Dateline Movies Presents: The Films of Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio

Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese have made 5 movie collaborations so far and the sixth one is coming out in the near future.  Their next film might be considered different from their other films in the sense that Leonardo DiCaprio will play the role of a serial killer, a bad person, or is he?  We'll just have to wait, but for now here are the 5 great and unforgettable films made by the tandem of Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio:

1. Gangs of New York


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Gangs of New York is the first film teaming Martin Scorsese with Leonardo DiCaprio.  It was released on December 20, 2002 and has a running time of 160 minutes.  It also stars Daniel Day-Lewis, Cameron Diaz, Liam Neeson, Jim Broadbent, John C. Reilly, Henry Thomas and Brendan Gleeson.  Gangs of New York earned for Martin Scorsese his very first Golden Globe Award for Best Director.  
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It also garnered 10 nominations at the 75th Academy Award including Best Picture, Best Director for Martin Scorsese, Best Actor for Daniel Day-Lewis, Best Original Song for "The Hands that Built America", performed by U2, Best Sound Mixing for Tom Fleischman, Eugene Gearty and Ivan Sharrock, Best Art Direction for Dante Ferretti and Francesca Lo Schiav, Best Cinematography for Michael Ballhaus, Best Costume Design for Sandy Powell, Best Film Editing for Thelma Schoonmaker and  Best Original Screenplay for Jay Cocks, Steven Zaillian and Kenneth Lonergan.

2.  The Aviator


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The Aviator, released in 2004 is the second film collaboration between Martin Scorsese and actor Leonardo DiCaprio.   It is a biographical drama that tells the story of aviation pioneer and film magnate Howard Hughes and his struggle from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder or OCD.   The Aviator received highly positive reviews and was met with widespread box-office success.   It also did well in the 77th Academy Awards where it was nominated in 11 categories and won 5 awards including  Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, Best Costume Design, Best Art Direction and Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Cate Blanchett.


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The Aviator gives Martin Scorsese his fifth Best Director nomination in the Academy Awards.  He lost unfortunately to Clint Eastwood for his direction of Million Dollar Baby.  


3.  The Departed

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The Departed which was released in September 26, 2006 continues Martin Scorsese's collaboration with Leonardo DiCaprio and the first time Martin Scorsese will work with actors Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg, and Martin Sheen.  The Departed is a crime drama thriller set in Boston and is based on the 2002 Hong Kong police drama film titled Infernal Affairs.


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The Departed got 5 nominations at the 79th Academy Awards and won four including Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Film Editing for Thelma Schoonmaker (This is the third time Thelma Schoonmaker won this award and all of it came from editing Martin Scorsese's films) and finally the Academy Award for Best Director was won by Martin Scorsese.  It was presented to him by his longtime friends and film colleagues Francis Ford Coppola, George Lucas, and Steven Spielberg.  Incidentally, one of the producers of the movie The Departed was Brad Pitt.

4.  Shutter Island

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The fourth picture collaboration between Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio was the 2010 psychological thriller movie Shutter Island.  It was based on the 2003 best-selling novel by Dennis Lehane and was published by Harper Collins.
It tells the story of two US Marshalls who was sent to investigate the disappearance of a patient who was confined in a hospital for the criminally-insane called Ashecliffe Hospital that was located on Shutter Island.
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The movie also stars Mark Ruffalo, Ben Kingsley, Michelle Williams, Patricia Clarkson and Max von Sydow.   Shutter Island was released on February 19, 2010 and became Martin Scorsese's highest grossing film to date.


5.  Wolf of Wall Street


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Martin Scorsese's film in 2013, The Wolf of Wall Street, is an American biographical black comedy based on the book the was released on September 2007 about the personal accounts and the life of stockbroker and trader Jordan Belfort and bearing the same title. The screenplay was written by Terence Winter and starred Leonardo DiCaprio portraying the role as Jordan Belfort alongside with Jonah Hill, Matthew McConaugheyMargot Robbie, Kyle Chandler, Rob Reiner, Jon Bernthal, Jon Favreau and Jean Dujardin. The Wolf of Wall Street marked the fifth film collaboration between Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio.


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The film was released on December 25, 2013. It tells the story of a New York stockbroker named Jordan Belfort played by DiCaprio, who engaged in unlawful and malicious transactions, committing large-scale securities fraud on Wall Street.  The Wolf of Wall Street was nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actor for Leonardo DiCaprio, Best Supporting Actor for Jonah Hill, Best Director for Martin Scorsese, and Best Adapted Screenplay for Terence Winter for unfortunately it did not win in any category it was nominated in.

6.  Devil in the White City 

And just recently, on August 10, 2015, it was announced that Martin Scorsese will direct an adaptation of the 2003 non-fiction book by Erik Larsen, The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America , which will star Leonardo DiCaprio.  The story is set at the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893 or more popularly known as the Chicago World Fair of 1893.  It tells the story of its premier architect and designer Daniel Burnham and Dr. Henry Howard Holmes or just H. H. Holmes, who was one of the first documented serial killers.  

Hoping that Leonardo DiCaprio will take the best Actor award on this film.  To my opinion, it is long overdue.  This guy deserves an Oscar.

1 comment:

  1. This new movie is interesting. Haven't heard of the book but sure this is a must-see movie. Can't wait!

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