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Martin Scorsese's 10 Best Non-Gangster Movies, Ranked By IMDb

Martin Scorsese remains one of cinema's most accomplished directors. With his nine Oscar nominations for Best Director, he ranks second for all directors to receive that honor. While his movies have won 20 Oscars with 91 total nominations, he remains connected with the gangster genre above all others. However, his work goes far beyond one genre.

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Scorsese has directed dark comedies, dramatic thrillers, historical biopics, and even worked in the horror genre. These movies, as much as his gangster pics, earned awards accolades and critical acclaim, as well as a huge level of support from movie fans, especially when looking at their IMDb scores.

10 The Last Temptation Of Christ (1988) - 7.5 - Available To Stream On Starz

In 1988, Martin Scorsese directed The Last Temptation of Christ, a Biblical epic about the life of Jesus Christ. The movie was highly controversial when released. Many Christian groups boycotted it because they considered the temptations that Jesus overcame in the movie to be offensive.

However, that did not stop it from becoming a critically acclaimed classic. On top of being certified fresh on the Tomatometer, it also sits with a 7.5 IMDb viewer rating. Scorsese received an Oscar nomination for Best Director for the film.

9 Hugo (2011) - 7.5 - Available To Stream On Netflix

In 2011, Martin Scorsese made his love letter to cinema history, something he has always held very dear. The man who wrote an entire book about the history of movies adapted the novel The Invention of Hugo Cabret into the movie Hugo.

This starred Asa Butterfield as a young orphan living in Paris. It is here that he meets Georges Méliès, the filmmaker who led the way for movies, both technically and narratively, during its infancy. This was a huge critical success, scoring 11 Oscar nominations and winning five of them. IMDb fans also praised it, giving it a 7.5 rating.

8 The Aviator (2004) - 7.5 - Available To Stream On HBO Max

In 2004, Martin Scorsese directed a historical biopic of Howard Hawkes. This was the story of a man who was an early aviation pioneer, but also a film director who made the 1930 war movie Hell's Angels. With Leonardo DiCaprio in the lead role, Scorsese won an Oscar for Best Picture.

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The Aviator was also a critical success beyond the Academy Awards, certified fresh by Rotten Tomatoes critics and sitting at 7.5 as the average score for IMDb voters. It was a box office success for Scorsese as well, making $214 million worldwide.

7 After Hours (1985) - 7.7 - Available To Rent On Apple TV

When discussing the best movies directed by Martin Scorsese, not a lot of people think about mentioning After Hours. Released in 1985, the movie was very different from the filmmaker's previous movies in the gangster and thriller genres.

The movie is a black comedy about a man who tries to find his way home from the NYC SoHo district one night. What might keep this ranked higher for IMDb users than movies like The Aviator is the cult classic status of the movie, an underrated Scorsese film and one of his few truly independent works.

6 The King Of Comedy (1982) - 7.8 - Available To Stream On Pluto TV

The King of Comedy was always seen as a polarizing movie, released in 1982 as a Martin Scorsese black comedy. The setup had Robert De Niro as a struggling standup comedian who kidnaps a popular talk show host (played by Jerry Lewis) and demands an opening spot on the show in exchange for his release.

The entire movie focuses on fan obsession and the dangers they can pose when they allow their fantasies to push them into making terrible decisions, all while receiving rewards for it with their own pseudo-celebrity status. The movie was a box office flop, but received critical praise and has since become a cult classic.

5 The Last Waltz (1978) - 8.2 - Available To Stream On Pluto TV

In 1978, Martin Scorsese used his early success to make a dream project. He teamed up with legendary rockers The Band and directed their final concert for a documentary movie. This was The Last Waltz, and it remains one of the best music documentaries ever made.

The movie is full of familiar names, from Eric Clapton and Bob Dylan to Neil Young and Ringo Starr. Not only does the movie have a high 8.2 IMDb rating, but it was also added to the National Film Registry in the Library of Congress in 2019.

4 Shutter Island (2012) - 8.2 - Available To Stream On Netflix

In 2012, Martin Scorsese directed Shutter Island, the closest has come to directing a genuine horror movie. Based on the Dennis Lehane novel, the movie features a pair of investigators who enter a psychiatric hospital as they search for clues to a patient who disappeared.

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The movie was heavy on atmosphere and had a wicked twist in the end, and it was clear a steady hand like Scorsese directed it. That played into it receiving an 8.2 rating from IMDb fans, even with lesser professional critical praise and no major awards for this movie.

3 The Wolf Of Wall Street (2013) - 8.2 - Available To Stream On IMDb TV

In 2013, Martin Scorsese told the story of Jordan Belfort in The Wolf of Wall Street. This man committed widespread fraud and corruption on Wall Street, became very wealthy, and then flaunted his wealth until the law came roaring down on him in the end.

Leonard DiCaprio continued his hit run with Scorsese in this movie and was nominated for an Oscar for his role. This was one of Scorsese's more irreverent films since his days making black comedies in the '80s. Fans on IMDb loved it, with 1.3 million people giving it an impressive 8.2 rating.

2 Taxi Driver (1976) - 8.2 - Available To Rent On Apple TV

Taxi Driver was widely considered to be Martin Scorsese's major breakout. This movie introduced one of the quintessential antiheroes of the 1970s in Travis Bickle, a cab driver who steps over the line to protect a young prostitute while becoming dangerously obsessed with a political campaign volunteer.

The movie is part of the National Film Registry in the Library of Congress and sits on many lists of the best movies ever made. Fans on IMDb agree, giving it an 8.2 average rating, one of Scorsese's highest scores.

1 Raging Bull (1980) - 8.2 - Available To Stream On Prime Video

Raging Bull is a movie that sits on many lists as one that should have won an Oscar but lost to an inferior movie. Robert Redford's Ordinary People won the Oscars that year, but many consider Raging Bull to be Martin Scorsese's masterpiece and one of the best movies of all time.

The movie, about boxer Jake LaMotta's boxing career and his deteriorating home life, picked up eight Oscar nominations, winning two, including Robert De Niro who took home the Best Actor award. The movie sits at 8.2 on IMDb, tied for the third-highest rating of all his movies.

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