Beautiful New York

A Celebration of the City

The Top 100 Greatest New Yorkers — #25

Martin Scorsese (b. 1942)


Although Martin Scorsese’s greatest contribution to cinema may be in the field of preservation, he is nonetheless widely regarded as one of the most influential directors in the history of the craft. While some of his best loved films are set elsewhere, Scorsese’s most popular and respected works are inseparable from his native New York City. Some of the grittiest and most vivid depictions of Gotham come from his camera, often focusing on a unique neighborhood or area: Little Italy in Mean Streets, Times Square and Hell’s Kitchen in Taxi Driver, The Bronx in Raging Bull, SoHo in After Hours, the Five Points in Gangs of New York, and the Financial District in The Wolf of Wall Street, just to name a few. Nominated for more Oscars than any other director alive today, his one win was for The Departed, a movie set in Boston but with many scenes actually shot in Brooklyn. He has also won the Palme d’Or, the Silver Lion, the Golden Globe, the BAFTA, the DGA Award, and the AFI Lifetime Achievement Award.


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