RAGING BULL (1980)

Scorsese’s “masterpiece” about a boxer whose life falls apart because of his toxic masculinity.

WAG THE DOG (1997)

This political satire remains hilarious, but these days can’t quite escape its basic 1990s-ness.

THE GODFATHER PART II (1974)

This all-encompassing sequel involves at least two separate movies that never quite meet.

GOODFELLAS (1990)

Scorsese’s most cutting exploration of the gangster lifestyle. I like the movie. The lifestyle’s not for me.

THE DEER HUNTER (1978)

Called a “nightmare” and “endless” by its own studio, it ended up winning Best Picture and being the first big hit movie about the Vietnam War.