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
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.
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
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.
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 »
Quinn is fantastic in this heartbreaking story of a prizefighter on his way down
4. Tyson (2008)
R | 90 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport
A mixture of original interviews, archival footage, and photographs sheds light on the life experiences of Mike Tyson.
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.
A great underrated piece !!
6. Million Dollar Baby (2004)
PG-13 | 132 min | Drama, Sport
A determined woman works with a hardened boxing trainer to become a professional.
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.
the 1947 John Garfield classic
8. The Fighter (I) (2010)
R | 116 min | Biography, Drama, Sport
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.
Votes: 319,691 | Gross: $93.62M
A inspirational tale of Irish Mickey Ward
9. The Boxer (1997)
R | 113 min | Drama, Romance, Sport
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.
Votes: 17,488 | Gross: $5.80M
Daniel Day Lewis is excellent in this film
10. Rocky II (1979)
PG | 119 min | Drama, Sport
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.
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
The story of James Braddock, a supposedly washed-up boxer who came back to become a champion and an inspiration in the 1930s.
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.
Paul Newman gives a fantastic performance as the great Rocky Graziano
13. The Hurricane (1999)
R | 146 min | Biography, Drama, Sport
The story of Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, a boxer wrongly imprisoned for murder, and the people who aided in his fight to prove his innocence.
Votes: 87,068 | Gross: $50.67M
Denzel gives an excellent performance as Hurricane Ruben Carter
14. Rocky III (1982)
PG | 99 min | Drama, Sport
After winning the ultimate title and being the world champion, Rocky falls into a hole and finds himself picked up by a former enemy.
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
A black champion boxer and his white female companion struggle to survive while the white boxing establishment looks for ways to knock him down.
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.
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
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.
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
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 »
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
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.
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.
a very underrated boxing film
21. Billy Elliot (2000)
R | 110 min | Drama, Music
A talented young boy becomes torn between his unexpected love of dance and the disintegration of his family.
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.
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
Unscrupulous boxing promoters, violent bookmakers, a Russian gangster, incompetent amateur robbers and supposedly Jewish jewelers fight to track down a priceless stolen diamond.
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.
A very good film starring William Holden and Barbara Stanwyck !!
25. Resurrecting the Champ (2007)
PG-13 | 112 min | Drama, Sport
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.
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 »
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
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.
Votes: 112 | Gross: $0.03M
A heartbreaking documentary about an Irish Amateur
28. Ali (2001)
R | 157 min | Biography, Drama, Sport
A biography of sports legend Muhammad Ali, focusing on his triumphs and controversies between 1964 and 1974.
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 »
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.
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.
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 »
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
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 »
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.
A good solid boxing film starring Jackie Cooper
35. Girlfight (2000)
R | 110 min | Drama, Sport
Diana, without her father knowing it, trains as a boxer and achieves impressive success, blazing new trails for female boxers.
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.
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.
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 »
39. Southpaw (2015)
R | 124 min | Drama, Sport
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.
Votes: 202,939 | Gross: $52.42M
40. Fighting Tommy Riley (2004)
R | 109 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance
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.
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.
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 »
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.
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.
47. The Champ (1979)
PG | 121 min | Drama, Sport
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.
Votes: 7,303 | Gross: $30.44M
48. Tyson (1995 TV Movie)
Unrated | 104 min | Biography, Drama, Sport