Ask anyone to name their favorite Hollywood movies, we are pretty sure at least 1 out of 5 will be a Martin Scorsese movie. This brilliant director is one of the few whose impressive filmography continues to leave us in awe, and his movies like Taxi Driver, Shutter Island, Raging Bull, The Departed, Hugo, and Gangs Of New York are still considered a gift to the cinematic universe. With realistic depiction of violence in storytelling, gifted direction, and equally impressive dialogues, Scorsese’s films have continued to reign supreme, and are even studied to understand how magnificent films are made. Today marks the 78th birthday of this legend, and we want to wish him a happy birthday with a list of the most iconic dialogues from his movies.
1. “Loneliness has followed me my whole life, everywhere. In bars, in cars, sidewalks, stores, everywhere. There’s no escape. I’m God’s lonely man.”
In Scorsese’s iconic Taxi Driver, we encounter Travis (Robert De Niro) and journey along with him on his crusade in a neo-noir psychological thriller. Even though Travis, who is making plans to assassinate people utters these words, we are sure everyone – someone, somewhere – has felt like this, which makes the dialogue all the more relatable.
2. “Better to be king for a night than schmuck for a lifetime.”
Another Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese collaboration brings us The King Of Comedy, the story of a delusional and aspiring stand-up comedian who kidnaps his idol to fast forward his way to success. As he stands in front of the audience confessing his crimes (which the audience thinks is part of his gig), he speaks these iconic words, something he truly believes in.
3. “You know how I stayed alive this long? All these years? Fear. That’s what preserves the order of things. Fear.”
In Gangs Of New York, we encounter Amsterdam Vallon (Leonardo DiCaprio) who is hell bent on revenge against Bill ‘The Butcher’ Cutting (Daniel Day-Lewis), his father’s killer. This memorable quote is said to Vallon by Bill, who is unaware of Vallon’s true mission.
4. “Maybe that’s why a broken machine always makes me a little sad, because it isn’t able to do what it was meant to do… Maybe it’s the same with people. If you lose your purpose… it’s like you’re broken.”
Based on Brian Selznick’s 2007 book The Invention of Hugo Cabret, this film depicts the adventures of Hugo (Asa Butterfield) and the mystery surrounding his father’s death.
5. “Let me tell you something. There’s no nobility in poverty. I’ve been a rich man and I’ve been a poor man. And I choose rich every f**king time.”
No Martin Scorsese list can be complete without his iconic film The Wolf Of Wall Street. The story of Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio) from rags to riches, often involving crime and corruption was made famous by both Scorsese and DiCaprio, and this is one of the many, many memorable dialogues from the film.
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