Your Top Three is a series here at Movies.com where we choose a topic and you give us your top three picks.
With the number of movies Martin Scorsese has made, and the number of different kinds of movies at that, we could do very specific polls. Your favorite starring Robert De Niro. Your favorite starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Your favorite without either of those actors. The last one would likely be the most interesting, albeit the most difficult to get responses to these days.
Everyone who likes movies knows the usual De Niro picks: Taxi Driver, Goodfellas, Raging Bull, Casino, Mean Streets, Cape Fear and The King of Comedy (does anyone watch New York, New York?). Younger audiences are surely more familiar with the Leo era: The Departed, The Aviator, Shutter Island, Gangs of New York and now The Wolf of Wall Street.
How about you documentary fans? You’ve got The Last Waltz, considered by many to be the best concert film ever, also other music docs, personal docs, docs about other filmmakers and docs about humorists (specifically Fran Lebowitz, who also has a cameo in WoWS). He’s also done a number of shorts, including one third of the anthology New York Stories and one that’s an extended Michael Jackson music video (“Bad”) and the spot-on Hitchcock tribute that’s actually an ad for wine.
Personally, it took me a long time to warm up to Scorsese. I still have problems with a lot of the Paul Schrader scripts and wasn’t into crime films in general growing up. Yet I also never had any interest in seeing stuff like The Last Temptation of Christ or Kundun or The Age of Innocence. I don’t even really like The Last Waltz and I’m a doc guy. I’m also a big New York in film guy, but most of the titles I feel like I should love for having studied them as New York films I find more academically interesting than enjoyable. The end of Mean Streets, the first act of Taxi Driver, most of After Hours.
So for me to pick my top three Scorsese movies is to simply pick the ones I find entertaining and haven’t studied or thought too much about. And that includes his latest.
Here are my picks:
Thank my wife for this being the one I’ve seen the most, at least parts of it given it’s gotta be on anytime it’s on, if you know what I mean. Of course, that’s usually the TV edit. Still, I couldn’t name any of the characters outside of Henry Hill, I don’t have a favorite line or scene and I’d rather own the soundtrack than a copy of the actual movie.
2. The Departed
I’ve seen this one twice, which I think makes it my second most seen Scorsese, at least all the way through. I love the ensemble and the pace. I don’t think it’s a masterpiece, but I’d probably watch it again.
3. The Wolf of Wall Street
This one is just fresh on my mind, but I think I’m also liking it more and more in my head the more that I hear people having issues with it. There are a lot of scenes that I found to be more memorable than anything in Scorsese’s films previously. And it’s the best final moment since Mean Streets.
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