370499 11: Director Martin Scorsese arrives at a film memorabilia auction June 5, 2000 in Santa Monica, CA. The event benefitted the Film Foundation, founded by Martin Scorsese and other filmmakers who support film preservation. (Photo by Online USA)

Today is Martin Scorcese’s 80th birthday!   The iconic director was born on this day in 1942.

Scorcese is truly one of the greatest film-makers of all time.   He’s made classic after classic for nearly 50 years at this point.   Amazing.

Look through the fantastic photo gallery below and then scroll down for our Top 5 list of Scorcese’s greatest movies!   Happy Birthday, Marty!

– East Side Dave

 

  • 5.) Casino

    Starring Robert DeNiro, Joe Pesci, and Sharon Stone…this epic film looks at the rise of Las Vegas and the mob’s influence over gambling.   Brilliant soundtrack.   Brilliant directing.   Brilliant performances.   Amazing movie.

  • 4.) Gangs Of New York

    Daniel Day-Lewis delivers one of the greatest villain performances ever while Scorcese teams up with frequent collaborator Leonardo DiCaprio for the first time ever in this brilliant picture.   An epic and visually stunning masterpiece of a movie.

  • 3.) The Departed

    Another tremendous Scorcese film with DiCaprio…this movie is a masterpiece as it examines the Boston criminal underworld and stars Jack Nicholson in his first and only Scorcese picture.   The film would also get Scorcese his first Acadmey Award.

  • 2.) Raging Bull

    With all due respect to Rocky…THIS is the single greatest boxing movie ever.   Hell…it may be the best SPORTS movie ever.   An absolute iconic film that earned Robert DeNrio the Oscar for Best Actor.

  • 1.) Goodfellas

    Come on…is there any other choice?   Goodfellas gives The Godfather a serious running for the greatest mob movie ever.   Period.   I’ve probably watched Goodfellas 500 times…and I’ll watch it 500 more.   It’s perfect in every way.   And it’s Martin Scorcese’s best film.