Martin Scorsese

Martin Scorsese

Highest Rated: 100% Long Strange Trip: The Untold Story of The Grateful Dead (2017)

Lowest Rated: 7% The Snowman (2017)

Birthday: Nov 17, 1942

Birthplace: Flushing, New York

The most renowned filmmaker of his era, Martin Scorsese virtually defined the state of modern American cinema during the 1970s and '80s. A consummate storyteller and visual stylist who lived and breathed movies, he won fame translating his passion and energy into a brand of filmmaking that crackled with kinetic excitement. Working well outside of the mainstream, Scorsese nevertheless emerged in the 1970s as a towering figure throughout the industry, achieving the kind of fame and universal recognition typically reserved for more commercially successful talents. A tireless supporter of film preservation, Scorsese has worked to bridge the gap between cinema's history and future like no other director. Channeling the lessons of his inspirations -- primarily classic Hollywood, the French New Wave, and the New York underground movement of the early '60s -- into an extraordinarily personal and singular vision, he has remained perennially positioned at the vanguard of the medium, always pushing the envelope of the film experience with an intensity and courage unmatched by any of his contemporaries. Scorsese was born on November 17, 1942, in Flushing, NY. The second child of Charles and Catherine Scorsese -- both of whom frequently made cameo appearances in their son's films -- he suffered from severe asthma, and as a result was blocked from participating in sports and other common childhood activities. Consequently, Scorsese sought refuge in area movie houses, quickly becoming obsessed with the cinema, in particular the work of Michael Powell. Raised in a devoutly Catholic environment, he initially studied to become a priest. Ultimately, however, Scorsese opted out of the clergy to enroll in film school at New York University, helming his first student effort, What's a Nice Girl Like You Doing in a Place Like This?, a nine-minute short subject, in 1963. He mounted his second student picture, the 15-minute It's Not Just You, Murray!, in 1964, the year of his graduation. His next effort was 1967's brief The Big Shave; finally, in 1969 he completed his feature-length debut, Who's That Knocking at My Door?, a drama starring actor Harvey Keitel, who went on to appear in many of the director's most successful films. The feature also marked the beginning of Scorsese's long collaboration with editor Thelma Schoonmaker, a pivotal component in the evolution of his distinct visual sensibility. After a tenure teaching film at N.Y.U. (where among his students were aspiring directors Oliver Stone and Jonathan Kaplan), Scorsese released Street Scenes, a documentary account of the May 1970 student demonstrations opposing the American military invasion of Cambodia. He soon left New York for Hollywood, working as an editor on films ranging from Woodstock to Medicine Ball Caravan to Elvis on Tour and earning himself the nickname "The Butcher." For Roger Corman's American International Pictures, Scorsese also directed his first film to receive any kind of widespread distribution, 1972's low-budget Boxcar Bertha, starring Barbara Hershey and David Carradine. With the same technical crew, he soon returned to New York to begin working on his first acknowledged masterpiece, the 1973 drama Mean Streets. A deeply autobiographical tale exploring the interpersonal and spiritual conflicts facing the same group of characters first glimpsed in Who's That Knocking at My Door?, Mean Streets established many of the thematic stylistic hallmarks of the Scorsese oeuvre: his use of outsider antiheroes, unusual camera and editing techniques, dueling obsessions with religion and gangster life, and the evocative use of popular music. It was this film that launched him to the forefront of a new generation of American cinematic talent. The film also established Scorsese's relationship with actor Robert De Niro, who quickly emerged as the central onscreen figure throughout the majority of his work. For his follow-up, Scorsese traveled to Arizona to begin shooting 1974's Alice


Highest Rated Movies



76% Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band Actor 2020
96% The Irishman Producer Director 2019
61% The Current War: Director's Cut Executive Producer 2019
90% The Souvenir Executive Producer 2019
No Score Yet 'The Irishman' in Conversation Actor 2019
92% Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story By Martin Scorsese Director 2019
7% The Snowman Executive Producer $6.7M 2017
91% RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World Actor $0.3M 2017
100% Long Strange Trip: The Untold Story of The Grateful Dead Executive Producer $0.3M 2017
68% Free Fire Executive Producer $1.8M 2017
83% Silence Screenwriter Director $7.1M 2017
No Score Yet Devil in the White City Director Producer 2017
No Score Yet Silver Ghost Producer 2017
No Score Yet John G. Avildsen: King of the Underdogs Actor 2017
No Score Yet Cinema Futures Actor 2017
82% Mifune: The Last Samurai Actor $62.2K 2016
69% Bleed For This Executive Producer $5.1M 2016
73% Before the Flood Executive Producer 2016
57% Behind the White Glasses Actor $2.7K 2016
No Score Yet Jerry Lewis: The Man Behind the Clown Actor 2016
No Score Yet Stones in Exile Actor 2016
38% The Wannabe Executive Producer 2015
96% Hitchcock/Truffaut Actor $0.4M 2015
No Score Yet The Audition Director Actor 2015
15% Revenge of the Green Dragons Executive Producer 2014
78% The New York Review of Books: A 50 Year Argument Producer Director 2014
97% Life Itself Executive Producer Actor $0.9M 2014
79% The Wolf of Wall Street Producer Director $91.4M 2013
94% Casting By Actor $14.5K 2013
80% Glickman Executive Producer 2013
94% Milius Actor 2013
No Score Yet Trespassing Bergman Actor 2013
84% Seduced And Abandoned Actor 2013
92% Bad 25 Actor 2012
93% Side by Side Martin Scorsese $29.1K 2012
72% Surviving Progress Executive Producer $47.6K 2012
No Score Yet Shoot the Moon: The Making of 'Hugo' Actor 2012
92% Corman's World: Exploits Of A Hollywood Rebel Martin Scorsese $7.5K 2011
93% Hugo Director Producer $73.9M 2011
97% Cameraman: The Life And Work Of Jack Cardiff Actor $20.5K 2011
92% Public Speaking Producer Director $13.2K 2011
86% George Harrison: Living In The Material World Director Producer 2011
No Score Yet Dreaming The Quiet Man Actor 2011
90% Woody Allen: A Documentary Actor 2011
No Score Yet A Letter to Elia Director Screenwriter Producer Narrator 2010
67% Picasso and Braque Go to the Movies Narrator Producer 2010
68% Shutter Island Producer Director $125.1M 2010
No Score Yet The Song Of The Little Road Actor 2010
No Score Yet Blues, The (Part 3) Director 2010
No Score Yet Dante Ferretti: Scenografo Italiano Actor 2010
76% The Young Victoria Producer $11M 2009
No Score Yet American Prince Actor 2009
63% Lymelife Executive Producer 2008
No Score Yet You Must Remember This: The Warner Bros. Story Actor 2008
84% Glass: A Portrait of Philip in Twelve Parts Actor 2008
80% Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project Actor 2008
86% Shine a Light Director Actor $5.4M 2008
No Score Yet Mardik: Baghdad to Hollywood Actor 2008
No Score Yet The Key to Reserva Actor Director 2007
89% Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten Actor $0.2M 2007
100% Val Lewton: The Man in the Shadows Narrator Producer 2007
No Score Yet Brando Actor 2007
91% The Departed Producer Director Screenwriter $132.4M 2006
No Score Yet The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing Actor 2006
No Score Yet Cannes: All Access Actor 2006
No Score Yet Movies 101 Actor 2005
88% No Direction Home: Bob Dylan Producer Director 2005
No Score Yet Little Caesar: End of Rico, Beginning of the Antihero Actor 2005
86% The Aviator Director Executive Producer $102.6M 2004
87% Lightning in a Bottle Executive Producer $78.5K 2004
36% Shark Tale Sykes $160.8M 2004
95% Charlie: The Life and Art of Charles Chaplin Actor 2004
No Score Yet Biography Actor 2004
No Score Yet Red, White and Blues Producer 2004
No Score Yet Godfathers and Sons Producer 2004
No Score Yet Frankenstein Producer Executive Producer 2004
100% Easy Riders---Raging Bulls Actor 2003
No Score Yet Feel Like Going Home Director 2003
No Score Yet The Soul of a Man Executive Producer 2003
73% Gangs of New York Director $77.7M 2002
No Score Yet Martin Scorsese Presents: The Blues: A Musical Journey Director 2002
100% My Voyage to Italy Himself Screenwriter Director 2001
86% Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures Actor 2001
95% You Can Count On Me Executive Producer $8.5M 2000
No Score Yet Clint Eastwood: Out of the Shadows Actor 2000
72% Bringing Out the Dead Director Dispatcher 1999
53% The Muse Himself 1999
No Score Yet In Search of Kundun Martin Scorsese 1999
54% The Hi-Lo Country Producer 1998
50% With Friends Like These Scorsese 1998
75% Kundun Director 1997
20% Kicked in the Head Executive Producer 1997
75% Grace of My Heart Executive Producer 1996
No Score Yet The Typewriter, The Rifle and the Movie Camera Actor 1996
80% Casino Director Screenwriter 1995
69% Clockers Producer 1995
33% Search and Destroy The Accountant Executive Producer $0.4M 1995
100% A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies Producer Director Screenwriter Actor 1995
No Score Yet Wild Bill Hollywood Maverick Actor 1995
96% Quiz Show Sponsor 1994
42% Naked in New York Executive Producer 1994
83% The Age of Innocence Photographer Screenwriter Director 1993
77% Mad Dog and Glory Producer 1993
No Score Yet Music for the Movies: Bernard Herrmann Actor 1992
73% Cape Fear Director 1991
65% Guilty by Suspicion Lesser 1991
96% GoodFellas Screenwriter Director 1990
90% The Grifters Producer 1990
64% Dreams Vincent Van Gogh 1990
No Score Yet Hollywood Mavericks Actor 1990
No Score Yet First Works Actor 1989
75% New York Stories Director $10.8M 1989
80% The Last Temptation of Christ Director 1988
89% The Color of Money Screenwriter Director 1986
100% 'Round Midnight Goodley 1986
89% After Hours Club Berlin Searchlight Operator Director $10.7M 1985
88% The King of Comedy TV director Director 1983
94% Raging Bull Barbizon Stagehand Screenwriter Director 1980
98% The Last Waltz Director 1978
No Score Yet Roger Corman: Hollywood's Wild Angel Actor 1978
50% American Boy: A Profile of: Steven Prince Director Himself 1978
61% New York, New York Director 1977
97% Taxi Driver Director Passenger 1976
No Score Yet Cannonball Mafioso 1976
87% Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore Director Diner at Mel and Ruby's 1974
No Score Yet Italianamerican Screenwriter Director Himself 1974
97% Mean Streets Shorty Director Screenwriter 1973
52% Boxcar Bertha Director Brothel Client 1972
No Score Yet Medicine Ball Caravan Producer 1971
70% Who's That Knocking at My Door? Screenwriter Director Gangster 1967
No Score Yet The Big Shave Screenwriter Producer Director 1967
No Score Yet It's Not Just You, Murray! Director Screenwriter 1964
No Score Yet What's a Nice Girl Like You Doing in a Place Like This? Director Screenwriter 1963
No Score Yet Rock With You: The Michael Jackson Singalong Celebration Director
No Score Yet Five by Scorsese Director


No Score Yet Long Strange Trip
Executive Producer 2017
No Score Yet Religion & Ethics Newsweekly
Guest 2017
74% Vinyl
Producer Executive Producer Director 2016
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
Guest 2016
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
Appearing 2015
No Score Yet Conan
Guest 2014
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
Guest 2014
92% Boardwalk Empire
Producer Executive Producer Director 2014
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
Guest 2012
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
Appearing 2012
No Score Yet The View
Guest 2011
No Score Yet American Masters
Narrator Producer Appearing Screenwriter Director 2010
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
Guest 2003
92% Curb Your Enthusiasm
Himself 2002
No Score Yet Lass es, Larry!
Himself 2002


Vincent Van Gogh [Crows] says: Yesterday I was trying to complete a self portrait. I just couldn't get the ear right, so I... cut it off and threw it away.

Don Lino says: That's it! That's it! You are out!

Sykes says: What?! [Puffs up; speaks in a high-pitched voice] What do you mean I'm out?

Sykes says: What?! [puffs up; speaks in a high-pitched voice] What do you mean I'm out?

Don Lino says: You're fired! [Hits Sykes, sending him flying across the air]

Don Lino says: You're fired! [hits Sykes, sending him flying across the air]

Sykes says: Look, all I'm sayin' is the kid ain't exactly a killer.

Sykes says: [about Lenny] Look, all I'm saying is the kid ain't exactly no killer!

Don Lino says: My Lenny IS a killer! Ya hear me?! A cold-blooded killer! Look at him!

Don Lino says: My Lenny is a killer, you hear me? A cold-blooded killer! Look at him! [Lenny wiggles around on a bar stool]

Sykes says: I'm his manager! Sykes! With a Y!

Don Lino says: Hey! I bring you in here, look you in the eye, tell ya what's what! And what?

Sykes says: What?

Don Lino says: "What" what?

Don Lino says: 'What' what?

Sykes says: "'What' what" nothin'! You said what first!

Sykes says: 'What' 'what' nothin'! You said what first!

Don Lino says: I didn't say what first! I asked you what!

Sykes says: No, you said "And then what?" and I said "What?"

Sykes says: No, you said 'And then what?' and I said 'What?'

Don Lino says: No, I said what what like "What" what!

Don Lino says: No, I said what what like 'What' what!

Sykes says: [Pause] You said what first.

Don Lino says: Now you're makin' fun of me?!

Don Lino says: Now you're makin' fun of me?

Sykes says: No no no no no! You misunderstood!