The true story of self-destructive boxer Jake La Motta, whose
journey to the top in the ring destroyed his life outside of it.
Raging Bull (1980)
Directed by Martin Scorsese
Written by Paul Schrader and Mardik Martin
Starring Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Cathy Moriarty,
Frank Vincent, Nicholas Colasanto, Theresa Saldana
Based on the book by Jake La Motta
Oscar Wins - Best Actor (Robert De Niro), Best Film Editing
Oscar Nominations - Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (Joe Pesci), Best Supporting Actress (Cathy Moriarty), Best Director,
Best Cinematography, Best Sound Mixing
Raging Bull is arguably one of the best boxing films of all time and is by far the greatest performance Robert De Niro has ever given (and that is certainly saying something). Scorsese's brilliant direction is what drives this undeniable masterpiece.
The story of Jake La Motta is a complicated one, as his fight to be the very best led him down a dark path with his family. It's hard to like Jake as he becomes increasingly self-destructive throughout the film, alienating his wife and brother to the point where they abandon him completely. De Niro plays Jake perfectly, nailing his performance and earning his Oscar with ease.
Martin Scorsese is one of the most brilliant filmmakers of all time and Raging Bull is yet another gold star on his filmography. There's definitely something special about this film, which is why it's remained a classic all these years.