Taxi Driver is a 1976 American psychological thriller film directed by Martin Scorsese and written by Paul Schrader. The film stars Robert De Niro as Travis Bickle, an ex-Marine who drives a taxi in New York City to cope with his insomnia. Jodie Foster plays Iris, a young teenage prostitute whom he befriends and attempts to save from her exploitative pimp, Sport (Harvey Keitel). Albert Brooks portrays Tom, one of Travis's few friends.
Themes explored in the movie include urban decay, alienation, loneliness, despair, and violence. It has been widely acclaimed for its direction and performances, along with its highly influential screenplay, which was nominated for both an Academy Award and a Writers Guild of America Award at the time of release. In addition to being added to the National Film Registry for preservation purposes due to its cultural significance by the Library of Congress in 1994, Taxi Driver also won two awards at the Cannes Film Festival, including the Best Supporting Actor award (Keitel) and three other nominations. It remains one of Scorsese's most renowned works today, as well as having served many filmmakers since then as inspiration when creating their own films about similar themes, such as Todd Phillips' 2019 Joker movie starring Joaquin Phoenix, which took home several Oscars this year alone.