Top 30 Boxing Movies

A list of the best movies about boxing
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1.
Rocky (1976)
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Rocky Balboa, a small-time boxer, gets a supremely rare chance to fight heavy-weight champion Apollo Creed in a bout in which he strives to go the distance for his self-respect. (120 mins.)
 
2.
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
 
3.
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
 
4.
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
 
5.
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.)
 
6.
Battling Butler (1926)
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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
 
7.
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
 
8.
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.)
 
9.
The Champ (1979)
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Billy Flynn, a former boxing champion, is now horse trainer in Hialeah. He makes just enough money to raise his little boy T.J.... (121 mins.)
 
10.
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.)
 
11.
Joe and Max (2002 TV Movie)
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True story of boxers Joe Louis and Max Schmeling and their enduring friendship. (106 mins.)
Director: Steve James
 
12.
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.)
 
13.
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
 
14.
The Great White Hope (1970)
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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. (103 mins.)
Director: Martin Ritt
 
15.
Rocky IV (1985)
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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.)
 
16.
Diggstown (1992)
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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
 
17.
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
 
18.
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
 
19.
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
 
20.
Gladiator (1992)
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Tommy Riley has moved with his dad to Chicago from a 'nice place'. He keeps to himself, goes to school. However, after a street fight he is noticed and quickly falls into the world of illegal underground boxing - where punches can kill. (101 mins.)
 
21.
Tyson (1995 TV Movie)
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The story of Mike Tyson. From his early days as a 12 year old amateur with a powerful punch, to the... (104 mins.)
Director: Uli Edel
 
22.
Girlfight (2000)
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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
 
23.
Tough Enough (1983)
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An aspiring country/western singer, whose money is disappearing faster than his career opportunities... (106 mins.)
 
24.
Let's Do It Again (1975)
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Two Atlanta men raise funds for their charity by rigging boxing matches in New Orleans but their tricks attract the mob's attention. (110 mins.)
Director: Sidney Poitier
 
25.
Penitentiary (1979)
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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... (99 mins.)
Director: Jamaa Fanaka
 
26.
The Main Event (1979)
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A bankrupt entrepreneur attempts to recoup some of her losses by getting a washed-out boxer she picked up as a tax loss back into the ring - an idea her protégé isn't fond of. (112 mins.)
Director: Howard Zieff
 
27.
Don King: Only in America (1997 TV Movie)
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A cinematic portrait of the famous fight promoter and boxing manager. (121 mins.)
Director: John Herzfeld
 
28.
The Super Fight (1970)
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Fictional boxing match between two of the greatest heavyweights of all time. (70 mins.)
Director: Murray Woroner
 
29.
The Great White Hype (1996)
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When the champ's promoter, Rev. Sultan, decides something new is needed to boost the marketability of the boxing matches... (91 mins.)
Director: Reginald Hudlin
 
30.
Rocky V (1990)
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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.)