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

This photo provided by 20th Century Fox,  shows Jerry Lewis, left, and Robert De Niro in a scene from the movie "The King of Comedy."  The Tribeca Film Festival will close with a 30th anniversary restoration of Martin Scorsese’s “The King of Comedy.” This year’s festival will thus bow out on April 27 with a classic from one of its founders: Robert De Niro. In the 1983 dark comedy, he stars as the aspiring comedian Rupert Pupkin, whose obsessive celebrity hounding leads to kidnapping. Tribeca co-founder Jane Rosenthal said it had always been a goal of Scorsese’s to use the festival to showcase restored and rediscovered films. The 12th annual Tribeca Film Festival opens April 17.(AP Photo/20th Century Fox)

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

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