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Top Ten Boxing Films

Raging Bull​
Raging Bull​

Raging Bull was listed by Time magazine as one of the All-TIME 100 Movies. Variety magazine ranked the film number 39 on their list of the 50 greatest movies. Raging Bull was fifth on Entertainment Weekly's list of the 100 Greatest Movies of All Time.

Rocky Balboa​
Rocky Balboa​

Robert "Rocky" Balboa is the title character of the Rocky series. The character was created by Sylvester Stallone, who also portrayed him in all seven Rocky films. He is depicted as an everyman who started out by going the distance and overcoming obstacles that had occurred in his life and career as a professional boxer.

The Fighter​
The Fighter​

The Fighter is a 2010 American biographical sports drama film directed by David O. Russell, and starring Mark Wahlberg, (who also co-produced) Christian Bale, Amy Adams and Melissa Leo. The film centers on the lives of professional boxer Micky Ward (Wahlberg) and his older half-brother Dicky Eklund (Bale).

Million Dollar ​Baby​
Million Dollar ​Baby​

Million Dollar Baby is a 2004 American sports drama film directed, co-produced, and scored by Clint Eastwood, and starring Eastwood, Hilary Swank, and Morgan Freeman.

Cinderella ​Man​
Cinderella ​Man​

Cinderella Man is a 2005 American biographical sports drama film by Ron Howard, titled after the nickname of world heavyweight boxing champion James J. Braddock and inspired by his life story. The film was produced by Howard, Penny Marshall, and Brian Grazer. Damon Runyon is credited for giving Braddock this nickname.

Creed​
Creed​

The film ended up grossing $42.6 million in its first five days, including $30.1 million in its opening weekend, finishing third at the box office. Critical response. Creed has received critical acclaim. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, gave the film an approval rating of 95% based on 273 reviews, with an average rating of 7.9/10.

When We ​Were Kings​
When We ​Were Kings​

When We Were Kings is frequently regarded as one of the best boxing documentaries ever, and maintains a 98% positive rating at Rotten Tomatoes. The film received strong reviews from critics such as Roger Ebert and Edward Guthmann.

Fat City​
Fat City​

Fat City is a 1972 American neo-noir boxing tragedy film directed by John Huston. The picture stars Stacy Keach, Jeff Bridges, and Susan Tyrrell. One of Huston's later films, it is based on the boxing novel Fat City (1969) by Leonard Gardner, who also wrote the screenplay.

The Hurricane​
The Hurricane​

The Hurricane is a 1999 American biographical sports drama film directed and produced by Norman Jewison. The film stars Denzel Washington as Rubin "The Hurricane" Carter, a former middleweight boxer who was wrongly convicted for a triple murder in a bar in Paterson, New Jersey.

Ali​
Ali​

A film focused on Ali’s first attempt to regain his professional boxing heavyweight title: the build-up to the first of Ali’s three epic fights with Joe Frazier is documented here.

Southpaw​
Southpaw​

Southpaw is a 2015 American sports drama film directed by Antoine Fuqua, ... saying "Southpaw, a boxing movie with a theme of redemption, ...

Rocky IV​
Rocky IV​

Rocky is a series of seven boxing films. The first film, Rocky (1976), and its five sequels centered on the boxing career of the eponymous fictional character, Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone).

Requiem for a ​Heavyweight​
Requiem for a ​Heavyweight​

Requiem for a Heavyweight was a teleplay written by Rod Serling and produced for the live television show Playhouse 90 on 11 October 1956. Six years later, it was adapted as a 1962 feature film starring Anthony Quinn, Jackie Gleason and Mickey Rooney.

The Champ​
The Champ​

The Champ is a 1979 American drama sports film directed by Franco Zeffirelli and a remake of the 1931 Academy Award-winning film of the same name which was directed by King Vidor.

Somebody Up ​There Likes Me​
Somebody Up ​There Likes Me​

Somebody Up There Likes Me is a 1956 American drama film based on the life of middleweight boxing legend Rocky Graziano. Joseph Ruttenberg was awarded a 1956 Oscar in the category of Best Cinematography (Black and White).

The Boxer​
The Boxer​

It’s not for nothing that UFC presenter and boxing aficionado Joe Rogan calls Day-Lewis’ performance the best he’s ever seen of an actor playing a boxer. 1997 was the year of “Titanic,” which practically made every other movie released in its vicinity an underdog, but for its realism and a particularly gut-punching politicized metaphor of boxing, the years should’ve been kinder to this one.

The Set-Up​
The Set-Up​

The Set-Up is a 1949 American film noir boxing drama directed by Robert Wise and starring Robert Ryan[1] and Audrey Totter.[2][3] The screenplay was adapted by Art Cohn from a 1928 narrative poem written by Joseph Moncure March.

Gentleman ​Jim​
Gentleman ​Jim​

James John "Gentleman Jim" Corbett (September 1, 1866 – February 18, 1933) was an American professional boxer and a former World Heavyweight Champion, best known as the man who defeated the great John L. Sullivan.

Rocky II​
Rocky II​

Rocky is a series of seven boxing films. The first film, Rocky (1976), ... Films; Rocky Rocky II Rocky III Rocky IV Rocky V Rocky Balboa Creed Creed II; 1976 1979 ...

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Rocky III​
Rocky III​

Rocky is a series of seven boxing films. The first film, Rocky (1976), and its five sequels centered on the boxing career of the eponymous fictional character, Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone).

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The Harder ​They Fall​
The Harder ​They Fall​

The Harder They Fall is a 1956 film noir directed by Mark Robson, featuring Humphrey Bogart in his final film. It was written by Philip Yordan and based on the 1947 novel of the same name by Budd Schulberg.

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Resurrecting ​the Champ​
Resurrecting ​the Champ​

Resurrecting the Champ is a 2007 American drama sports film directed by Rod Lurie. The storyline was conceived from a screenplay written by Michael Bortman and Allison Burnett, based on a Los Angeles Times Magazine article entitled Resurrecting the Champ, by author J.R. Moehringer.

The Great ​White Hope​
The Great ​White Hope​

The Great White Hope is a 1967 play written by Howard Sackler, later adapted in 1970 for a film of the same name. The play was first produced by Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. and debuted on Broadway at the Alvin Theatre in October 1968, directed by Edwin Sherin with James Earl Jones and Jane Alexander in the lead roles.

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Champion​
Champion​

Pages in category "Boxing films" The following 200 pages are in this category, ... Blood of a Champion; Body and Soul (1981 film) Body and Soul (2000 film)

Girlfight​
Girlfight​

Girlfight was one of the first boxing films to portray women in the sport. Film studies academic Katharina Lindner has argued that Girlfight was responsible for the "influx of female protagonists into the [boxing film] genre" of the 2000s, specifically the 2004 films Million Dollar Baby and Die Boxerin (alternatively titled About a Girl).

Body and ​Soul​
Body and ​Soul​

Open Now - Body & Soul Boxing. Call 1.786.500.2BOX(2269) for more information and to set up a tour. 3870 Shipping Avenue Miami, FL 33146. Hours of operation 6am – 8pm. Follow us on and for updates.

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The Great ​White Hype​
The Great ​White Hype​

The Great White Hype is a 1996 American sports comedy film directed by Reginald Hudlin. It stars Samuel L. Jackson, Peter Berg, Damon Wayans, Jeff Goldblum, Jon Lovitz, Cheech Marin, John Rhys-Davies, Salli Richardson and Jamie Foxx.

Diggstown​
Diggstown​

The business man owns most of a boxing-mad town called Diggstown. The bet is that Gabe can find a boxer that will knock out ten Diggstown men, in a boxing ring, within twenty-four hours. "Honey" Roy Palmer is that man, although at forty-eight, many say he is too old.

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Undisputed​
Undisputed​

Undisputed is a 2002 American drama sports film written, produced and directed by Walter Hill and starring Wesley Snipes and Ving Rhames. It was released in the United States on August 23, 2002.

Grudge Match​
Grudge Match​

Grudge Match is a 2013 sports comedy film starring Robert De Niro and Sylvester Stallone as aging boxers stepping into the ring for one last bout. Stallone and De Niro have both previously been in successful boxing films (Rocky and Raging Bull, respectively) and worked together in Cop Land.

Kid Galahad​
Kid Galahad​

Kid Galahad is a 1962 American musical film starring Elvis Presley as a boxer. It was released by United Artists. The film opened at #9 at the box office when released in the United States in August 1962. Variety ranked it #37 on the list of the top-grossing films of 1962. Kid Galahad was shot on location in Idyllwild, California.

Unforgivable ​Blackness​
Unforgivable ​Blackness​

Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson is a production of Florentine Films and WETA Washington, D.C. Corporate funding provided by General Motors Corporation. Additional funding provided by PBS, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations and Rosalind P. Walter.

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The Quiet ​Man​
The Quiet ​Man​

The Quiet Man won the Academy Award for Best Director for John Ford, his fourth, and for Best Cinematography. In 2013, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".

Hands of ​Stone​
Hands of ​Stone​

Hands Of Stone chronicles the chaotic life and career of former Panamanian boxer Roberto Duran, as seen through the eyes of his trainer. While it is visually similar to most boxing movies, it's about real people who lived very real lives, that happen to revolve around boxing.

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Fighting ​Tommy Riley​
Fighting ​Tommy Riley​

Fighting Tommy Riley is a 2004 American independent film that tells the story of Tommy Riley and Marty Goldberg, a boxer and his trainer, as they work to secure a title shot for Tommy. Their plans are complicated by the unrequited feelings Marty develops for Tommy.

Chuck​
Chuck​

Chuck enters a long list of boxing biopics that have been told in Hollywood, but this film isn’t your typical boxing story. Based on the life of famed boxing legend Chuck Wepner, the film plays out like an underdog story, but it also shows the beauty of getting beaten in the ring.

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Play It to the ​Bone​
Play It to the ​Bone​

Play It To The Bone' is really two movies. One is a movie about boxing and the other is a comedic character study of the boxers. As a boxing film it succeeds nicely.

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Warrior​
Warrior​

Warrior received positive reviews from critics, with many praising the acting, fight scenes, cinematography, and music. According to review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes the film has an approval rating of 83%, based on 174 reviews, with an average score of 7.3/10.

Against the ​Ropes​
Against the ​Ropes​

Against the Ropes is a 2004 American sports drama film directed by Charles S. Dutton (in his directorial debut) and starring Meg Ryan and Omar Epps. The story is a fictionalized account of boxing manager Jackie Kallen, who was the first woman to become a success in the sport.

City for ​Conquest​
City for ​Conquest​

City for Conquest was released to DVD by Warner Home Video on July 18, 2006 as a Region 1 fullscreen DVD and also on October 12, 2010 as a part of the 'TCM Greatest Gangster Films Collection: James Cagney' with City for Conquest on the first disc of a four-disc set.

The Joe Louis ​Story​
The Joe Louis ​Story​

Joe Louis, born Joseph Louis Barrow, from an incredibly poor Alabama sharecropper family started his professional career in 1934 and became heavyweight champion in 1937 knocking out the Cinderella Man, James J. Braddock whose story was told two years ago in a film of the same name.

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Hard Times​
Hard Times​

It’s not for nothing that UFC presenter and boxing aficionado Joe Rogan calls Day-Lewis’ performance the best he’s ever seen of an actor playing a boxer. 1997 was the year of “Titanic,” which practically made every other movie released in its vicinity an underdog, but for its realism and a particularly gut-punching politicized metaphor of boxing, the years should’ve been kinder to this one.

Golden Boy​
Golden Boy​

Golden Boy Promotions, Inc. is an American boxing promotional firm established in 2002 by former boxer 10-time world champion in six weight divisions Oscar De La Hoya (whose nickname is "The Golden Boy"). He is the first Hispanic to own a national boxing promotional company.

Here Comes ​Mr
Here Comes ​Mr

The Depression years brought boxing movies telling stories of struggles, triumph and tragedy, such as "The Champ," the story of a washed-up alcoholic boxer living in squalor with his young son, "Dink," trying to gain a second chance in the ring, as Wikipedia notes, and "Joe Palooka," who follows in his prizefighter father's footsteps and finds success, only to descend into a life of debauchery.

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Battling Butler​
Battling Butler​

In this film, wimpy millionaire Alfred Butler goes on a vacation in the mountains with his faithful valet. While communing with nature, Alfred falls in love with a beautiful young girl. Without his master's knowledge, the valet tells the girl that Alfred is boxing champion Battling Butler.

Real Steel​
Real Steel​

Real Steel was released by Touchstone Pictures in Australia on October 6, 2011, and by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures in the United States and Canada on October 7, 2011, grossing nearly $300 million at the box office.

The ​Prizefighter and the Lady​
The ​Prizefighter and the Lady​

The Prizefighter and the Lady is a 1933 pre-Code Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer romance film starring Myrna Loy and the professional boxers Max Baer, Primo Carnera, and Jack Dempsey. The film was adapted for the screen by John Lee Mahin and John Meehan from a story by Frances Marion.

The Main ​Event​
The Main ​Event​

The Main Event is a 1979 American sports romantic comedy film starring Barbra Streisand and Ryan O'Neal, written by Gail Parent and directed by Howard Zieff. The film received negative reviews from critics, but was among the top 20 highest grossing films of the year at the box office.

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Undisputed II: ​Last Man Standing​
Undisputed II: ​Last Man Standing​

Undisputed II: Last Man Standing is a 2006 American direct-to-video martial arts film directed by Isaac Florentine and starring Michael Jai White, Scott Adkins, Eli Danker and Ben Cross. It is the sequel to the 2002 boxing film Undisputed.