Taxi Driver is a 1976 American vigilante film with neo-noir and psychological thriller elements, directed by Martin Scorsese and written by Paul Schrader. The film stars Robert De Niro as a disturbed loner, driven to madness and violence with his inability to connect with his environment. The film is set in New York City following the Vietnam War, and also features Jodie Foster,Harvey Keitel, Cybill Shepherd, Peter Boyle, and Albert Brooks.
The film is regularly cited by critics, film directors, and audiences alike as one of the greatest films of all time. Nominated for fourAcademy Awards, including Best Picture, it won the Palme d’Or at the 1976 Cannes Film Festival. The American Film Instituteranked Taxi Driver as the 52nd-greatest American film on its AFI’s 100 Years…100 Movies (10th Anniversary Edition) list. In 2012,Sight & Sound named it the 31st-best film ever in its decennial critics’ poll, ranked with The Godfather Part II, and the fifth-greatest film of all time on its directors’ poll. The film was considered “culturally, historically or aesthetically” significant by the US Library of Congress and was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry in 1994.