This November, the greatest movie franchise in the world comes to its culmination with the release of The Irishman, a three-plus-hour, star-studded crossover event. All moviegoers love the Martin Scorsese Cinematic Universe for its colorful characters, intertwined storytelling, and recurring themes of organized crime, Catholic guilt, the Italian American experience, rock music, and really fucking good cooking. But perhaps there are a few gems in the MSCU gauntlet you have yet to acquire. Find these movies on the Mercury’s shelf at Movie Madness (4320 SE Belmont, from Fri Nov 1-Sat Nov 30!

Italianamerican (dir. Scorsese, 1974)—For this 49-minute documentary, Scorsese ventured into the darkest terrain imaginable: dinner with his parents. Fortunately, they’re both delightful. Plus, mom’s recipe for meatball sauce!

After Hours (dir. Scorsese, 1985)—The funniest entry in the MSCU follows an office drone on a long night in New York’s underground, populated by punks, artists, and Cheech and Chong.

The Last Temptation of Christ (dir. Scorsese, 1988)—Scorsese’ adaptation of the brilliant Kazantzakis novel features the god Willem Dafoe (quite literally) and one of the greatest scores ever composed, by Peter Gabriel.

A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese through American Movies (dirs. Scorsese, Michael Henry Wilson, 1995) and My Voyage to Italy (dir. Scorsese, 1999)—These four-hour documentaries survey the histories of American and Italian cinema, from a dude who knows what the fuck he’s talking about.

Bringing Out the Dead (dir. Scorsese, 1999)—Nicolas Cage as a drug-popping ambulance driver. It’s better than you remember, promise.

Boardwalk Empire: Episode 1 (dir. Scorsese, 2010)—Scorsese hasn’t translated to television all that well (a poor episode of Spielberg’s Amazing Stories; HBO’s Vinyl fiasco). But the pilot of Boardwalk Empire holds up, exploring the history of crime in Atlantic City.

George Harrison: Living in the Material World (dir. Scorsese, 2011)—This definitive bio-doc gets to bottom of the quiet Beatle.