Boxing Themed Movies I've Reviewed

by 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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1. Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson (2004)

TV-PG | 214 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

8.3
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The story of Jack Johnson, the first African-American Heavyweight boxing champion.

Director: Ken Burns | Stars: Jack Johnson, Keith David, Samuel L. Jackson, Adam Arkin

Votes: 1,128

Just remember, whatever you write about me, (that) I was a man - Jack Johnson

2. Snatch (2000)

R | 102 min | Comedy, Crime

8.3
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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: 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

8.2
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92 Metascore

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.

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

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

8.1
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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: 539,399 | Gross: $100.49M

Girlie, tough ain't enough.

5. Rocky (1976)

PG | 120 min | Drama, Sport

8.1
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69 Metascore

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.

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

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

8.0
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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: 158,838 | Gross: $61.65M

Where the hell have you been, Jimmy Braddock?

7. When We Were Kings (1996)

PG | 88 min | Documentary, Sport

8.0
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83 Metascore

A documentary of the 1974 heavyweight championship bout in Zaire, "The Rumble in the Jungle," between champion George Foreman and underdog challenger Muhammad Ali.

Director: Leon Gast | Stars: Muhammad Ali, George Foreman, Don King, James Brown

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

7.9
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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: 3,272

You think when you put clothes on an ape you can make him a dancing partner?

9. The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp (1955–1961)
Episode: The Manly Art (1958)

30 min | Western

7.9
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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.

Director: Frank McDonald | Stars: Hugh O'Brian, Tom Brown, Morgan Woodward, Mason Alan Dinehart

Votes: 16

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

7.8
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79 Metascore

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.

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

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

7.7
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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.

Director: Lloyd Bacon | Stars: Marion Davies, Clark Gable, Allen Jenkins, Roscoe Karns

Votes: 1,462

All the world loves a lover, right?

12. The Set-Up (1949)

Approved | 73 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Sport

7.8
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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.

Director: Robert Wise | Stars: Robert Ryan, Audrey Totter, George Tobias, Alan Baxter

Votes: 6,364

Yeah, a top spot, and I'm just one punch away.

13. Body and Soul (1947)

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

7.8
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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: 3,535

Everything is addition or subtraction. The rest is conversation.

14. Gentleman Jim (1942)

Approved | 104 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

7.7
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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.

Director: Raoul Walsh | Stars: Errol Flynn, Alexis Smith, Jack Carson, Alan Hale

Votes: 2,658

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

7.6
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82 Metascore

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.

Director: Ryan Coogler | Stars: Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, Tessa Thompson, Phylicia Rashad

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

7.7
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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: 4,862

I'm in the pink. How could I be dead?

17. Laramie (1959–1963)
Episode: Bare Knuckles (1959)

60 min | Western

7.7
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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.

Director: Earl Bellamy | Stars: John Smith, Hoagy Carmichael, Robert Crawford Jr., Robert Fuller

Votes: 47

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

7.6
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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.

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

Votes: 5,541

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

7.6
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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: 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

7.5
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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.

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

Votes: 6,215

I look at you and I see the devil.

21. Southpaw (2015)

R | 124 min | Drama, Sport

7.4
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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: 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

7.4
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65 Metascore

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 »

Director: Dennis Gansel | Stars: Max Riemelt, Tom Schilling, Devid Striesow, Jonas Jägermeyr

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

7.4
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Boxer Midge Kelly rises to fame...mainly by stepping on other people.

Director: Mark Robson | Stars: Kirk Douglas, Arthur Kennedy, Marilyn Maxwell, Paul Stewart

Votes: 2,938

I want to hear people call me Mister.

24. Any Old Port! (1932)

Not Rated | 20 min | Short, Comedy

7.4
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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.

Director: James W. Horne | Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Walter Long, Julie Bishop

Votes: 810

I bet on you to lose and you double crossed me!

25. Kid Galahad (1937)

Approved | 102 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

7.4
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Fight promoter Nick Donati grooms a bellhop as a future champ, but has second thoughts when the 'kid' falls for his sister.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Edward G. Robinson, Bette Davis, Humphrey Bogart, Wayne Morris

Votes: 2,396

I dub thee Kid Galahad, and these my colors you shall wear into battle.

26. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: Steel (1963)

TV-PG | 25 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

7.4
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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.

Director: Don Weis | Stars: Lee Marvin, Joe Mantell, Chuck Hicks, Merritt Bohn

Votes: 872

We deliver a fight or we don't get paid!

27. Hard Times (1975)

PG | 93 min | Crime, Drama, Sport

7.3
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The adventures of a drifter turned illegal prize-fighter during the Depression Era in New Orleans.

Director: Walter Hill | Stars: Charles Bronson, James Coburn, Jill Ireland, Strother Martin

Votes: 7,601 | Gross: $5.00M

I knock people down.

28. The Champ (I) (1931)

Passed | 86 min | Drama, Sport

7.3
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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: 2,202

Gee, the Champ's the greatest guy in the whole world!

29. City for Conquest (1940)

Approved | 104 min | Drama, Music, Sport

7.3
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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.

Directors: Anatole Litvak, Jean Negulesco | Stars: James Cagney, Ann Sheridan, Frank Craven, Donald Crisp

Votes: 1,756

Every day the big parade comes in shaking their faces...

30. Rocky Balboa (2006)

PG | 102 min | Drama, Sport

7.2
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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: 176,971 | Gross: $70.27M

You're a crazy old man!

31. Rocky II (1979)

PG | 119 min | Drama, Sport

7.2
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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: 155,617 | Gross: $6.39M

I think we ought to knock his block off!

32. One Step Beyond (1959–1961)
Episode: The Last Round (1961)

Approved | 60 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

7.2
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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.

Director: John Newland | Stars: Charles Bronson, Felix Deebank, Ronald Long, Wally Cassell

Votes: 51

If you see Paddy, you die!

33. Night Gallery (1969–1973)
Episode: The Ring with the Red Velvet Ropes (1972)

TV-PG | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

7.4
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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.

Director: Jeannot Szwarc | Stars: Gary Lockwood, Joan Van Ark, Chuck Connors, Ralph Manza

Votes: 104

Where is this place and how did I get here?

34. Bowery Blitzkrieg (1941)

Approved | 62 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.1
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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.

Director: Wallace Fox | Stars: Leo Gorcey, Bobby Jordan, Huntz Hall, Keye Luke

Votes: 497

I can't write a 'thousand bucks', it makes me nervous, my hand trembles.

35. Kid Dynamite (1943)

Passed | 66 min | Comedy, Sport

7.0
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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 »

Director: Wallace Fox | Stars: Leo Gorcey, Huntz Hall, Bobby Jordan, Gabriel Dell

Votes: 499

...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

7.1
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A boxer flees believing he has comitted a murder while he was drunk.

Director: Busby Berkeley | Stars: John Garfield, Claude Rains, The 'Dead End' Kids, Ann Sheridan

Votes: 1,592

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

7.0
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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: 1,976

That champ stuff been beat clear out of me.

38. Diggstown (1992)

R | 98 min | Drama, Sport

7.0
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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: 6,071 | Gross: $4.84M

Actually, I believe it goes, never con a con-man.

39. Bud Abbott and Lou Costello Meet the Invisible Man (1951)

Passed | 82 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

7.0
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Two bumbling private eyes help a man wrongly accused of murder who has become invisible to help clear his name.

Director: Charles Lamont | Stars: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Nancy Guild, Arthur Franz

Votes: 3,915

Either these eyes are failing or that boy hits like greased lightning!

40. Fighting Fools (1949)

Approved | 69 min | Drama, Comedy

7.0
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The gang teams up with a fighter to break up a fight-fixing racket.

Director: Reginald Le Borg | Stars: Leo Gorcey, Huntz Hall, Gabriel Dell, Frankie Darro

Votes: 185

All I can say is, may the best gladiator submerge victorious.

41. Pride of the Bowery (1940)

Approved | 61 min | Comedy, Drama

6.9
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New York City street principles get an East Side Kid in trouble at a Civilian Conservation Corps camp.

Director: Joseph H. Lewis | Stars: Leo Gorcey, Bobby Jordan, Kenneth Howell, Mary Ainslee

Votes: 486

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

6.9
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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.

Director: James Tinling | Stars: Peter Lorre, Keye Luke, Dick Baldwin, Lynn Bari

Votes: 493

... there's no situation that science and skill cannot master.

43. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: The Big Tall Wish (1960)

TV-PG | 25 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

6.9
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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?

Director: Ron Winston | Stars: Rod Serling, Ivan Dixon, Steven Perry, Kim Hamilton

Votes: 1,288

You carried this one all the way baby!

44. The Crowd Roars (1938)

Passed | 90 min | Action, Drama

6.8
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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.

Director: Richard Thorpe | Stars: Robert Taylor, Edward Arnold, Frank Morgan, Maureen O'Sullivan

Votes: 258

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

6.8
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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: 880

I'm no champ until I beat Max Schmeling.

46. Rocky IV (1985)

PG | 91 min | Drama, Sport

6.8
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42 Metascore

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.

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

Votes: 151,888 | Gross: $127.87M

You know what you gotta do. Do it.

47. Ali (2001)

R | 157 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

6.8
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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: 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...

48. The Roy Rogers Show (1951–1957)
Episode: The Knockout (1952)

30 min | Western

7.1
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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 »

Director: Robert G. Walker | Stars: Roy Rogers, Trigger, Dale Evans, Pat Brady

Votes: 23

Willie ain't hurting Mr. Rogers too much, is he?

49. Resurrecting the Champ (2007)

PG-13 | 112 min | Drama, Sport

6.7
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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: 19,125 | Gross: $3.17M

But you never see where the next punch is coming from.

50. Rocky III (1982)

PG | 99 min | Drama, Sport

6.8
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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: 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

6.7
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Add a Plot

Director: Roy Rowland | Stars: Mickey Rooney, Brian Donlevy, Ann Blyth, James Dunn

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

6.8
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The documentary story of Muhammad Ali (Cassius Clay)--the heavyweight boxing champion whose style and courage captured the imagination of the world.

Director: Jim Jacobs | Stars: Richard Kiley, Muhammad Ali, Cus D'Amato, Floyd Patterson

Votes: 548

I want everybody to know, I am the Greatest!

53. Fling in the Ring (1955)

16 min | Comedy, Short

6.9
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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 »

Director: Jules White | Stars: Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Shemp Howard, Dick Wessel

Votes: 170

I think I broke my eye-poking fingers!

54. Rocky Marciano (1999 TV Movie)

R | 99 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

6.6
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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: 873

Hit him before he hits you.

55. Ringside Maisie (1941)

Passed | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.6
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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 »

Director: Edwin L. Marin | Stars: Ann Sothern, George Murphy, Robert Sterling, Virginia O'Brien

Votes: 262

I want you to break clean when I tell 'ya!"

56. Kid Monk Baroni (1952)

Passed | 79 min | Action, Drama, Sport

6.6
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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.

Director: Harold D. Schuster | Stars: Richard Rober, Bruce Cabot, Allene Roberts, Mona Knox

Votes: 96

People pay good money to see me get hurt...

57. Dempsey (1983 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 100 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

6.5
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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.

Director: Gus Trikonis | Stars: Treat Williams, Sam Waterston, Sally Kellerman, Victoria Tennant

Votes: 161

Honey, I forgot to duck.

58. The Prizefighter and the Lady (1933)

Passed | 102 min | Comedy, Crime, Romance

6.4
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An ex-sailor turned boxer finds romance and gets a shot at the heavyweight title.

Directors: W.S. Van Dyke, Howard Hawks | Stars: Myrna Loy, Max Baer, Primo Carnera, Jack Dempsey

Votes: 592

You've been hitting pretty low Morgan, and I can't take it.

59. Hollywood Stadium Mystery (1938)

Approved | 66 min | Mystery, Romance, Sport

6.4
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A boxer is killed in the ring, and the only clue is a tune that a man was whistling.

Director: David Howard | Stars: Neil Hamilton, Evelyn Venable, Jimmy Wallington, Barbara Pepper

Votes: 89

Smart people mind their own business.

60. Spirit of Youth (1938)

Approved | 66 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

6.3
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The story of the rise of boxer Joe Thomas, which paralleled the life of Joe Louis.

Director: Harry L. Fraser | Stars: Joe Louis, Clarence Muse, Edna Mae Harris, Mae Turner

Votes: 99

I want to get ahead. I want to be somebody.

61. The Irish in Us (1935)

Approved | 84 min | Comedy

6.2
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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 »

Director: Lloyd Bacon | Stars: James Cagney, Pat O'Brien, Olivia de Havilland, Frank McHugh

Votes: 489

Of course, I don't look so good with my clothes on.

62. Winner Take All (1932)

Unrated | 66 min | Drama

6.2
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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 »

Director: Roy Del Ruth | Stars: James Cagney, Marian Nixon, Guy Kibbee, Dickie Moore

Votes: 396

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

6.1
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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: 251

We'll go with the man who'll make us champion Chappie.

64. Kid Galahad (1962)

Approved | 95 min | Drama, Musical, Sport

6.1
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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 »

Director: Phil Karlson | Stars: Elvis Presley, Gig Young, Lola Albright, Joan Blackman

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

5.9
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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 »

Director: Tom Gries | Stars: Muhammad Ali, Ernest Borgnine, John Marley, Lloyd Haynes

Votes: 1,121

Never been a fighter with such a pretty face!

66. Penitentiary (1979)

R | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Sport

5.8
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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 »

Director: Jamaa Fanaka | Stars: Leon Isaac Kennedy, Wilbur 'Hi-Fi' White, Thommy Pollard, Hazel Spears

Votes: 627

If you don't handle the fools, they handle you.

67. The Knockout (1914)

TV-G | 27 min | Short, Comedy

5.8
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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.

Director: Mack Sennett | Stars: Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle, Edgar Kennedy, Charles Chaplin, Dan Albert

Votes: 904

An interesting cast of silent film who's who's.

68. Born to Fight (1936)

Approved | 65 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

5.8
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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 »

Director: Charles Hutchison | Stars: Frankie Darro, Kane Richmond, Jack La Rue, Frances Grant

Votes: 49

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

5.3
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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 »

Director: Fred C. Newmeyer | Stars: Regis Toomey, Dorothy Sebastian, Edward Woods, Greta Granstedt

Votes: 41

I hope there's a doctor in the house.

70. Rocky V (1990)

PG-13 | 104 min | Drama, Sport

5.2
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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: 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

5.2
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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.

Director: Leslie Goodwins | Stars: Frankie Darro, Kane Richmond, June Gale, Rosita Butler

Votes: 67

You play a lot of little games, don't you?

72. Ripped-Off (1972)

R | 83 min | Crime, Drama

5.1
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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 »

Director: Franco Prosperi | Stars: Robert Blake, Catherine Spaak, Ernest Borgnine, Gabriele Ferzetti

Votes: 112

There might come a time when you need a good friend.

73. The Bronx Bull (2016)

R | 94 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

5.0
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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.

Director: Martin Guigui | Stars: William Forsythe, Joe Mantegna, Tom Sizemore, Paul Sorvino

Votes: 354

I fought like I didn't deserve to live - Jake LaMotta

74. Body and Soul (2000)

R | 91 min | Drama, Sport

4.1
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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.

Director: Sam Henry Kass | Stars: Ray 'Boom Boom' Mancini, Michael Chiklis, Jennifer Beals, Rod Steiger

Votes: 193

What you need to do is answer the bell, 'cause it's ringing for you, Charlie.