Every Morgan Freeman Movie Ranked From Worst To Best

“Million Dollar Baby” focuses on the close and complex relationship between boxer Maggie Fitzgerald (Hilary Swank) and her trainer, the brash Frankie Dunn (Clint Eastwood). At first Frankie doesn’t want to coach Maggie at all – her only source of support in the gym is former boxer “Scrap” Dupris (Morgan Freeman), who has known Frankie long enough to be able to interpret her for her – but the the two soon form a close bond. This emotional anchor keeps us in place as the film’s tone slowly shifts from inspirational to heartbreaking.

Equal parts sports history, character-heavy drama, and heartfelt tragedy, “Million Dollar Baby” hits as hard as its heroine and leaves you feeling bruised by the time you reach the credits. We mean that as a compliment – and we’re not the only ones who appreciate a well-crafted little agony, since the film won the Oscars, winning Best Picture, Best Actress (Swank), Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Freeman), and Best Director (Eastwood).

As difficult as they are to cash in, the emotions are what make the film work. As Newsweek’s review put it: “‘In his clean, unhurried, unblinking fashion, Eastwood takes audiences to places that are raw and deeply moving. If you’re afraid of strong emotions, this isn’t for you. But if you want to see Hollywood cinema at its most powerful, Eastwood has delivered the real deal.”

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