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Raging Bull (1980)
Biography, Drama, Sport

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)

Themes:redemption,  mafia,  paranoia,  brutality,  divorce,  anger,  wedding,  drunkenness,  jealousy
Locations:nightclub,  hotel,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:comedian,  photographer
Period:1940s,  1960s
Story:boxing gym,  boxing,  film camera,  talking to oneself in a mirror,  pathological jealousy,  fixed fight,  male slaps a male,  hematoma,  madison square garden manhattan new york city,  fake nose,  nagging wife,  hot temper,  championship belt,  fighting movie,  sports man,  marriage crisis,  hit with a car door,  self hatred,  washed up star,  statutory rape,  fist,  based on autobiography,  troubled marriage,  snorricam,  endurance,  jealous husband,  solitary confinement,  cleveland ohio,  rise and fall,  neglected wife,  bronx new york city,  slap,  price of fame,  in medias res,  brother in law sister in law relationship,  broken nose,  middle age,  decadence,  overweight,  bum,  violence against women,  wrath,  arena,  infatuation,  self destructiveness,  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,  chicago illinois,  dysfunctional family,  manhattan new york city,  competition,  animal in title,  extramarital affair,  brawl,  arrest,  tough guy,  camera,  mirror,  stand up comedy,  fistfight,  swimming pool,  beating,  telephone call,  brother brother relationship,  new york city,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  husband wife relationship,  violence,  police,  fight,  blood

Rocky III (1982)
Drama, Sport

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:bar
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,  brawl,  arrest,  tough guy,  fistfight,  swimming pool,  beating,  husband wife relationship,  violence,  fight

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Lovelace (2013)
Biography, Drama

Lovelace (2013)

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

Goodfellas (1990)
Crime, Drama

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

Rocky IV (1985) is one of the best movies like Raging Bull (1980)
Drama, Sport

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" Russian 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
Story:champion,  boxing,  fighting movie,  fist,  endurance,  arena,  sweat,  punch,  black eye,  pride,  italian american,  coach,  machismo,  brawl,  tough guy,  fistfight,  swimming pool,  beating,  fight,  husband wife relationship,  violence,  blood

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The Bodyguard (1992)
Action, Drama, Music, Romance

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 secret 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. This is why The Bodyguard (1992) is one of the best movies like Raging Bull (1980). (Read More)

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

Rocky (1976)
Drama, Sport

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" to 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
Story:champion,  boxing gym,  fighting movie,  bum,  arena,  sweat,  hit in the face,  italian american,  coach,  domestic violence,  boxing,  competition,  brawl,  tough guy,  mirror,  beating,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  fight,  violence

Scarface (1983)
Crime, Drama

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

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Rocky II (1979) is one of the best movies like Raging Bull (1980)
Drama, Sport

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
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,  tough guy,  fistfight,  beating,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  fight,  husband wife relationship,  blood,  violence

Menace II Society (1993)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

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
Story:underage drinking,  parking garage,  jail cell,  machismo,  brawl,  arrest,  fistfight,  beating,  brother brother relationship,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  husband wife relationship,  violence,  fight,  police,  blood

Kill The Irishman (2011)
Biography, Crime, Drama

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 to 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. This is why Kill The Irishman (2011) is one of the best movies like Raging Bull (1980). (Read More)

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

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Gomorra (2008)
Crime, Drama

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

Summer Of Sam (1999) is one of the best movies like Raging Bull (1980)
Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller

Summer Of Sam (1999)

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

Amy (2015)
Biography, Documentary, Music

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

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Malcolm X (1992)
Biography, Drama, History, Romance

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)

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

Black Mass (2015)
Biography, Crime, Drama, History

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 Boston, 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. This is why Black Mass (2015) is one of the best movies like Raging Bull (1980). (Read More)

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

15 Minutes (2001) is one of the best movies like Raging Bull (1980)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

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 make 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
Story:talking to oneself in a mirror,  home movie,  manhattan new york city,  brawl,  arrest,  camera,  fistfight,  telephone call,  new york city,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  husband wife relationship,  fight,  violence,  blood,  police

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American Gangster (2007)
Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller

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

New Jack City (1991)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

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 miserably. The only thing that remains is that Scotty himself becomes a drug pusher. (Read More)

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

Rocky V (1990)
Drama, Sport

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

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Run All Night (2015) is one of the best movies like Raging Bull (1980)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

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 and Michael must avoid corrupt cops, contract killers and the mob to survive the night. This is why Run All Night (2015) is one of the best movies like Raging Bull (1980). (Read More)

Themes:redemption,  brutality,  drunkenness
Locations:restaurant,  bar
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,  brother brother relationship,  new york city,  husband wife relationship,  police,  blood,  violence

The Godfather: Part II (1974)
Crime, Drama

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

American Psycho (2000)
Crime, Drama

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
Story:bum,  rampage,  phone booth,  rage,  machismo,  manhattan new york city,  camera,  mirror,  beating,  new york city,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  violence,  blood,  police

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Ali (2001)
Biography, Drama, Sport

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

Fighting (2009) is one of the best movies like Raging Bull (1980)
Action, Drama, Sport

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)

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

We Own The Night (2007)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

We Own The Night (2007)

Brooklyn, 1988. Crime is rife, especially drugs and drug violence. A Russian thug is building his heroin trade, while everyone laughs at the cops. Brothers have chosen different paths: Joe has followed his father Bert into New York's Finest; he's a rising star. Bobby, who uses his mother's maiden name, manages a club. Bobby too is on the rise: he has a new girlfriend and a green-light to develop a Manhattan club. Joe and Bert ask him to help with intelligence gathering; he declines. Then, Joe raids Bobby's club to arrest the Russian. From there, things spiral out of control: the Russian puts out a hit on Joe, personal losses mount, and Bobby's loyalties face the test. This is why We Own The Night (2007) is one of the best movies like Raging Bull (1980). (Read More)

Locations:nightclub,  restaurant
Characters:photographer
Story:italian american,  jail cell,  boxing,  dysfunctional family,  manhattan new york city,  arrest,  camera,  beating,  telephone call,  brother brother relationship,  new york city,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  husband wife relationship,  violence,  blood,  police

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Sid And Nancy (1986)
Biography, Drama, Music, Romance

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 and Sid is arrested for her murder. (Read More)

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

Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind (2002)
Biography, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller

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)

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

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

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 train 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)

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

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Kill Your Darlings (2013)
Biography, Drama, Romance, Thriller

Kill Your Darlings (2013)

In the early 1940s, Allen Ginsberg is an English major at Columbia University, only to learn more than he bargained for. Dissatisfied by the orthodox attitudes of the school, Allen finds himself drawn to iconoclastic colleagues like Lucien Carr, William S. Burroughs and Jack Kerouac. Together, this gang would explore bold new literary ideas that would challenge the sensibilities of their time as the future Beat Generation. However, for all their creativity, their very appetites and choices lead to more serious transgressions that would mark their lives forever. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  drunkenness,  jealousy
Locations:bar
Period:1940s
Story:in medias res,  male male kiss,  jail cell,  chicago illinois,  dysfunctional family,  manhattan new york city,  arrest,  mirror,  telephone call,  new york city,  police,  blood,  fight

Catch Me If You Can (2002)
Biography, Crime, Drama

Catch Me If You Can (2002)

New Rochelle, the 1960s. High schooler Frank Abagnale Jr. idolizes his father, who's in trouble with the IRS. When his parents separate, Frank runs away to Manhattan with $25 in his checking account, vowing to regain dad's losses and get his parents back together. Just a few years later, the FBI tracks him down in France; he's extradited, tried, and jailed for passing more than $4,000,000 in bad checks. Along the way, he's posed as a Pan Am pilot, a pediatrician, and an attorney. And, from nearly the beginning of this life of crime, he's been pursued by a dour FBI agent, Carl Hanratty. What starts as cat and mouse becomes something akin to father and son. This is why Catch Me If You Can (2002) is one of the best movies like Raging Bull (1980). (Read More)

Themes:redemption,  divorce
Locations:hotel,  restaurant,  bar
Period:1960s
Story:based on autobiography,  miami florida,  italian american,  phone booth,  jail cell,  manhattan new york city,  extramarital affair,  arrest,  swimming pool,  new york city,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  husband wife relationship,  police

Straw Dogs (1971)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Straw Dogs (1971)

Upon moving to Britain to get away from American violence, astrophysicist David Sumner and his wife Amy are bullied and taken advantage of by the locals hired to do construction. When David finally takes a stand it escalates quickly into a bloody battle as the locals assault his house.

Themes:brutality,  anger,  drunkenness
Locations:bar
Story:fake nose,  rampage,  dysfunctional marriage,  rage,  machismo,  sadness,  animal in title,  mirror,  beating,  brother brother relationship,  husband wife relationship,  blood,  violence,  fight

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Cidade De Deus (2002) is one of the best movies like Raging Bull (1980)
Crime, Drama

Cidade De Deus (2002)

Brazil, 1960s, City of God. The Tender Trio robs motels and gas trucks. Younger kids watch and learn well...too well. 1970s: Li'l Ze has prospered very well and owns the city. He causes violence and fear as he wipes out rival gangs without mercy. His best friend Bene is the only one to keep him on the good side of sanity. Rocket has watched these two gain power for years, and he wants no part of it. Yet he keeps getting swept up in the madness. All he wants to do is take pictures. 1980s: Things are out of control between the last two remaining gangs...will it ever end? Welcome to the City of God. (Read More)

Themes:brutality,  redemption
Locations:nightclub,  bar
Characters:photographer
Period:1960s
Story:neighborhood,  rise and fall,  in medias res,  machismo,  domestic violence,  extramarital affair,  arrest,  camera,  telephone call,  brother brother relationship,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  violence,  blood,  fight,  police

Southpaw (2015)
Drama, Sport

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
Story:boxing gym,  madison square garden manhattan new york city,  washed up star,  rage,  champion,  boxing,  manhattan new york city,  fistfight,  new york city,  husband wife relationship,  violence,  blood

Lolita (1997)
Drama, Romance

Lolita (1997)

Humbert Humbert, a British professor coming to the US to teach, rents a room in Charlotte Haze's house, but only after he sees her 14-year-old daughter, Dolores (Lolita), to whom he is immediately attracted. Though he hates the mother, he marries her as this is the only way to be close to the girl, who will prove to be too mature for her age. They start a journey together, trying to hide they're not just (step)father and daughter, throughout the country, being followed by someone whom Humbert first suspects to be from the police. The profound jealousy, and maybe some guilt from the forbidden love, seem slowly to drive the man emotionally labile. (Read More)

Themes:redemption,  drunkenness,  jealousy
Locations:hotel
Period:1940s
Story:statutory rape,  self destructiveness,  backstage,  confrontation,  dysfunctional marriage,  swimming pool,  telephone call,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  husband wife relationship,  police,  blood,  fight

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The Great Debaters (2007)
Biography, Drama, Romance

The Great Debaters (2007)

Marshall, Texas, described by James Farmer, Jr. as "the last city to surrender after the Civil War," is home to Wiley College, where, in 1935-36, inspired by the Harlem Renaissance and his clandestine work as a union organizer, Professor Melvin Tolson coaches the debate team to a nearly-undefeated season that sees the first debate between U.S. students from white and Negro colleges and ends with an invitation to face Harvard University's national champions. The team of four, which includes a female student and a very young James Farmer, is tested in a crucible heated by Jim Crow, sexism, a lynch mob, an arrest and near riot, a love affair, jealousy, and a national radio audience. This is why The Great Debaters (2007) is one of the best movies like Raging Bull (1980). (Read More)

Themes:jealousy
Locations:hotel,  bar
Story:film camera,  home movie,  coach,  manhattan new york city,  competition,  arrest,  beating,  telephone call,  brother brother relationship,  new york city,  husband wife relationship,  violence,  fight

Blood Father (2016) is one of the best movies like Raging Bull (1980)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Blood Father (2016)

Themes:redemption,  paranoia,  brutality,  anger
Locations:bar
Story:violence against women,  machismo,  brawl,  arrest,  tough guy,  fistfight,  beating,  telephone call,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  blood,  police,  violence,  fight

Wild Card (2015)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Wild Card (2015)

Nick Wild (Jason Statham) is a Las Vegas bodyguard with lethal professional skills and a personal gambling problem. When a friend is beaten by a sadistic thug, Nick strikes back, only to find out the thug is the son of a powerful mob boss. Suddenly Nick is plunged into the criminal underworld, chased by enforcers and wanted by the mob. Having raised the stakes, Nick has one last play to change his fortunes...and this time, it's all or nothing. (Read More)

Themes:redemption,  mafia,  brutality,  drunkenness
Locations:hotel,  restaurant,  bar
Story:broken nose,  black eye,  machismo,  brawl,  tough guy,  fistfight,  beating,  violence,  fight,  blood

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Fight Club (1999)
Drama

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. However 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
Story:fighting movie,  in medias res,  decadence,  wrath,  self destructiveness,  punch,  black eye,  discussion,  confrontation,  phone booth,  rage,  machismo,  boxing,  tough guy,  beating,  telephone call,  fight,  blood,  police,  violence

Across The Universe (2007)
Drama, Fantasy, Musical, Romance

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 Massachusetts, 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
Period:1960s
Story:bum,  detroit michigan,  black eye,  phone booth,  jail cell,  domestic violence,  sadness,  manhattan new york city,  arrest,  beating,  telephone call,  new york city,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  husband wife relationship,  fight,  police,  blood

Donnie Brasco (1997) is one of the best movies like Raging Bull (1980)
Biography, Crime, Drama

Donnie Brasco (1997)

This true story follows FBI agent Joe Pistone as he infiltrates the mafia of New York. Befriending Lefty Ruggiero, Pistone (under the name Donnie Brasco) is able to embed himself in a mafia faction led by Sonny Black. Ruggiero and Pistone become tight as the group goes about collecting money for 'the bosses'. Eventually, the group become big-time when Black himself becomes a boss; all the while, Pistone collects evidence. However, the trials and tribulations of the undercover work become more than Pistone can bear. His marriage falls apart, and to top it off, the mafia suspect a mole in the organization. The real dilemma is afforded to Pistone, who knows if he walks away from the mafia, Ruggiero will be the one punished. This is why Donnie Brasco (1997) is one of the best movies like Raging Bull (1980). (Read More)

Themes:mafia,  divorce
Locations:hotel,  restaurant,  bar
Story:neglected wife,  miami florida,  italian american,  domestic violence,  manhattan new york city,  camera,  swimming pool,  beating,  new york city,  husband wife relationship,  violence,  blood,  police

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Bloodsport (1988)
Action, Biography, Drama, Sport

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 officers 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
Story:champion,  competition,  fighting movie,  broken nose,  machismo,  boxing,  brawl,  arrest,  tough guy,  fistfight,  beating,  fight,  husband wife relationship,  violence,  police,  blood

Broken City (2013)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Broken City (2013)

In New York City, detective Billy Taggart goes to court for the murder of the rapist Mikey Tavarez, but the Mayor Nicholas Hostetler and the Chief of Police Carl Fairbanks vanish with important evidence and Billy is declared not guilty by the judge; however, he leaves the police department. Seven years later, Billy is a private detective and lives with his girlfriend Natalie Barrow, who is an aspiring actress and the sister of Mikey's victim. His secretary Katy Bradshaw (Alona Tal) is trying to collect part of the debts to save their business. In the week of the elections, Hostetler summons Billy and offers $25,000 to investigate his wife, Cathleen Hostetler, whom he believes is having a love affair. Billy discovers that Cathleen is meeting Paul Andrews, who is the coordinator of the campaign of Jack Valliant, the opponent of Hostetler and favorite in the election. When Paul is found dead on the street, Billy finds that he had been double-crossed by Hostetler and he decides to investigate the truth behind Paul's murder. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  drunkenness
Locations:hotel,  restaurant,  bar
Story:machismo,  manhattan new york city,  extramarital affair,  brawl,  arrest,  tough guy,  camera,  fistfight,  beating,  new york city,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  husband wife relationship,  police,  violence,  fight

Man On The Moon (1999)
Biography, Comedy, Drama

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 himself 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)

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

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Frida (2002) is one of the best movies like Raging Bull (1980)
Biography, Drama, Romance

Frida (2002)

"Frida" chronicles the life Frida Kahlo shared unflinchingly and openly with Diego Rivera, as the young couple took the art world by storm. From her complex and enduring relationship with her mentor and husband to her illicit and controversial affair with Leon Trotsky, to her provocative and romantic entanglements with women, Frida Kahlo lived a bold and uncompromising life as a political, artistic, and sexual revolutionary. (Read More)

Themes:divorce,  wedding,  drunkenness,  jealousy
Characters:photographer
Period:1940s
Story:dysfunctional marriage,  manhattan new york city,  extramarital affair,  mirror,  new york city,  husband wife relationship,  blood,  fight

Siu Lam Juk Kau (2001)
Action, Comedy, Sport

Siu Lam Juk Kau (2001)

After a fateful mistake costing his career, an ex-soccer player bum meets a shaolin kung fu student trying to spread the word of kung fu. The ex-soccer player helps reconcile with his five brothers, and teaches them soccer, adding shaolin kung fu as a twist. This is why Siu Lam Juk Kau (2001) is one of the best movies like Raging Bull (1980). (Read More)

Themes:redemption,  brutality,  drunkenness
Locations:nightclub,  bar
Characters:photographer
Story:coach,  bum,  competition,  tough guy,  camera,  swimming pool,  beating,  telephone call,  brother brother relationship,  blood,  fight,  violence

Tyrannosaur (2011)
Drama

Tyrannosaur (2011)

The story of Joseph, a man plagued by violence and a rage that is driving him to self-destruction. As Joseph's life spirals into turmoil, a chance at redemption appears in the form of Hannah, a Christian charity shop worker. Their relationship develops to reveal that Hannah is hiding a secret of her own with devastating consequences to both of their lives. (Read More)

Themes:redemption,  drunkenness
Locations:nightclub
Story:black eye,  rage,  domestic violence,  beating,  telephone call,  violence,  husband wife relationship,  fight

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Legend (2015)
Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller

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, Ronnie'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,  wedding,  drunkenness,  jealousy
Locations:nightclub,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:photographer
Period:1960s
Story:brother in law sister in law relationship,  black eye,  italian american,  camera,  mirror,  fistfight,  beating,  brother brother relationship,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  husband wife relationship,  police,  blood,  violence

The Departed (2006) is one of the best movies like Raging Bull (1980)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

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

The Basketball Diaries (1995)
Biography, Crime, Drama, Sport

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)

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

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