I’m perfectly content to just label Martin Scorsese one of the most talented filmmakers of all time and call it a day — but I fear that would, ultimately, neglect his status as a true film historian. The living master has already exhibited his vast knowledge and deep understanding of film as an art form in two comprehensive documentaries — A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies and My Voyage to Italy — then expressed it to the masses this past fall with a near-masterpiece, Hugo.

It’s mind-boggling to even consider how many films Scorsese‘s seen by the age of 69 — even more interesting, though, would be that exclusive list of his favorites. And while I can’t definitively say if this list supplied to Fast Company (consisting of 85 films) would be identical, I’m nevertheless fascinated to read off these titles, along with the commentary he provides on a select few. Some of these (Citizen Kane, Apocalypse Now) would also count among my favorites; others I’ve never seen a second of. If nothing else, let’s all take this as a chance to beef up the mental inventory when trying to think of something to watch.

Ace in the Hole
All that Heaven Allows
America, America
An American in Paris
Apocalypse Now
Arsenic and Old Lace
The Bad and the Beautiful
The Band Wagon
Born on the Fourth of July
Cape Fear
Cat People
Citizen Kane
The Conversation
Dial M for Murder
Do the Right Thing
Duel in the Sun
The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse
Europa ’51
The Fall of the Roman Empire
The Flowers of St. Francis
Force of Evil
Forty Guns
Germany Year Zero
The Godfather
Gun Crazy
Heaven’s Gate
House of Wax
How Green Was My Valley
The Hustler
I Walk Alone
The Infernal Cakewalk
It Happened One Nght
Jason and the Argonauts
Journey to Italy
Julius Caesar
Kansas City
Kiss Me Deadly
La Terra Trema
The Lady From Shanghai
The Leopard
The Magic Box
A Matter of Life and Death
McCabe & Mrs. Miller
The Messiah
Midnight Cowboy
Mr. Deeds Goes to Town
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
Night and the City
One, Two, Three
Peeping Tom
Pickup on South Street
The Player
The Power and the Glory
Raw Deal
The Red Shoes
The Rise of Louis XIV
The Roaring Twenties
Rocco and his Brothers
Rome, Open City
Secrets of the Soul
Shock Corridor
Some Came Running
Sullivan’s Travels
Sweet Smell of Success
Tales of Hoffman
The Third Man
Touch of Evil
The Trial
Two Weeks in Another Town

What do you think of Scorsese’s list? Anything you need to catch up with right away?

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