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5 underrated films directed by Martin Scorsese

The director’s first film with a woman in the lead is about a widowed single mother and her path to living a better life. A rare portrayal of single moms on-screen during the ’70s, Ellen Burstyn played the part with utmost authenticity, and for which she won her first and only Academy Award.

This film is the story of Rupert Pupkin, a wanna-be talk show host and a stand-up comedian, who wants to gain the spotlight by any means necessary. This film realistically portrays celebrity worship and media culture. This film was snubbed by every major award at the time but garnered a cult status.

This film is the story of The 14th Dalai Lama, from his childhood to adulthood, and his struggle to fight against the Chinese invasion in Tibet. The cinematography by Roger Deakins was lauded by many critics. It was bombed at the box office when it was released but was nominated for 4 Academy Awards.

Martin Scorsese’s second attempt at the dark comedy genre, is the story of Paul Hackett, who goes through a very strange night when he agrees to go on a date with a stranger. Scorsese beautifully filmed the city of New York in the night. This film later became an inspiration for many filmmakers who make films in this genre.

The most personal and passionate project of Martin Scorsese, tells the tale of 2 Christian missionaries traveling to Japan, to find their mentor. The film shows the ultimate challenges faced by the priests. This Oscar-nominated film was in every lead critic’s top 10 list. 

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