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Martin Scorsese

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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

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The Snowman
  • Executive Producer
2017
81% Free Fire
  • Executive Producer
2017
84% Silence
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
2017
No Score Yet Long Strange Trip
  • Executive Producer
2017
No Score Yet Silver Ghost
  • Producer
2017
No Score Yet Devil in the White City
  • Director
  • Producer
2017
81% Mifune: The Last Samurai
  • Actor
2016
71% Bleed For This
  • Executive Producer
2016
71% Before the Flood
  • Executive Producer
2016
No Score Yet Behind the White Glasses
  • Actor
2016
No Score Yet Stones in Exile
  • Actor
2016
No Score Yet Jerry Lewis: The Man Behind the Clown
  • Actor
2016
38% The Wannabe
  • Executive Producer
2015
95% Hitchcock/Truffaut
  • Actor
2015
No Score Yet The Audition
  • Actor
  • Director
2015
9% Revenge of the Green Dragons
  • Executive Producer
2014
78% The New York Review of Books: A 50 Year Argument
  • Director
  • Producer
2014
97% Life Itself
  • Actor
  • Executive Producer
2014
77% The Wolf of Wall Street
  • Producer
  • Director
2013
93% Casting By
  • Actor
2013
80% Glickman
  • Executive Producer
2013
94% Milius
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet Trespassing Bergman
  • Actor
2013
85% Seduced And Abandoned
  • Actor
2013
91% Bad 25
  • Actor
2012
92% Side by Side
  • Martin Scorsese
2012
75% Surviving Progress
  • Executive Producer
2012
No Score Yet Shoot the Moon: The Making of 'Hugo'
  • Actor
2012
92% Corman's World: Exploits Of A Hollywood Rebel
  • Martin Scorsese
2011
94% Hugo
  • Producer
  • Director
2011
96% Cameraman: The Life And Work Of Jack Cardiff
  • Actor
2011
91% Public Speaking
  • Producer
  • Director
2011
86% George Harrison: Living In The Material World
  • Director
  • Producer
2011
No Score Yet Dreaming The Quiet Man
  • Actor
2011
95% Woody Allen: A Documentary
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet A Letter to Elia
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
  • Producer
  • Narrator
2010
67% Picasso and Braque Go to the Movies
  • Narrator
  • Producer
2010
68% Shutter Island
  • Producer
  • Director
2010
No Score Yet Dante Ferretti: Scenografo Italiano
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet Blues, The (Part 3)
  • Director
2010
No Score Yet The Song Of The Little Road
  • Actor
2010
76% The Young Victoria
  • Producer
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
87% Shine a Light
  • Actor
  • Director
2008
No Score Yet Mardik: From Baghdad to Hollywood
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet The Key to Reserva
  • Actor
  • Director
2007
89% Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten
  • Actor
2007
100% Val Lewton: The Man in the Shadows
  • Producer
  • Narrator
2007
No Score Yet Brando
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Movies 101
  • Actor
2007
91% The Departed
  • Director
  • Producer
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
93% No Direction Home: Bob Dylan
  • Director
  • Producer
2005
No Score Yet Little Caesar: End of Rico, Beginning of the Antihero
  • Actor
2005
87% The Aviator
  • Director
  • Executive Producer
2004
87% Lightning in a Bottle
  • Executive Producer
2004
35% Shark Tale
  • Sykes
2004
95% Charlie: The Life and Art of Charles Chaplin
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet Soul of a Man
  • Producer
2004
No Score Yet Red, White and Blues
  • Producer
2004
No Score Yet Godfathers and Sons
  • Producer
2004
No Score Yet Frankenstein
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
2004
No Score Yet Biography
  • Actor
2004
100% Easy Riders---Raging Bulls
  • Actor
2003
77% A Decade Under the Influence
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet The Soul of a Man
  • Executive Producer
2003
No Score Yet Feel Like Going Home
  • Director
2003
75% Gangs of New York
  • Director
2002
No Score Yet Martin Scorsese Presents: The Blues: A Musical Journey
  • Director
2002
100% My Voyage to Italy
  • Himself
2001
85% Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures
  • Actor
2001
95% You Can Count On Me
  • Executive Producer
2000
No Score Yet Clint Eastwood: Out of the Shadows
  • Actor
2000
71% Bringing Out the Dead
  • Dispatcher
  • Director
1999
52% The Muse
  • Himself
1999
No Score Yet In Search of Kundun
  • Martin Scorsese
1999
56% The Hi-Lo Country
  • Producer
1998
50% With Friends Like These
  • Scorsese
1998
76% Kundun
  • Director
1997
11% Kicked in the Head
  • Executive Producer
1997
77% Grace of My Heart
  • Executive Producer
1996
No Score Yet The Typewriter, The Rifle and the Movie Camera
  • Actor
1996
80% Casino
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1995
68% Clockers
  • Producer
1995
33% Search and Destroy
  • The Accountant
  • Executive Producer
1995
100% A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies
  • Screenwriter
  • Actor
  • Director
  • Producer
1995
No Score Yet Wild Bill Hollywood Maverick
  • Actor
1995
96% Quiz Show
  • Sponsor
1994
42% Naked in New York
  • Executive Producer
1994
80% The Age of Innocence
  • Director
  • Photographer
  • Screenwriter
1993
78% Mad Dog and Glory
  • Producer
1993
No Score Yet Music for the Movies: Bernard Herrmann
  • Actor
1992
76% Cape Fear
  • Director
1991
65% Guilty by Suspicion
  • Lesser
1991
97% GoodFellas
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1990
90% The Grifters
  • Producer
1990
59% Dreams
  • Vincent Van Gogh
1990
No Score Yet Hollywood Mavericks
  • Actor
1990
No Score Yet First Works
  • Actor
1989
73% New York Stories
  • Director
1989
82% The Last Temptation of Christ
  • Director
1988
89% The Color of Money
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1986
100% 'Round Midnight
  • Goodley
1986
90% After Hours
  • Club Berlin Searchlight Operator
  • Director
1985
90% The King of Comedy
  • Director
  • TV director
1983
97% Raging Bull
  • Barbizon Stagehand
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1980
98% The Last Waltz
  • Director
1978
No Score Yet Roger Corman: Hollywood's Wild Angel
  • Actor
1978
No Score Yet American Boy: A Profile of: Steven Prince
  • Himself
  • Director
1978
67% New York, New York
  • Director
1977
99% Taxi Driver
  • Director
  • Passenger
1976
No Score Yet Cannonball
  • Mafioso
1976
No Score Yet Italianamerican
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
  • Himself
1974
88% Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore
  • Director
  • Diner at Mel and Ruby's
1974
98% Mean Streets
  • Shorty
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1973
48% Boxcar Bertha
  • Brothel Client
  • Director
1972
No Score Yet Medicine Ball Caravan
  • Producer
1971
69% Who's That Knocking at My Door?
  • Screenwriter
  • Gangster
  • Director
1967
No Score Yet The Big Shave
  • Director
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
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 Rise of Theodore Roosevelt
  • Director

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
  • Guest
No Score Yet American Masters
2001
  • Narrator
  • Producer
  • Director
  • Appearing
  • Screenwriter
Long Strange Trip
2017
  • Executive Producer
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
Lass es, Larry!
2000
  • Himself
No Score Yet Religion & Ethics Newsweekly
2013
  • Guest
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
98% Curb Your Enthusiasm
2000-2011
  • Himself
91% Boardwalk Empire
2010-2014
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
  • Director
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
1999-2015
  • Appearing
77% Vinyl
2016
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
  • Director
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet Conan
2010
  • Guest
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011
  • Appearing

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