Taxi Driver is a 1976 American film directed by Martin Scorsese, starring Robert De Niro and Jodie Foster in her first role. Set in a decaying and morally bankrupt New York City following the Vietnam War, the film tells the story of Travis Bickle, a taxi driver and veteran, in his deteriorating mental state as he works nights in the city.
The film was theatrically released by Columbia Pictures on February 7, 1976, where it was a critical and commercial success, despite generating controversy for its graphic violence at the climactic ending.
Taxi Driver is now widely recognized as one of the greatest films ever made. In 1994, the film was considered “culturally, historically or aesthetically” significant by the US Library of Congress, and was selected for preservation in the National Film.