One of the most phenomenal pieces of work ever put on celluloid is without a shadow of a doubt Martin Scorsese’s swansong, Taxi Driver (1976). Armed with a script by Paul Schrader, Scorsese and Robert De Niro set out to make a picture which would redefine American cinema of the 70s and would place the American New Hollywood pictures artistically at par with the movies of the generation which inspired them, the French Nouvelle Vague. A famous movie director and movie enthusiast nicknamed QT by his fans have in an interview praised Taxi Driver as the greatest character study film of all time.
From the hauntingly beautiful opening sequence where the different colours of New York conglomerate across the screen, and steam that rises from the manhole covers to the violent shootout at the end, Taxi Driver is a rollercoaster ride across the dark underbelly of New York where his struggle in the modern world has led man to lose his morality, turn into degenerates and just somehow survive. He is trying real hard but is slowly giving away to madness, becoming all the more deviated from the machine called modern society. Here is the list of movies similar to Taxi Driver that are our recommendations. You can watch some of these movies like Taxi Driver on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
Jake Gyllenhaal has been since his debut a part of some of the most interesting films of the 21st century. Beside Prisoners (2013), Southpaw (2015), Enemy (2013) and Donnie Darko (2001), Nightcrawler is another glorious addition to his impressive body of work. Nightcrawler has a particular mood and pace to it which writer/director Danny Gilroy has been able to hold on to throughout the duration of the movie. Gyllenhaal plays a thief-turned-photojournalist who roams the city at night, waiting for bad news. He then records such accidents/mishaps and sells them to the highest payer among news channels. Much like Taxi driver, Nightcrawler wishes to expose the moral degeneration present in modern consumerist society. The lead character is someone who seems to be distance and removed from most activities till finally the struggle to survive and to keep up his value in the market makes him vicious and carnal. Both movies seem to reflect the side-effects of urbanized existence, desperation, depravity and struggle to make sense of things going around the world.
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