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The Martin Scorsese Countdown | One Man, 35 Movies | Submissions end November 28 @ 11:59 PM | PM OR IT DOESN'T COUNT

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There’s a lot to say about Martin Scorsese and his immense body of work that I don’t know where to start. Since 1967, the man has tackled tough, fascinating subjects one after the other. His films encompass Italian-Americanism, Catholicism, faith, guilt, crime, corruption, machismo, the working class, and much more. Even his lesser films are so densely detailed and are cherished by millions. To say nothing of his immense passion for cinema, creating several nonprofits dedicated to film preservation and restoration.

 

And he has been rewarded for his contributions to the medium, with several Academy Award nominations, a Palme D’Or, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, a Kennedy Center Honor, and a whole bunch of other accolades to count. But of course, none are as prestigious as a countdown list from Box Office Theory. After the Spielberg countdown went off without a hitch, it’s time to look over another man who has redefined modern cinema and moviemaking.

 

Again, your job is a simple one. PM me your rankings of your favorite Martin Scorsese movies. From Who’s That Knocking at My Door all the way to The Irishman.

 

But while the task is simple, there are a few things I need to clear up:

 

Not everything Scorsese has ever done will qualify for this list. His 25 narrative feature films he has solely directed are allowed, as are 10 of his documentaries. Films he only produced or executive produced don’t count, nor do TV shows like Boardwalk Empire nor his short films. Films he solely acted in, like Kurosawa’s Dreams will not be eligible, or films he solely edited like 1970’s Woodstock are also out. People know him as a director, and I want to give you guys less movies to worry about,

 

I’m also excluding New York Stories for the same reason I excluded Twilight Zone: The Movie from the Spielberg countdown. Scorsese only directed one segment in the movie, I want to give you guys one less movie to worry about, and Woody Allen makes me want to die.

 

These are the movies you can put on your list

 

1. Who’s That Knocking at My Door

2. Boxcar Bertha

3. Mean Streets

4. Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore

5. Italianamerican

6. Taxi Driver

7. New York, New York

8. The Last Waltz

9. American Boy: A Profile of Steven Prince

10. Raging Bull

11. The King of Comedy

12. After Hours

13. The Color of Money

14. The Last Temptation of Christ

15. Goodfellas

16. Cape Fear

17. The Age of Innocence

18. A Personal Journey Through American Movies with Martin Scorsese

19. Casino

20. Kundun

21. My Voyage to Italy

22. Bringing Out the Dead

23. Gangs of New York

24. The Aviator

25. No Direction Home: Bob Dylan

26. The Departed

27. Shine a Light

28. Shutter Island

29. Public Speaking

30. George Harrison: Living in the Material World

31. Hugo

32. The Wolf of Wall Street

33. Silence

34. Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese

35. The Irishman

 

If your list has a movie not in this pool, I will ask you to change your list accordingly.

 

2. To allow your list to go through, you are required to send it through PM, whether here on the forums or on Telegram. This makes the process of tallying the votes much easier for me to follow. You are more than free to share your list in this thread, and I strongly encourage people to, as well as FYC the Scorsese titles you love. However, if you want it to count, you have to send it through PM. No exceptions!

 

3. I don’t expect people to put every movie onto their list, and that’s totally okay. The minimum number I will ask for your list is 10. However, I strongly encourage people to see as many Scorsese movies as possible, both to make the rankings and lists stronger and more accurate, but also so people can see some of his films that do not have the same cultural reverence as Goodfellas or Wolf of Wall Street. So don’t be lazy.

 

4. If you are wondering where you can find some of these movies, the best place to look is on the website JustWatch.com. It’s an excellent database on where to find the best places and deals to stream any movie.

 

5. I’m also aware that Scorsese’s docs are somewhat hard to find, especially compared to his narrative work, and might not get a lot of votes. However, because some will be curious to watch them, I might as well include them. If they do not get any votes, they will simply not appear in the countdown. Likewise, if they only see a couple of submissions/points, I will just slot them in under an honorable mention.

 

6. Voting will continue from now until November 28, 2021 @ 11:59 PM. You have until Thanksgiving weekend basically to catch up on the films you missed. The countdown should begin shortly after.

 

Scoring

Number 1. 10 points

Number 2. 9 Points

Numbers 3 - 5. 8 Points

Numbers 6 - 8. 7 Points

9 - 10. 6 Points

11 - 12. 5 Points

13 - 18. 4 Points

19 - 24. 3 Points

25 - 30. 2 Points

31 - 35. 1 Points

 

Have fun!

 

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Tentative

 

1. Taxi Driver

2. After Hours

3. The Departed

4. Goodfellas

5. The Wolf of Wall Street

6. The Irishman

7. Silence

8. The King of Comedy

9. Shutter Island

10. Hugo

11. Raging Bull

12. Cape Fear

13. The Aviator

14. Gangs of New York

15. Casino

16. Who's That Knocking at My Door

 

Might try to complete all his narrative films before the countdown

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Normally I wait until the last moment to watch as many films as possible for a list. However, in this case, I have already seen all 25 narrative films from Scorsese and I'm not interested in watching the documentaries (and it would be weird trying to rank them compared to narrative ones), so there is no reason to wait.

1 The Departed
2 Taxi Driver
3 Gangs Of New York
4 Hugo
5 Bringing Out The Dead
6 The Wolf Of Wall Street
7 Shutter Island
8 The Aviator
9 Silence
10 Kundun
11 Goodfellas
12 The Age Of Innocence
13 After Hours
14 The King Of Comedy
15 The Irishman
16 Mean Streets
17 Casino
18 Who's That Knocking On My Door
19 The Last Temptation Of Christ
20 New York, New York
21 The Color Of Money
22 Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore
23 Raging Bull
24 Cape Fear
25 Boxcar Bertha
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1.King of Comedy

2.Wolf of Wall Street

3.Taxi Driver

4.After Hours

5.The Departed

6.Goodfellas

7.Silence

8.Alice doesn't live here anymore

9.The Last Temptation of Christ

10.Raging Bull

11.Shutter Island

12.The age of Innocence

13.Cape Fear

14.Gangs of New York

15.The Irishman,

16.Mean Streets

17.Casino

18.The Aviator

19.Color of Money

20.Hugo

 

Haven't seen his 2 early no budget movies.

Haven't seen 3-hour musical New York, New York because it's a 3 hour musical.

Weirdly haven't seen the 2 movies inbetween De Niro and DiCaprio periods even though I was already deep into movies by that point.

But from what I've seen Scorsese is just unreal. He's been around for more than 5 decades and he hasn't made a bad movie yet imo. 

 

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2 hours ago, narniadis said:

I may have to try this 😬 nothing like sinking my grief into watching films for a countdown (my dad just passed this week.) 

Oh buddy I am so sorry to hear that. Losing a parent is an incredibly difficult thing. Maybe you'll find some kind of catharsis in watching some Scorsese films or maybe you just need to watch some good '80s and '90s comedies. My sincere condolences to you.

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3 hours ago, Joel M said:

Haven't seen his 2 early no budget movies.

Haven't seen 3-hour musical New York, New York because it's a 3 hour musical.

Weirdly haven't seen the 2 movies inbetween De Niro and DiCaprio periods even though I was already deep into movies by that point.

But from what I've seen Scorsese is just unreal. He's been around for more than 5 decades and he hasn't made a bad movie yet imo. 

 

 

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I am tron between Raging Bull and Good Fellows as his best movie.

Surpised Raging Bull it not highly thouhg of in this thread when  it is considered by many critics to be his best film; I guess it is just too dark for many people, and  does have the "cool" factor some of his other films do. You don't the black humor in Bull you do in many of Scorsese's films.

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  1. Taxi Driver
  2. The Last Temptation of Christ
  3. The Age of Innocence
  4. Silence
  5. Shutter Island
  6. The Color of Money
  7. The King of Comedy
  8. After Hours
  9. The Irishman
  10. Bringing Out the Dead
  11. The Departed
  12. Raging Bull
  13. The Wolf of Wall Street
  14. Kundun
  15. Cape Fear
  16. Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore
  17. Casino
  18. Mean Streets
  19. Goodfellas
  20. The Aviator
  21. Hugo
  22. Gangs of New York
  23. Who's That Knocking At My Door
  24. New York, New York
  25. Boxcar Bertha
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I think my ranking might be a little different than the norm.  While I like all the classic Scorsese films there are 5 films that I like more than the others. 

 

FWIW, Goodfellas, Wolf, Cape Fear, Departed and Raging Bull are my faves.

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