A remarkable film about perseverance and loyalty, "The Fighter" (2010) is based on the life of former junior welterweight boxing champion Micky Ward. Mark Wahlberg stars as Ward, the tenacious pugilist who refuses to accept defeat. Christian Bale plays his trainer half-brother Dicky Ecklund, whose own boxing career was derailed because of drug abuse. Amy Adams plays Ward's girlfriend who astutely wonders if Ward's family is holding back his career. Bale and Melissa Leo, as Wahlberg's mother, won Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress. Directed by David O. Russell, "The Fighter" is a powerful, unflinching docudrama.