Mean Streets (1973) – The film where Marty made his mark. A gritty portrait of aspiring young hoods in NYC’S Little Italy (where Scorsese grew up) starring Harvey Keitel as responsible Charlie, and Robert DeNiro as the volatile loudmouth Johnny, after whom Keitel is constantly cleaning up. A wonderful peak at Scorsese’s mob movie greatness to come.
The King Of Comedy (1983) – Underrated and awesome, this film has Jerry Lewis basically playing himself, with DeNiro as a delusional obsessive fan and aspiring comic. Think Taxi Driver with a bit less blood, and a lot more laughs.
Bringing Out The Dead (1999) – The ever-intense Nic Cage stars as an NYC paramedic at the end of his rope, in this surreal and gritty film.
Gangs Of New York (2002) – This violent epic of 1860s New York and the massive roving gangs that vied for supremacy therein, marks the first time Leonardo DiCaprio worked with Scorsese, and features a typically amazing turn from Daniel Day Lewis as the fearsome yet honorable gang leader Bill The Butcher.
That’s the skinny on Scorsese. If anyone’s got anything to say, go right ahead.