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50 Movie Sibling Rivalries
The brothers and sisters who just can’t seem to get along

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The Fighter (2010)

The Fighter (2010)

The siblings: Micky Ward (Mark Wahlberg) and Dicky Eklund (Christian Bale)

What puts them at odds? The early years of boxer Micky Ward’s life saw him living in the shadow of half-brother Dicky. But after the elder man suffers a defeat in the ring and dives into addiction hell and crime, Micky’s star begins to rise.

It’s bad enough to see your own glory fade; it’s quite another to watch someone else – your brother and former sparring partner, no less – achieve much more than you ever could. And when such a situation occurs between brothers who know how to throw punches? Stand well back. Wahlberg was just as frustrated for years with this movie, having shepherded his passion project through financial struggles and multiple directors (he wanted Scorsese, and had Darren Aronofsky attached for a while) before Bale suggested David O. Russell. The resulting film scored six Oscar nominations and statuettes for Bale and Melissa Leo as the lads’ mother. We like to think that its success is down to the brothers’ decision to bury the hatchet and work together.

Which sibling is your favourite?

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