For a better experience on MUBI, update your browser.

Martin Scorsese. Ranked.

by Jake Mulligan
The 21 narrative feature films by Martin Scorsese, as ranked by me. The most interesting, provocative, and stylish American filmmaker in decades, delightfully mixing elements of Italian neorealism, the New Wave, and other European film movements with the classical Hollywood style. Take “New York, New York”, mixing dark romantic scenes influenced by neorealism or “The Red Shoes” with dance numbers reminiscent of Judy Garland, or “Shutter Island”, whose plot and cinematography suggest “the bastard child of a Michael Powell technicolor work and a Sam Fuller noir” (can’t remember who said this, not me though). Often working within the “One for… Read more

The 21 narrative feature films by Martin Scorsese, as ranked by me. The most interesting, provocative, and stylish American filmmaker in decades, delightfully mixing elements of Italian neorealism, the New Wave, and other European film movements with the classical Hollywood style. Take “New York, New York”, mixing dark romantic scenes influenced by neorealism or “The Red Shoes” with dance numbers reminiscent of Judy Garland, or “Shutter Island”, whose plot and cinematography suggest “the bastard child of a Michael Powell technicolor work and a Sam Fuller noir” (can’t remember who said this, not me though). Often working within the “One for them, one for me” studio system, they may not be all winners, but most of them are extremely good, and at least the top ten entirely indispensable. As always, I reserve the right to re-arrange upon re-watches.

Read less