idea. While thinking, he starts to rec ...

    absurd

    artistic

    black and white

    depression

    fantasy

    golden palm

  • 8.1/10

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    1963

    The Leopard

    In the 1860s, a dying aristocracy struggles to maintain itself against a harsh Sicilian landscape. The film traces with a slow and deliberate rhythm the waning of the noble home of Fabrizio Corbero, Prince of Salina (the Leopard) and the corresponding rise to eminence of the enormously wealthy ex-pe ...

    civil war

    epic

    golden palm

    historical

    melancholy

    Palme d'Or winner (Cannes Film Festival)

  • 8.1/10

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    1959

    The 400 Blows

    Seemingly in constant trouble at school, 14 year-old Antoine Doinel returns at the end of every day to a drab and unhappy home life. His parents have little money and he sleeps on a couch that's been pushed into the kitchen. He knows his mother is having an affair and his parents bicker constantly. ...

    black and white

    golden palm

    melancholy

    semi autobiographical

    social commentary

  • 8/10

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    1956

    The Searchers

    Ethan Edwards, returned from the Civil War to the Texas ranch of his brother, hopes to find a home with his family and to be near the woman he obviously but secretly loves. But a Comanche raid destroys these plans, and Ethan sets out, along with his 1/8 Indian nephew Martin, on a years-long journey ...

    civil war

    golden palm

    melancholy

    prejudice

    racism

    social commentary

  • 7.9/10

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    1973

    Amarcord

    In an Italian seaside town, young Titta gets into trouble with his friends and watches various local eccentrics as they engage in often absurd behavior. Frequently clashing with his stern father and defended by his doting mother, Titta witnesses the actions of a wide range of characters, from his ex ...

    artistic

    golden palm

    melancholy

    satirical

    semi autobiographical

    social commentary

  • 7.9/10

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    1958

    Ashes and Diamonds

    Maciek, a young Resistance fighter, is ordered to kill Szczuka, a Communist district leader, on the last day of World War II. Though killing has been easy for him in the past, Szczuka was a fellow soldier, and Maciek must decide whether to follow his orders.

    black and white

    golden palm

    historical

    history

    melancholy

    political

  • 7.7/10

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    1946

    Paisan

    Six vignettes follow the Allied invasion from July 1943 to winter 1944, from Sicily north to Venice. Communication is fragile. A woman leads an Allied patrol through a mine field; she dies protecting a G.I., but the Yanks think she killed him. A street urchin steals shoes from a G.I. who tracks him ...

    war

  • 7.6/10

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    1951

    The River

    Harriet, now an adult, narrates the story of her coming of age growing up as a British national and a daughter of a jute press manager in the Bengal region of India, they living in the big house on the banks of one of the holy rivers. At the time, she is the eldest of six siblings - five girls and o ...

    golden palm

  • 7.5/10

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    1964

    Salvatore Giuliano

    In 1950, 28-year-old outlaw Salvatore Giuliano is found gunned down in a Sicilian courtyard. Little is as it seems. The film moves back and forth between the late 1940s, when Giuliano and other reprobates were recruited by separatist politicians to do their fighting, and the days leading up to and f ...

    mafia

source:https://www.bfi.org.uk/films-tv-people/sightandsoundpoll2012/voter/1058

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