If you like Boxing Movies here you go !!!

by MoviesGalore44 | created - 08 Jun 2011 | updated - 01 Aug 2011 | Public

This list is in no particular order although I tried to list the better films more well known films towards the top and the lesser known boxing films towards the bottom . However there are many sleepers sprinkled in the list. By all means feel free to leave suggestions and comments :) Enjoy

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1. 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: 480,015 | Gross: $117.24M

Its hard to say this which is the best boxing movie of all time because the top 10 alone are all great in my opinion. But I will say this film has been watched by everyone who not only loves boxing but also film fans across the globe and even a person who knows nothing about boxing can love this classic

2. 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: 293,123 | Gross: $23.38M

Scorcese and Deniro at their best in this time less classic about Jake Lamotta

3. Requiem for a Heavyweight (1962)

Not Rated | 95 min | Drama, Sport

Mountain Rivera, a punchy has-been managed by the unprincipled Maish, is mauled in a fight and forced to quit boxing. Can his devoted cutman and a sympathetic social worker help him find a ... See full summary »

Director: Ralph Nelson | Stars: Anthony Quinn, Jackie Gleason, Mickey Rooney, Julie Harris

Votes: 3,624

Quinn is fantastic in this heartbreaking story of a prizefighter on his way down

4. Tyson (2008)

R | 90 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

83 Metascore

A mixture of original interviews, archival footage, and photographs sheds light on the life experiences of Mike Tyson.

Director: James Toback | Stars: Mike Tyson, Mills Lane, Trevor Berbick, Cus D'Amato

Votes: 11,746 | Gross: $0.89M

a very touching and at the same time gut wrenching story about the life and times of Iron Mike

5. The Harder They Fall (1956)

Passed | 109 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Sport

Down-on-his-luck ex-sportswriter Eddie Willis is hired by shady fight promoter Nick Benko to promote his latest find, an unknown but easily exploitable phenom from Argentina.

Director: Mark Robson | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Rod Steiger, Jan Sterling, Mike Lane

Votes: 6,290

A great underrated piece !!

6. 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: 593,347 | Gross: $100.49M

A very well written and highly acclaimed movie about the relationship between a trainer and a female fighter

7. Body and Soul (1947)

Approved | 104 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Sport

A talented boxer's young career hits difficult terrain when an unethical promoter takes interest in him.

Director: Robert Rossen | Stars: John Garfield, Lilli Palmer, Hazel Brooks, Anne Revere

Votes: 3,948

the 1947 John Garfield classic

8. 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: 319,691 | Gross: $93.62M

A inspirational tale of Irish Mickey Ward

9. 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: 17,488 | Gross: $5.80M

Daniel Day Lewis is excellent in this film

10. 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: 176,373 | Gross: $6.39M

One of the best sequels I have ever watched

11. 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: 167,837 | Gross: $61.65M

academy award winning film about the life of heavyweight champ Jimmy Braddock

12. Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956)

Passed | 113 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

Boxer Rocky Graziano's biopic, based on his autobiography, from childhood to his World Middleweight Championship title win at age 28 in 1947.

Director: Robert Wise | Stars: Paul Newman, Pier Angeli, Everett Sloane, Eileen Heckart

Votes: 6,844

Paul Newman gives a fantastic performance as the great Rocky Graziano

13. 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: 87,068 | Gross: $50.67M

Denzel gives an excellent performance as Hurricane Ruben Carter

14. 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: 159,811 | Gross: $125.05M

Mr. T as Clubber Lang. Great movie even if it is flawed

15. The Great White Hope (1970)

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

53 Metascore

A black champion boxer and his white female companion struggle to survive while the white boxing establishment looks for ways to knock him down.

Director: Martin Ritt | Stars: James Earl Jones, Jane Alexander, Lou Gilbert, Joel Fluellen

Votes: 2,225

James Earl Jones is great as Heavyweight Jack Johnson

16. Lights Out (2011)

TV-MA | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Sport

A former heavyweight boxing champion struggles to find his identity after retiring from the ring.

Stars: Holt McCallany, Stacy Keach, Catherine McCormack, Pablo Schreiber

Votes: 2,936

I know it is a t.v series , but this short lived series was as good as many movies I have watched

17. 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: 172,460 | Gross: $127.87M

A very fun to watch sequel to a excellent series

18. 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

Jimmy Smits gives a very good performance in this under the radar film about a boxing family

19. 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: 192,875 | Gross: $70.27M

very underrated performance by Stallone

20. Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941)

Not Rated | 94 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

Boxer Joe Pendleton dies 50 years too soon due to a heavenly mistake, and is given a new life as a millionaire playboy.

Director: Alexander Hall | Stars: Robert Montgomery, Claude Rains, Evelyn Keyes, Rita Johnson

Votes: 5,433

a very underrated boxing film

21. 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: 117,054 | Gross: $22.00M

From boxer to dancer this is a heartwarming story

22. 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

A pretty good under the radar boxing movie about a boxing family

23. Snatch (2000)

R | 102 min | Comedy, Crime

55 Metascore

Unscrupulous boxing promoters, violent bookmakers, a Russian gangster, incompetent amateur robbers and supposedly Jewish jewelers fight to track down a priceless stolen diamond.

Director: Guy Ritchie | Stars: Jason Statham, Brad Pitt, Benicio Del Toro, Dennis Farina

Votes: 728,597 | Gross: $30.33M

Not really a boxing movie per say. But regardless the characters alone are great and boxing serves as a epic undertone to the film

24. Golden Boy (1939)

Approved | 99 min | Drama, Romance, Sport

Despite his musical talent, Joe Bonaparte wants to be a boxer.

Director: Rouben Mamoulian | Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Adolphe Menjou, William Holden, Lee J. Cobb

Votes: 1,612

A very good film starring William Holden and Barbara Stanwyck !!

25. 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: 19,714 | Gross: $3.17M

A pretty good film about a reporter tracking a homeless fighter claiming to be the former champ of the world !!!

26. TwentyFourSeven (1997)

R | 96 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

In a typical English working-class town, the juveniles have nothing more to do than hang around in gangs. One day, Alan Darcy, a highly motivated man with the same kind of youth experience,... See full summary »

Director: Shane Meadows | Stars: Bob Hoskins, Danny Nussbaum, Toby, Bruce Jones

Votes: 2,319

An under the radar film starring Bob Hoskins as a tough love boxing coach. Not the greatest film but shot very unique and good acting

27. Southpaw (1999)

77 min | Documentary, Sport

62 Metascore

Follows the life of Olympic hopeful Francis Barrett as he overcomes social and cultural barriers to realise his dream of fighting for the Irish Olympic team.

Director: Liam McGrath | Stars: Francis Barrett, Chick Gillen, Tom Humphries, Colum Flynn

Votes: 112 | Gross: $0.03M

A heartbreaking documentary about an Irish Amateur

28. 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: 88,667 | Gross: $58.20M

Will Smith does a very good job in this biography of Ali

29. 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: 2,052 | Gross: $0.41M

a very good boxing movie with Wiliam Dafoe

30. 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

A very good film starring Stephen Dorff as South African boy who boxes his way out of a terribly unfortunate lifestyle. Morgan Freeman excellent as always

31. Fat City (1972)

PG | 96 min | Drama, Sport

Two men, working as professional boxers, come to blows when their careers each begin to take opposite momentum.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Stacy Keach, Jeff Bridges, Susan Tyrrell, Candy Clark

Votes: 6,886

Stacy Keach stars in this 1972 must see for all boxing fans

32. 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: 6,536 | Gross: $4.84M

A classic lighthearted comedy drama set in the midwest about a hustler and an aging fighter !!

33. 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

a pretty funny yet dumb boxing style spoof

34. The Champ (I) (1931)

Passed | 86 min | Drama, Sport

An alcoholic ex-boxer struggles to provide a good living for his son.

Director: King Vidor | Stars: Wallace Beery, Jackie Cooper, Irene Rich, Roscoe Ates

Votes: 2,489

A good solid boxing film starring Jackie Cooper

35. 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: 9,020 | Gross: $1.52M

A unique twist about a girl amateur boxer !!!

36. 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

A touching yet sad story about the tale of Joe Louis and Max Schmelling. Shows a made for tv perspective of their lives before and after there epic fights

37. Ring of Fire: The Emile Griffith Story (2005)

87 min | Documentary

A story of violence, love, sex, politics and media centered around the life of Griffith, a six-time world welterweight champion.

Directors: Ron Berger, Dan Klores | Stars: Don Dunphy, Benny Paret, Emile Griffith, Pete Hamill

Votes: 321

A gut wrenching Documentary about the real life tragedy of boxer Emille Griffith the night he killed Benny Paret in the ring

38. Orthodox Stance (2007)

Not Rated | 83 min | Documentary, Sport

Dmitriy Salita is a Russian immigrant, professional boxer and a religious Jew. ORTHODOX STANCE portrays Dmitriy's maturation in each of these disparate communities, and the seemingly ... See full summary »

Director: Jason Hutt | Stars: Dmitriy Salita, Jimmy O'Pharrow, Israel Liberow, Bob Arum

Votes: 53

39. Southpaw (2015)

R | 124 min | Drama, Sport

57 Metascore

A champion boxer fights to get his daughter back from child protective services as well as revive his professional career, after a fatal incident sends him on a rampant path of destruction.

Director: Antoine Fuqua | Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rachel McAdams, Oona Laurence, Forest Whitaker

Votes: 202,939 | Gross: $52.42M

40. Fighting Tommy Riley (2004)

R | 109 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

53 Metascore

An aging trainer and a young fighter, both in need of a second chance, team-up to overcome the demons of their past...and chase the dreams of their future.

Director: Eddie O'Flaherty | Stars: Eddie Jones, J.P. Davis, Christina Chambers, Diane Tayler

Votes: 763 | Gross: $0.01M

41. 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

43. Joe Louis: America's Hero... Betrayed (2008 TV Movie)

75 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

An American story. Traces the career of Joe Louis (1914-1981) within the context of American racial consciousness: his difficulty getting big fights early in his career, the pride of ... See full summary »

Stars: Joe Louis, Joe Louis Barrow Jr., Randy Roberts, Dick Gregory

Votes: 123

44. The Joe Louis Story (1953)

Unrated | 88 min | Biography, Drama, Film-Noir

The life and career of Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis, who held the title for 12 years--longer than any other boxer in history--and who had to not only battle opponents inside the ring and racism outside it.

Director: Robert Gordon | Stars: Coley Wallace, Paul Stewart, Hilda Simms, James Edwards

Votes: 276

45. 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

46. Marciano (1979 TV Movie)

104 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

The dramatic look into Rocky Marciano's entire life, in and outside of the ring.

Director: Bernard L. Kowalski | Stars: Tony Lo Bianco, Belinda Montgomery, Michael O'Hare, Richard Herd

Votes: 51

47. 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

48. Tyson (1995 TV Movie)

Unrated | 104 min | Biography, Drama, Sport