Boxing Themed Movies I've Reviewedby classicsoncall | created - 07 Sep 2011 | updated - 4 months ago | Public
This is a list of boxing themed movies I've seen and reviewed here on the IMDb. It's presented in IMDb rating order and may give you an idea how convoluted the ratings can be.
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TV-PG | 214 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport
The story of Jack Johnson, the first African-American Heavyweight boxing champion.
Just remember, whatever you write about me, (that) I was a man - Jack Johnson
2. 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: 666,529 | Gross: $30.33M
Now find me the silly sods that blagged the bookie!
3. Raging Bull (1980)
R | 129 min | Biography, Drama, Sport
Emotionally self-destructive boxer, Jake La Motta's journey through life, as the violence and temper that leads him to the top in the ring destroys his life outside it.
Votes: 261,742 | Gross: $23.38M
The man's got a head of rock.
4. Million Dollar Baby (2004)
PG-13 | 132 min | Drama, Sport
A determined woman works with a hardened boxing trainer to become a professional.
Votes: 539,399 | Gross: $100.49M
Girlie, tough ain't enough.
5. Rocky (1976)
PG | 120 min | Drama, Sport
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.
Votes: 427,722 | Gross: $117.24M
He doesn't know it's a show. He thinks it's a damn fight!
6. 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: 158,838 | Gross: $61.65M
Where the hell have you been, Jimmy Braddock?
7. When We Were Kings (1996)
PG | 88 min | Documentary, Sport
A documentary of the 1974 heavyweight championship bout in Zaire, "The Rumble in the Jungle," between champion George Foreman and underdog challenger Muhammad Ali.
Votes: 13,247 | Gross: $2.67M
Anything I say I'm willin' to back up.
8. 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 »
You think when you put clothes on an ape you can make him a dancing partner?
The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp (1955–1961)
The Manly Art
30 min | Western
A boxing promoter comes to Dodge City challenging men to fight "Champ" Starbuck for money. Local businessman Moresby is willing to pay the promoter $500 if the "Champ" fights Earp and severely injures him while a youngster wants a chance.
It was a lot of fun while it lasted, I'll have to admit that.
10. The Fighter (I) (2010)
R | 116 min | Biography, Drama, Sport
A look at the early years of boxer "Irish" Micky Ward and his brother who helped train him before going pro in the mid 1980s.
Votes: 298,955 | Gross: $93.62M
All we ever wanted for you was to be World Champion.
11. Cain and Mabel (1936)
Approved | 90 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance
A talented boxer and a gifted dancer hope to increase their waning popularity by inventing a fictitious love affair for the benefit of the tabloids.
All the world loves a lover, right?
12. The Set-Up (1949)
Approved | 73 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Sport
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.
Yeah, a top spot, and I'm just one punch away.
13. 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.
Everything is addition or subtraction. The rest is conversation.
14. Gentleman Jim (1942)
Approved | 104 min | Biography, Drama, Romance
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.
If we can't make you fighters into gentlemen, we'll try to make some gentlemen into fighters.
15. Creed (2015)
PG-13 | 133 min | Drama, Sport
The former World Heavyweight Champion Rocky Balboa serves as a trainer and mentor to Adonis Johnson, the son of his late friend and former rival Apollo Creed.
Votes: 188,363 | Gross: $109.77M
I'm afraid to take the name and lose it.
16. Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941)
Not Rated | 94 min | Fantasy, Comedy, Romance
Boxer Joe Pendleton dies 50 years too soon due to a heavenly mistake, and is given a new life as a millionaire playboy.
I'm in the pink. How could I be dead?
60 min | Western
Anxious to help pay the bills at the financially-strapped station, Jonesy tries gold mining and piano playing during a gold strike. He then becomes the promoter for a traveling prizefighter whose bouts aren't always on the up-and-up.
I don't like a man cheating me when I'm busy trying to cheat him.
18. The Harder They Fall (1956)
Not Rated | 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.
You wait around long enough and sooner or later everything falls right into your lap.
19. 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: 82,052 | Gross: $50.67M
It is very important to transcend the places that hold us.
20. 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.
I look at you and I see the devil.
21. 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: 181,719 | Gross: $52.42M
...you got to let her go through her thing and not think that thing is your thing.
22. Before the Fall (2004)
110 min | Drama, Sport, Thriller
In 1942, Friedrich Weimer's boxing skills get him an appointment to a National Political Academy (NaPolA) - high schools that produce Nazi elite. Over his father's objections, Friedrich ... See full summary »
Votes: 12,232 | Gross: $0.14M
You must be prepared to, in that moment, forget your humanity.
23. Champion (1949)
Approved | 99 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Sport
Boxer Midge Kelly rises to fame...mainly by stepping on other people.
I want to hear people call me Mister.
24. Any Old Port! (1932)
Not Rated | 20 min | Short, Comedy
In need of funds, Hardy happens to meet an old friend, now a boxing promoter, and volunteers "Battling Laurel" as the team's prizefighter, only to discover their opponent in the ring is a fearsome old nemesis.
I bet on you to lose and you double crossed me!
25. Kid Galahad (1937)
Approved | 102 min | Crime, Drama, Romance
Fight promoter Nick Donati grooms a bellhop as a future champ, but has second thoughts when the 'kid' falls for his sister.
I dub thee Kid Galahad, and these my colors you shall wear into battle.
The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
TV-PG | 25 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
In 1974, boxing has been outlawed and is performed by mechanical robots. With his next and possibly last fight approaching and his robot in need of repair, he resorts to one last desperate gamble.
We deliver a fight or we don't get paid!
27. Hard Times (1975)
PG | 93 min | Crime, Drama, Sport
The adventures of a drifter turned illegal prize-fighter during the Depression Era in New Orleans.
Votes: 7,601 | Gross: $5.00M
I knock people down.
28. The Champ (I) (1931)
Passed | 86 min | Drama, Sport
Alcoholic ex-boxer struggles to provide a good living for his son.
Gee, the Champ's the greatest guy in the whole world!
29. City for Conquest (1940)
Approved | 104 min | Drama, Music, Sport
Danny is a content truck driver, but his girl Peggy shows potential as a dancer and hopes he too can show ambition. Danny acquiesces and pursues boxing to please her, but the two begin to spend more time working than time together.
Every day the big parade comes in shaking their faces...
30. 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: 176,971 | Gross: $70.27M
You're a crazy old man!
31. 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: 155,617 | Gross: $6.39M
I think we ought to knock his block off!
One Step Beyond (1959–1961)
The Last Round
Approved | 60 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery
A prizefighter who has fallen on very hard times is visited by the ghost of a fellow boxer, who reminds him of a terrifying old legend that may well come true.
If you see Paddy, you die!
Night Gallery (1969–1973)
The Ring with the Red Velvet Ropes
TV-PG | Drama, Fantasy, Horror
Newly crowned boxing champ Jim Figg is taken to a mysterious elite hotel, where he's to fight an old boxing champ that no one has ever beaten.
Where is this place and how did I get here?
34. Bowery Blitzkrieg (1941)
Approved | 62 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
While a cop steers a kid street-fighter away from being a public nuisance, a petty hoodlum leads a studious kid into a life of crime.
I can't write a 'thousand bucks', it makes me nervous, my hand trembles.
35. Kid Dynamite (1943)
Passed | 66 min | Comedy, Sport
EastSide boxing champion (Leo Gorcey) has been challenged to fight the West Side champ but is kidnapped before the match. Leo's friend (Bobby Jordan) takes his place and wins the fight only... See full summary »
...keep swingin', keep swingin', case you don't hit him the breeze might give him pneumonia.
36. They Made Me a Criminal (1939)
Approved | 92 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
A boxer flees believing he has comitted a murder while he was drunk.
He stole my watch, my girl and my car..., yeah, serves him right!
37. 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.
That champ stuff been beat clear out of me.
38. 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: 6,071 | Gross: $4.84M
Actually, I believe it goes, never con a con-man.
Passed | 82 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi
Two bumbling private eyes help a man wrongly accused of murder who has become invisible to help clear his name.
Either these eyes are failing or that boy hits like greased lightning!
40. Fighting Fools (1949)
Approved | 69 min | Drama, Comedy
The gang teams up with a fighter to break up a fight-fixing racket.
All I can say is, may the best gladiator submerge victorious.
41. Pride of the Bowery (1940)
Approved | 61 min | Comedy, Drama
New York City street principles get an East Side Kid in trouble at a Civilian Conservation Corps camp.
You know, you're a lot better man than you even think you are.
42. Mr. Moto's Gamble (1938)
Approved | 72 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
When the #1 heavyweight contender is mysteriously poisoned during a bout, Moto knows that identifying the gambler who placed large bets against him is the key to solving the murder.
... there's no situation that science and skill cannot master.
The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
The Big Tall Wish
TV-PG | 25 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
An aging boxer finds himself the winner of a match he thought he had lost, the result a six year old's frantic wish. But can a world-weary, embittered man still believe in miracles, or will he turn his back on it?
You carried this one all the way baby!
44. The Crowd Roars (1938)
Passed | 90 min | Action, Drama
A young boxer gets caught between a no-good father and a crime boss when he starts dating the boss's daughter, although she doesn't know what daddy does for a living.
I know this game, I'm in it for the dough.
45. 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.
I'm no champ until I beat Max Schmeling.
46. Rocky IV (1985)
PG | 91 min | Drama, Sport
After iron man Drago, a highly intimidating 6-foot-5, 261-pound Soviet athlete, kills Apollo Creed in an exhibition match, Rocky comes to the heart of Russia for 15 pile-driving boxing rounds of revenge.
Votes: 151,888 | Gross: $127.87M
You know what you gotta do. Do it.
47. 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: 84,193 | Gross: $58.20M
I ain't got to be what nobody else want me to be, and I ain't afraid to be what I want to be...
The Roy Rogers Show (1951–1957)
30 min | Western
Roy notices strangers digging on an isolated section of his land. When he investigates, he discovers that the handlers for prizefighter Willie "Killer" Conley have set up a training camp ... See full summary »
Willie ain't hurting Mr. Rogers too much, is he?
49. 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: 19,125 | Gross: $3.17M
But you never see where the next punch is coming from.
50. 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: 140,315 | Gross: $125.05M
Nothing is real if you don't believe in who you are.
51. Killer McCoy (1947)
Approved | 104 min | Drama
Votes: 294 | Gross: $2.00M
How does it feel to kill a pal?
52. a.k.a. Cassius Clay (1970)
PG | 79 min | Documentary, Sport
The documentary story of Muhammad Ali (Cassius Clay)--the heavyweight boxing champion whose style and courage captured the imagination of the world.
I want everybody to know, I am the Greatest!
53. Fling in the Ring (1955)
16 min | Comedy, Short
The stooges are the trainers of "Chopper", a beefy boxer, and they bet their bankroll on Chopper to win his next fight. When "Big Mike", their boss, tells them to have Chopper lose or ... See full summary »
I think I broke my eye-poking fingers!
54. 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.
Hit him before he hits you.
55. Ringside Maisie (1941)
Passed | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Young undefeated boxer Terry Dolan, who's been lying to his invalid mother about his career, confides to Maisie that he hates and is terrified by boxing and wants out. Not wanting to let ... See full summary »
I want you to break clean when I tell 'ya!"
56. Kid Monk Baroni (1952)
Passed | 79 min | Action, Drama, Sport
Leonard Nimoy is "Kid" Monk Baroni, the leader of a street gang who becomes a professional boxer to escape his life in "Little Italy" New York.
People pay good money to see me get hurt...
57. Dempsey (1983 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 100 min | Biography, Drama, Sport
True story about Jack Dempsey, one of the most famous professional US boxers who made his name in the 1920's as the world heavyweight champion and media sensation.
Honey, I forgot to duck.
58. The Prizefighter and the Lady (1933)
Passed | 102 min | Comedy, Crime, Romance
An ex-sailor turned boxer finds romance and gets a shot at the heavyweight title.
You've been hitting pretty low Morgan, and I can't take it.
59. Hollywood Stadium Mystery (1938)
Approved | 66 min | Mystery, Romance, Sport
A boxer is killed in the ring, and the only clue is a tune that a man was whistling.
Smart people mind their own business.
60. Spirit of Youth (1938)
Approved | 66 min | Biography, Drama, Sport
The story of the rise of boxer Joe Thomas, which paralleled the life of Joe Louis.
I want to get ahead. I want to be somebody.
61. The Irish in Us (1935)
Approved | 84 min | Comedy
The family consists of Pat, the cop, Mike the fireman, Danny the boxing promoter and Ma. Pat wants Danny to get a real job, because most of his fighters end up in Polookaville and Pat wants... See full summary »
Of course, I don't look so good with my clothes on.
62. Winner Take All (1932)
Unrated | 66 min | Drama
Young boxer Jim Kane, resting at a New Mexico "health ranch," meets and falls for Peggy Harmon, former nightclub table singer...who needs $600 more for her sickly son to stay in the place. ... See full summary »
Wait'll some guy lays a stiff right hand on that new beak and it'll spread like ice cream in August.
63. 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.
We'll go with the man who'll make us champion Chappie.
64. Kid Galahad (1962)
Approved | 95 min | Drama, Musical, Sport
When he completes his military service Walter Gulick returns to his birthplace, Cream Valley, New York. He was orphaned as an infant and grew up elsewhere but always wanted to return to ... See full summary »
Votes: 2,028 | Gross: $1.75M
Don't push me Willy, I'm a grease monkey that won't slide so easily.
65. The Greatest (1977)
PG | 101 min | Biography, Drama, Sport
Muhammad Ali stars as himself in this dramatized version of his life story up to the late 1970s. It includes his Olympic triumphs as Cassius Clay, his conversion to Islam, his refusal of ... See full summary »
Never been a fighter with such a pretty face!
66. Penitentiary (1979)
R | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Sport
A hitchhiker named Martel Gordone gets in a fight with two bikers over a prostitute, and one of the bikers is killed. Gordone is arrested and sent to prison, where he joins the prison's ... See full summary »
If you don't handle the fools, they handle you.
67. The Knockout (1914)
TV-G | 27 min | Short, Comedy
To show his girl how brave he is Fatty challenges the champion to a fight. Charlie referees, trying to avoid contact with the two monsters.
An interesting cast of silent film who's who's.
68. Born to Fight (1936)
Approved | 65 min | Crime, Drama, Romance
An honest boxer refuses to throw a fight for a gambler. They get into a fight and the boxer knocks the gambler out. Thinking he's killed him and believing that the police are after him, the... See full summary »
When my boy steps through those ropes, he's going to be ready.
69. They Never Come Back (1932)
Passed | 64 min | Action, Crime, Drama
Prizefighter Jimmy Nolan, facing an opportunity to get a championship fight, is knocked out when he sustains what is apparently a permanent injury to his arm. From there, Nolan's path leads... See full summary »
I hope there's a doctor in the house.
70. Rocky V (1990)
PG-13 | 104 min | Drama, Sport
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.
Votes: 104,462 | Gross: $40.95M
It don't hurt having an angel in your corner, you know.
71. The Devil Diamond (1937)
61 min | Action, Crime
A group of thugs tries to steal the cursed title gem from a jeweler who has been hired to cut it into small, saleable pieces.
You play a lot of little games, don't you?
72. Ripped-Off (1972)
R | 83 min | Crime, Drama
Boxer Teddy Wilcox (Robert Blake) leaves his manager and relocates. He finds Nick, a manager/trainer. Before Wilcox's first fight, Nick receives a threat-- Wilcox loses, or Nick will die. ... See full summary »
There might come a time when you need a good friend.
73. The Bronx Bull (2016)
R | 94 min | Biography, Drama, Sport
Based on the tumultuous real-life experiences of legendary boxing champion Jake LaMotta, THE BRONX BULL chronicles his rise as a world-class boxer and his struggles with life outside of the ring, offering an unflinchingly honest look into the heart of a champion.
I fought like I didn't deserve to live - Jake LaMotta
74. Body and Soul (2000)
R | 91 min | Drama, Sport
Charlie Davis, an ambitious small-town boxer with dreams of making it as a professional, travels to Reno with his unwavering friend Tiny. On his climb to the top, he loses himself and the people he cares for most.
What you need to do is answer the bell, 'cause it's ringing for you, Charlie.