10. 'Fat City' (1972)
In a recent WTF podcast, Beau Bridges talks about going out for John Huston's understated drama of down-and-out boxers in California. He was told he was old for the part; you should meet my younger brother then, Beau replied. Jeff ended up with the part of the 18-year-old up-and-comer to Stacy Keach's alcoholic has-been, and his character isn't the kind of cocky, ambitious type one often sees in these types of stories. He's got sweet-science talent, but he doesn't know if he's doing the right thing. His attempt at a boxing career goes awry, and the picture captures this man at the moment when he realizes things aren't going to turn out okay – that sometimes, the underdogs are destined to remain underdogs.