Martin Scorsese, who will turn 70 this year but has never been more active than in the last few years (or so it feels) between his features, tv pilots, documentaries and ads) gave an extensive interview to fastcocreate last December during which he apparently mentioned 85 films that influenced him to become Martin Scorsese.

Without surprise, many of them are contemporary to his youth, the latest movie being Kansas City, released in 1996.

In other words, it has been almost 20 years than Scorsese has not seen a movie that impacted him so much that it deeply changed who he was. Not to say that there hasn’t been any great movies in the last two decades, but I think the older we get the more filters we have to apprehend a story in general, and that might be the reason. (or not)

His list is interesting to me because a) I don’t know half of his titles (and I say so shamelessly) and b) I am pretty sure the majority of my influential movies are coming from the last two decades (and much more opened to an International cinema vs America/Italy), so I see it as an opportunity to expand my horizon.

Maybe it will inspire you too.

Note that if Scorsese mentioned 85 movies, only 45 directors are behind them. Heavily influenced by the Italian neo-realism, his top 10 directors are: Roberto Rosselini (9), Orson Welles (6), Robert Altman (6), Vincente Minelli (5), Luchino Visconti (5), Michael Powell (4), Frank Capra (4), Francis Ford Coppola (3), Anthony Mann (3), Samuel Fuller (3).

In Chronological Order:

  1. [1903] The Infernal Cakewalk, directed by George Melies
  2. [1912] Secrets of the Soul, directed by Vincenzo Denizot
  3. [1921] The Four Horseman of the Apocalypse, directed by Rex Ingram
  4. [1933] The Power and the Glory, directed by William K. Howard
  5. [1934] It Happened One Night, directed by Frank Capra
  6. [1936] Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, directed by Frank Capra
  7. [1939] Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, directed by Frank Capra
  8. [1939] The Roaring Twenties, directed by Raoul Walsh
  9. [1939] Stagecoach, directed by John Ford
  10. [1941] Citizen Kane, directed by Orson Welles
  11. [1941] How Green Was My Valley, directed by John Ford
  12. [1941] Sullivan’s Travels, directed by Preston Sturges
  13. [1942] Cat People, directed by Jacques Tourneur
  14. [1944] Arsenic and Old Lace, directed by Frank Capra
  15. [1945] Rome, Open City, directed by Roberto Rossellini
  16. [1946] Duel in the Sun, directed by King Victor
  17. [1946] Paisa, directed by Roberto Rossellini
  18. [1946] A Matter of Life and Death, directed by Michael Powell
  19. [1946] Gilda, directed by Charles Vidor
  20. [1947] The Lady from Shanghai, directed by Orson Welles
  21. [1947] T-Men, directed by Anthony Mann
  22. [1948] Raw Deal – Anthony Mann
  23. [1948] The Red Shoes, directed by Michael Powell
  24. [1948] Germany Year Zero, directed by Roberto Rossellini
  25. [1948] Force of Evil, directed by Abraham Polonsky
  26. [1948] I Walk Alone, directed by Byron Haskin
  27. [1948] La Terra Trema, directed by Luchino Visconti
  28. [1948] Macbeth, directed by Orson Welles
  29. [1949] Caught, directed by Max Ophüls
  30. [1949] The Third Man, directed by Carol Reed
  31. [1950] Stromboli, directed by Roberto Rossellini
  32. [1950] Night and the City, Jules Dassin
  33. [1950] The Flowers of St. Francis, directed by Roberto Rossellini
  34. [1950] Gun Crazy, directed by Joseph H. Lewis
  35. [1951] The Magic Box, directed by John Boulting
  36. [1951] Tales of Hoffman, directed by Michael Powell
  37. [1951] Ace in the Hole, directed by Billy Wilder
  38. [1951] An American in Paris, directed by Vincente Minnelli
  39. [1952] Europa ’51, directed by Roberto Rossellini
  40. [1952] The Bad and the Beautiful, directed by Vincente Minnelli
  41. [1952] Othello, directed by Orson Welles
  42. [1953] Pickup on South Street, directed by Samuel Fuller
  43. [1953] Julius Caesar, directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz
  44. [1953] The Band Wagon, directed by Vincente Minnelli
  45. [1953] House of Wax, directed by Andre de Toth
  46. [1954] Journey to Italy, directed by Roberto Rossellini
  47. [1954] Dial M for Murder, directed by Alfred Hitchcock
  48. [1954] Senso, directed by Luchino Visconti
  49. [1955] All That Heaven Allows, directed by Douglas Sirk
  50. [1955] Kiss Me Deadly, directed by Robert Aldrich
  51. [1957] Forty Guns, directed by Samuel Fuller
  52. [1957] Sweet Smell of Success, directed by Alexander Mackendrick
  53. [1958] Some Came Running, directed by Vincente Minnelli
  54. [1958] Touch of Evil, directed by Orson Welles
  55. [1959] Shadows, directed by John Cassavetes
  56. [1960] Rocco and his Brothers, directed by Luchino Visconti
  57. [1960] Peeping Tom, directed by Michael Powell
  58. [1961] One, Two, Three, directed by Billy Wilder
  59. [1961] The Hustler, directed by Robert Rossen
  60. [1962] The Trial, directed by Orson Welles
  61. [1962] Two Weeks in Another Town, directed by Vincente Minnelli
  62. [1962] Cape Fear, J. Lee Thompson
  63. [1963] The Leopard, directed by Luchino Visconti
  64. [1963] Jason and the Argonauts, directed by Don Chaffey
  65. [1963] Shock Corridor, directed by Samuel Fuller
  66. [1963] America, America, directed by Elia Kazan
  67. [1964] The Fall of the Roman Empire, directed by Anthony Mann
  68. [1966] The Rise of Louis XIV, directed by Robert Rossellini
  69. [1968] Faces, directed by John Cassavetes
  70. [1969] Midnight Cowboy, directed by John Schlesinger
  71. [1971] McCabe & Mrs. Miller, directed by Robert Altman
  72. [1971] Klute, directed by Alan J. Pakula
  73. [1972] M*A*S*H, directed by Robert Altman
  74. [1972] The Godfather, directed by Francis Ford Coppola
  75. [1974] The Conversation, directed by Francis Ford Coppola
  76. [1975] Nashville, directed by Robert Altman
  77. [1975] The Messiah, directed by Robert Rossellini
  78. [1979] Apocalypse Now, directed by Francis Ford Coppola
  79. [1980] Health, directed by Robert Altman
  80. [1980] Heaven’s Gate, directed by Michael Cimino
  81. [1985] Mishima, directed by Paul Schrader
  82. [1989] Born on the Fourth of July, directed by Oliver Stone
  83. [1989] Do The Right Thing, directed by Spike Lee
  84. [1992] The Player, directed by Robert Altman
  85. [1996] Kansas City, directed by Robert Altman

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