Having already seen all the Rocky sequels, I knew there would be a time when I would have to sit down and watch the original movie — the granddaddy that started them all! Unfortunately, it took me long enough for Stallone to actually start looking like granddaddy. Rocky is the best known boxing franchise Hollywood has ever produced. *Scratch that: Rocky is the ONLY boxing franchise ever produced, because everyone else knows how to properly quit fighting and it's not because of Tommy Gunn. Wait, there was a 6th one!
In addition, once I saw the trailer for the recently released movie "Grudge Match" starring 67-year-old Sylvestor Stallone and 70-year-old Robert De Niro in a boxing match against each other presumably trying to raise money for their nursing home, I knew I had to watch the other great boxing movie, Raging Bull. So in a two day, back-to-back marathon, I watched Rocky (1976) and Raging Bull (1980) While both Rocky and Raging Bull have extremely different character arcs — one is about a boxer's rise to fame, the other about their fall from grace, respectively — they both exhibit the same message: when you step into the ring, nothing else matters except the fight.
I was going to compare the two movies and break it down by section, but two websites already did a great job. Check out: