When it comes to exercises like this one, it’s less about the rankings and more about the insights or reasoning behind them. Using that criteria, this is pretty solid. I do have a few quibbles.
You can pretty much make an argument for any arrangement of the top 3 (this is a pretty traditional ranking; GoodFellas, however, has been the film with the larger effect on the culture and filmmaking, was breathtaking for its time and still holds up almost 25 years since its release). But to put Bringing Out the Dead in the top 10? That far ahead of After Hours or even Life Lessons? Just because BOtD is probably Nic Cage’s last movie before his performances became GIF memes doesn’t make it one of Scorsese’s top 10 movies.
Also, King of Comedy belongs in the top 5. This is one of his most underrated films, and it’s become even more relevant and powerful over the years. What makes it even better—and the writer eludes to this—is that it showcases two performers, De Niro and Lewis, playing against type and doing it magnificently.
To come back to Life Lessons, it really is a work that’s hindered by its format and how and when it was released. Even fans with a great deal of adoration for Scorsese probably have never seen it (along with some of his docs, like A Personal Journey …, which was significant in expanding my film education and love for the artform), and those that have sometimes downgrade it because it’s not a full feature (and it shares space with two other lackluster works). But it demonstrates yet again Scorsese’s mastery of the form and his ability to use it to tell a variety of stories. Plus, it helps from having a sharp script by Richard Price.