Special Report

Martin Scorsese’s Movies, Ranked Worst to Best

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33. Boxcar Bertha (1972)
> IMDb user rating: 6.0/10 (9,113 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 33% (5,450 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 52% (23 reviews)
> Starring: Barbara Hershey, David Carradine, Barry Primus, Bernie Casey

Scorsese’s second feature film, “Boxcar Bertha,” is about a radical labor organizer who teams up with a union leader during the Great Depression to destroy a corrupt railroad company by any means possible.

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32. New York, New York (1977)
> IMDb user rating: 6.6/10 (19,281 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 58% (9,841 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 63% (41 reviews)
> Starring: Liza Minnelli, Robert De Niro, Lionel Stander, Barry Primus

The story of two musicians trying to make it big in post-WWII New York City, this musical details the tumultuous relationship between a volatile saxophone player and a lonely lounge singer.

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31. Who’s That Knocking at My Door (1967)
> IMDb user rating: 6.6/10 (8,793 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 61% (5,171 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 70% (20 reviews)
> Starring: Harvey Keitel, Zina Bethune, Anne Collette, Lennard Kuras

Scorsese’s directorial debut, this indie drama is about an old-fashioned Italian-American man who wants to settle down and have a family; but when he finds out the girl of his dreams was once raped, his Catholic upbringing prevents him from marrying her.

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30. The 50 Year Argument (2014)
> IMDb user rating: 6.6/10 (694 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 61% (50 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 78% (9 reviews)
> Starring: Robert Silvers, Barbara Epstein, W.H. Auden, Isaiah Berlin

This documentary film co-directed by David Tedeschi uses both archival footage and modern interviews to explore the history of the New York Review of Books, highlighting major cultural events that the magazine has covered, as well as the impact of the publication’s often subversive dialogues.

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29. Bringing Out the Dead (1999)
> IMDb user rating: 6.8/10 (66,537 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 70% (38,833 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 72% (109 reviews)
> Starring: Nicolas Cage, Patricia Arquette, John Goodman, Ving Rhames

Written by Paul Schrader, who also wrote the screenplay for “Taxi Driver” and co-wrote “Raging Bull,” this dark but compassionate psychological drama portrays the mind-bending emotional toll of working graveyard shifts as a paramedic on the mean and drug-ridden streets of Hell’s Kitchen.

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