Top 10 bio-pics: No. 1 ... Raging Bull
The official Stuck in the '80s list of the Top 10 Bio-pics of the '80s ends today with one of the greatest bio-pics of any decade. For the full list of each movie in our list, go to the bottom of this story.
1. RAGING BULL (1980): Robert De Niro plays boxer Jake LaMotta, channeling the self-destructive fighter's journey through his life and career. Joe Pesci plays Jake's brother Joey. De Niro reportedly read the autobiography of LaMotta while filming Godfather II in 1974, but it took him four years to convince everyone, including director Martin Scorsese, to get on board.
Trivia: Sound effects for punches landing were made by destroying melons and tomatoes. Sound effects for camera flashes going off were sounds of gunshots. If you want to hear those same sounds in other movies, good luck. The original tapes were deliberately destroyed by the sound technicians.
What critics said: "This man we see is not, I think, supposed to be any more subtle than he seems. He does not have additional 'qualities' to share with us. He is an engine driven by his own rage. The equation between his prizefighting and his sexuality is inescapable, and we see the trap he's in: LaMotta is the victim of base needs and instincts that, in his case, are not accompanied by the insights and maturity necessary for him to cope with them. The raging bull. The poor sap." - Roger Ebert
Signature line: "If you win, you win. If you lose, you still win."
The Top 10 Bio-pics of the '80s:
10. My Left Foot
1. Raging Bull