For a better experience on MUBI, update your browser.
15,515 Ratings

Raging Bull

Directed by Martin Scorsese
United States, 1980
Biography, Drama, Sport


Robert De Niro gives a career performance in Martin Scorsese’s brutal, unflinching biopic of boxer Jake LaMotta, whose violent bouts of anger make him a champion in the ring, but a wreck outside of it.

This film is not currently playing on MUBI but 30 other great films are. See what’s now showing
Raging Bull Directed by Martin Scorsese

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1981 | 2 wins including: Best Actor in a Leading Role

1981 | 6 nominations including: Best Picture

National Board of Review

1980 | 3 wins including: Best Actor

BAFTA Awards

1982 | 2 wins including: Best Editing

1982 | 2 nominations including: Best Actor

Directors Guild of America

1981 | Nominee: Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures

Critics reviews

Despite all these forces striving for intimacy, Scorsese’s vision nevertheless explodes into a behemoth of a film, the ultimate boxing movie, which ironically has little interest in the sport of boxing… It’s like we are inside a stranger’s skull as it’s being beaten to a pulp, while at the same time we’re on the outside looking in, being handed an X-ray. The result is a strange form of empathy: we feel vulnerable (in other words, human).
September 30, 2014
Read full article
Scorsese is (with Godard) one of the rare directors to possess this sensual taste for filmic material, which overflows into an abstraction, and that leads to his experimentation with this black-and white and Super 8 film stock. This pseudo-amateurish footage troubles the film, and through these moments of family happiness, breaks the heterogeneous fabric of the film, like in a painting by Rauschenberg or an atonal composition.
March 01, 1981
Read full article

What are people saying?

Related films