Reel Rumbles #36: “The Fighter” vs. “Raging Bull”

Ryan Stuckey

Ryan likes movies. They are one of his favorite things. He does everything in his power to not sound like an elitist when he talks about them. He would like to apologize in advance for all the times he will inevitably sound like an elitist talking about them. He also thinks it's awkward to write about himself in the third person. He can be found at SirStuckey on Flickchart and almost every other film ranking website.

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4 Responses

  1. Nigel Druitt says:

    I think I might be one of those people who can’t get into older movies, for whatever reason. I didn’t care for Raging Bull at all (though I can certainly acknowledge the acting was great). But then, the only Scorsese movie I’ve seen that I’ve genuinely loved is The Departed (coincidentally, one of his newer ones, and one that many of his fans say just doesn’t measure up to some of his “classics”, despite how good it is).

    I’ve not yet seen The Fighter (I want to), but I have to admit that I even liked Ron Howard’s Cinderella Man more than Raging Bull, and even though it’s been so long since I’ve seen it that I don’t really remember it, I’d be far more likely to want to go back and re-watch Rocky. (Maybe I just like feel-good sports movies better?)

    By contrast, I fairly recently saw Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid for the first time, and I can say it’s the oldest movie I’ve seen in a while that I genuinely liked. And, of course, Butch Cassidy pre-dates Raging Bull by over a decade…

  2. Eric Lucero says:

    Nice analysis of these two films. I think you hit all the relative points. It’s too bad that this rumble was between these two films as the outcome was obvious. A much better matchup would have been Raging Bull vs Million Dollar Baby (which tragically might be the most under ranked film on Flickchart); two absolute masterpieces by two legendary filmmakers that each feature some of the most memorable performances in film history.