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125 Essential Movies, According to Martin Scorsese

A compilation of three separate sources by Mental Floss' Colin Ainsworth. This list includes the "85 movies 'you need to see to know anything about film,'" Scorsese stated in a thorough interview with Fast Company in 2012. Scorsese provided a list of nearly 40 recommendations to start familiarizing oneself with foreign film to a young filmmaker named Colin Levy. The third source is Scorsese's contribution to Sight & Sound magazine.
Scorsese is someone I greatly admire, not only as a filmmaker, but also as a cinephile, film preservationist, and lover of film. I found substantial significance in visualizing this list chronologically as the article suggests. Through the list's structure I can tangibly conceptualize the course of film history in a modest yet realistic fashion. I've seen inspirations flow from these films into other films decades later. Each entry of this list is a true gem. Can't wait to finish watching the rest of these films and further fall in love with film.
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The Infernal Cakewalk (1903)
The Infernal Cakewalk (1903)
2
Secrets of the Soul (1912)
Secrets of the Soul (1912)
3
The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921)
The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921)
4
Nosferatu (1922)
Nosferatu (1922)
5
Dr. Mabuse, the Gambler (1922)
Dr. Mabuse, the Gambler (1922)
6
Metropolis (1927)
Metropolis (1927)
7
Napoleon (1927)
Napoleon (1927)
8
The Power and the Glory (1933)
The Power and the Glory (1933)
9
It Happened One Night (1934)
It Happened One Night (1934)
10
Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936)
Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936)
11
Grand Illusion (1937)
Grand Illusion (1937)
12
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
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13
Stagecoach (1939)
Stagecoach (1939)
14
The Roaring Twenties (1939)
The Roaring Twenties (1939)
15
The Rules of the Game (1939)
The Rules of the Game (1939)
16
Citizen Kane (1941)
Citizen Kane (1941)
17
How Green Was My Valley (1941)
How Green Was My Valley (1941)
18
Sullivan's Travels (1941)
Sullivan's Travels (1941)
19
Cat People (1942)
Cat People (1942)
20
Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)
Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)
21
Rome, Open City (1945)
Rome, Open City (1945)
22
Children of Paradise (1945)
Children of Paradise (1945)
23
Duel in the Sun (1946)
Duel in the Sun (1946)
24
Gilda (1946)
Gilda (1946)
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25
A Matter of Life and Death (1946)
A Matter of Life and Death (1946)
26
Paisan (1946)
Paisan (1946)
27
The Beast - La Belle Et La BĂȘte (1946)
The Beast - La Belle Et La Bête (1946)
28
The Lady From Shanghai (1947)
The Lady From Shanghai (1947)
29
T-Men (1947)
T-Men (1947)
30
I Walk Alone (1948)
I Walk Alone (1948)
31
The Red Shoes (1948)
The Red Shoes (1948)
32
Germany Year Zero (1948)
Germany Year Zero (1948)
33
Force of Evil (1948)
Force of Evil (1948)
34
La Terra Trema (1948)
La Terra Trema (1948)
35
MacBeth (1948)
MacBeth (1948)
36
Raw Deal (1948)
Raw Deal (1948)
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37
Bicycle Thieves (1948)
Bicycle Thieves (1948)
38
Caught (1949)
Caught (1949)
39
The Third Man (1949)
The Third Man (1949)
40
Stromboli (1950)
Stromboli (1950)
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