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Raging Bull (1980)
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Raging Bull (1980)

When Jake LaMotta steps into a boxing ring and obliterates his opponent, he's a prizefighter. But when he treats his family and friends the same way, he's a ticking time bomb, ready to go off at any moment. Though LaMotta wants his family's love, something always seems to come between them. Perhaps …it's his violent bouts of paranoia and jealousy. This kind of rage helped make him a champ, but in real life, he winds up in the ring alone. (Read More)

Subgenre:
based on autobiography stand up comedy 
Themes:
redemption mafia dysfunctional family paranoia brutality divorce extramarital affair anger wedding drunkenness jealousy 
Locations:
chicago illinois nightclub hotel swimming pool restaurant bar new york city 
Characters:
talking to oneself in a mirror self hatred brother in law sister in law relationship self destructiveness comedian tough guy photographer brother brother relationship boyfriend girlfriend relationship husband wife relationship police 
Period:
1940s 1960s 
Story:
boxing gym film camera pathological jealousy fixed fight male slaps a male hematoma fake nose madison square garden manhattan new york city nagging wife hot temper championship belt fighting movie sports man marriage crisis hit with a car door β€¦washed up star statutory rape fist troubled marriage endurance snorricam jealous husband solitary confinement cleveland ohio rise and fall neglected wife bronx new york city slap in medias res price of fame broken nose middle age decadence overweight bum violence against women wrath arena infatuation sweat detroit michigan hit in the face stage show neighborhood punch male male kiss black eye pride miami florida italian american underage drinking discussion backstage confrontation rampage parking garage home movie dysfunctional marriage phone booth jail cell rage ice coach machismo champion domestic violence sadness boxing manhattan new york city competition animal in title brawl arrest camera mirror fistfight beating telephone call blood violence fight  (See All)

Rocky III (1982)
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Rocky III (1982)

Three years and 10 successful title defenses after beating Apollo Creed, with whom he has become great friends, a now wealthy Rocky Balboa is considering retirement. Fame and complacency soon cause Balboa to lose his title to Clubber Lang, who inadvertently causes the death of Rocky's trainer Mickey…. Rocky sinks into a depression, and Apollo decides to train Rocky for a rematch against Lang so Rocky can try to win the title back. (Read More)

Themes:
redemption brutality anger drunkenness jealousy 
Locations:
swimming pool bar 
Characters:
tough guy husband wife relationship 
Story:
boxing gym madison square garden manhattan new york city fighting movie fist arena sweat punch italian american backstage parking garage jail cell rage machismo champion boxing β€¦brawl arrest fistfight beating fight violence  (See All)

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Rocky (1976)
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Rocky (1976)

Rocky Balboa is a struggling boxer trying to make the big time, working as a debt collector for a pittance. When heavyweight champion Apollo Creed visits Philadelphia, his managers want to set up an exhibition match between Creed and a struggling boxer, touting the fight as a chance for a "nobody" t…o become a "somebody". The match is supposed to be easily won by Creed, but someone forgot to tell Rocky, who sees this as his only shot at the big time. (Read More)

Themes:
brutality drunkenness 
Characters:
tough guy boyfriend girlfriend relationship 
Story:
boxing gym fighting movie bum arena sweat hit in the face italian american champion domestic violence boxing competition brawl mirror beating fight β€¦violence  (See All)

Rocky II (1979)
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Rocky II (1979)

Rocky Balboa is enjoying life. He has a lovely wife, Adrian, had a successful fight with Apollo Creed and is able to enjoy the money he earned from the fight and a new endorsement deal. Unfortunately, Rocky becomes embarrassed when failing to complete an advert and ends up working in a meat packing …company. He believes that he will no longer have a career as a boxer. Apollo wants to rematch with Rocky to prove all his critics wrong that he can beat Rocky. Can Rocky once again have a successful fight? (Read More)

Themes:
brutality wedding 
Characters:
tough guy boyfriend girlfriend relationship husband wife relationship 
Story:
boxing gym male slaps a male hematoma fighting movie sports man fist sweat hit in the face punch black eye pride italian american champion boxing brawl β€¦fistfight beating fight violence blood  (See All)

Rocky V (1990) is one of the best movies like Raging Bull (1980)
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Rocky V (1990)

Rocky Balboa is forced to retire after having permanent damage inflicted on him in the ring by the Russian boxer Ivan Drago. Returning home after the Drago bout, Balboa discovers that the fortune that he had acquired as heavyweight champ has been stolen and lost on the stockmarket by his accountant.… His boxing days over, Rocky begins to coach an up-and-coming fighter named Tommy Gunn. Rocky cannot compete, however, with the high salaraies and glittering prizes being offered to Gunn by other managers in town. (Read More)

Themes:
redemption anger 
Locations:
bar 
Characters:
tough guy boyfriend girlfriend relationship husband wife relationship 
Story:
boxing gym madison square garden manhattan new york city fighting movie fist arena sweat black eye italian american coach champion boxing brawl fistfight fight blood 

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Rocky IV (1985)
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Rocky IV (1985)

Ever since his match with Clubber Lang, Rocky Balboa has a peaceful life. And now he and former champion, Apollo Creed, enjoy good times and are now the best of friends. But Rocky's peaceful life as a boxer gets paused after a match Apollo went into. Unfortunately, Creed fought Ivan drago, a 6'5" Ru…ssian who has never lost a match, and sadly, brutally murders Apollo in the ring. A funeral is held and times start going downhill fast. Now, in order to restore honor, Rocky challenges Drago to a match and must beat him for sweet, bitter vengeance. (Read More)

Themes:
redemption brutality anger 
Locations:
hotel swimming pool 
Characters:
tough guy husband wife relationship 
Story:
fighting movie fist endurance arena sweat punch black eye pride italian american machismo champion boxing brawl fistfight beating β€¦blood violence fight  (See All)

Goodfellas (1990)
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Goodfellas (1990)

Henry Hill might be a small time gangster, who may have taken part in a robbery with Jimmy Conway and Tommy De Vito, two other gangsters who might have set their sights a bit higher. His two partners could kill off everyone else involved in the robbery, and slowly start to think about climbing up th…rough the hierarchy of the Mob. Henry, however, might be badly affected by his partners' success, but will he consider stooping low enough to bring about the downfall of Jimmy and Tommy? (Read More)

Themes:
mafia paranoia brutality extramarital affair anger wedding 
Locations:
nightclub restaurant bar new york city 
Characters:
tough guy brother brother relationship 
Period:
1960s 
Story:
rise and fall in medias res italian american confrontation phone booth machismo domestic violence arrest beating violence 

Scarface (1983)
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Scarface (1983)

Tony Montana manages to leave Cuba during the Mariel exodus of 1980. He finds himself in a Florida refugee camp but his friend Manny has a way out for them: undertake a contract killing and arrangements will be made to get a green card. He's soon working for drug dealer Frank Lopez and shows his met…tle when a deal with Colombian drug dealers goes bad. He also brings a new level of violence to Miami. Tony is protective of his younger sister but his mother knows what he does for a living and disowns him. Tony is impatient and wants it all however, including Frank's empire and his mistress Elvira Hancock. Once at the top however, Tony's outrageous actions make him a target and everything comes crumbling down. (Read More)

Themes:
mafia brutality anger wedding jealousy 
Locations:
nightclub hotel swimming pool restaurant new york city 
Characters:
husband wife relationship police 
Story:
rise and fall slap decadence wrath miami florida rampage dysfunctional marriage phone booth rage machismo sadness arrest telephone call violence blood 

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Lovelace (2013) is one of the best movies like Raging Bull (1980)
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Lovelace (2013)

Themes:
divorce 
Locations:
hotel swimming pool restaurant new york city 
Characters:
photographer husband wife relationship police 
Story:
film camera slap price of fame black eye miami florida home movie jail cell domestic violence camera beating telephone call violence blood fight 

The Godfather: Part II (1974)
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The Godfather: Part II (1974)

The continuing saga of the Corleone crime family tells the story of a young Vito Corleone growing up in Sicily and in 1910s New York; and follows Michael Corleone in the 1950s as he attempts to expand the family business into Las Vegas, Hollywood and Cuba.

Themes:
mafia dysfunctional family brutality anger drunkenness jealousy 
Locations:
hotel bar new york city 
Characters:
tough guy brother brother relationship 
Period:
1940s 1960s 
Story:
wrath miami florida italian american backstage dysfunctional marriage domestic violence sadness telephone call blood violence 

Fight Club (1999)
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Fight Club (1999)

A nameless first person narrator ('Edward Norton (I)' (qv)) attends support groups in attempt to subdue his emotional state and relieve his insomniac state. When he meets Marla ('Helena Bonham Carter' (qv)), another fake attendee of support groups, his life seems to become a little more bearable. Ho…wever when he associates himself with Tyler ('Brad Pitt' (qv)) he is dragged into an underground fight club and soap making scheme. Together the two men spiral out of control and engage in competitive rivalry for love and power. When the narrator is exposed to the hidden agenda of Tyler's fight club, he must accept the awful truth that Tyler may not be who he says he is. (Read More)

Themes:
paranoia brutality anger drunkenness 
Locations:
hotel bar 
Characters:
self destructiveness tough guy police 
Story:
fighting movie in medias res decadence wrath punch black eye discussion confrontation phone booth rage machismo boxing beating telephone call fight β€¦blood violence  (See All)

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Black Mass (2015)
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Black Mass (2015)

Based on a true story of James "Whitey" Bulger, an Irish Mob godfather and FBI informant who had a "secret trading" deal with his brother, William "Billy" Bulger, a state senator and a Boston public figure, and John Connolly, an FBI agent. They planned to take down the Italian mob and mafia in Bosto…n, which went awry and things turned massively violent. When the credence for each other began fading out, drug dealing, murders, and extortion started to rise, and forced the FBI's Boston office to confirm that Whitey Bulger was one of the most notorious criminals in US history and also one of the FBI's Ten Most Wanted List criminals. (Read More)

Themes:
mafia paranoia brutality drunkenness 
Locations:
nightclub hotel restaurant bar 
Characters:
tough guy brother brother relationship husband wife relationship 
Story:
broken nose black eye miami florida italian american parking garage machismo brawl arrest fistfight beating violence blood 

Run All Night (2015) is one of the best movies like Raging Bull (1980)
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Run All Night (2015)

Professional Brooklyn hitman Jimmy Conlon is more commonly known as THE GRAVEDIGGER. Jimmy was a mob hit-man, who was best friends with his boss Sean Maguire. But when Jimmy's son, Michael, is marked for death by the mob, Jimmy must go up against Sean to protect Michael at all costs. Together, he an…d Michael must avoid corrupt cops, contract killers and the mob to survive the night. (Read More)

Themes:
redemption brutality drunkenness 
Locations:
restaurant bar new york city 
Characters:
brother brother relationship husband wife relationship police 
Story:
boxing gym madison square garden manhattan new york city bronx new york city in medias res machismo boxing manhattan new york city brawl arrest fistfight beating violence blood 

New Jack City (1991)
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New Jack City (1991)

The gangster Nino has a gang who call themselves Cash Money Brothers. They get into the crack business and not before long they make a million dollars every week. A cop, Scotty, is after them. He tries to get into the gang by letting an ex-drug addict infiltrate the gang, but the attempt fails miser…ably. The only thing that remains is that Scotty himself becomes a drug pusher. (Read More)

Themes:
mafia paranoia brutality anger wedding 
Locations:
nightclub swimming pool restaurant bar new york city 
Characters:
tough guy boyfriend girlfriend relationship husband wife relationship police 
Story:
wrath italian american machismo manhattan new york city brawl arrest camera fistfight beating telephone call violence blood fight 

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Rocky Balboa (2006)
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Rocky Balboa (2006)

When he loses a highly publicized virtual boxing match to ex-champ Rocky Balboa, reigning heavyweight titleholder Mason Dixon retaliates by challenging the Itallian Stallion to a nationally televised, 10-round exhibition bout. To the surprise of his son and friends, Rocky agrees to come out of retir…ement and face an opponent who's faster, stronger and thirty years his junior. With the odds stacked firmly against him, Rocky takes on Dixon in what will become the greatest fight in boxing history, a hard-hitting, action-packed battle of the ages. (Read More)

Locations:
restaurant bar 
Characters:
tough guy boyfriend girlfriend relationship 
Story:
fighting movie fist sweat punch italian american boxing brawl fistfight fight violence blood 

American Gangster (2007)
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American Gangster (2007)

Following the death of his employer and mentor, Bumpy Johnson, Frank Lucas establishes himself as the number one importer of heroin in the Harlem district of Manhattan. He does so by buying heroin directly from the source in South East Asia and he comes up with a unique way of importing the drugs in…to the United States. As a result, his product is superior to what is currently available on the street and his prices are lower. His alliance with the New York Mafia ensures his position. It is also the story of a dedicated and honest policeman, Richie Roberts, who heads up a joint narcotics task force with the Federal government. Based on a true story. (Read More)

Themes:
mafia dysfunctional family brutality divorce anger wedding 
Locations:
nightclub new york city 
Characters:
brother brother relationship police 
Period:
1960s 
Story:
madison square garden manhattan new york city bronx new york city wrath italian american rage domestic violence manhattan new york city violence 

The Bodyguard (1992) is one of the best movies like Raging Bull (1980)
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The Bodyguard (1992)

A pop singer has been receiving threatening notes, and her manager hires a bodyguard known for his good work. The bodyguard ruffles the singer's feathers and most of her entourage by tightening security more than they feel is necessary. The bodyguard is haunted by the fact that he was on Reagan's se…cret service staff but wasn't there to prevent the attack by Hinckley. Eventually the bodyguard and the singer start an affair, and she begins to believe his precautions are necessary when the stalker strikes close to home. (Read More)

Themes:
redemption paranoia extramarital affair anger jealousy 
Locations:
nightclub hotel swimming pool restaurant bar 
Characters:
tough guy 
Story:
price of fame miami florida domestic violence sadness brawl camera fistfight beating blood violence fight 

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Closer (2004)
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Closer (2004)

Smart-but-ineffectual journalist Dan "We use euphemisms!" cannot decide between his girlfriend, loving-but-clingy waitress Alice, or his lover cold-but-intellectual photographer Anna; herself indecisive between Dan and honest-but-thuggish "You're bloody gorgeous!" doctor Larry. The film puts the fou…r leading characters in a box and strips them apart. (Read More)

Themes:
divorce extramarital affair anger jealousy 
Locations:
hotel restaurant bar new york city 
Characters:
photographer boyfriend girlfriend relationship husband wife relationship 
Story:
film camera dysfunctional marriage manhattan new york city camera mirror blood 

Bloodsport (1988)
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Bloodsport (1988)

Frank Dux has spent most his life being trained by Tanaka to participate in the Kumite, the ultimate martial arts tournament, where participants are seriously injured, even killed. Frank decides to go despite being told by his superiors in the army that he can't because they need him. Two army offic…ers are sent to get him and the trail leads to Hong Kong but Frank eludes them. While Frank advances, he knows that he may have to face Chong Li, the defending champion, who has killed a few participants. (Read More)

Locations:
hotel restaurant bar 
Characters:
tough guy husband wife relationship police 
Story:
fighting movie broken nose machismo champion boxing competition brawl arrest fistfight beating fight violence blood 

The Godfather (1972)
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The Godfather (1972)

When the aging head of a famous crime family decides to transfer his position to one of his subalterns, a series of unfortunate events start happening to the family, and a war begins between all the well-known families leading to insolence, deportation, murder and revenge, and ends with the favorabl…e successor being finally chosen. (Read More)

Themes:
mafia dysfunctional family extramarital affair wedding 
Locations:
hotel restaurant bar new york city 
Characters:
tough guy brother brother relationship police 
Period:
1940s 
Story:
bronx new york city italian american domestic violence manhattan new york city beating telephone call violence blood 

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Kill The Irishman (2011) is one of the best movies like Raging Bull (1980)
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Kill The Irishman (2011)

The true story of Danny Greene, an impoverished but charismatic young Irish-American who rises to power as president of the longshoreman's local union and is charged with corruption but evades serious jail time by becoming an FBI informant. With fearless nerve he joins forces with a Mafia gangster t…o rise to power in Cleveland's underworld, gaining the reputation of a Robin Hood-like figure with nine lives as he escapes countless assassination attempts. (Read More)

Themes:
mafia drunkenness 
Locations:
restaurant bar new york city 
Characters:
police 
Period:
1960s 
Story:
cleveland ohio italian american phone booth jail cell machismo arrest fistfight beating violence 

Ali (2001)
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Ali (2001)

In 1964, a brash new pro boxer, fresh from his olympic gold medal victory, explodes on to the scene, Cassius Clay. Bold and outspoken, he cuts an entirely new image for African Americans in sport with his proud public self confidence with his unapologetic belief that he is the greatest boxer of all …time. To his credit, he sets out to prove that with his highly agile and forceful style soon making him a formidable boxer who soon claims the heavyweight championship. His personal life is no less noteworthy with his allegiance to the Nation of Islam, his friendship with the controversial Malcolm X and his abandonment of his slave name in favour of Muhammad Ali stirring up controversy. Yet, at the top of his game, both Ali's personal and professional lives face the ultimate test with the military draft rules are changed, making him eligible for military induction during the Vietnam War. Despite the fact that he could easily agree to a sweetheart deal that would have meant an easy tour of duty for himself, Ali refuses to submit on principle to cooperate in an unjust war for a racist nation that treated his people so poorly. The cost of that stand is high as he finds himself unable to legally box in his own country while his case is contested in court. What follows is a battle for a man who would sacrifice so much for what he believes in and a comeback that would cement his legend as one of the great sports figures of all time. (Read More)

Themes:
divorce extramarital affair drunkenness 
Locations:
nightclub 
Characters:
photographer brother brother relationship husband wife relationship police 
Period:
1960s 
Story:
boxing gym championship belt sweat hit in the face champion boxing arrest camera fistfight telephone call violence fight 

Terms Of Endearment (1983)
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Terms Of Endearment (1983)

Aurora and Emma are mother and daughter who march to different drummers. Beginning with Emma's marriage, Aurora shows how difficult and loving she can be. The movie covers several years of their lives as each finds different reasons to go on living and find joy. Aurora's interludes with Garrett Bree…dlove, retired astronaut and next door neighbor are quite striking. In the end, different people show their love in very different ways. (Read More)

Themes:
dysfunctional family paranoia extramarital affair anger wedding drunkenness jealousy 
Locations:
hotel swimming pool restaurant new york city 
Characters:
brother brother relationship husband wife relationship 
Period:
1940s 1960s 
Story:
manhattan new york city 

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Menace II Society (1993)
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Menace II Society (1993)

This urban nightmare chronicles several days in the life of Caine Lawson, following his high-school graduation, as he attempts to escape his violent existence in the projects of Watts, CA.

Themes:
paranoia brutality anger drunkenness 
Characters:
brother brother relationship boyfriend girlfriend relationship husband wife relationship police 
Story:
underage drinking parking garage jail cell machismo brawl arrest fistfight beating fight blood violence 

Malcolm X (1992) is one of the best movies like Raging Bull (1980)
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Malcolm X (1992)

Biograpical epic of Malcolm X, the legendary African American leader. Born Malcolm Little, his father (a Garveyite Baptist minister) was killed by the Ku Klux Klan. Malcolm became a gangster, and while in jail discovered the Nation of Islam writings of Elijah Muhammad. He preaches the teachings when… let out of jail, but later on goes on a pilgrimage to the city of Mecca, there he converts to the original Islamic religion and becomes a Sunni Muslim and changes his name to El-Hajj Malik Al-Shabazz. He is assassinated on February 21, 1965 and dies a Muslim martyr. (Read More)

Subgenre:
based on autobiography 
Themes:
redemption anger 
Locations:
bar new york city 
Characters:
tough guy husband wife relationship police 
Period:
1940s 1960s 
Story:
solitary confinement rage sadness manhattan new york city beating violence blood 

Gone Girl (2014)
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Gone Girl (2014)

On the occasion of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne reports that his wife, Amy, has gone missing. Under pressure from the police and a growing media frenzy, Nick's portrait of a blissful union begins to crumble. Soon his lies, deceits and strange behavior have everyone asking the same dark …question: Did Nick Dunne kill his wife? (Read More)

Themes:
paranoia extramarital affair anger wedding jealousy 
Locations:
hotel swimming pool bar new york city 
Characters:
husband wife relationship police 
Story:
neighborhood black eye pride sadness manhattan new york city arrest camera telephone call blood fight violence 

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Gomorrah (2008)
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Gomorrah (2008)

"Gomorra" is a contemporary Neapolitan mob drama that exposes Italy's criminal underbelly by telling five stories of individuals who think they can make their own compact with Camorra, the area's Mafia.

Themes:
mafia dysfunctional family paranoia brutality wedding 
Locations:
new york city 
Characters:
photographer husband wife relationship police 
Story:
miami florida machismo manhattan new york city arrest camera mirror beating blood violence 

Summer Of Sam (1999)
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Summer Of Sam (1999)

Themes:
paranoia extramarital affair drunkenness jealousy 
Locations:
restaurant new york city 
Characters:
husband wife relationship police 
Story:
bronx new york city neighborhood italian american rampage manhattan new york city beating violence blood 

Creed (2015) is one of the best movies like Raging Bull (1980)
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Creed (2015)

Adonis Johnson is the son of the famous boxing champion Apollo Creed, who died in a boxing match in _Rocky IV (1985)_ (qv). Adonis wasn't born until after his father's death and wants to follow his fathers footsteps in boxing. He seeks a mentor who is the former heavyweight boxing champion and forme…r friend of Apollo Creed, the retired Rocky Balboa. Rocky eventually agrees to mentor Adonis. With Rocky's help they hope to get a title job to face even deadlier opponents than his father. But whether he is a true fighter remains to be seen.... (Read More)

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hotel restaurant bar 
Characters:
boyfriend girlfriend relationship 
Story:
fighting movie italian american jail cell champion boxing brawl arrest fistfight beating fight blood 

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Sid And Nancy (1986)
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Sid And Nancy (1986)

Morbid biographical story of Sid Vicious, bassist with British punk group the Sex Pistols, and his girlfriend Nancy Spungen. When the Sex Pistols break up after their fateful US tour, Vicious attempts a solo career while in the grip of heroin addiction. One morning, Nancy is found stabbed to death a…nd Sid is arrested for her murder. (Read More)

Themes:
drunkenness 
Locations:
nightclub hotel bar new york city 
Characters:
self destructiveness photographer husband wife relationship police 
Story:
phone booth domestic violence manhattan new york city arrest camera mirror beating blood fight 

The Accountant (2016)
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The Accountant (2016)

Christian Wolff is a math savant with more affinity for numbers than people. Behind the cover of a small-town CPA office, he works as a freelance accountant for some of the world's most dangerous criminal organizations. With the Treasury Department's Crime Enforcement Division, run by Ray King, star…ting to close in, Christian takes on a legitimate client: a state-of-the-art robotics company where an accounting clerk has discovered a discrepancy involving millions of dollars. But as Christian uncooks the books and gets closer to the truth, it is the body count that starts to rise. (Read More)

Themes:
redemption mafia paranoia brutality anger jealousy 
Locations:
chicago illinois hotel restaurant bar new york city 
Characters:
tough guy brother brother relationship husband wife relationship 
Story:
in medias res parking garage brawl arrest camera fistfight beating fight blood violence 

Cop Land (1997)
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Cop Land (1997)

Sometime in the 1970's, police officers from New York City wanted a safe haven to live, away from the dangers of the streets of New York City, this is when they established a "Cop Land" in the small New Jersey town of Garrison. Freddy Heflin who was always admired by the New York cops wanted to beco…me one, but because he was deaf in one ear this prevents him from achieving his goal, but has become sheriff of Garrison. Recently there have been a dark omen surrounding the NYPD, and Freddy is now investigating on this case, then Internal Affairs officer Mo Tilden is also on the case and asks Freddy for help, but Freddy could not. Now Freddy suspects that a New York City cop named Ray Donlan might be one of the many cops who is corrupted by the mob and other criminals. Now, Freddy must find a cop who is nicknamed "Superboy" who can testify against Donlan and protect him, before Donlan finds Superboy and kills him. (Read More)

Themes:
mafia paranoia brutality extramarital affair drunkenness jealousy 
Locations:
swimming pool bar new york city 
Characters:
tough guy husband wife relationship police 
Story:
overweight italian american jail cell machismo sadness manhattan new york city arrest beating violence blood 

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Dreamgirls (2006) is one of the best movies like Raging Bull (1980)
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Dreamgirls (2006)

Detroit, the early 1960s. Curtis Taylor, Jr., a car salesman, breaks into the music business with big dreams. He signs a trio of young women, the Dreamettes, gets them a job backing an R&B performer, James "Thunder" Early, establishes his own record label and starts wheeling and dealing. When Early …flames out, Curtis makes the Dreamettes into headliners as the Dreams, but not before demoting their hefty big-voiced lead singer, Effie White, and putting the softer-voiced looker, Deena Jones, in front. Soon after, he fires Effie, sends her into a life of proud poverty, and takes Deena and the Dreams to the top. How long can Curtis stay there, and will Effie ever get her due? (Read More)

Themes:
divorce extramarital affair jealousy 
Locations:
nightclub swimming pool bar new york city 
Characters:
comedian husband wife relationship 
Period:
1960s 
Story:
price of fame detroit michigan backstage boxing camera mirror telephone call 

Amy (2015)
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Amy (2015)

A documentary on the life of 'Amy Winehouse' (qv), the immensely talented yet doomed songstress. We see her from her teen years, where she already showed her singing abilities, to her finding success and then her downward spiral into alcoholism and drugs.

Themes:
divorce extramarital affair wedding drunkenness 
Locations:
hotel bar 
Characters:
photographer boyfriend girlfriend relationship 
Story:
pride miami florida backstage home movie sadness manhattan new york city arrest camera telephone call 

Boyz N The Hood (1991)
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Boyz N The Hood (1991)

John Singleton's portrayal of social problems in inner-city Los Angeles takes the form of a tale of three friends growing up together 'in the 'hood.' Half-brothers Doughboy and Ricky Baker are foils for each other's personality, presenting very different approaches to the tough lives they face. Rick…y is the 'All-American' athlete, looking to win a football scholarship to USC and seeks salvation through sports, while 'Dough' succumbs to the violence, alcohol, and crime surrounding him in his environment, but maintains a strong sense of pride and code of honor. Between these two is their friend Tre, who is lucky to have a father, 'Furious' Styles, to teach him to have the strength of character to do what is right and to always take responsibility for his actions. (Read More)

Themes:
dysfunctional family anger 
Locations:
restaurant 
Characters:
tough guy brother brother relationship boyfriend girlfriend relationship police 
Story:
neighborhood pride underage drinking confrontation machismo sadness brawl arrest fistfight beating violence blood fight 

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15 Minutes (2001)
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15 Minutes (2001)

When Eastern European criminals Oleg and Emil come to New York City to pick up their share of a heist score, Oleg steals a video camera and starts filming their activities, both legal and illegal. When they learn how the American media circus can make a remorseless killer look like the victim and ma…ke them rich, they target media-savvy NYPD Homicide Detective Eddie Flemming and media-naive FDNY Fire Marshal Jordy Warsaw, the cops investigating their murder and torching of their former criminal partner, filming everything to sell to the local tabloid TV show "Top Story." (Read More)

Themes:
paranoia drunkenness jealousy 
Locations:
hotel restaurant bar new york city 
Characters:
talking to oneself in a mirror boyfriend girlfriend relationship husband wife relationship police 
Story:
home movie manhattan new york city brawl arrest camera fistfight telephone call fight violence blood 

Legend (2015) is one of the best movies like Raging Bull (1980)
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Legend (2015)

The true story of London's most notorious gangsters, twins Reggie and Ronnie Kray. As the brothers rise through the criminal underworld, Ronnie advances the family business with violence and intimidation while Reggie struggles to go legitimate for local girl Frances Shea. In and out of prison, Ronni…e's unpredictable tendencies and the slow disintegration of Reggie's marriage threaten to bring the brothers' empire tumbling to the ground. (Read More)

Themes:
mafia brutality wedding drunkenness jealousy 
Locations:
nightclub restaurant bar 
Characters:
brother in law sister in law relationship photographer brother brother relationship boyfriend girlfriend relationship husband wife relationship police 
Period:
1960s 
Story:
rise and fall black eye italian american domestic violence camera mirror fistfight beating blood violence 

The Doors (1991)
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The Doors (1991)

Oliver Stone's homage to 1960s rock group The Doors also doubles as a biography of the group's late singer, the "Electric Poet" Jim Morrison. The movie follows Morrison from his days as a film student in Los Angeles to his death in Paris, France at age 27 in 1971. The movie features a tour-de-force …performance by Val Kilmer, who not only looks like Jim Morrison's long-lost twin brother, but also sounds so much like him that he did much of his own singing. It has been written that even the surviving Doors had trouble distinguishing Kilmer's vocals from Morrison's originals. (Read More)

Themes:
anger wedding drunkenness jealousy 
Locations:
nightclub hotel bar new york city 
Characters:
photographer boyfriend girlfriend relationship police 
Period:
1940s 1960s 
Story:
miami florida backstage domestic violence brawl arrest camera blood 

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Fighting (2009)
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Fighting (2009)

Shawn MacArthur, the kind-hearted son of an Alabama wrestling coach, makes a grim living selling fake products on the streets in New York. After dealing with thieving punks, he's discovered by bare-knuckle/street-fight manager, Harvey Boarden. He soon proves himself worthy and starts earning a small… fortune, part of which he volunteers to spend on single mother Zulay Velez. Shawn doesn't cheat and that seems to be a major problem, notably after the arrival of his Alabama high-school rival. (Read More)

Locations:
new york city 
Characters:
tough guy boyfriend girlfriend relationship 
Story:
fighting movie bronx new york city coach boxing manhattan new york city brawl fistfight beating fight violence blood 

The Basketball Diaries (1995)
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The Basketball Diaries (1995)

Film adaptation of street tough Jim Carroll's epistle about his kaleidoscopic free fall into the harrowing world of drug addiction. As a member of a seemingly unbeatable high school basketball squad, Jim's life centers around the basketball court and the court becomes a metaphor for the world in his… mind. A best friend who is dying of leukemia, a coach ("Swifty") who takes unacceptable liberties with the boys on his team, teenage sexual angst, and an unhealthy appetite for heroin -- all of these begin to encroach on young Jim's dream of becoming a basketball star. Soon, the dark streets of New York become a refuge from his mother's mounting concern for her son. He can't go home and his only escape from the reality of the streets is heroin for which he steals, robs and prostitutes himself. Only with the help of Reggie, an older neighborhood friend with whom Jim "picked up a game" now and then, is he able to begin the long journey back to sanity. (Read More)

Subgenre:
based on autobiography 
Themes:
brutality anger drunkenness 
Locations:
hotel restaurant new york city 
Characters:
self destructiveness brother brother relationship police 
Story:
decadence bum neighborhood coach manhattan new york city arrest beating telephone call fight blood 

Never Back Down (2008) is one of the best movies like Raging Bull (1980)
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Never Back Down (2008)

At his new high school, a rebellious teen Jake Tyler is lured into an ultimate underground fighting club in a Backyard Fight, where he finds a mentor in a mixed martial arts veteran. After receiving threats to the safety of his friends and family, Jake seeks the mentoring of a veteran fighter, to tr…ain his mind and body for one final no-holds-barred elimination fight with his unrelenting personal nemesis and local martial arts champion Ryan McCarthy. (Read More)

Characters:
tough guy brother brother relationship 
Story:
hot temper fighting movie black eye rage champion brawl fistfight beating fight violence blood 

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Southpaw (2015)
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Southpaw (2015)

As tragedy strikes him in his prime, famed boxer, Billy Hope, begins to fall into a great depression. Once the decision regarding the custody of his daughter is under question, Billy decides to get his life back on track by getting back into the ring.

Locations:
hotel bar new york city 
Characters:
husband wife relationship 
Story:
boxing gym madison square garden manhattan new york city washed up star rage boxing manhattan new york city fistfight violence blood 

Hardball (2001)
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Hardball (2001)

Bright, well-educated, handsome Conor O'Neill's promising future was wrecked by his gambling addiction, which dragged him into heavy drinking and petty crime, but worst of all, the stifling grip of loan-shark bookies. Desperate for a loan, he accepts to stand in for lawyer friend Jimmy Fleming as co…ach of a Chicago black 'projects' ghetto Little League baseball team. His sense of pride, becoming the boys' sole idol, and competition, plus their attractive teacher, motivate Conor. But the crushing loan problem rather requires leaving town. (Read More)

Themes:
redemption anger jealousy 
Locations:
chicago illinois bar 
Characters:
brother brother relationship 
Story:
pride jail cell coach sadness competition beating 

The Departed (2006)
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The Departed (2006)

In South Boston, the state police force is waging war on Irish-American organized crime. Young undercover cop Billy Costigan is assigned to infiltrate the mob syndicate run by gangland chief Frank Costello. While Billy quickly gains Costello's confidence, Colin Sullivan, a hardened young criminal wh…o has infiltrated the state police as an informer for the syndicate is rising to a position of power in the Special Investigation Unit. Each man becomes deeply consumed by their double lives, gathering information about the plans and counter-plans of the operations they have penetrated. But when it becomes clear to both the mob and the police that there is a mole in their midst, Billy and Colin are suddenly in danger of being caught and exposed to the enemy - and each must race to uncover the identity of the other man in time to save themselves. But is either willing to turn on their friends and comrades they've made during their long stints undercover? (Read More)

Themes:
mafia brutality extramarital affair anger drunkenness jealousy 
Locations:
swimming pool restaurant bar 
Characters:
tough guy boyfriend girlfriend relationship police 
Story:
slap pride italian american rampage rage domestic violence brawl arrest fistfight beating telephone call blood violence fight 

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Michael Clayton (2007) is one of the best movies like Raging Bull (1980)
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Michael Clayton (2007)

Michael Clayton, a high-priced law firm's fixer, leaves a late night poker game, gets a call to drive to Westchester, and watches his car blow up as he's taking an impromptu dawn walk through a field. Flash back four days. He owes a loan shark to cover his brother's debts (Michael's own gambling hab…its have left him virtually broke). His law firm is negotiating a high-stakes merger, and his firm's six year defense of a conglomerate's pesticide use is at risk when one of the firm's top litigators goes off his meds and puts the case in jeopardy. While Michael is trying to fix things someone decides to kill him. Who? Meanwhile his son summarizes the plot of a dark fantasy novel. (Read More)

Themes:
dysfunctional family divorce 
Locations:
hotel restaurant bar new york city 
Characters:
talking to oneself in a mirror brother brother relationship husband wife relationship police 
Story:
troubled marriage in medias res jail cell machismo manhattan new york city arrest camera mirror telephone call 

Across The Universe (2007)
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Across The Universe (2007)

Across The Universe is a fictional love story set in the 1960s amid the turbulent years of anti-war protest, the struggle for free speech and civil rights, mind exploration and rock and roll. At once gritty, whimsical and highly theatrical, the story moves from high schools and universities in Massa…chusetts, Princeton and Ohio to the Lower East Side of Manhattan, the Detroit riots, Vietnam and the dockyards of Liverpool. A combination of live action and animation, the film is paired with many songs by 'The Beatles' (qv) that defined the time. (Read More)

Themes:
drunkenness jealousy 
Locations:
nightclub bar new york city 
Characters:
boyfriend girlfriend relationship husband wife relationship police 
Period:
1960s 
Story:
bum detroit michigan black eye phone booth jail cell domestic violence sadness manhattan new york city arrest beating telephone call fight blood 

Man On The Moon (1999)
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Man On The Moon (1999)

Man on the Moon is a biographical movie on the late comedian 'Andy Kaufman (I)' (qv). Kaufman, along with his role on _"Taxi" (1978)_ (qv), was famous for being the self-declared Intergender Wrestling Champion of the world. After beating women time and time again, 'Jerry Lawler' (qv) (who plays hims…elf in the movie), a professional wrestler, got tired of seeing all of this and decided to challenge Kaufman to a match. In most of the matches the two had, Lawler prevailed with the piledriver, which is a move by spiking an opponent head-first into the mat. One of the most famous moments in this feud was in the early 80s when Kaufman threw coffee on Lawler on _"Late Night with David Letterman" (1982)_ (qv), got into fisticuffs with Lawler, and proceeded to sue NBC. (Read More)

Subgenre:
stand up comedy 
Locations:
nightclub restaurant bar new york city 
Characters:
comedian photographer brother brother relationship boyfriend girlfriend relationship husband wife relationship 
Story:
confrontation home movie champion manhattan new york city camera beating fight 

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Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind (2002)
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Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind (2002)

Television made him famous, but his biggest hits happened off screen. "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind" is the story of a legendary showman's double life - television producer by day, CIA assassin by night. At the height of his TV career, Chuck Barris was recruited by the CIA and trained to become a… covert operative. Or so Barris said. (Read More)

Subgenre:
based on autobiography 
Themes:
paranoia extramarital affair wedding 
Locations:
hotel swimming pool restaurant bar new york city 
Period:
1940s 1960s 
Story:
broken nose black eye manhattan new york city camera blood violence fight 

Charlie Bartlett (2007) is one of the best movies like Raging Bull (1980)
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Charlie Bartlett (2007)

Although cheerful, friendly, intelligent, well-dressed, authentic and wealthy, Charlie Bartlett has problems. With his father gone and his mother loopy and clueless, he's been expelled from every private school for his victimless crimes. Now he's in a public school getting punched out daily by the s…chool thug. He ever longs to be popular - the go-to guy - and the true crux of his troubles is that he invariably finds the means to this end, whatever that might be. At Western Summit High, he makes peace with his tormentor by going into business with him - listening to kids' problems and selling them prescription drugs. Charlie's a hit, but attraction to Susan (daughter of the school's laissez-faire principal), new security cameras on campus, a student's overdose, and Charlie's open world view all converge to get him in serious trouble. Can this self-made physician possibly heal himself and just be a kid? (Read More)

Themes:
dysfunctional family divorce extramarital affair drunkenness 
Locations:
swimming pool restaurant bar 
Characters:
talking to oneself in a mirror boyfriend girlfriend relationship police 
Story:
black eye backstage rampage jail cell arrest mirror beating telephone call blood 

American Psycho (2000)
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American Psycho (2000)

Patrick Bateman is handsome, well educated and intelligent. He is twenty-seven and living his own American dream. He works by day on Wall Street, earning a fortune to complement the one he was born with. At night he descends into madness, as he experiments with fear and violence.

Themes:
paranoia brutality divorce anger wedding drunkenness jealousy 
Locations:
nightclub restaurant bar new york city 
Characters:
boyfriend girlfriend relationship police 
Story:
bum rampage phone booth rage machismo manhattan new york city camera mirror beating violence blood 

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