The Departed and the 10 best movies of all time

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 08: Actors Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, winners for Best Actor and Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy Film for "La La Land", pose in the press room during the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 8, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 08: Actors Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, winners for Best Actor and Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy Film for "La La Land", pose in the press room during the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 8, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images) /
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The Color of Money

When people talk to me about Martin Scorsese’s best films, I also bring up this hidden gem from 1986 (my birth year) in The Color of Money. I know for a fact that it doesn’t get as much love as it should.

The Color of Money follows Fast Eddie Felson, who takes a cocky protege under his wing to teach him the game of pool hustling. Richard Price adapted the screenplay from the Walter Tevis novel. It was directed by Martin Scorsese and starred Paul Newman, Tom Cruise and Mary Mastrantonio.

It might seem like a theme throughout this piece of me complaining about my favorite films not getting enough or any Oscar love. But, unfortunately, the same can be said for this movie because outside of Paul Newman rightfully taking home the Best Actor trophy, the film went with nothing else.

How Scorsese shot this film made you feel like you were smack dab in the middle of every single game of pool. I replay so many scenes in this movie every time I think about it based solely on his direction.

While Paul Newman got the credit at the Oscars, Tom Cruise deserves equally the same praise for his work as Vincent. The two work amazingly together. Whether they are being some sharks or arguing about what is ahead for each character, you are invested in these two. Cruise gives a committed performance as that young, arrogant, know it all kid that is new to the block in Vincent.

It’s one of the better all-around made sports films of all time and an underlooked gem from Scorsese’s catalog.