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Taxi Driver is a psychological thriller directed by , starring as Travis Bickle, a Vietnam War veteran who becomes a taxi driver in New York City. The film follows Travis as he becomes increasingly disillusioned with the world around him, plagued by insomnia and a general sense of alienation. Travis becomes fixated on cleaning up the streets of the city and decides to take matters into his own hands.


Taxi Driver is widely regarded as one of the greatest films ever made, with its exploration of mental illness, violence, and societal decay striking a chord with audiences around the world. 's performance as Travis Bickle is often cited as one of his best, capturing the character's disturbing mix of loneliness, desperation, and simmering rage.

's direction is masterful, with the film's bleak and gritty portrayal of New York City providing a stark contrast to the glamour and glitz often associated with the city. The film's themes of isolation and disillusionment are timeless and continue to resonate with audiences today.


Taxi Driver was nominated for four Academy Awards in 1977, including Best Picture, Best Actor for , Best Supporting Actress for , and Best Original Score. The film won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 1976 and has since been included in numerous “greatest films of all time” lists.

Directed by
Produced by Julia Phillips Michael Phillips
Written by Paul Schrader
Starring , , , , , , ,
Music by Bernard Herrmann
Cinematography Michael Chapman
Edited by Marcia Lucas Tom Rolf Melvin Shapiro
Bill/Phillips Productions Italo/Judeo Productions
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date February 8, 1976
Running time 114 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $1.9 million
Box office $28.4 million

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