Martin Scorsese is a New York filmmaker through and through. Born in Flushing and raised by Italian immigrants in a Catholic household, the fast-talking, nebbishy director has made New York look and feel larger than life. Like Woody Allen and Nora Ephron, he cast the city as a central character in his films. With his trademark style of bombastic violence, sweeping cinemascapes and gritty street scenes, Mr. Scorsese cemented his place as one of the greatest directors of all time with iconic films like Goodfellas, Mean Streets, Taxi Driver and Gangs of New York. Mr. Scorsese, who gave up seminary school for film school, has won just about every award there is in cinema and continues to diversify his oeuvre with musicals, period pieces and 3D films. Though he gave up priesthood for filmmaking, there is still something evangelical about his movies: they deliver the dream of New York City to the rest of the world.