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13. The Departed (2006)

Domestic gross (inflation adj.): $144.6 million
Domestic gross: $132.4 million

For years, Martin Scorsese had been Oscar’s bridesmaid, but never a bride. He had been nominated for Best Director for Raging Bull, Goodfellas, Gangs of New York and The Aviator, and on all four occasions he lost every time. However, in 2006 he finally got his due, and he won the Best Director Oscar for his work on The Departed. The pot was further sweetened when the film won Best Picture, a feat none of his other movies had accomplished.

Although the $132 million box office take for The Departed was only enough to make it the 15th highest grossing movie of 2006, it was the most commercially successful film of his career by a long shot. Despite Scorsese’s legendary status, his movies have mostly done fair-to-middling business at the box office, and some of his well-known movies, such as Kundun, The King of Comedy and The Last Temptation of Christ, have never even earned as much as $10 million at the box office.

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