3.) Taxi Driver
Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver is among the best movies of his long career. Made in 1976, it stars Robert DeNiro as a working taxi driver who descends into insanity as he plots to assassinate a presidential candidate and then the pimp of an underage prostitute whom he befriends.
DeNiro’s classic yellow NYC taxi weaves in and out of neighborhoods, carrying him in and out of the lives of many different types of New Yorkers. DeNiro’s character, Travis Bickle, narrates throughout, sharing his disgust with the city’s dirty streets and corrupt residents.
The violent, gritty movie takes place largely at night, showing a darker side of Manhattan. It’s the perfect setting to depict urban isolation.
The film enjoyed success at the box office after raking in over $28 million for the $1.3-million-budget film.
It also won two Academy Awards and was selected to be preserved in the United States National Film Registry for being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”
Release Date: February 8, 1976