Martin Scorsese is one of the few directors to have a lifelong pass. The legendary director has worked for over 40 years, turning out classics in each decade. His latest venture, “Silence,” has already earned praise and Oscar buzz. The film, which opens on Friday, chronicles two Jesuit priests (Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver) as they search for their mentor in the heart of Japan. Along the way, their message of Catholicism is greeted with persecution and terror. This “Heart of Darkness”-esque journey employs some of Scorsese’s favorite tropes. Passion against great odds is at the core of most of his films. Where this newest film ranks on the scale of his best films is yet to be seen. However, in honor of his newest release, let’s take a look at his top 10 best.
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10. “The Wolf of Wall Street” (2013)
Who would’ve thought, at 71 years old, Scorsese would helm a film filled with wall to wall drugs and orgies. Even this late in his career, Scorsese had a vigor to his direction most filmmakers half his age would kill for. Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio) is a hedonistic stock broker whose life looms so large, it’s bound to fall apart beneath him. Despite charting the inevitable decline of a man who schemed his way to heights previously never thought possible, the film manages to feel buoyant. Much of this can be chalked up to how Scorsese is able to unlock untold comic potential from DiCaprio. The frankness of the film is its strength. As scenes of debauchery seem almost repetitive, the character Scorsese and DiCaprio create in the center keeps the film compelling.