Best Wrestling Movies


  • The Wrestler

    The Wrestler (R, 2008)

    Mickey Rourke, Marisa Tomei, Evan Rachel Wood, Mark Margolis, Gregg Bello
    His sense of identity fading into nothingness after the spotlights dim and he experiences a close br... read moreush with mortality, a retired wrestler begins to evaluate his life while considering the comeback that could very well kill him in director Darren Aronofsky's poignant portrait of an introspective former superstar in the twilight of his career. Back in his heyday, wrestler Randy "The Ram" Robinson (Mickey Rourke) was an icon in the ring. His image immortalized in action figures and video games, he would headline arenas across the globe. Twenty years later, those glory days have passed, and Randy is forced to earn his keep by brawling before handfuls of fans in high school gyms and community centers around New Jersey. In the wake of a heart attack, the former icon attempts to earn a little extra cash while working in a deli and making an effort to reconnect with his estranged teenage daughter, Stephanie (Evan Rachel Wood). Yet, despite Randy's continued attempts at convincing local stripper Cassidy (Marisa Tomei) to settle down with him in his humble trailer, the ring still calls to him. Later, when the prospect of a high-profile rematch with his longtime nemesis presents itself, Randy is forced to weigh his mortality against his desire to hear the crowd roar one last time. The Wrestler snagged two Oscar nominations, one for Best Actor (Rourke) and one for Best Supporting Actress (Tomei). ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
    • chrissybmdrep
      chrissybmdrep: This movie is great for movie goers and even better if you are a wrestling fan (like me). Mickey Rourke gives one of the best acting performances I have ever watched
      Reviewed 9 months days ago
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      fb1734921493: Absolutely great and inspiring movie!! This is coming from a guy whose loved wrestling his whole life, but still even if you don't like wrestling you'll definitely wanna give th
      Reviewed 6 months days ago
    • garethmanuel
      garethmanuel: It's not a film about wrestling, its a film about one man struggle to adapt to new situations, fear, regrets and redemptio
      Reviewed 15 months days ago
  • Barton Fink

    Barton Fink (R, 1991)

    John Turturro, John Goodman, Judy Davis, Michael Lerner, John Mahoney
    The title character, played by John Turturro, is a Broadway playwright, based on Clifford Odets, lur... read moreed to Hollywood with the promise of untold riches by a boorish studio chieftain (played by Michael Lerner as a combination of Louis B. Mayer and Harry Cohn). Despising the film capital and everything it stands for, Barton Fink comes down with an acute case of writer's block. He is looked after by a secretary (Judy Davis) who has been acting as a ghost writer for an alcoholic screenwriter (John Mahoney, playing a character based on William Faulkner). Also keeping tabs on Fink is a garrulous traveling salesman (John Goodman), the most likeable, stable character in the picture. And then comes the plot twist to end all plot twists, plunging Barton Fink into a surreal nightmare that would make Hieronymus Bosch look like a house painter. Once more, Ethan and Joel Coen serve up a smorgasbord of quirkiness and kinkiness, where nothing is what it seems and nothing turns out as planned. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
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      fb668679383: his is a great film, Barton Fink is a play write, transplanted to hollywood and assigned to write a wrestling picture, but his studio "doesn't make B-pictures!" In surrmounable task and a touch of mur
      Reviewed 19 months days ago
    • smp16
      smp16: in this claustrophobic hotel, knowing he has to deliver a creative script by the end of the week on wrestling!!
      Reviewed 3 years days ago
    • HorrorMovieCinema
      HorrorMovieCinema: In 1941, New York intellectual playwright Barton Fink comes to Hollywood to write a Wallace Beery wrestling picture. Staying in the eerie Hotel Earle, Barton develops severe writer's block. His neig
      Reviewed 5 years days ago
  • Over the Top

    Over the Top (PG, 1987)

    Sylvester Stallone, Robert Loggia, Susan Blakely, Rick Zumwalt, David Mendenhall
    After winning the heavyweight boxing championship and single-handedly winning the war in Vietnam for... read more America, Sylvester Stallone moves on to a real challenge -- arm wrestling -- in this action drama with a family undercurrent. Lincoln Hawk (Stallone) is a long-haul truck driver who years ago abandoned his wife Christina (Susan Blakely) and their son Michael (David Mendenhall). Hawk comes to see the error of his ways and wants to reconcile with his loved ones, only to discover that Christina is in the hospital suffering through the last stages of a terminal illness. Her wealthy and powerful father, Jason Cutler (Robert Loggia), has come to hate Hawk for the way he left his daughter to fend for herself, and he wants full custody of the boy upon her death. But Hawk is desperate to mend his relationship with Michael. He kidnaps the boy, and as Jason's hired goons give chase, Hawk points his truck toward the one place where he can win the money and recognition that will earn his son's respect -- a wrist-wrestling championship in Las Vegas. Actor Sylvester Stallone also co-wrote the screenplay. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
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      fb1008742212: . Finally there's a film about arm wrestling, and a good one too!
      Reviewed 5 months days ago
    • frasermonk
      frasermonk: Within the final minutes of the film, "over-the-top" is described as an arm-wrestling move. Within the first half hour, it was a term I was using to describe the acting, dialog
      Reviewed 4 months days ago
    • chrissybmdrep
      chrissybmdrep: a cigar, then drinks motor oil, and then we get the ridiculous ( no pun intended) over the top arm wrestling scenes. Needless to say this is my least favorite movie of all time, and I would not watch
      Reviewed 9 months days ago
  • Ready to Rumble

    Ready to Rumble (PG-13, 2000)

    David Arquette, Oliver Platt, Scott Caan, Bill Goldberg, Rose McGowan
    A pair of sewage-truck drivers attempt to rescue the tarnished reputation of their favorite pro wres... read moretler in this comedy from Varsity Blues director Brian Robbins. Gordie Boggs (David Arquette) and Sean Dawkins (Scott Caan) live vicariously through superstar grappler Jimmy King (Oliver Platt). But when King's manager (Joe Pantoliano), in a fit of ego, arranges to have his client dethroned to make way for the next hot property, the guys hatch a plan to force a rematch. The only problem is, their no-good hero has sunk into a black hole of self-pity and liquor. Enlisting the help of old-time trainer Sal (Martin Landau) to whip "The King" into shape, Gordie and Sean run afoul of Gordie's father, who wants his son to settle down and become a cop like him. Meanwhile, curvaceous Sasha (Rose McGowan) moves in on Gordie, but has ulterior motives. So does The King's son (Tait Smith), who's willing to put his girth to good use in order to exact revenge on his dad for abandoning him. Ready to Rumble features a large cast of real-life WCW wrestlers portraying themselves. McGowan and Arquette previously appeared together in Wes Craven's Scream. Lewis Arquette, the star's father, also appears alongside his son as he did in Scream 2. ~ Brian J. Dillard, Rovi
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      fb1092288494: . As a wrestling fan, it is a great look back at the awfulness that was WCW.
      Reviewed 2 years days ago
    • fb667537744
      fb667537744: Since I am a wrestling fan, I thought it was pretty funny. It's not as good as it could have been, though.
      Reviewed 19 months days ago
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      fb23448421: Screw you Arnofsky, this is the best wrestling movie ever! I can quote the whole thing!
      Reviewed 2 years days ago