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Rarely does an actor fit a role as perfectly as Mickey Rourke in The Wrestler. Like his character Randy "The Ram" Robinson, Rourke's career was considered washed-up before this film provided him with a triumphant return to his profession. It's the poignancy and power of his performance that transforms The Wrestler from a decent sports film into an Oscar contender. In addition, director Aronovsky's depiction of steroid addiction, dead-end jobs and broken relationships invests the much-mocked world of pro wrestling with a deserved dignity.
One of the darkest portraits of Hollywood ever made, director Billy Wilder's classic film is the story of a fading screen goddess.
11+ years 105 mins
Tough, emotionally powerful film about a down-on-his luck boxer who gets an unexpected chance at becoming a pro fighter.
11+ years 115 mins
This thoughtful American tragedy touches on racism and vigilantism and is another gem in Clint Eastwood's magnificent career.
14–16 years 116 mins
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