Boxing movies have had a significant impact on the sports genre of cinema since the last century. People love these dramatic underdog stories, crazy bouts, and everything else. Due to their popularity and demand for a good boxing movie every once in a while, they are still relevant today. Films like the Rocky franchise, Southpaw, are all about why people love boxing and movies made on it. Here we look at some of the best boxing movies ever made.
10. Boxing Movies – Creed (2015): The Rocky franchise made its comeback with a spinoff movie series, Creed. Sylvester Stallone retains his role of former boxer Rocky Balboa, who is now a coach to Adonis Creed. Michael B Jordan plays Adonis, who the son of former champion Apollo Creed. The movie has a strong story with realistic fights.
9. Before The Fall (2004): A German Boxing movie classic. This is a movie set during WWI and is about a teenage boxer Friedrich Weimer, who decides to join the Nazi academy to give his boxing skills a platform. Though he gets plenty of opportunities at the school, he experiences a change in mindset. Now he must choose between his boxing career and his free will.
8. Champion (1949): Story of the boxer Midge Kelly, who has exceptional talent in the ring, becomes a known boxer. But he finds it hard dealing with the newfound fame and glory. So he slowly drifts into a dark zone.
7. Southpaw (2015): Southpaw is a very classic movie revolving around the usual boxing stories. Jake Gyllenhaal plays the protagonist Billy Hope who falls from his pedestal in the grief of losing his wife. The film is about his comeback and final effort to win back all he lost.
6. The Hurricane (1999): The Hurricane is a thriller boxing movie. It is the story of Rubin Carter, played by Denzel Washington. The story is about the wrongful conviction of the boxer and how a teenager helps him. The movie is about the day and in-ring struggles of the fighter.
5. The Fighter (2010): The Fighter is a movie about two half-brothers and Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale play them. Bale’s character is a retired boxer while Mark is getting into boxing. The film is about the mindset and dilemma of a fighter about enter into the ring.
4. Cinderella Man (2005): Cinderella Man is the story of the former world heavyweight champion James Braddock played by Russell Crowe. The movie is set amidst the Great Depression, and the lead character, like others, suffers. It is an underdog of James trying to make it to the top to help his family.
3. Million Dollar Baby (2004): The movie is about Maggie Fitzgerald, who was a former waitress and now a boxer. She is 31 and has a passion for the sport but lacks skills. Then under the tutelage of a coach, she slowly improves through practice and aims for a championship.
2. One of The Best Boxing Movies – Rocky (1976): A truly classic movie about the boxer Rocky Balboa: Rocky is one of the best underdog characters. The film is a mixture of love, romance, and professional struggles. The 1976 movie has not stopped impressing people even until today!
1. Raging Bull (1980): The story of the character Jake La Motta is an exciting movie. Jake is a hot-headed champion who is also an alcoholic. His addictions and darker sides destroy his family life. He is not an idolizing figure and the movie focuses on the dark side of boxing.