Martin Scorsese's Cameos: Ranking the Director's Best On-Screen Appearances

Martin Scorsese Birthday Special

Martin Scorsese is a filmmaker best known for directing films like Taxi Driver, Killers of the Flower Moon and more. To celebrate his birthday, here are five of Scorsese's best cameos in his films.


Martin Scorsese's role in Hugo wasn't huge, but the director's cameo appearance was a treat to see. Hugo itself is a film that seems quite unlike something the director would make, but it still works so well. Playing a photographer in the movie, it's a memorable scene that certainly elevates the mood.

Mean Streets

For its time, Mean Streets was a revelation that helped Scorsese breakout into mainstream cinema. It also features an amazing cameo by the director where he plays the role of Jimmy Shorts and appears during the third act of the film. Firing a gun at several of the main characters in the film, it's a simple cameo, but a fun one that sees a younger Scorsese just trying to have fun with his films.

The King of Comedy  

The King of Comedy remains as an iconic part of Scorsese's filmography, and it features an equally iconic Scorsese cameo as well. Playing a TV director in this dark story about obsession, the role here directly reflects to real-life work, and it certainly works extremely well in the context of the film.

Taxi Driver

The story of Travis Bickle has been influential to cinema in many ways and remains as one of the director's crowning achievements. But for as amazing Taxi Driver is, it also features some of Scorsese's best acting. Playing a cab passenger who Travis drives around, 

Killers of the Flower Moon  

Being one of his most recent releases, Killers of the Flower Moon sneaked in perhaps the most effective Scorsese cameo to date. The film is about the Osage murders that took place in the early 1900s, and it's a heartbreaking tale about greed and the harm it causes.


Martin Scorsese has been extremely influential to cinema as a whole, and his contributions continue to remain impactful. With this, we finish off the list and wish him a very happy birthday.

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