Raging Bull

An American classic—violent, brutal, vulgar, built on empty dreams, somehow beautiful nonetheless. Robert De Niro’s performance as volatile middleweight champion Jake La Motta was already legendary before the film premiered, but consider Joe Pesci in his first major film role as Jake’s long-suffering brother and teenage Cathy Moriarty in her first acting role ever as the champ’s second wife. Both give performances that go toe-to-toe with the star. Oh, and pretty good writing, directing, and cinematography, too.

1980 Martin Scorsese 1.85:1 B&W DCP 129 min.