Boxing Based Movies I Know Of

by m_roberts_07 | created - 23 May 2011 | updated - 25 Sep 2011 | Public

These are not in order...however, I try to put them in Title Order but it doesn't work.

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1. Against the Ropes (2004)

PG-13 | 111 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

36 Metascore

A fictional story inspired by North America's most famous female boxing promoter, Jackie Kallen. Her struggle to survive and succeed in a male dominated sport.

Director: Charles S. Dutton | Stars: Meg Ryan, Omar Epps, Charles S. Dutton, Tony Shalhoub

Votes: 6,510 | Gross: $5.88M

2. Cinderella Man (2005)

PG-13 | 144 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

69 Metascore

The story of James Braddock, a supposedly washed-up boxer who came back to become a champion and an inspiration in the 1930s.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Russell Crowe, Renée Zellweger, Craig Bierko, Paul Giamatti

Votes: 167,850 | Gross: $61.65M

3. Gladiator (1992)

R | 101 min | Action, Drama, Sport

Tommy Riley has moved with his dad to Chicago from a 'nice place'. He keeps to himself, goes to school. However, after a street fight he is noticed and quickly falls into the world of illegal underground boxing - where punches can kill.

Director: Rowdy Herrington | Stars: James Marshall, Cuba Gooding Jr., Brian Dennehy, Richard Lexsee

Votes: 7,604 | Gross: $9.22M

4. The Great White Hype (1996)

R | 91 min | Comedy, Sport

When the champ's promoter, Reverend Sultan, decides something new is needed to boost the marketability of the boxing matches, he searches and finds the only man to ever beat the champ. The ... See full summary »

Director: Reginald Hudlin | Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum, Damon Wayans, Peter Berg

Votes: 8,081 | Gross: $7.87M

5. Play It to the Bone (1999)

R | 124 min | Comedy, Drama, Sport

32 Metascore

Two best friends and former middleweight contenders travel to Las Vegas to fight each other for the first time.

Director: Ron Shelton | Stars: Woody Harrelson, Antonio Banderas, Lolita Davidovich, Marie Park

Votes: 11,132 | Gross: $8.43M

6. Heart (1987)

R | 90 min | Comedy, Drama

An aging middleweight boxer trains for a match against a rising star, unaware his manager has fixed the bout so that he must lose - but will he throw the fight?

Director: James Lemmo | Stars: Brad Davis, Frances Fisher, Steve Buscemi, Robinson Frank Adu

Votes: 95

7. Busted Up (1986)

R | 93 min | Action, Drama, Music

The owner of an inner-city gym happens to also be a skilled fighter, and when he is pressured by real-estate developers to close the gym, he fights in order to save it.

Director: Conrad E. Palmisano | Stars: Paul Coufos, Irene Cara, Stan Shaw, Tony Rosato

Votes: 58

8. Ali (2001)

R | 157 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

65 Metascore

A biography of sports legend Muhammad Ali, focusing on his triumphs and controversies between 1964 and 1974.

Director: Michael Mann | Stars: Will Smith, Jamie Foxx, Jon Voight, Mario Van Peebles

Votes: 88,678 | Gross: $58.20M

9. Phantom Punch (2008)

R | 104 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

The fascinating life story of Sonny Liston, the controversial heavyweight boxing champion of the world.

Director: Robert Townsend | Stars: Ving Rhames, Stacey Dash, Nicholas Turturro, Bridgette Wilson-Sampras

Votes: 704

10. Raging Bull (1980)

R | 129 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

89 Metascore

The life of boxer Jake LaMotta, whose violence and temper that led him to the top in the ring destroyed his life outside of it.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Robert De Niro, Cathy Moriarty, Joe Pesci, Frank Vincent

Votes: 293,179 | Gross: $23.38M

11. The Power of One (1992)

PG-13 | 127 min | Drama, Sport

An English boy, living in Africa during World War II, through his boxing prowess, becomes a symbol of hope, in a time of war.

Director: John G. Avildsen | Stars: Stephen Dorff, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Morgan Freeman, Nomadlozi Kubheka

Votes: 8,730 | Gross: $2.83M

12. Diggstown (1992)

R | 98 min | Drama, Sport

Gabriel Caine has just been released from prison when he sets up a bet with a business man. The business man owns most of a boxing-mad town called Diggstown. The bet is that Gabe can find a... See full summary »

Director: Michael Ritchie | Stars: James Woods, Louis Gossett Jr., Bruce Dern, Oliver Platt

Votes: 6,537 | Gross: $4.84M

13. The Boxer (1997)

R | 113 min | Drama, Romance, Sport

75 Metascore

Young Danny Flynn is released from prison 14 years after "taking the rap" for the IRA and tries to rebuild his life in his old Belfast neighborhood.

Director: Jim Sheridan | Stars: Daniel Day-Lewis, Emily Watson, Daragh Donnelly, Frank Coughlan

Votes: 17,491 | Gross: $5.80M

14. The Hammer (2007)

R | 88 min | Comedy, Romance, Sport

57 Metascore

Jerry Ferro's 40th birthday has brought his life into sharp relief and it's not a pretty picture. A once-promising amateur boxer -- who quit so he wouldn't risk his perfect record of ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Herman-Wurmfeld | Stars: Adam Carolla, Oswaldo Castillo, Heather Juergensen, Harold House Moore

Votes: 5,754 | Gross: $0.44M

15. Made (2001)

R | 95 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

62 Metascore

Two aspiring boxers, lifelong friends, get involved in a money-laundering scheme through a low-level organized crime group.

Director: Jon Favreau | Stars: Vince Vaughn, Jon Favreau, Joe Goossen, Famke Janssen

Votes: 16,466 | Gross: $5.31M

16. Undisputed (2002)

R | 94 min | Action, Crime, Drama

58 Metascore

When heavyweight champion George "Iceman" Chambers lands in prison, the resident gangster arranges a boxing match with the reigning prison champ.

Director: Walter Hill | Stars: Wesley Snipes, Ving Rhames, Peter Falk, Michael Rooker

Votes: 27,160 | Gross: $12.40M

17. Streets of Gold (1986)

R | 95 min | Drama, Sport

Alek is an immigrant from the Soviet Union who was a talented boxer in his day, but he was not allowed on the Soviet national team because he was a Jew. Depressed and discouraged, he meets ... See full summary »

Director: Joe Roth | Stars: Klaus Maria Brandauer, Adrian Pasdar, Wesley Snipes, Ángela Molina

Votes: 550 | Gross: $2.52M

18. Rocky (1976)

PG | 120 min | Drama, Sport

70 Metascore

A small-time boxer gets a supremely rare chance to fight a heavy-weight champion in a bout in which he strives to go the distance for his self-respect.

Director: John G. Avildsen | Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers

Votes: 480,123 | Gross: $117.24M

19. Rocky II (1979)

PG | 119 min | Drama, Sport

61 Metascore

Rocky struggles in family life after his bout with Apollo Creed, while the embarrassed champ insistently goads him to accept a challenge for a rematch.

Director: Sylvester Stallone | Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers

Votes: 176,428 | Gross: $6.39M

20. Rocky III (1982)

PG | 99 min | Drama, Sport

57 Metascore

After winning the ultimate title and being the world champion, Rocky falls into a hole and finds himself picked up by a former enemy.

Director: Sylvester Stallone | Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers

Votes: 159,860 | Gross: $125.05M

21. Rocky IV (1985)

PG | 91 min | Drama, Sport

40 Metascore

Rocky Balboa proudly holds the world heavyweight boxing championship, but a new challenger has stepped forward: Drago, a six-foot-four, 261-pound fighter who has the backing of the Soviet Union.

Director: Sylvester Stallone | Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers

Votes: 172,519 | Gross: $127.87M

22. Rocky V (1990)

PG-13 | 104 min | Drama, Sport

55 Metascore

Reluctantly retired from boxing, and back from riches to rags, Rocky takes on a new protege who betrays him, as the champ's son must adjust to his family's new life after bankruptcy.

Director: John G. Avildsen | Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Sage Stallone

Votes: 118,334 | Gross: $40.95M

23. Rocky Balboa (2006)

PG | 102 min | Drama, Sport

63 Metascore

Thirty years after the ring of the first bell, Rocky Balboa comes out of retirement and dons his gloves for his final fight; against the reigning heavyweight champ Mason 'The Line' Dixon.

Director: Sylvester Stallone | Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Antonio Tarver, Milo Ventimiglia, Burt Young

Votes: 192,916 | Gross: $70.27M

24. Split Decisions (1988)

R | 95 min | Action, Drama, Sport

When a boxer is killed because he wouldn't take a dive, his brother tries to find a way to avenge him even if only symbolically.

Director: David Drury | Stars: Gene Hackman, Craig Sheffer, Jeff Fahey, John McLiam

Votes: 783 | Gross: $0.70M

25. Undefeated (2003 TV Movie)

92 min | Drama, Sport

A boxer must navigate a path between his newfound fame and his former life.

Director: John Leguizamo | Stars: John Leguizamo, Clifton Collins Jr., Adrian Martinez, Juan Carlos Hernández

Votes: 712

26. Price of Glory (2000)

PG-13 | 118 min | Drama, Sport

32 Metascore

An ex-boxer, living with the knowledge that his fight career was cut short by a crooked manager, channels his bitter disappointment in a single-minded quest for boxing championships for his... See full summary »

Director: Carlos Avila | Stars: Jimmy Smits, Maria del Mar, Jon Seda, Clifton Collins Jr.

Votes: 770 | Gross: $3.43M

27. Joe and Max (2002 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 106 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

True story of boxers Joe Louis and Max Schmeling and their enduring friendship.

Director: Steve James | Stars: Til Schweiger, Leonard Roberts, Richard Roundtree, David Paymer

Votes: 920

28. Rocky Marciano (1999 TV Movie)

R | 99 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

Jon Favreau stars in this bio-pic about the only undefeated world heavyweight champion in the history of boxing, Rocky Marciano.

Director: Charles Winkler | Stars: Jon Favreau, Penelope Ann Miller, Judd Hirsch, Tony Lo Bianco

Votes: 911

29. Tyson (1995 TV Movie)

Unrated | 104 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

The story of Mike Tyson. From his early days as a 12 year old amateur with a powerful punch, to the undisputed title of "Heavyweight Champion of the World", and ultimately to his conviction... See full summary »

Director: Uli Edel | Stars: George C. Scott, Paul Winfield, Michael Jai White, James Sikking

Votes: 1,819

30. Annapolis (2006)

PG-13 | 108 min | Drama, Romance, Sport

37 Metascore

Set against the backdrop of boxing at the Naval Academy, centers on a young man from the wrong side of the tracks whose dream of attending Annapolis becomes a reality.

Director: Justin Lin | Stars: James Franco, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Donnie Wahlberg

Votes: 19,699 | Gross: $17.13M

31. Teen Wolf Too (1987)

PG | 95 min | Comedy, Fantasy

8 Metascore

Todd Howard is a struggling teenager. Nothing seems to be going very well for him, until he turns into a wolf.

Director: Christopher Leitch | Stars: Jason Bateman, Kim Darby, John Astin, Paul Sand

Votes: 10,215 | Gross: $7.89M

32. Born to Fight (2011)

PG | 90 min | Action, Family

A retired boxer tries to help a new student, Matthew Miller, who is being targeted by bullies. While learning to box and stand up to his tormentors the young boxer must learn to overcome his tumultuous past.

Director: Anne Wheeler | Stars: Steve Austin, Daniel Magder, Janet Kidder, Emma Grabinsky

Votes: 2,277

33. Million Dollar Baby (2004)

PG-13 | 132 min | Drama, Sport

86 Metascore

A determined woman works with a hardened boxing trainer to become a professional.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Hilary Swank, Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman, Jay Baruchel

Votes: 593,422 | Gross: $100.49M

34. Girlfight (2000)

R | 110 min | Drama, Sport

70 Metascore

Diana, without her father knowing it, trains as a boxer and achieves impressive success, blazing new trails for female boxers.

Director: Karyn Kusama | Stars: Michelle Rodriguez, Douglas Santiago, Jaime Tirelli, Paul Calderon

Votes: 9,022 | Gross: $1.52M

35. The Champ (1979)

PG | 121 min | Drama, Sport

38 Metascore

A former boxer discovers that his biggest battle of all is going to be with his ex-wife, Annie, who returns after abandoning their young son seven years prior.

Director: Franco Zeffirelli | Stars: Jon Voight, Faye Dunaway, Ricky Schroder, Jack Warden

Votes: 7,303 | Gross: $30.44M

36. Tough Enough (1983)

PG | 106 min | Action, Drama, Romance

An aspiring country/western singer, whose money is disappearing faster than his career opportunities, enters a "Tough Man" amateur boxing contest to earn some cash to pay his bills. ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Fleischer | Stars: Dennis Quaid, Carlene Watkins, Stan Shaw, Pam Grier

Votes: 694

37. Triumph of the Spirit (1989)

R | 120 min | Biography, Drama, History

Fact based story about a former Greek Olympic boxer who was taken as a prisoner during World war II and placed in the Auschwitz prison camp. There he was permitted to survive as long as he ... See full summary »

Director: Robert M. Young | Stars: Willem Dafoe, Edward James Olmos, Robert Loggia, Wendy Gazelle

Votes: 2,053 | Gross: $0.41M

38. Legionnaire (1998)

R | 99 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Alain is a boxer in 1925 Marseille, France. When he doesn't take the dive paid to take by a mob boss, he has to split. He joins the Foreign Legion and is sent to Morocco. He makes 3 friends and they watch each other's backs.

Director: Peter MacDonald | Stars: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Steven Berkoff, Nicholas Farrell

Votes: 21,436

39. Carman: The Champion (2001)

PG-13 | 82 min | Action, Drama, Sport

Carman must enter the boxing ring once again. Even though the doctor has advised him against it, he picks up his gloves for one last fight, for his father, for his church, for his love, and for his life.

Director: Lee Stanley | Stars: Carman, Michael Nouri, Patricia Manterola, Jeremy Williams

Votes: 777 | Gross: $1.77M

40. Resurrecting the Champ (2007)

PG-13 | 112 min | Drama, Sport

55 Metascore

Up-and-coming sports reporter rescues a homeless man ("Champ") only to discover that he is, in fact, a boxing legend believed to have passed away. What begins as an opportunity to resurrect Champ's story and escape the shadow of his father's success becomes a personal journey as the ambitious reporter reexamines his own life and his relationship with his family.

Director: Rod Lurie | Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, Josh Hartnett, Kathryn Morris, Dakota Goyo

Votes: 19,717 | Gross: $3.17M

41. The Hurricane (1999)

R | 146 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

74 Metascore

The story of Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, a boxer wrongly imprisoned for murder, and the people who aided in his fight to prove his innocence.

Director: Norman Jewison | Stars: Denzel Washington, Vicellous Shannon, Deborah Kara Unger, Liev Schreiber

Votes: 87,076 | Gross: $50.67M

42. Two Fists, One Heart (2008)

105 min | Action, Drama, Sport

This is a contemporary story set in Perth, Western Australia. Anthony Argo is a young Italian/Australian boxer, being pushed to the limit by his Sicilian father-trainer, Joe. Joe wants ... See full summary »

Director: Shawn Seet | Stars: Daniel Amalm, Ennio Fantastichini, Jessica Marais, Rai Fazio

Votes: 237

43. Shiner (2000)

R | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

The past catches up with a ruthlessly ambitious boxing promoter.

Director: John Irvin | Stars: Michael Caine, Martin Landau, Frances Barber, Frank Harper

Votes: 1,936

44. The Fighter (I) (2010)

R | 116 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

79 Metascore

Based on the story of Micky Ward, a fledgling boxer who tries to escape the shadow of his more famous but troubled older boxing brother and get his own shot at greatness.

Director: David O. Russell | Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Melissa Leo

Votes: 319,719 | Gross: $93.62M

45. Poor Boy's Game (2007)

R | 104 min | Drama

Donnie Rose went to prison for beating a young man so brutally it left him handicapped for life. Nine years later, Donnie is out. He's a different man with only one place to go: back home ... See full summary »

Director: Clement Virgo | Stars: Rossif Sutherland, Danny Glover, Flex Alexander, Greg Bryk

Votes: 1,243

46. Spike of Bensonhurst (1988)

R | 100 min | Comedy, Drama

Spike Fumo is an Italian kid apsiring to be a boxer. He falls in love with a rich girl, who turns out to be the daughter of a Mafia boss. Spike is threatened to leave Bensonhurst by the mob... See full summary »

Director: Paul Morrissey | Stars: Sasha Mitchell, Ernest Borgnine, Anne De Salvo, Sylvia Miles

Votes: 355 | Gross: $0.62M

47. Billy Elliot (2000)

R | 110 min | Drama, Music

74 Metascore

A talented young boy becomes torn between his unexpected love of dance and the disintegration of his family.

Director: Stephen Daldry | Stars: Jamie Bell, Julie Walters, Jean Heywood, Jamie Draven

Votes: 117,065 | Gross: $22.00M

48. Tokyo Fist (1995)

87 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

Suspecting that his childhood friend, a professional boxer, is having an affair with his fiancee, a businessman starts training rigorously himself in order to take him down.

Director: Shin'ya Tsukamoto | Stars: Kaori Fujii, Shin'ya Tsukamoto, Kôji Tsukamoto, Naomasa Musaka

Votes: 2,716

49. The Great White Hope (1970)

PG-13 | 103 min | Drama, Romance, Sport

6.9