Previously, I started a top ten list which featured not only some of the most well-known films that Martin Scorsese has made, but some of my favorite films of all time. If you read closely, you would notice that all five of them featured Robert De Niro as well, a big collaborator of Scorsese's for many years. One other important film that was left out was Cape Fear, another great film featuring De Niro and Nick Nolte.
In the second part of Scorsese's career, he has made a bit of a switch in the types of the films that he has made as well as who he works with. Including the highly anticipated film coming out this November, 'The Wolf of Wall Street,' he has done a handful of films with Leonardo DiCaprio and this list will focus on those films. Leonardo DiCaprio really made a name for himself after appearing in 'Titanic' but has become a much more versatile and quality actor after the work that he has done with Scorsese over the years. Since working with DiCaprio and as his career has progressed, Scorsese has done a number of different kinds of films including biopics and films about detectives. Even though "The Wolf of Wall Street" has not been released yet, it seems important to include on the list, since it marks the fifth time that the pair of them have worked together and also touches on an important true story, yet again.
The first part of the top ten Scorsese list can be seen here, Top Ten Scorsese Films Part 1
5. The Wolf of Wall Street- This film is based on the true story of Jordan Belfort, tracking his rise to becoming a wealthy stock-broker while living the high life, to his fall involving crime, corruption and the federal government. He is from Long Island and after his career comes to an end, ends up serving 20 months in prison for refusing to cooperate in a massive securities fraud case that involved widespread corruption on Wall Street in the 1990s. The film also stars Matthew McConaughey, Jonah Hill and Jon Favreau.
4. Shutter Island- This is a drama set in 1954 that follows U.S. Marshall Teddy Daniels investigating the disappearance of a woman who escaped from a hospital for the criminally insane. The hospital is located on an island and the story becomes very intense as nothing seems to be as it appears. It is also based on a novel of the same name by Dennis Lehane, who also wrote 'Mystic River.' It also stars Mark Ruffalo, Ben Kingsley and Michelle Williams.
3. The Aviator- In this historical drama, Scorsese tells the story of Howard Hughes, the legendary film director and aviator. The film spans from the late 1920s through the 1940s and gives audiences a very interesting look into his life showing the women that he was involved with and the struggle that he had with OCD, a mental illness that severely affected his life. The film also stars Cate Blanchett and Kate Beckinsale.
2. Gangs of New York- In one of the more violent and intense films that feature Leonardo Dicaprio, Amsterdam Vallon returns to the Five Points area of New York City seeking revenge against Bill the Butcher, his father's killer. This is also going back to Scorsese's earlier films a bit and focuses on the gangsters in New York, while being set in 1863. The film also stars Daniel Day-Lewis and Cameron Diaz.
1. The Departed- One of the best films in recent years and also what finally earned Scorsese the Oscar for best picture, this film has an excellent ensemble cast and is filled with action from start to finish. It also involves the FBI, double agents and gangs. The film features an undercover state cop who infiltrates an Irish gang and a mole in the police force working for the same mob who race to identify each other, before being exposed to the enemy. In addition to DiCaprio, the film stars Matt Damon, Mark Wahlberg and Jack Nicholson.