Movies about boxing from best to worst

This list is being increased as I watch more and more films. I have also made a list about other sports films, one about other fight movies, and also one with my favourite fictious boxers.
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1.
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
“ A beautiful and sad story in one of the best of the many good films directed by Clint Eastwood. ” - guisreis
 
2.
The Boxer (1997)
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Young Danny Flynn is released from prison after 14 years after "taking the rap" for the IRA and tries to rebuild his life in his old Belfast neighborhood. (113 mins.)
Director: Jim Sheridan
“ Boxing and politics in an amazing film. ” - guisreis
 
3.
Snatch (2000)
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Unscrupulous boxing promoters, violent bookmakers, a Russian gangster, incompetent amateur robbers, and supposedly Jewish jewelers fight to track down a priceless stolen diamond. (104 mins.)
Director: Guy Ritchie
“ Illegal boxing in a very innovative and funny movie. Brad Pitt is hilarious here. ” - guisreis
 
4.
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
“ I loved this! It is impressive how it has influenced Rocky movies: unconventional trainment, superposed images of fights and news... Errol Flynn does a great job. ” - guisreis
 
5.
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
 
6.
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.)
 
7.
Triumph of the Spirit (1989)
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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... (120 mins.)
Director: Robert M. Young
 
8.
The Boxer and Death (1963)
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In a Nazi concentration camp, an escapee awaiting execution is spared when the commandant, a former prize-fighter, discovers the prisoner has amateur boxing ability. Ordered to train, he gradually sharpens his skills. (120 mins.)
Director: Peter Solan
“ May a Slovakian convict challenge a Nazi commander on the ring? ” - guisreis
 
9.
The Power of One (1992)
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An English boy, living in Africa during World War II, through his boxing prowess, becomes a symbol of hope, in a time of war. (127 mins.)
“ Many prejudices around a South African boxer. ” - guisreis
 
10.
Ali (2001)
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A biography of sports legend Muhammad Ali, focusing on his triumphs and controversies between 1964 and 1974. (157 mins.)
Director: Michael Mann
“ Amazing job by Will Smith, identical to original Ali. ” - guisreis
 
11.
Southpaw (2015)
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Boxer Billy Hope turns to trainer Tick Wills to help him get his life back on track after losing his wife in a tragic accident and his daughter to child protection services. (124 mins.)
Director: Antoine Fuqua
“ A very heavy drama, with amazing performances of Rachel McAdams, Forest Whitaker, Oona Laurence and the superb Jake Gyllenhaal. Is there hope for Billy the great? ” - guisreis
 
12.
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
 
13.
Facing Ali (2009 Documentary)
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Ten of Muhammad Ali's former rivals pay tribute to the three-time world heavyweight champion. (100 mins.)
Director: Pete McCormack
“ Muhammad Ali is the link for narrating the personal and sporting life of him and of other great boxers of his time. Much more than a biographical documentary, this is a doc about political and sociological history of the noble art, centered in the years when Cassius Clay/Ali shined. By watching this film you understand why there are so many movies about boxing: boxers are very often underdogs with amazing life stories. What makes someone becomes a boxer, what kinds of life they have before, what happens afterwards... Spectator gets moved not only by the tragic post-retirement of one of the greatest sportsmen that ever existed, but also by the difficulties, breakthroughs, successes, dreams an falls of other fighters who have been strong opponents of Ali, having defeated him, knocked him down or just having a heavier punch than he was accustomed to. By thinking about those stories you can imagine many more movies that would have been amazing but that have never been shot. Ron Lyle, Ken Norton, Earnie Shavers, Ernie Terrell, George Chuvallo, Henry Cooper... Perhaps someday. ” - guisreis
 
14.
Kid Galahad (1937)
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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. (102 mins.)
Director: Michael Curtiz
 
15.
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
“ The opening scene is particularly amazing. ” - guisreis
 
16.
Max Schmeling (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  
Max Schmeling's fights against Joe Louis are listed in the best 10 ten fights of all times. (123 mins.)
Director: Uwe Boll
 
17.
The Great White Hope (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A black champion boxer and his white female companion struggle to survive while the white boxing establishment looks for ways to knock him down. (103 mins.)
Director: Martin Ritt
“ The black question in a beautifully filmed movie. ” - guisreis
 
18.
Homeboy (1988)
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A simple self-destructive drifter and tough small-time boxer with a brain injury that could kill him meets and falls for a cute beach carnival owner, Ruby, but also befriends a sleazy friendly criminal, Wesley, who's planing a big score. (116 mins.)
Director: Michael Seresin
 
19.
The Fighter (2010)
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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. (116 mins.)
 
20.
Champion (1949)
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Boxer Midge Kelly rises to fame...mainly by stepping on other people. (99 mins.)
Director: Mark Robson
 
21.
The Calcium Kid (2004)
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Following a bizarre series of events, Jimmy, a local amateur boxer, finds himself pitted in a match against the world champion. (89 mins.)
Director: Alex De Rakoff
“ Very funny and underated British comedy that mixes parody, pseudo-documentary, dark humor, and campy moments. ” - guisreis
 
22.
Rocco and His Brothers (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
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.)
 
23.
Gatica, el mono (1993)
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An Argentina film, which narrates the life of Argentine boxer José María Gatica, from his childhood until his tragic death in Buenos Aires in 1963. (136 mins.)
Director: Leonardo Favio
 
24.
Boxing Paradise (2009 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(15 mins.)
Director: Stefano Quaglia
“ https://vimeo.com/68610827 ” - guisreis
 
25.
Rocky Balboa (2006)
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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. (102 mins.)
 
26.
Rocky III (1982)
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After winning the ultimate title and being the world champion, Rocky falls into a hole and finds himself picked up by a former enemy. (99 mins.)
 
27.
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.)
 
28.
City Lights (1931)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
With the aid of a wealthy erratic tippler, a dewy-eyed tramp who has fallen in love with a sightless flower girl accumulates money to be able to help her medically. (87 mins.)
Director: Charles Chaplin
“ OK, not a movie about boxing, but the part in wich the trump fights is hilarious! ” - guisreis
 
29.
Billy Elliot (2000)
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A talented young boy becomes torn between his unexpected love of dance and the disintegration of his family. (110 mins.)
Director: Stephen Daldry
“ Not properly a boxing movie, off course, but the sport is shown as a typical working class activity, what is one of its most interesting traits. Besides that, the main character practices boxing before becoming a dancer (and having classes in a boxing gym!). ” - guisreis
 
30.
Lower City (2005)
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Lifelong friends Deco and Naldinho, who own a small steaming boat in Bahia, meet strip-dancer Karinna. Both men fall for her and their friendship is deeply shattered. (98 mins.)
Director: Sérgio Machado
“ Deco's boxing career is not a core issue in the film, but it is important in the story. ” - guisreis
 
31.
The Great White Hype (1996)
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When the champ's promoter, Reverend Sultan, decides something new is needed to boost the marketability of the boxing matches... (91 mins.)
Director: Reginald Hudlin
“ A very funny satire, absurdly underrated. ” - guisreis
 
32.
Pulp Fiction (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
The lives of two mob hit men, a boxer, a gangster's wife, and a pair of diner bandits intertwine in four tales of violence and redemption. (154 mins.)
“ It is not really a boxing movie, but a rigged fight (which is not shown, in spite of Bruce Willis in robe) is extremely important for the story. ” - guisreis
 
33.
Porky & Daffy (1938 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Daffy Duck, who only seems to awaken to the sound of a struck platter cover, is a boxer (managed by Porky Pig)... (7 mins.)
Director: Robert Clampett
Stars: Mel Blanc
“ http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x95eh0_porky-and-daffy_shortfilms ” - guisreis
 
34.
The Art of Self Defense (1941 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Goofy takes a lighthearted look at self defense through the ages: cavemen, knights, the age of chivalry, and finally boxing. (8 mins.)
Director: Jack Kinney
 
35.
On the Waterfront (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
An ex-prize fighter turned longshoreman struggles to stand up to his corrupt union bosses. (108 mins.)
Director: Elia Kazan
“ Not even one scene showing a boxing fight, but this sport is mentioned throughout the movie, which is about a mob. ” - guisreis
 
36.
Chuck (2016)
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A drama inspired by the life of heavyweight boxer Chuck Wepner. (98 mins.)
“ Good drama on the life of the boxer whose story inspire Rocky film and whose life has been damaged by his self-destructive behavior. Acting is nice (by far the best work of Liev Schreiber I have seen), screenplay references to Requiem of a Heavyweight were nice, vintage style footage was a great contribution to cinematography. ” - guisreis
 
37.
Scorpion in Love (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Unexpectedly, a young fighter, active member of a radical and violent neo-Nazi group finds true love, and with it, a new purpose in life. (100 mins.)
 
38.
Resurrecting the Champ (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
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. (112 mins.)
Director: Rod Lurie
 
39.
Knuckle (2011 Documentary)
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An epic 12-year journey into the brutal and secretive world of Irish Traveler bare-knuckle fighting. This film follows a history of violent feuding between rival clans. (97 mins.)
Director: Ian Palmer
“ Documentary on contemporary bare-knuckle boxing and prizefighting in Ireland and Britain motivated by old Irish traveler clans rivalry. ” - guisreis
 
40.
Broken Blossoms or The Yellow Man and the Girl (1919)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A frail waif, abused by her brutal boxer father in London's seedy Limehouse District, is befriended by a sensitive Chinese immigrant with tragic consequences. (90 mins.)
Director: D.W. Griffith
“ Many great dicretors have made boxing movies, and the pioneer D.W. Griffith is no exception! Donald Crisp has a great performance portraying a violent alcoholic and misogynist boxer called Battling Burrows, who lives in a slum in London. The scenes of boxing fights are very well done, even portraying different styles: Burrows is a fierce brawler, while his second and difficult opponent is an outside fighter, with very efficient jabs. You can see this in a 1919 movie! Although the title refers to two other characters, his daughter and a Chinese immigrant, you can consider all the three as the main characters. The oppression of Battling Burrows against his poor daughter is in the core of this film. Watch it here: https://archive.org/details/brokenblossoms1919 ” - guisreis
 
41.
Cinderella Man (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
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
 
42.
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
 
43.
Play It to the Bone (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
Two best friends and former middleweight contenders travel to Las Vegas to fight each other for the first time. (124 mins.)
Director: Ron Shelton
“ An entertaining film, with nice characters and good actors. Woody Harrelson is one of the most underrated actors in Hollywood. ” - guisreis
 
44.
Grudge Match (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A pair of aging boxing rivals are coaxed out of retirement to fight one final bout -- 30 years after their last match. (113 mins.)
Director: Peter Segal
“ Funny. Not brilliant, but very entertaining. Besides that, the movies fight of the century worked. ” - guisreis
 
45.
Hard Times (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
The adventures of a drifter turned illegal prize-fighter during the Depression Era in New Orleans. (93 mins.)
Director: Walter Hill
“ Early illegal bare-knuckled boxing and prizefighting, with the brawling and wrestling tactics that were usual. Quite nice cinematography, good acting. ” - guisreis
 
46.
Girlfight (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Diana, without her father knowing it, trains as a boxer and achieves impressive success, blazing new trails for female boxers. (110 mins.)
Director: Karyn Kusama
 
47.
The Set-Up (1949)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
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
 
48.
Creed (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
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
“ Both Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone do a great job in their roles and the film entertains, but it does not have a very solid story, the personal dramas are not deeply felt by spectator and the greatest moments repeat the already successful formula from "Rocky Balboa" and from "Rocky I to IV". ” - guisreis
 
49.
Real Steel (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
In the near future, robot boxing is a top sport. A struggling promoter feels he's found a champion in a discarded robot. (127 mins.)
Director: Shawn Levy
“ This is a boxing movie, even if we (arguably) do not consider robot fighting as boxing. ” - guisreis
 
50.
Punch Drunks (1934 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Moe discovers Curly's unknown boxing talent when he knocks out the Champ at a restaurant when Larry plays "Pop Goes the Weasal" on the violin... (17 mins.)
Director: Lou Breslow
“ Very funny sketch in cartoon style. ” - guisreis
 
51.
Rabbit Punch (1948 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Heckling the Champ gets Bugs into the world championship fight as the challenger. (8 mins.)
“ https://ia700808.us.archive.org/16/items/ClassicRareAndCensoredCartoons/041048RabbitPunchMm.mp4 ” - guisreis
 
52.
Quebrando a Cara (1986 Documentary)
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A documentary about the life of the greatest Brazilian boxer ever, Eder Jofre, who has been Bantamweight and Featherweight world champion. The film mixes footage of his fights and testimonies. (77 mins.)
Director: Ugo Giorgetti
“ "Quebrando a cara" is a nice documentary about the best Brazilian boxer ever, Eder Jofre, world champions twice. It brings many interviews with him and his relatives, besides a lot of footage of boxing, both of training and of his great fights. The chosen approach of including many testimonies from relatives not only makes sense because of the obvious fact that they knew Eder Jofre since he was a child or since the beginning of his life, but also because many of them also practiced boxing. Indeed, it is told in the movie that no other family in the world had so many boxers as this one. One other issue appears importantly in the whole film, not only in the narrated stories but also in the way "the golden rooster" Eder Jofre and others speak: the social question, the class. There is probably no other sport as connected to lower classes as boxing. It is quite uncommon that someone from middle classes fights, as Eder Jofre himself comments in the film. It appears throughout "Quebrando a cara", as boxing was at once a family tradition and the means of escaping poverty. ” - guisreis
 
53.
Combat de boxe (1927 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
(8 mins.)
“ Very nice and innovative edition in this old silent short film from Belgium! Watch it here: https://youtu.be/t6YYFuFQg0E ” - guisreis
 
54.
El Chapulín Colorado (1973 TV Series)
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A bully and his father make insinuations to a young woman, but her boyfriend feels too scared to defend her honor. When Chapulin finds out about this, he organizes a boxing match between the bully and the young man.
 
55.
The Champ (1931)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Alcoholic ex-boxer struggles to provide a good living for his son. (86 mins.)
 
56.
Body and Soul (1947)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
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
 
57.
When We Were Kings (1996 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
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
 
58.
Snake Eyes (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
A shady police detective finds himself in the middle of a murder conspiracy at an important boxing match in an Atlantic City casino. (98 mins.)
Director: Brian De Palma
 
59.
Rocky IV (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
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. (91 mins.)
 
60.
Being: Mike Tyson (2013 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A glimpse of a man. A prodigious talent born from the ashes of the promise of the greatest country in the world... (30 mins.)
Stars: Mike Tyson
 
61.
Annapolis (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Set against the backdrop of boxing at the Naval Academy, centers on a young man from the wrong side of the tracks whose dream of attending Annapolis becomes a reality. (108 mins.)
Director: Justin Lin
 
62.
Joe and Max (2002 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
True story of boxers Joe Louis and Max Schmeling and their enduring friendship. (106 mins.)
Director: Steve James
“ Visually interesting. Though, it's a too much conventional film. ” - guisreis
 
63.
The Super Fight (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Fictional boxing match between two of the greatest heavyweights of all time. (70 mins.)
Director: Murray Woroner
“ It's amazing that they have done this! ” - guisreis
 
64.
The Champion (1915 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Walking along with his bulldog, Charlie finds a "good luck" horseshoe just as he passes a training camp... (31 mins.)
“ Funny, though not be best boxing footage by Chaplin. Still only a pale idea of what he was able to do, shown in "City Lights". ” - guisreis
 
65.
The Boxing Cats (Prof. Welton's) (1894 Short Film)
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"A glove contest between trained cats. A very comical and amusing subject, and is sure to create a great laugh." (by Edison Films) (1 mins.)
“ Not really boxing, but there are cats punchng each other with gloves on a small ring...
Watch this cute early short film here: https://youtu.be/k52pLvVmmkU ” - guisreis
 
66.
The Big Bang (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
A private detective is hired to find a missing stripper. A simple job turns complicated when everyone he questions ends up dead. (101 mins.)
Director: Tony Krantz
“ Not really a boxing movie, but a rigged fight is in the core of the story. ” - guisreis
 
67.
Golden Boy (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Despite his musical talent, Joe Bonaparte wants to be a boxer. (99 mins.)
“ To be a violinist or to be a boxer, that is the question. Joe Bonaparte's father is a stereotype of an Italian American, but he reminds me a bit specifically some Robert De Niro's characters. The superposed images of fights and news that great 1942 movie "Gentleman Jim" showed so well and that is a trait of "Rocky" series has already appeared in this film from the end of the 30's. "Golden Boy" is OK, although perhaps too much melodramatic. ” - guisreis
 
68.
Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
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
“ Not a bad film, although too campy and syrupy. It is interesting to see that not only Stallone got the name Rocky from this fighter, but also his character's gestures ressemble a lot the ones played by Paul Newman in this motion picture. ” - guisreis
 
69.
Johnny Flynton (2002 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Johnny Flynton is good at one thing: boxing. He's not too bright, and there's clearly some issues in his past... (37 mins.)
Director: Lexi Alexander
 
70.
Tokyo Fist (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
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.)
“ The first ten minutes are awesome. The movie is very strong, but the quality varies a lot along its development until its bad end. Both the fast paced training scenes and the oppressive Tokyo city footage are very nice. Though, the bizarreness of the story bores. This is a live action film with an anime aesthetics (for anime fans perhaps the movie pleases more). ” - guisreis
 
71.
Against the Ropes (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
A fictional story inspired by North America's most famous female boxing promoter, Jackie Kallen. Her struggle to survive and succeed in a male dominated sport. (110 mins.)
“ A female version of Jerry Maguire in a film with all clichés. ” - guisreis
 
72.
Diggstown (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Gabriel Caine has just been released from prison when he sets up a bet with a business man. The business... (98 mins.)
Director: Michael Ritchie
 
73.
Kid Monk Baroni (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
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. (79 mins.)
Director: Harold Schuster
“ The first feature film starred by "Spock" Leonard Nimoy, in the role of misshapen faced Kid Monk Baroni. The movie is quite naive, the situations seem forced, unnatural, artificial. Why the hell he ran out of the place after the priest's accident? That was nonsense. He doesn't look worried about boxing violence throughout his career (unless I didn't notice anything as I am not a native English speaker), but suddenly he poses as a victim - "People pay a good money to see me hurt, maybe killed" - and even has a plastic surgery made in order to have other job opportunities out of the ring. The movie has a very conventional story, similar to dozens of boxing films, but it is not one of the best performed. The most interesting thing in the whole film is comic character Pete, the guy in overcoat. ” - guisreis
 
74.
Fat City (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Two men, working as professional boxers, come to blows when their careers each begin to take opposite momentum. (100 mins.)
Director: John Huston
“ I cannot understand why this film is so overrated. ” - guisreis
 
75.
Battling Butler (1926)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A love-struck weakling must pretend to be boxer in order to gain respect from the family of the girl he loves. (77 mins.)
Director: Buster Keaton
 
76.
Rocky V (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
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. (104 mins.)
“ The worst Rocky movie. Indeed, Rocky Balboa does not even fight in the ring in this film! Tommy Gun is the less charismatic boxer in the whole franchise. ” - guisreis
 
77.
Tough Enough (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
An aspiring country/western singer, whose money is disappearing faster than his career opportunities... (106 mins.)
 
78.
Carnera: The Walking Mountain (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
The life of Primo Carnera a.k.a. "Ambling Alp", Italian professional boxer and the World Heavyweight Champion from June 1933 to June 1934, but also accused by some of having ties to the mob. (125 mins.)
“ This Italian film emulates Rocky movies (brute, silly and good-hearted strong guy who loves a girl, practices in unconventional training and has fights which footage overlaps each other) in order to show boxer Primo Carnera's bio. It is well filmed, but the actor in the leading role is bad and the screenplay is cheesy and unable to explore important traits of his life, such as the fixed results and his career as actor and pro wrestler. Besides that, maybe I am wrong, but I doubt that there were so many Italian flags in the arena in New York in the fights of Carnera against local boxers; if I am correct, that is something ridiculous in this film! Worse than that, only the completely uncredible way the fight between Carnera and Max Baer is portrayed. ” - guisreis
 
79.
From Mexico with Love (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
A washed-up trainer takes a self-destructive young boxer under his wing. (96 mins.)
Director: Jimmy Nickerson
“ An amazingly predictable melodrama. You know what will happen in each following scene. Besides that, in the main fight, in real world the referee would obviously declare Hector loser by TKO after so many knock-downs by Robert. ” - guisreis
 
80.
Day of the Fight (1951 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
After a short study of boxing's history, narrated by newscaster Douglas Edwards, we follow a day in the life of a middleweight Irish boxer named Walter Cartier. (16 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
“ This short documentary is the first film of Stanley Kubrick. Far from his later great moments, this is not special at all. Though, I loved the boxer's dog. ” - guisreis
 
81.
The Ring (1927)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Two boxers compete for the love of a woman. (116 mins.)
“ A minor movie, one of the first of Hitchcock and the only one with original screenplay. It is boring and has a cliché and predictable story. Visually it is interesting, but that is not enough. The beginning is a bit racist. ” - guisreis
 
82.
Baer (2011 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
In 1933, Jewish/ American heavyweight boxer, Max Baer, fights for his country and his people against Hitler's favorite boxer... (9 mins.)
“ The very first scene is great and raised expectations that the film would be a precious gem. Though, it is not. The following fight scene is ridiculous: bad acting, not credible (the boxers don't look tired or injured, the way the girl communicates with Baer is improbable), and shows fake facts (Schmmeling was German and Nazis did use his victories, but he would never say 'heil, Hitler' to a jewish contender, as his coach was a jew, besides the fact that he has always been respectful to black Joe Louis). You can see the short film in this link: https://vimeo.com/27032218 ” - guisreis
 
83.
The Knockout (1914 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
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. (27 mins.)
“ Perhaps the nicest scene in the whole movie is the one with the dog and the hamburger, in the very beginning. Afterwards, it's just not so funny nonsense. OK, Chaplin, in a minor role as a referee, does well, but not even close to the hilarious boxing scene from "City Lights". ” - guisreis
 
84.
Nocaut (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
(109 mins.)
“ A somewhat confusing story with a bad soundtrack. I do not think that a better image quality in the version I watched would change my mind. ” - guisreis
 
85.
Legionnaire (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
Alain Lefevre is a boxer paid by a Marseille mobster to take a dive. When he wins the fight he attempts... (99 mins.)
Director: Peter MacDonald
“ The film is bad but it must be said that particularly as a boxing movies it is a great fraud. The main character is a boxer who made a deal but at the very moment refused to dive on the ring and needs to flee (poor "The harder they fall"...). Van Damme, the French boxer, enters the Foreigh Legion in order to escape the mob. There he is involved in brawls and simply never fights as a boxer would do! He defends himself as a karate master instead of parrying as boxers do, and he attacked wrestling istead of punching! Even though the boxing fight happened only in the beginning of the film, it would be expected that being a boxer would be a trait of the character that would appear in many moments. Well, it would happen in a serious film. ” - guisreis
 
86.
Bomber (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Bud "Bomber" Graziano (Bud Spencer) retired from boxing as heavyweight champion and has sworn to never fight again... (101 mins.)
Director: Michele Lupo
 
87.
Berlin Kaplani (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
The story of Ayhan Kaplan who is a bodyguard and boxer in Berlin. (98 mins.)
Director: Hakan Algül
 
88.
8 Count (2011 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(5 mins.)
Director: Lynne Kamm
“ A supposedly funny Canadian boxing music short film with a couple of great boxers from the country.
Watch it here: https://vimeo.com/33465675 ” - guisreis
 
89.
Cantinflas boxeador (1940 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
(16 mins.)
“ Unfortunately, not really funny. I have not watched other films from this Mexican icon, Cantinflas, but I hope they are better. The bad quality of the copy I have watched in internet did not help either. ” - guisreis
 
90.
Spirit of Youth (1938)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
The story of the rise of boxer Joe Thomas, which paralleled the life of Joe Louis. (66 mins.)
Director: Harry Fraser
“ This is unfortunately a bad flick. The only interesting thing is that Joe Louis himself plays the leading role, a black boxer from rural Alabama named Joe Thomas, whose story is based in his real life. Though, I cannot help but add that Joe Louis was an awful actor. The single interesting scene in the whole film is the musical and dancing one, in which Joe just watches, and that is 100% unnecessary to the story. Even the boxing fights are terribly performed. ” - guisreis
 
91.
Corbett and Courtney Before the Kinetograph (1894 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
James J. Corbett and Peter Courtney meet in a boxing exhibition. (1 mins.)
“ It is impossible to judge how good has been this short film, as only 40 seconds still exist. Though, its historical importance is undeniable: it is the second oldest record in the world of a sport scene that is still available to be seen. Famous James Corbett (the same boxer who is the leading role character of the excelent 1942 film "Gentleman Jim", included among the top movies of this list) pretends to be fighting (or really fights, it is not sure if it has been a fiction or a documentary) Peter Courtney through six rounds of one minute each. I cannot help mentioning Gentleman Jim's butt-showing short shorts is extremely bizarre. The footage may be watched in this link: http://youtu.be/gpDhbpmtpvo ” - guisreis
 
92.
Leonard-Cushing Fight (1894 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
In the background, five fans lean on the ropes looking into the ring. The referee is to the left; like the fans...
“ This is simply the oldest boxing fight footage known, less than two months older than "Corbett and Courtney before Kinetograph", according to "Olds Boxing Film Database" (www.fitzsimmons.co.nz/html/rareboxingfilm.html). Nice action for its 39 seconds and curious costume (showing-butt briefs or tight pants) very different from nowadays boxing shorts. ” - guisreis
 
93.
Boxing (1892 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
“ Off course this extremely short film is not entertaining and one cannot really see boxing there (there is not even one punch!), but it was filmed by Thomas Edison Company. Therefore, its historical importance is undeniable. The five surviving seconds may be seen in this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XIxxiHV2rXA ” - guisreis
 
94.
Boxing Bloopers (2007 Video)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A short blooper reel from the filming of Rocky Balboa. (2 mins.)
“ Not a movie, just blooper footage from filming "Rocky Balboa". I don't know why it is in IMDB as if it were a proper short film, but you can watch it in this link: https://youtu.be/n-QSruKT-9A ” - guisreis
 
95.
Mighty Aphrodite (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
When he discovers his adopted son is a genius, a New York sportswriter seeks out the boy's birth mother: a ditzy porn star and prostitute. (95 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
“ Honorable mention: Not a boxing movie, but the sport plays a role, with Woody Allen's character appearing many times in a boxing gym and getting in contact with a boxer. ” - guisreis
 
96.
Bad Ass 2: Bad Asses (2014 Video)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
Frank Vega teams up with grumpy old agoraphobic Bernie Pope to kick ass and clean up the streets of L.A. (91 mins.)
Director: Craig Moss
“ Another mention, not so honorable: Not a boxing movie either, as the sport does not play an important role for the story, although Danny Trejo's bad ass character is a boxing coach and the murder of a young boxer leads to the plot. ” - guisreis