Mean Streets: You don't make up for your sins in church. You do it on the streets...
'Mean Streets' heralded Martin Scorsese's arrival as a new filmmaking force - and marked his first historic teaming with Robert De Niro. It's a story Scorsese lived, a semi-autobiographical tale of first-generation sons and daughters in New York's Little Italy.
Harvey Keitel plays Charlie, working his way up the ranks of a local mob. Amy Robinson is Teresa, the girlfriend his family deems unsuitable because of her epilepsy. And in the starmaking role that won Best Supporting Actor Awards from the New York and National Society of Film Critics, De Niro is Johnny Boy, a small-time gambler in big-time debt to the loan sharks...
(Dir. Martin Scorsese, 1973)
Taxi Driver: 'Taxi Driver' provoked fierce controversy when it was released, running into censorship problems in America as some of the scenes of violence were described to be 'as gory as Clockwork Orange and Straw Dogs' (Evening News '76). In addition there was outcry at a 13-year-old schoolgirl actress (Jodie Foster) co-starring as a prostitute.
(Dir. Martin Scorsese, 1976)
Casino: Robert De Niro, Sharon Stone and Joe Pesci star in Director Martin Scorsese's riveting look at how blind ambition, white-hot passion and 24-carat greed toppled an empire. Las Vegas in 1973 is the setting for this fact-based story about the Mob's multi-million dollar casino operation - where fortunes and lives were made and lost with a roll of the dice...
(Dir. Matin Scorsese, 1995)
Sleepers: To four boys growing up on the streets in the mid 1960s, Hell's Kitchen was a place of innocence ruled by corruption. The infamous New York City neighbourhood that stretched north from 34th to 56th Street and pushed west from the 8th Avenue to the Hudson River was guided by both priest and gangsters. The children who grew up there shared joyful times, but subscribed to a sacred social code-crimes against the neighbourhood were not permitted, and when they did occur, punishment was severe.
Four friends made a mistake that changed their lives forever...
(Dir. Barry Levinson, 1996)
Cape Fear: Sam Bowden has always provided for his family's future. But the past is coming back to haunt them. Master filmmaker Martin Scorsese brings heart - pounding suspense to one of the most acclaimed thrillers of all time.
Fourteen years after being imprisoned, vicious psychopath Max Cady [Robert De Niro] emerges with a single - minded mission, to seek revenge on his attorney Sam Bowden [Nick Nolte]. Cady becomes a terrifying presence as he menancingly circles Bowden's increasingly unstable family. Realising he is legally powerless to protect his beautiful wife [Jessica Lange] and his troubled teenage daughter Danielle [Juliette Lewis], Sam resorts to unorthodox measures which lead to an unforgettable showdown on Cape Fear.
Visually stunning images and brilliant performances from a talented cast highlight this roller-coaster ride through relentless psychological torment.
(Dir. Martin Scorsese, 1991)