Goodfellas

Scorsese’s masterpiece of late-American Dream excess and the decaying effects of a ceaseless lust for money follows Henry Hill (Ray Liotta), a young man who idolizes the mobsters he sees in his neighborhood every day, as he works his way up the Brooklyn mafia hierarchy over a thirty-year period.  Perched above him in the pecking order is a ferocious trio: soft-spoken patriarch Paul Cicero (Paul Sorvino), the charismatic “Jimmy the Gent” (Robert DeNiro), and the terrifying, high-strung Tommy DeVito (Joe Pesci). As we learn the deep inner workings of the Italian-American mafia through Hill’s experiences, longtime Scorsese cinematographer Michael Ballhaus’s camera incessantly roves, capturing every minute detail, while Thelma Schoonmaker’s crisp editing propels the story along at near-breakneck pace.

Genres: Crime, Drama, Comedy

Other Films by Martin Scorsese

The King of Comedy

Rupert Pupkin (Robert De Niro) is a delusional schmuck living with his mother and a life-size cardboard cutout of Liza Minnelli, practicing to become a famous stand-up comedian. He leaves his basement set to stalk Johnny Carson-like talk show host Jerry Langford (icily played by Jerry Lewis), in the hopes of securing a spot on

Mean Streets

Based in part on his own experiences in the darker corners of New York’s Little Italy, Scorsese provides a parable of a man attempting to reconcile his violent lifestyle with an irresolute Catholic faith. Harvey Keitel portrays Charlie, a well-meaning, small-time hood whose conflicted nature is slowly beginning to jeopardize his work and private life.

Raging Bull

“The apotheosis of De Niro’s — indeed, of anyone’s — practice of Method Acting comes in Martin Scorsese’s harrowing biopic about the boxer Jake LaMotta.  De Niro sculpted his body to a middleweight fighter’s level of fitness, then ballooned up by adding 60 pounds to his frame so as to depict the washed-up LaMotta.  Even