Martin Scorsese's Film School: The 85 films you need to see to know anything about film

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With 11 nominations and five wins for Hugo at the 2012 Oscars, Martin Scorsese remains one of the most influential directors in Hollywood. But what influenced him? Here’s an A-Z list of the films that mattered to Scorsese (in other words, the films you need to see to be the film expert you think you are).

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    Ace in the Hole

    1951, in 18 top lists Check
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    All That Heaven Allows

    1955, in 11 top lists Check
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    America America

    1963, in 6 top lists Check
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    An American in Paris

    1951, in 17 top lists Check
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    Apocalypse Now

    1979, in 36 top lists Check
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    Arsenic and Old Lace

    1944, in 7 top lists Check
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    The Bad and the Beautiful

    1952, in 8 top lists Check
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    The Band Wagon

    1953, in 14 top lists Check
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    Born on the Fourth of July

    1989, in 5 top lists Check
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    Cape Fear

    1962, in 5 top lists Check
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    Cat People

    1942, in 13 top lists Check
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    Caught

    1949, in 2 top lists Check
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    Citizen Kane

    1941, in 36 top lists Check
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    The Conversation

    1974, in 21 top lists Check
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    Dial M for Murder

    1954, in 8 top lists Check
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    Do the Right Thing

    1989, in 20 top lists Check
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    Duel in the Sun

    1946, in 7 top lists Check
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    The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

    1921, in 7 top lists Check
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    Europa '51

    1952 — a.k.a. Europe '51, in 8 top lists Check
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    Faces

    1968, in 11 top lists Check
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    The Fall of the Roman Empire

    1964, in 1 top list Check
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    Francesco, giullare di Dio

    1950 — a.k.a. The Flowers of St. Francis, in 10 top lists Check
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    Force of Evil

    1948, in 11 top lists Check
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    Forty Guns

    1957, in 9 top lists Check
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    Germania anno zero

    1948 — a.k.a. Germany Year Zero, in 9 top lists Check
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    Gilda

    1946, in 12 top lists Check
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    The Godfather

    1972, in 38 top lists Check
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    Gun Crazy

    1950, in 15 top lists Check
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    HealtH

    1980, in 0 top lists Check
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    Heaven's Gate

    1980, in 8 top lists Check
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    House of Wax

    1953, in 4 top lists Check
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    How Green Was My Valley

    1941, in 11 top lists Check
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    The Hustler

    1961, in 14 top lists Check
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    I Walk Alone

    1948, in 2 top lists Check
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    Le cake-walk infernal

    1903 — a.k.a. The Cake-Walk Infernal, in 0 top lists Check
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    It Happened One Night

    1934, in 26 top lists Check
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    Jason and the Argonauts

    1963, in 5 top lists Check
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    Viaggio in Italia

    1954 — a.k.a. Journey to Italy, in 13 top lists Check
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    Julius Caesar

    1953, in 4 top lists Check
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    Kansas City

    1996, in 0 top lists Check
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    Kiss Me Deadly

    1955, in 19 top lists Check
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    Klute

    1971, in 8 top lists Check
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    La terra trema

    1948 — a.k.a. The Earth Trembles, in 10 top lists Check
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    The Lady from Shanghai

    1947, in 9 top lists Check
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    Il gattopardo

    1963 — a.k.a. The Leopard, in 18 top lists Check
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    Macbeth

    1948, in 0 top lists Check
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    The Magic Box

    1951, in 0 top lists Check
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    MASH

    1970, in 21 top lists Check
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    A Matter of Life and Death

    1946, in 21 top lists Check
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    McCabe & Mrs. Miller

    1971, in 18 top lists Check
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Last updated on May 7, 2012; source