14 Best Boxing Movies (from The Art of Manliness)

original here: http://artofmanliness.com/2010/02/10/14-best-boxing-movies/
(with film descriptions, SPOILERS beware!)
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1.
Rocky (1976)
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Rocky Balboa, a small-time boxer, gets a supremely rare chance to fight heavy-weight champion Apollo Creed in a bout in which he strives to go the distance for his self-respect. (120 mins.)
 
2.
Cinderella Man (2005)
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The story of James Braddock, a supposedly washed-up boxer who came back to become a champion and an inspiration in the 1930s. (144 mins.)
Director: Ron Howard
 
3.
The Champ (1931)
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Alcoholic ex-boxer struggles to provide a good living for his son. (86 mins.)
 
4.
Body and Soul (1947)
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Charley Davis wins an amateur boxing match and is taken on by promoter Quinn. Charley's mother doesn't want him to fight... (104 mins.)
Director: Robert Rossen
 
5.
When We Were Kings (1996 Documentary)
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A documentary of the 1974 heavyweight championship bout in Zaire, "The Rumble in the Jungle," between champion George Foreman and underdog challenger Muhammad Ali. (88 mins.)
Director: Leon Gast
“ Regarded as one of the best boxing documentaries ever made, When We Were Kings follows the story of one of the most famous bouts in boxing history: The Rumble in the Jungle between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman. The story behind the fight is epic. Ali’s 32 years old and thought to be past his prime. Foreman is ten years younger and the reigning heavyweight champion of the world. Fight promoter Don King offers the two boxers $5 million a piece to fight each other. Of course, King doesn’t have the cash, so he finds a financial backer in Mobutu Sese Seko, the dictator of Zaire. Ali’s the underdog in the fight, even his own team doesn’t believe he can win. But with his unfaltering confidence and tenacity, Ali comes out on top. ” - BabyJoe666
 
6.
Raging Bull (1980)
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An emotionally self-destructive boxer's journey through life, as the violence and temper that leads him to the top in the ring destroys his life outside it. (129 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
 
7.
Champion (1949)
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Boxer Midge Kelly rises to fame...mainly by stepping on other people. (99 mins.)
Director: Mark Robson
 
8.
Fat City (1972)
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Two men, working as professional boxers, come to blows when their careers each begin to take opposite momentum. (96 mins.)
Director: John Huston
 
9.
The Set-Up (1949)
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Because aging boxer Bill Thompson always lost his past fights, his corrupt manager, without telling Thompson, takes bribes from a betting gangster, to ensure Thompson's pre-arranged dive-loss in the next match. (73 mins.)
Director: Robert Wise
 
10.
Gentleman Jim (1942)
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As bareknuckled boxing enters the modern era, brash extrovert Jim Corbett uses new rules and dazzlingly innovative footwork to rise to the top of the top of the boxing world. (104 mins.)
Director: Raoul Walsh
 
11.
Million Dollar Baby (2004)
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A determined woman works with a hardened boxing trainer to become a professional. (132 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
 
12.
Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956)
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Boxer Rocky Graziano's biopic, based on his autobiography, from childhood to his World Middleweight Championship title win at age 28 in 1947. (113 mins.)
Director: Robert Wise
 
13.
Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson (2004 Documentary)
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The story of Jack Johnson, the first African-American Heavyweight boxing champion. (214 mins.)
Director: Ken Burns
“ Three words: Boxing. Ken. Burns. That’s really all you need to know since everything Mr. Burns does it certifiably awesome (well, Jazz wasn’t that hot). Burns uses his signature style to cover the life of one of the most interesting characters in sports history: Jack Johnson. Boxing is really just the backdrop in this documentary, the stage on which the dynamics of race relations in the early 20th century can be explored. Johnson pushed through bigoted barriers and flaunted social conventions of the day, rebelling not as a civil rights activist, but as a man who simply wanted to live exactly how he pleased. He was a complicated guy, a man of both talent and bravado who could be proud to be a black boxer while also denying fellow African-American fighters the chance for similar fame and achievement. Burns deftly explores these issues and more during this almost four hour biography. ” - BabyJoe666
 
14.
The Harder They Fall (1956)
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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. (109 mins.)
Director: Mark Robson