* AwardSnub: One of the more notorious ones. It won for Actor and Editing, but not for Director, Screenplay, or Picture.
** Some people theorize that ''Film/RagingBull'' didn't win Best Picture because Creator/UnitedArtists couldn't afford to finance an Oscar campaign following the financial debacle that was ''Film/HeavensGate''.
* HeartwarmingInHindsight: As noted under CreatorBreakdown, Creator/MartinScorsese was struggling with a cocaine addiction at the time and planning on retiring as a director. Creator/RobertDeNiro specifically brought the project to Scorcese in hopes that its themes of self-destruction would help Scorcese overcome his problems. Needless to say, they succeeded.
* VindicatedByHistory: When it came out, it received pretty mixed reviews and was snubbed by the Oscars. Now if you ask most critics what the best film from 1980s was, most of them will say ''Film/RagingBull''. There are many who will also call it the best film of ''all time''.
* TheWoobie: Vikki [=LaMotta=], although if you ''were'' to give her a hug then Jake would probably fly into a rage and attack you and her both, because he is a {{Jerkass}}.
** JerkassWoobie: Joey can act like a crude, violent KavorkaMan at times, but he's also something of a MoralityChain for Jake, trying intermittently to keeps the latter grounded.
** Jake himself becomes one when he turns into a washed-up hack, averting sports movie sentimentalism by showing that VictoryIsBoring. The fact that he comes out a changed man and finally owns up to being a colossal asshole doesn't hurt either.
*** Jake undoubtedly does some horrible things throughout the film, but try not go feel at least a bit sorry for him when he starts punching the walls of his cell in self-punishment. It sheds a lot of light on his character.
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