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1.
Rocco and His Brothers (1960)
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Having recently been uprooted to Milan, Rocco and his four brothers each look for a new way in life when a prostitute comes between Rocco and his brother Simone. (177 mins.)
 
2.
The Hustler (1961)
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An up-and-coming pool player plays a long-time champion in a single high-stakes match. (134 mins.)
Director: Robert Rossen
 
3.
Night and the City (1950)
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A small-time grifter and nightclub tout takes advantage of some fortuitous circumstances and tries to become a big-time player as a wrestling promoter. (101 mins.)
Director: Jules Dassin
 
4.
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
 
5.
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.)
 
6.
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
 
7.
Bloodsport (1988)
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Follows Frank Dux, an American martial artist serving in the military, who decides to leave the army to compete in a martial arts tournament in Hong Kong where fights to the death can occur. (92 mins.)
Director: Newt Arnold
 
8.
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
 
9.
Creed (2015)
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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. (133 mins.)
Director: Ryan Coogler
 
10.
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
 
11.
Rocky II (1979)
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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. (119 mins.)
 
12.
Requiem for a Heavyweight (1962)
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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... (95 mins.)
Director: Ralph Nelson
 
13.
Hard Times (1975)
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The adventures of a drifter turned illegal prize-fighter during the Depression Era in New Orleans. (93 mins.)
Director: Walter Hill
 
14.
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. (100 mins.)
Director: John Huston
 
15.
The Bad News Bears (1976)
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An aging, down-on-his-luck ex-minor leaguer coaches a team of misfits in an ultra-competitive California little league. (102 mins.)
Director: Michael Ritchie
 
16.
Big Wednesday (1978)
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The lives of some California surfers from the early '60s to the '70s. (120 mins.)
Director: John Milius
 
17.
Kano (2014)
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A Taiwanese high school baseball team travels to Japan in 1931 to compete in a national tournament. (185 mins.)
Director: Umin Boya
 
18.
Champion (1949)
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Boxer Midge Kelly rises to fame...mainly by stepping on other people. (99 mins.)
Director: Mark Robson
 
19.
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
 
20.
The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (1962)
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A juvenile offender at a tough reform school impresses its governor with his running ability and is encouraged to compete in an upcoming race, but faces ridicule from his peers. (104 mins.)
Director: Tony Richardson
 
21.
Bang the Drum Slowly (1973)
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The story of the friendship between a star pitcher, wise to the world, and a half-wit catcher, as they cope with the catcher's terminal illness through a baseball season. (96 mins.)
Director: John Hancock
 
22.
Breaking Away (1979)
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A small-town boy obsessed with the Italian cycling team vies for the affections of a college girl. (101 mins.)
Director: Peter Yates
 
23.
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
 
24.
The Karate Kid (1984)
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A martial arts master agrees to teach karate to a bullied teenager. (126 mins.)
 
25.
The Color of Money (1986)
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Fast Eddie Felson teaches a cocky but immensely talented protégé the ropes of pool hustling, which in turn inspires him to make an unlikely comeback. (119 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
 
26.
Redbelt (2008)
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A fateful event leads to a job in the film business for top mixed-martial arts instructor Mike Terry. Though he refuses to participate in prize bouts, circumstances conspire to force him to consider entering such a competition. (99 mins.)
Director: David Mamet
 
27.
Chasing Mavericks (2012)
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When young Jay Moriarity discovers that the mythic Mavericks surf break, one of the biggest waves on Earth, exists just miles from his Santa Cruz home, he enlists the help of local legend Frosty Hesson to train him to survive it. (116 mins.)
 
28.
This Sporting Life (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Despite success on the field, a rising rugby star senses the emerging emptiness of his life as his inner angst begins to materialize through aggression and brutality, so he attempts to woo his landlady in hopes of finding reason to live. (134 mins.)
 
29.
The Long Gray Line (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
The life story of a salt-of-the-earth Irish immigrant, who becomes an Army Noncommissioned Officer and... (138 mins.)
Director: John Ford
 
30.
Sadece Sen (2014)
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The passionate love between a former boxer and a beautiful blind woman. (105 mins.)
Director: Hakan Yonat
 
31.
The Wrestler (2008)
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A faded professional wrestler must retire, but finds his quest for a new life outside the ring a dispiriting struggle. (109 mins.)
 
32.
The Hurricane (1999)
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The story of Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, a boxer wrongly imprisoned for murder, and the people who aided in his fight to prove his innocence. (146 mins.)
Director: Norman Jewison
 
33.
Brother (2010)
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Two young men who have been raised as brothers look to their soccer skills as a way of getting out of their slum. While a scout is in town, an act of violence threatens to tear them apart. (97 mins.)
Director: Marcel Rasquin
 
34.
Fourth Place (2015)
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A former Asian Games record breaker and Olympic tryout, Kim Gwang-su, endures beatings, abuse, and constant ridicule from his swimming coach... (116 mins.)
Director: Ji-woo Jung
 
35.
I Am Waiting (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A former boxer gets involved with a club hostess trying to escape the clutches of her gangster employer. (91 mins.)
 
36.
The Fencer (2015)
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Fleeing from the Russian secret police, a young Estonian fencer is forced to return to his homeland, where he becomes a physical education teacher at a local school. The past however catches up and puts him in front of a difficult choice. (99 mins.)
Director: Klaus Härö
 
37.
City for Conquest (1940)
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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. (104 mins.)
Director: Anatole Litvak
 
38.
Wolf (2013)
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A promising kickboxer struggles to resist the temptations of a life of crime. (122 mins.)
Director: Jim Taihuttu
 
39.
Undisputed 3: Redemption (2010)
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Boyka is back. This time he is fighting in the first ever inter-prison tournament with one knee. (96 mins.)
 
40.
Tokyo Fist (1995)
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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. (87 mins.)
 
41.
Black Belt (2007)
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A Karate masters three students compete for to be the new master against events of historical events. (95 mins.)
 
42.
Weeds on Fire (2016)
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The 1st FFFI Winning Film Projects Create Hong Kong (CreateHK) of the Commerce and Economic Development... (95 mins.)
Director: Chi Fat Chan
 
43.
Best of the Best (1989)
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A team from the United States is going to compete against Korea in a Tae Kwon Do tournament. The team consists of fighters from all over the country--can they overcome their rivalry and work together to win? (97 mins.)
Director: Bob Radler
 
44.
Sarah Prefers to Run (2013)
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The film is about the pursuit of a goal and tackles the anxieties of a young athlete who lives only for the race. (97 mins.)
 
45.
Beast (2015)
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Deep in the slums of Manila, a young boxer's life is changed forever when his father pressures him to cheat in a fight. (94 mins.)
 
46.
Goat (2015)
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A former Olympic boxer on a quest for his last defeat. (75 mins.)
 
47.
The Boxer (1977)
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A young boxer accidentally kills an ex-boxing champion's brother. He then approaches the ex-champ to train him to become the next champion. (94 mins.)
Director: Shûji Terayama