Thursday, March 7, 2013

Martin Scorsese's Film School Curriculum

I stumbled upon last year's Fast Company interview with the Oscar-winning director, film historian, and preservationist Martin Scorsese, who names 85 films that have inspired him. Given the man's impressive knowledge of film, I'm eager to finish off the titles I haven't seen yet. There are several on here I love, and many that I need to see. If you want to know about film, Scorsese recommends these, and I don't think you can go wrong with this director's introductory "film school". Check out the list below.

Ace in the Hole (1951)
All That Heaven Allows (1955)
America, America (1963)
An American in Paris (1951)
Apocalypse Now (1979)
Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)
The Bad and the Beautiful (1952)
The Band Wagon (1953)
Born on the Fourth of July (1989)
Cape Fear (1962)

Cat People (1942)
Caught (1949)
Citizen Kane (1941)
The Conversation (1974)
Dial M for Murder (1954)
Do the Right Thing (1989)
Duel in the Sun (1946)
The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921)
Europa '51 (1952)
Faces (1968)

The Fall of the Roman Empire (1964)
The Flowers of St. Francis (1950)
Force of Evil (1948)
Forty Guns (1957)
Germany Year Zero (1948)
Gilda (1946)
The Godfather (1972)
Gun Crazy (1950)
Health (1980)
Heaven's Gate (1980)

House of Wax (1953)
How Green Was My Valley (1941)
The Hustler (1961)
I Walk Alone (1948)
The Infernal Cakewalk (1903)
It Happened One Night (1934)
Jason and the Argonauts (1963)
Journey to Italy (1954)
Julius Caesar (1953)
Kansas City (1996)

Kiss Me Deadly (1955)
Klute (1971)
La Terra Trema (1948)
The Lady from Shanghai (1948)
The Leopard (1963)
Macbeth (1948)
The Magic Box (1951)
M*A*S*H (1970)
A Matter of Life and Death (1946)
McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971)

The Messiah (1975)
Midnight Cowboy (1969)
Mishima (1985)
Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936)
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
Nashville (1975)
Night and the City (1950)
One, Two, Three (1961)
Othello (1952)
Paisa (1946)

Peeping Tom (1960)
Pickup on South Street (1953)
The Player (1992)
The Power and the Glory (1933)
Raw Deal (1948)
The Red Shoes (1948)
The Rise of Louis XIV (1966)
The Roaring Twenties (1939)
Rocco and His Brothers (1960)
Rome, Open City (1945)

Secrets of the Soul (1912)
Senso (1954)
Shadows (1959)
Shock Corridor (1963)
Some Came Running (1958)
Stagecoach (1939)
Stromboli (1950)
Sullivan's Travels (1942)
Sweet Smell of Success (1957)
Tales of Hoffman (1951)

The Third Man (1949)
T-Men (1947)
Touch of Evil (1958)
The Trial (1962)
Two Weeks in Another Town (1962)


  1. Of the films in that list, I've seen 20 of these films. One of those films I saw is in my official Blind Spot list while Stagecoach is a film I'm planning to see this year as it's also in my Blind Spot list.

    1. I've seen around 35 of these, so I've got a lot left. Stagecoach is great film. Hope you like it.

  2. Scorsese and Tarantino, they are like movie encyclopedias :) I've seen 18 from here. A bunch of them are already on my watchlist, and a few that I'll be looking up.

    Have you watched A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies? or My Voyage To Italy (1999) ?
    They are both on my list, and sound interesting.

    1. Same here. I definitely want to get through these eventually.

      I've seen some of A Personal Journey..., but they're on my watchlist too. :)

  3. Hmm, I've seen 38 of those films. Not bad.

  4. Huhh, I hardly break into the double digits. 1 more list to go after, Looks like I have some work to do. :)

    1. I've still got about 50 to see, so don't feel bad. ;)

  5. Wow! This is quite a list, and I've only seen a few of these. I'll bookmark this to peruse again later. :-)

    1. Awesome! I can't wait to see more of these films.

  6. Very interesting Josh, thanks for sharing. Nice to see what influence such a great filmmaker. So how many have you seen?

    1. Recounted, and I've seen 36. Only 49 left to see! :)

  7. Do you know where to see Secrets of the Soul and HealtH?

    1. Unfortunately, no. I haven't been able to find them anywhere. :(