Considering Shutter Island opened this past weekend, it’s only fitting that we add another Scorsese masterpiece to our 30 Essential Movies roster. Fast approaching its 30th birthday, Raging Bull follows the life of prize fighter Jake LaMotta, played by Robert Deniro. An absolute beast in the ring, Jake literally dismantles his opponents. That viscous instinct that is his greatest strength when he dances under the lights becomes his greatest weakness once he’s outside the ring, destroying what matters most.
This classic deserves its place in your library if for no other reason than to serve as a reminder of just how absolutely bat shit crazy the male psyche can be.