5. Raging Bull

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A dramatic rendition of the story of real-life boxer Jake LaMotta, this film is arguably the best of Martin Scorsese’s career. Brutal and unrelenting, this film is required viewing even if you don’t like boxing.

6. Pride of the Yankees

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Released only a year after Lou Gehrig succumbed to the disease that bears his name, this film has almost as much heart as the real-life ballplayer. Even now, decades after its release, it still holds up.