17 Unforgetable Boxing Movies
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Boxing movies have always been interesting and exciting, especially for boys. Of course movies like Rocky had a great effect on this but is it only Rocky? We put together bunch of boxing movies before and after Rocky and they're full of fists, bones and blood! The list is not in any particular order. So, let us know your favorite!
Enjoy the list.
Storylines were taken from IMDb. 17. Ali (2001), IMDb: 6.7
Muhammad Ali from 1964 to 1974, told in three braided threads. The boxer: from becoming champion to regaining the championship. Religion and politics: Cassius Clay becomes a Black Muslim, truncates a friendship with Malcolm X, perhaps is Elijah Muhammad's pawn, refuses induction into the US military, and faces a five year prison sentence while his case goes to the Supreme Court. Family: he marries twice and by 1974 marriage two is strained, defends his white trainer, has a brother in Bundini Brown, and is wily with Howard Cosell. Throughout, Ali keeps his own counsel: in the ring, at the induction center when he won't step forward, and in friendship, love, and victory.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0248667/ 16. Rocky Balboa (2006), IMDb: 7.2
When he loses a highly publicized virtual boxing match to ex-champ Rocky Balboa, reigning heavyweight titleholder Mason Dixon retaliates by challenging the Itallian Stallion to a nationally televised, 10-round exhibition bout. To the surprise of his son and friends, Rocky agrees to come out of retirement and face an opponent who's faster, stronger and thirty years his junior. With the odds stacked firmly against him, Rocky takes on Dixon in what will become the greatest fight in boxing history, a hard-hitting, action-packed battle of the ages.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0479143/ 15. Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956), IMDb: 7.5
Rocky Graziano is building a career in crime, when he's finally caught and arrested. In jail, he is undisciplined, always getting into trouble. When he gets out after many years he has decided to start a new life. However, he is immediately drafted to the army. But they can't keep him and he goes AWOL. Rocky discovers boxing as a way of earning quick money, and is discovered as a new talent.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0049778/ 14. The Set-Up (1949), IMDb: 7.8
Over-the-hill boxer Bill 'Stoker' Thompson insists he can still win, though his sexy wife Julie pleads with him to quit. But his manager Tiny is so confident he will lose, he takes money for a 'dive' from tough gambler Little Boy...without bothering to tell Stoker. Tension builds as Stoker hopes to 'take' Tiger Nelson, unaware of what will happen to him if he does.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0041859/ 13. Rocky II (1979), IMDb: 7.2
Rocky Balboa is enjoying life. He's got a lovely wife, Adrian, had a successful fight with Apollo Creed and is able to enjoy the wealth coming off the draw. Unfortunately, Rocky becomes embarrassed when failing to complete an advert and ends up working in a meat packing company. He believes that he will no longer have a career as a boxer. Apollo wants to rematch with Rocky to prove all his critics wrong that he can beat Rocky. Can Rocky once again have a successful fight?
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0079817/ 12. The Fighter (2010), IMDb: 7.9
The Fighter is a drama about boxer 'Irish' Micky Ward's unlikely road to the world light welterweight title. His Rocky-like rise was shepherded by half-brother Dicky, a boxer-turned-trainer on the verge of being KO'd by drugs and crime.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0964517/ 11. Champion (1949), IMDb: 7.5
Midge Kelly, hitchhiking west with lame brother Connie, is hustled unprepared into a pro boxing match. Though he's severely beaten, manager Tommy Haley finds him promising. Arrived in California, Midge and Connie find nothing but a menial job from which Midge gets relief by seducing Emma, a lovely young waitress. One shotgun marriage later, ambitious Midge falls back on the only option he knows: boxing. Seduced by cheering crowds, money, and a succession of blondes, Midge becomes more and more of a hero in public...and a heel in private.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0041239/ 10. The Hurricane (1999), IMDb: 7.6
This film tells the story of Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter, an African-American man who rose above his troubled youth to become a top contender for the middle-weight boxing title. However, his dreams are shattered when he is accused of a triple murder, and is convicted to three natural-life terms. Despite becoming a cause celebre and his dogged efforts to prove his innocence through his autobiography, the years of fruitless efforts have left him discouraged. This changes when an African-American boy and his Canadian mentors read his book and are convinced of his innocence enough to work for his exoneration. However, what Hurricane and his friends learn is that this fight puts them against a racist establishment that profited from this travesty and have no intention of seeing it reversed.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0174856/ 9. The Harder They Fall (1956), IMDb: 7.6
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.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0049291/ 8. Gentleman Jim (1942), IMDb: 7.7
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.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0034778/ 7. Body and Soul (1947), IMDb: 7.8
Charley Davis wins an amateur boxing match and is taken on by promoter Quinn. Charley's mother doesn't want him to fight, but when Charley's father is accidentally killed, Charley sets up a fight for money. His career blooms as he wins fight after fight, but soon an unethical promoter named Roberts begins to show an interest in Charley, and Charley finds himself faced with increasingly difficult choices.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0039204/ 6. Fat City (1972), IMDb: 7.5
The film tells the story of two boxers and their problems. One of them is on the decline of his career while the other one just begins his ascent in this sport.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0068575/?ref_=ttmd_md_nm 5. Million Dollar Baby (2004), IMDb: 8.1
Wanting to learn from the best, aspiring boxer Maggie Fitzgerald wants Frankie Dunn to train her. At the outset he flatly refuses saying he has no interest in training a girl. Frankie leads a lonely existence, alienated from his only daughter and having few friends. Maggie's rough around the edges but shows a lot of grit in the ring and he eventually relents. Maggie not only proves to be the boxer he always dreamed of having under his wing but a friend who fills the great void he's had in his life. Maggie's career skyrockets but an accident in the ring leads her to ask Frankie for one last favor.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0405159/ 4. Requiem For a Heavyweight (1962), IMDb: 7.9
Mountain Rivera, a punchy has-been managed by the unprincipled Maish, is mauled in a fight and forced to quit boxing. Can his devoted cutman and a sympathetic social worker help him find a life outside the ring, or will Maish find a way to exploit him one more time?
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0056406/ 3. Cinderella Man (2005), IMDb: 8.0
The story of James Braddock, a supposedly washed-up boxer who came back to become a champion and an inspiration in the 1930s.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0352248/ 2. Raging Bull (1980), IMDb: 8.3
When Jake LaMotta steps into a boxing ring and obliterates his opponent, he's a prizefighter. But when he treats his family and friends the same way, he's a ticking time bomb, ready to go off at any moment. Though LaMotta wants his family's love, something always seems to come between them. Perhaps it's his violent bouts of paranoia and jealousy. This kind of rage helped make him a champ, but in real life, he winds up in the ring alone.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0081398/ 1. Rocky I (1976), IMDb: 8.1
Rocky Balboa is a struggling boxer trying to make the big time, working as a debt collector for a pittance. When heavyweight champion Apollo Creed visits Philadelphia, his managers want to set up an exhibition match between Creed and a struggling boxer, touting the fight as a chance for a 'nobody' to become a 'somebody'. The match is supposed to be easily won by Creed, but someone forgot to tell Rocky, who sees this as his only shot at the big time.