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Best Boxing Movies

  • Rocky

    Rocky (PG, 1976)

    Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers, Burgess Meredith
    A slightly dimwitted amateur boxer from Philadelphia's tough neighborhood gets a surprise shot at fi... read moreghting for the heavyweight championship, while at the same time he finds love in the arms of a shy, reclusive girl who works in the local pet store.
    • johnburke27
      johnburke27: ess Meredith as Micky absolutely steals the show!

      The story is simple but what do you want from a boxing movie? Stallone plays the part perfectly and overall I can't find fault in it. It's a shame t
      Reviewed 5 months days ago
    • maradosti
      maradosti: then began downloading all of the Rocky songs and bought Rocky shirts, robes, and Italian Stallion boxing shorts. I got kind of obsessed and I wish I could rate Rocky more than five stars. Watch the
      Reviewed 2 months days ago
    • fb636377665
      fb636377665: . I was too young then. But then again, I don't really get Stallone and all this boxing stuff.
      Reviewed 19 months days ago
  • Cinderella Man

    Cinderella Man (PG-13, 2005)

    Russell Crowe, Renée Zellweger, Paul Giamatti, Craig Bierko, Bruce McGill
    The true story of an athlete who achieved his greatest success against the most daunting odds of his... read more life is brought to the screen in this historical drama. In the 1920s, James Braddock (Russell Crowe) from Bergen, NJ, was a promising contender in professional boxing; he had strength, spirit, and tenacity, but the combination of a serious hand injury and a 1929 defeat in a bout with light heavyweight champ Tommy Loughran sent his career into a serious tailspin. As Braddock's career in the ring dried up, the Great Depression put a stake through the heart of America's economy, and Braddock found himself working at the New York docks for pitiful wages as he tried to support his wife, Mae (Renée Zellweger), and three children. Desperate for money, Braddock turned to his former trainer and manager Joe Gould (Paul Giamatti), who was unexpectedly able to scare up a bout for him, battling John Griffin at Madison Square Garden. While conventional wisdom had it that Braddock was too old, out of shape, and out of practice to have any chance of winning, he defeated Griffin, and continued beating his opponents with a powerful left hook that had been intensified by years of punishing dock work. In a nation desperate for good news, Braddock's surprising comeback became a tonic to struggling workers and unemployed people, and all eyes were on Braddock when in 1935 he took on powerful heavyweight champion Max Baer (Craig Bierko) in what was both literally and figuratively the fight of his life. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
    • anneker
      anneker: . Braddock. This story is about more than boxing. It is about a man and his wife trying to raise a family in the tough times of the 1920s. An
      Reviewed 2 months days ago
    • fb100000161754485
      fb100000161754485: Cinderella Man is a well crafted inspirational true story involving boxing.
      Reviewed 6 months days ago
    • fb1008742212
      fb1008742212: . Braddock but it also explores the world of boxing and the media influence, as well as how James J. Braddock influenced the people around him, a
      Reviewed 10 months days ago
  • Million Dollar Baby

    Million Dollar Baby (PG-13, 2004)

    Clint Eastwood, Hilary Swank, Morgan Freeman, Anthony Mackie, Jay Baruchel
    Frankie Dunn (Clint Eastwood) is a veteran boxing trainer who has devoted his life to the ring and h... read moreas precious little to show for it; his daughter never answers his letters, and a fighter he's groomed into contender status has paid him back by signing with another manager, leaving Frankie high and dry. His best friend and faithful employee Eddie Dupris is a former fighter who Frankie trained. In his last fight, Eddie suffered a severe injury, a fact that brings Frankie great guilt. One day, Maggie Fitzgerald (Hilary Swank) enters Frankie's life, as well as his gym, and announces she needs a trainer. Frankie regards her as a dubious prospect, and isn't afraid to tell her why: he doesn't think much of women boxing, she's too old at 31, she lacks experience, and has no technique. However, Maggie sees boxing as the one part of her life that gives her meaning and won't give up easily. Finally won over by her determination, Frankie takes on Maggie, and as she slowly grows into a viable fighter, an emotional bond develops between them. When a tragedy befalls one of the three characters, each comes to a decision that shows how the relationships in the film have changed them. Adapted from a short story by F.X. Toole, a former corner man with years of experience in the fight game, Million Dollar Baby also stars Morgan Freeman, Anthony Mackie, and Mike Colter. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
    • fb626865805
      fb626865805: all over him, gives an awesome supporting performance in the film as Eastwood's longest and closest boxing friend in the film, who he trained and managed him in a fight years ago when Freeman and East
      Reviewed 11 days days ago
    • moviesbewithyou2
      moviesbewithyou2: .

      It's the story of a woman who isn't too experienced with boxing, she's poor, her family is cruel to her, but she keeps returning to Frankie Dunn's (Clint Eas
      Reviewed 38 days days ago
    • Deckard42
      Deckard42: ther, it transcends them to become a truly moving if somewhat uncertain film about life, death, and boxing.
      Reviewed 8 months days ago
  • The Fighter

    The Fighter (R, 2010)

    Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Melissa Leo, Jack McGee
    Mark Wahlberg stars in Paramount Pictures' inspirational docudrama exploring the remarkable rise of ... read moreMassachusetts-born, junior welterweight title winner "Irish" Micky Ward. A determined pugilist whose career in the ring was shepherded by his loyal half-brother, Dicky (Christian Bale) -- a hard-living boxer-turned-trainer whose own career in the ring was nearly sent down for the count due to drugs and crime -- perennial underdog Irish Micky rebounded from a disheartening series of defeats to win both the WBU Intercontinental Lightweight title and the WBU Light Welterweight title thanks to a fierce combination of determination and hard work. David O. Russell directs from a script by 8 Mile's Scott Silver and Paul Attanasio (The Bourne Ultimatum). ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
    • henryfarman
      henryfarman: Another boxing movie led totally by the performances. The story, although it's a true one, is no different t
      Reviewed 3 months days ago
    • fb1526363679
      fb1526363679: . The boxing scenes are great, and it just overall lasts in our mind as a great sports film.
      Reviewed 8 months days ago
    • stevenegratto
      stevenegratto: Very good boxing movie! Christian bale deserved his Oscar. I thought there should've been a tie for supporting
      Reviewed 44 days days ago
  • Raging Bull

    Raging Bull (R, 1980)

    Robert De Niro, Cathy Moriarty, Joe Pesci, Frank Vincent, Nicholas Colasanto
    The story of Jake LaMotta, a former middleweight boxing champion, whose reputation for tenacity and ... read moresuccess in the ring was offset by his troubled domestic life: full of rage, jealousy, and suspicion--particularly towards his wife and manager/brother--which, in the end, left him destitute, alone, and seeking redemption.
    • kenscheck
      kenscheck: . Beautifully shot (in classic black and white), with fantastic boxing sequences, a good script and great performances from Robert DeNiro, Joe Pesci, and the majori
      Reviewed 6 months days ago
    • gamergrant1996
      gamergrant1996: ile similar to Rocky in its sport, it sets itself apart in its style, story, characters, style, and boxing violence. It's harder hitting, tougher to watch, and much sadder than Rocky, as well as havin
      Reviewed 11 days days ago
    • fb100005489250558
      fb100005489250558: It'll be a fight between this and Rocky for greatest boxing movie of all time although I believe this may just pull it off. Raging Bull is a masterpiece
      Reviewed 6 months days ago
  • Real Steel

    Real Steel (PG-13, 2011)

    Hugh Jackman, Dakota Goyo, Anthony Mackie, Evangeline Lilly, Kevin Durand
    A gritty, white-knuckle, action ride set in the near-future where the sport of boxing has gone high-... read moretech, Real Steel stars Hugh Jackman as Charlie Kenton, a washed-up fighter who lost his chance at a title when 2000-pound, 8-foot-tall steel robots took over the ring. Now nothing but a small-time promoter, Charlie earns just enough money piecing together low-end bots from scrap metal to get from one underground boxing venue to the next. When Charlie hits rock bottom, he reluctantly teams up with his estranged son Max (Dakota Goyo) to build and train a championship contender. As the stakes in the brutal, no-holds-barred arena are raised, Charlie and Max, against all odds, get one last shot at a comeback. -- (C) Dreamworks
  • Rocky Balboa

    Rocky Balboa (PG, 2006)

    Sylvester Stallone, Burt Young, Antonio Tarver, Geraldine Hughes, Milo Ventimiglia
    The greatest underdog story of our time is back for one final round of the Academy Award-winning Roc... read moreky franchise. Former heavyweight champion Rocky Balboa steps out of retirement and back into the ring, putting himself against a new rival in a dramatically different era. After a virtual boxing match declares Rocky Balboa the victor over current champion Mason 'The Line' Dixon, the legendary fighter's passion and spirit are reignited. But when his desire to fight in small, regional competitions is trumped by promoters calling for a rematch of the cyber-fight, Balboa must weigh the mental and physical risks of a high profile exhibition match against his need to be in the ring.
    • fb551826413
      fb551826413: . filled with great monologues. boxing action better than the previous movies.
      Reviewed 2 years days ago
    • fb1008742212
      fb1008742212: At around about Rocky III, we witness a rocky descend from an emotional boxing champion into a mere action star, and regardless of how awesome he still was it didn't quite
      Reviewed 20 months days ago
    • fb1253554991
      fb1253554991: . A very realistic storyline with lots of sadness and happiness leading up to a kick-ass boxing match at the end. One of the funniest films of the 6 and the film as a whole really does pay
      Reviewed 3 years days ago
  • Annapolis

    Annapolis (PG-13, 2006)

    James Franco, Tyrese Gibson, Jordana Brewster, Donnie Wahlberg, Vicellous Reon Shannon
    A poor but ambitious young man strives to make good in one of the most competitive institutions on E... read morearth in this military drama. Jake Huard (James Franco) is a young man from a small Maryland town who grew up in a blue-collar family with few opportunities. Wanting to make something of himself after completing high school, Jake set his sights on attending the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, where he narrowly makes the cut and becomes one of the 1,200 applicants selected for the freshman class. Jake finds that life as a "plebe" is intellectually challenging and physically punishing, and he soon develops a powerful adversary in Midshipman Lt. Cole (Tyrese Gibson), his training commander, who pushes Jake to the limit to see if he has what it takes. Standing on the razor's edge of failing as both a student and a soldier, Jake makes a brave but dangerous gesture toward proving himself by entering the Brigade Championships, a Naval boxing competition where he'll go into the ring against the best fighters in the Navy -- including Lt. Cole. Jake soon has one person on his side when he strikes up a friendship with Ali (Jordana Brewster), a pretty young officer who believes Jake has what it takes to go the distance. Annapolis also stars Donnie Wahlberg, Chi McBride, and Vicellous Shannon; the film was directed by Justin Lin, who debuted with the acclaimed independent feature Better Luck Tomorrow. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
    • Loth18
      Loth18: remake, Fast Five) and he did a fairly decent job, sure it's flawed but it's packed with some great boxing cinematography and well-shot action sequences. There are some scenes that just come off a bi
      Reviewed 2 years days ago
    • cerasokelso
      cerasokelso: It's surprisingly a boxing movie more then anything!!
      Reviewed 5 years days ago
    • agonzalez7000
      agonzalez7000: You go in expecting an action or war movie, and what happens? It turns out to be a boxing movie. Let down.
      Reviewed 5 years days ago
  • Rocky IV

    Rocky IV (PG, 1985)

    Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers, Brigitte Nielsen
    The third sequel to Sylvester Stallone's boxing blockbuster combines the ringside sports melodrama o... read moref the previous installments with the Cold War patriotism of the star/director's other motion picture series of the 1980s, the Rambo saga. Stallone is back as Rocky Balboa, the heavyweight champion of the world and now good friend of his one-time nemesis, Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers). Creed is brutally slaughtered in the boxing ring during a lop-sided exhibition match against the superhuman Russian boxer Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren), an event that Rocky takes personally. Vowing revenge against Drago in the name of Creed and the United States, Rocky is invited to the Soviet Union for a matchup and hires Creed's former manager (Tony Burton) to get him in shape. While Drago trains using the latest technology, Rocky's ascetic preparations are a low-key affair of carrying logs up hills through knee-deep Russian snow. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi
    • 00Film
      00Film: . I guess most people watch Rocky for one reason the training montages & the over done & over long boxing battle at the end.

      You do find yourself cheering for Rocky by the end of it & it just one of
      Reviewed 19 months days ago
    • fb60715533
      fb60715533: Comic book boxing match that sees Rocky open the eyes of Russia.
      Reviewed 2 years days ago
    • fb1526363679
      fb1526363679: . The rest of the cast did fine performances however, and the final boxing match was incredibly fun. This movie overall was a fun way to test Rocky's strength but as I
      Reviewed 2 years days ago
  • Frost/Nixon

    Frost/Nixon (R, 2008)

    Frank Langella, Michael Sheen, Kevin Bacon, Rebecca Hall, Toby Jones
    Hollywood heavyweight Ron Howard adapts playwright Peter Morgan's West End hit for the silver screen... read more with this feature focusing on the 1977 television interviews between journalist David Frost (Michael Sheen) and former president Richard Nixon (Frank Langella). At the time Nixon sat down with Frost to discuss the sordid details that ultimately derailed his presidency, it had been three years since the former commander in chief had been forced out of office. The Watergate scandal was still fresh in everyone's minds, and Nixon had remained notoriously tight-lipped until he agreed to sit down with Frost. Nixon was certain that he could hold his own opposite the up-and-coming British broadcaster, and even Frost's own people weren't quite sure their boss was ready for such a high-profile interview. When the interview ultimately got under way and each man eschewed the typical posturing in favor of the simple truth, fans and critics on both sides were stunned by what they witnessed. Instead of Nixon stonewalling the interviewer as expected, or Frost lobbing softballs as the truth-seekers feared, what emerged was an unguardedly honest exchange between a man who had lost everything and another with everything to gain. In this film, viewers are treated to not only a recreation of that landmark interview, but a behind-the-scenes look at the power struggles that led up to it as well. Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, and Brian Grazer team to produce a film adapted for the screen by original play author Morgan (The Queen and The Last King of Scotland). ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
    • ellelag75
      ellelag75: It's like watching a draggy political boxing. And if you hate both, this ain't for ya. This was made with the assumption that everybody kn
      Reviewed 5 years days ago
    • fb514170254
      fb514170254: . Made an interview into a boxing match. Langella was incredible. If Penn hadn't been so amazing this year, I would have been p
      Reviewed 5 years days ago
    • tsigur
      tsigur: . But the movie really ramps it up once the actual interviews get going. It really is like a boxing match and watching Frank Langella was really amazing. I was also impressed with Bacon and Roc
      Reviewed 5 years days ago