Directed by Martin Scorsese, Raging Bull was adapted to the big screen from Jake LaMotta's 1970 memoir Raging Bull: My Story.
Each of the boxing scenes was choreographed for a specific visual style and De Niro gained approximately 60 pounds (27 kg) to portray LaMotta in his later post-boxing years
The film was nominated for eight Academy Awards at the 53rd Academy Awards. De Niro won for Best Actor.
After its release, Raging Bull went on to garner a high critical reputation, and is now often considered one of the greatest films ever made.
In 1990, it became the first film to be selected in its first year of eligibility for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress, as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant
The American Film Institute ranked it as the fourth-greatest American movie of all time.