1976 – “Taxi Driver” premieres

One of the most seminal films in the legendary body of work produced by Martin Scorsese, Taxi Driver is a story of alienation, violence, and possibly redemption. A taxi driver named Travis Bickle (played by Robert De Niro) drives his cab through the night-time streets of mid-Seventies New York, seeking a human connection he’s unable to make, and eventually spirals downward into violence and madness.

It’s by no means a comfortable film to watch, but it is one of the greatest films ever made: the American Film Institute ranked Taxi Driver as the 52nd greatest American film on their AFI’s 100 Years… 100 Movies (10th Anniversary Edition) list. In 2012, Sight & Sound named it the 31st best film ever created on its decadal critics’ poll, ranked with The Godfather Part II, and the 5th greatest film ever on its directors’ poll.

If you haven’t already seen it, you should. Just don’t expect to find it cheerful.

Referenced in:
Martin Scorsese — King Missile
Martin Scorsese Really Is Quite A Jovial Fellow — This Is Serious Mum