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All Martin Scorsese Movies Ranked by Tomatometer

Pick any decade since the 1970s American New Wave, reach in to grab some of the best movies of those years, and chances are you’ll be pulling out some Martin Scorsese pictures. Along with Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, and Francis Ford Coppola, Scorsese was among the rabble-rousers who shook filmmaking to its core in the 1970s, when all conventional wisdom (and filming permits) were thrown out the window for a more dangerous yet personal style of cinema. When you think of that decade, what better captures its grit, grime, and freewheeling cynicism than Taxi Driver?

He made the 1980s a wash for other directors by releasing his masterpiece as early as possible in the decade, with the transformative Raging Bull, netting star Robert De Niro his second acting Oscar. Scorsese subsequently showed off his lighter side with the media satire The King of Comedy, the Kafka-esque comedy After Hours, and, um, The Last Temptation of Christ. A real knee-slapper!

With the 1990s, Scorsese did it again, releasing beloved mob epic Goodfellas in the first year of that decade. While 1995’s Casino works as a companion piece to Goodfellas, Scorsese films also began to have a more specific otherworldly aura, like in the romantic The Age of Innocence and the religious Tibetan biopic Kundun; he then returned to a more hazy, hard-edged spirituality with Bringing Out the Dead, starring Nicolas Cage.

Scorsese’s post-Casino material was not warmly received by audiences, and by the 2000s he was on the lookout for a new actor-collaborator in the same vein as De Niro for a comeback. Scorsese found his man in Leonardo DiCaprio, himself looking to shed his Titanic heartthrob image. Gangs of New York and The Aviator proved Scorsese/DiCaprio was serious business, leading the way for the 2000s masterpiece The Departed, which won Best Picture and, at last, got Scorsese the Best Director Oscar.

The playful Shutter Island, secret movie history lesson Hugo, and the long-gestating Silence were all befitting his reputation and style, but it might be Scorsese’s latest that will be his defining 2010s statement. 2019’s The Irishman arrived into theaters, all three-plus hours of it, on a massive wave of hype for its promise of bringing De Niro, Pacino, and Joe Pesci together on-screen. Judging by the critical response and Netflix positioning the movie as its grand Thanksgiving offering, Irishman did not disappoint.

Scorsese’s next movie is reportedly Killers of the Flower Moon, which will star DiCaprio and De Niro, and explore the 1920s murder of Osage Native Americans over their oil-rich land. With the master director showing no signs of slowing down approaching his 80s, we pay our respects with our guide to all Martin Scorsese movies ranked by Tomatometer!

#33

Boxcar Bertha (1972)
52%

#33
Adjusted Score: 54776%
Critics Consensus: Too derivative of other Roger Corman crime pictures to stand out, Boxcar Bertha feels more like a training exercise for a fledgling Martin Scorsese than a fully formed picture in its own right.
Synopsis: A young woman (Barbara Hershey) robs trains with a union man (David Carradine), a gambler (Barry Primus) and a friend... [More]
Directed By: Martin Scorsese

#32
#32
Adjusted Score: 67341%
Critics Consensus: Martin Scorsese's technical virtuosity and Liza Minelli's magnetic presence are on full display in New York, New York, although this ambitious musical's blend of swooning style and hard-bitten realism makes for a queasy mixture.
Synopsis: A singer (Liza Minnelli) and a saxophonist (Robert De Niro) team up and break up in the postwar big-band era.... [More]
Directed By: Martin Scorsese

#31

Shutter Island (2010)
68%

#31
Adjusted Score: 76379%
Critics Consensus: It may not rank with Scorsese's best work, but Shutter Island's gleefully unapologetic genre thrills represent the director at his most unrestrained.
Synopsis: A 1950s lawman (Leonardo DiCaprio) pursues a murderess who appears to have vanished from a locked room within a fortresslike... [More]
Directed By: Martin Scorsese

#30
Adjusted Score: 71899%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A Little Italy tough guy (Harvey Keitel) with a good-girl hang-up falls for an arty blonde (Zina Bethune).... [More]
Directed By: Martin Scorsese

#29
#29
Adjusted Score: 76275%
Critics Consensus: Stunning and compelling, Scorsese and Cage succeed at satisfying the audience.
Synopsis: After too many years on the job, an EMS paramedic (Nicolas Cage) begins an emotional descent during 56-hour tour.... [More]
Directed By: Martin Scorsese

#28
#28
Adjusted Score: 79485%
Critics Consensus: Though flawed, the sprawling, messy Gangs of New York is redeemed by impressive production design and Day-Lewis's electrifying performance.
Synopsis: During the era of Tammany Hall's sway, a young man (Leonardo DiCaprio) vows vengeance on the vicious gangster (Daniel Day-Lewis)... [More]
Directed By: Martin Scorsese

#27

Cape Fear (1991)
73%

#27
Adjusted Score: 77187%
Critics Consensus: Smart and stylish, Cape Fear is a gleefully mainstream shocker from Martin Scorsese, with a terrifying Robert De Niro peformance.
Synopsis: A tattooed psychopath (Robert De Niro) preys on a Southern lawyer (Nick Nolte), his wife (Jessica Lange) and their teenage... [More]
Directed By: Martin Scorsese

#26

Kundun (1997)
75%

#26
Adjusted Score: 78998%
Critics Consensus: Hallucinatory but lacking in characterization, Kundun is a young Dalai Lama portrait presented as a feast of sight and sound.
Synopsis: From childhood until his exile as an adult, Tibet's 14th dalai lama (Tenzin Thuthob Tsarong, Gyurme Tethong, Tulku Jamyang Kunga... [More]
Directed By: Martin Scorsese

#25
#25
Adjusted Score: 36732%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Filmmakers Martin Scorsese and David Tedeschi examine the history of the New York Review of Books.... [More]

#24

Casino (1995)
79%

#24
Adjusted Score: 83929%
Critics Consensus: Impressive ambition and bravura performances from an outstanding cast help Casino pay off in spite of a familiar narrative that may strike some viewers as a safe bet for director Martin Scorsese.
Synopsis: A New York bookie (Robert De Niro) and his pal (Joe Pesci) turn a Las Vegas casino into an empire,... [More]
Directed By: Martin Scorsese

#23
#23
Adjusted Score: 92748%
Critics Consensus: Funny, self-referential, and irreverent to a fault, The Wolf of Wall Street finds Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio at their most infectiously dynamic.
Synopsis: New York stockbroker Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio), who founded brokerage firm Stratton Oakmont while still in his early 20s, develops... [More]
Directed By: Martin Scorsese

#22
Adjusted Score: 86089%
Critics Consensus: The Last Temptation of Christ is a surprisingly straight and passionate affair, one that also seeks to redeem Scorsese's '80s career.
Synopsis: A controversial account of the life of Jesus of Nazareth, focusing on internal doubt and conflict he may have felt.... [More]
Directed By: Martin Scorsese

#21

Silence (2016)
83%

#21
Adjusted Score: 95986%
Critics Consensus: Silence ends Martin Scorsese's decades-long creative quest with a thoughtful, emotionally resonant look at spirituality and human nature that stands among the director's finest works.
Synopsis: Two 17th-century Portuguese missionaries (Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver) face the ultimate test of faith when they travel to Japan to... [More]
Directed By: Martin Scorsese

#20
#20
Adjusted Score: 89519%
Critics Consensus: Equal measures romantic and wistful, Martin Scorsese's elegant adaptation of The Age of Innocence is a triumphant exercise in both stylistic and thematic restraint.
Synopsis: An upper-class lawyer (Daniel Day-Lewis) falls in love with his fiancee's (Winona Ryder) freethinking cousin (Michelle Pfeiffer) in 1870s New... [More]
Directed By: Martin Scorsese

#19

Shine a Light (2008)
86%

#19
Adjusted Score: 90021%
Critics Consensus: It may offer little new for fans, but Martin Scorsese's document of the Rolling Stones' electrifying live show should provide satisfaction to audiences.
Synopsis: Filmmaker Martin Scorsese documents a 2006 Rolling Stones concert at New York's Beacon Theatre, featuring guest appearances by Buddy Guy,... [More]
Directed By: Martin Scorsese

#18

The Aviator (2004)
86%

#18
Adjusted Score: 92321%
Critics Consensus: With a rich sense of period detail, The Aviator succeeds thanks to typically assured direction from Martin Scorsese and a strong performance from Leonardo DiCaprio, who charts Howard Hughes' descent from eccentric billionaire to reclusive madman.
Synopsis: During the 1930s and '40s, wealthy industrialist Howard Hughes (Leonardo DiCaprio) gains fame as a movie producer, airplane designer and... [More]
Directed By: Martin Scorsese

#17
Adjusted Score: 90463%
Critics Consensus: Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore finds Martin Scorsese wielding a somewhat gentler palette than usual, with generally absorbing results.
Synopsis: A hard-luck widow (Ellen Burstyn) heads West with her son and meets a likeable rancher (Kris Kristofferson).... [More]
Directed By: Martin Scorsese

#16
Adjusted Score: 63059%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Filmmaker Martin Scorsese traces Bob Dylan's evolution from folk troubadour to iconic rock star. Live concert footage and press conferences... [More]
Directed By: Martin Scorsese

#15
#15
Adjusted Score: 93985%
Critics Consensus: That it's inferior to the original goes without saying, but Paul Newman and Tom Cruise are a joy to watch, and Martin Scorsese's direction is typically superb.
Synopsis: In this sequel to 1961's "The Hustler," Eddie Felson teaches a talented but naive newcomer the tricks of his trade.... [More]
Directed By: Martin Scorsese

#14

After Hours (1985)
89%

#14
Adjusted Score: 94210%
Critics Consensus: Bursting with frantic energy and tinged with black humor, After Hours is a masterful -- and often overlooked -- detour in Martin Scorsese's filmography.
Synopsis: A Manhattan yuppie (Griffin Dunne) enters dark SoHo, led by strange women (Rosanna Arquette, Teri Garr) into the urban unknown.... [More]
Directed By: Martin Scorsese

#13
#13
Adjusted Score: 94810%
Critics Consensus: Largely misunderstood upon its release, The King of Comedy today looks eerily prescient, and features a fine performance by Robert DeNiro as a strangely sympathetic psychopath.
Synopsis: A desperate would-be comic (Robert De Niro) hounds a late-night talk-show host (Jerry Lewis) for a break.... [More]
Directed By: Martin Scorsese

#12

The Departed (2006)
90%

#12
Adjusted Score: 101427%
Critics Consensus: Featuring outstanding work from an excellent cast, The Departed is a thoroughly engrossing gangster drama with the gritty authenticity and soupy morality we come to expect from Martin Scorsese.
Synopsis: In Boston an undercover cop (Leonardo DiCaprio) gains a gangland chief's (Jack Nicholson) trust, while a career criminal (Matt Damon)... [More]
Directed By: Martin Scorsese

#11

Public Speaking (2010)
92%

#11
Adjusted Score: 46596%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Filmmaker Martin Scorsese examines the life and work of author Fran Lebowitz.... [More]
Starring:
Directed By: Martin Scorsese

#10
Adjusted Score: 96371%
Critics Consensus: Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese lives up to its unwieldy title with a delightfully unorthodox look at a pivotal period in its subject's career.
Synopsis: Filmmaker Martin Scorsese chronicles the troubled spirit of America in 1975 along with the joyous music that Bob Dylan performed... [More]
Directed By: Martin Scorsese

#9

Raging Bull (1980)
94%

#9
Adjusted Score: 101976%
Critics Consensus: Arguably Martin Scorsese's and Robert De Niro's finest film, Raging Bull is often painful to watch, but it's a searing, powerful work about an unsympathetic hero.
Synopsis: The violent nature of prizefighter Jake LaMotta (Robert De Niro) leads first to a boxing championship, then to a downward... [More]
Directed By: Martin Scorsese

#8

Hugo (2011)
93%

#8
Adjusted Score: 100814%
Critics Consensus: Hugo is an extravagant, elegant fantasy with an innocence lacking in many modern kids' movies, and one that emanates an unabashed love for the magic of cinema.
Synopsis: A resourceful orphaned boy (Asa Butterfield) and a bookish girl (Chloë Grace Moretz) set out on a quest to unlock... [More]
Directed By: Martin Scorsese

#7

Mean Streets (1973)
95%

#7
Adjusted Score: 102464%
Critics Consensus: Mean Streets is a powerful tale of urban sin and guilt that marks Scorsese's arrival as an important cinematic voice and features electrifying performances from Harvey Keitel and Robert De Niro.
Synopsis: Small-time hoods (Robert De Niro, Harvey Keitel) hang out in a bar and get into big trouble in New York's... [More]
Directed By: Martin Scorsese

#6

Taxi Driver (1976)
96%

#6
Adjusted Score: 107581%
Critics Consensus: A must-see film for movie lovers, this Martin Scorsese masterpiece is as hard-hitting as it is compelling, with Robert De Niro at his best.
Synopsis: A disturbed New York cabby (Robert De Niro) befriends a teenage hooker (Jodie Foster) and frees her from her pimp.... [More]
Directed By: Martin Scorsese

#5

Goodfellas (1990)
96%

#5
Adjusted Score: 105107%
Critics Consensus: Hard-hitting and stylish, GoodFellas is a gangster classic -- and arguably the high point of Martin Scorsese's career.
Synopsis: In the 1950s an Irish-Italian hoodlum (Ray Liotta) joins the New York Mafia, but his mob career is not what... [More]
Directed By: Martin Scorsese

#4

The Irishman (2019)
95%

#4
Adjusted Score: 120073%
Critics Consensus: An epic gangster drama that earns its extended runtime, The Irishman finds Martin Scorsese revisiting familiar themes to poignant, funny, and profound effect.
Synopsis: In the 1950s, truck driver Frank Sheeran gets involved with Russell Bufalino and his Pennsylvania crime family. As Sheeran climbs... [More]
Directed By: Martin Scorsese

#3

The Last Waltz (1978)
98%

#3
Adjusted Score: 103998%
Critics Consensus: Among one of, if not the best rock movie ever made, The Last Waltz is a revealing, electrifying view of the classic band at their height.
Synopsis: The Band's 1976 farewell concert includes Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Van Morrison, Eric Clapton, Muddy Waters.... [More]
Directed By: Martin Scorsese

#2
Adjusted Score: 100119%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Scorsese illustrates the role of the director in American cinema with a wealth of film clips and commentary.... [More]

#1

My Voyage to Italy (1999)
100%

#1
Adjusted Score: 90039%
Critics Consensus: Martin Scorsese invites audiences to follow him through the movies that shaped him, offering both a highly informative dissertation on Italian cinema history and an intimate glimpse into the director's upbringing.
Synopsis: Martin Scorsese shows excerpts of 30 pre-1961 classic Italian films, explaining their historical significance and how each influenced his work.... [More]
Starring:
Directed By: Martin Scorsese

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