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The Best Muhammad Ali Movies of All Time

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List RulesAny film or documentary that stars Muhammad Ali (Cassius Clay in his early years).

What are the best Muhammad Ali films and documentaries? Movie and boxing fans rank all of Muhammad Ali's movies and documentaries from best to worst. Trailers featuring Ali included when available. As arguably the greatest boxer of all time, Ali has both been the subject of about as many documentary films as any 20th century human can be, and has also appeared in studio movies.

The order of these top Muhammad Ali films is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Muhammad Ali movies will be at the top of the list. Muhammad Ali is known as the greatest; films of Ali have always been able to find an audience, though it would be debatable if any of these would be high on the list of best boxing movies of all time. 

If you think the best Muhammad Ali role isn't at the top, then vote it up so it has the chance to become number one. The greatest Muhammad Ali performances may not necessarily come from the best movies, but rather from the ring and in interviews.

List features films like The Greatest and Ali's Dozen.

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best Muhammad Ali movies?" and "What are the greatest Muhammad Ali roles of all time?"

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    Facing Ali is a 2009 documentary directed by Pete McCormack about Muhammad Ali as told from the perspectives of some of the notable opponents he faced during his career: George Chuvalo, Sir Henry...  more
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    Robert Duvall, James Earl Jones
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    10

    Released1977

    Directed byTom Gries, Monte Hellman

    The Greatest is a 1977 film about the life of boxer Muhammad Ali, in which Ali plays himself. It was directed by Tom Gries and Monte Hellman. The film follows Ali's life from the 1960 Olympics to his...  more
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    5

    Released2009

    Directed byDimitri Logothetis

    Champions Forever the Definitive Edition: Muhammad Ali - The Lost Interviews is a 2009 sports film directed by Dimitri Logothetis....
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    Joe Frazier, Richie Havens
    12
    6

    Released1975

    Directed byWilliam Greaves

    The Fighters is a 1974 biography documentary sport film directed by Rick Baxter and William Greaves....
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    Rocky Marciano, Joe Louis
    8
    2

    Released1970

    Directed byMurray Woroner

    The Super Fight was a fictional boxing match between Rocky Marciano and Muhammad Ali shot in 1970. At the time, Ali and Marciano were the only undefeated heavyweight champions in history and fans...  more
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    Muhammad Ali
    14
    11

    Released1979

    Directed byJán Kadár

    Freedom Road is a 1979 film directed by Ján Kadár....  more
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    Jayne Kennedy, Peter Lawford
    8
    4

    Released1981

    Directed byGeorge Bowers

    Body and Soul is a 1981 film, written by and starring Leon Isaac Kennedy, and co-starring his then-wife Jayne Kennedy. Directed by George Bowers, it is a remake of the 1947 film, a story of...  more
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    Kurt Angle, Ole Anderson
    4
    2

    Released2010

    Directed byKevin Dunn

    WWE: Top 50 Superstars of All Time is a 2010 action sport film directed by Kevin Dunn....  more
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    Stewart Levine
    2
    2

    Released2008

    Directed byJeff Levy-Hinte

    Soul Power is a 2008 documentary directed by Jeffrey Levy-Hinte....  more
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    Muhammad Ali Jnr, Hana Ali
    7
    5

    Released2014

    Directed byClare Lewins

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    Richard Kiley
    3
    5

    Released2001

    A.k.a. Cassius Clay is a 1970 boxing documentary film about the former heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali. Directed by Jimmy Jacobs, the film was made during Ali's exile from the sport for refusing to...  more
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    Naomi Campbell, Norah Jones
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    2

    Released2006

    We Are the Future is a 2006 film....
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    The Last Round: Chuvalo vs. Ali is a 2003 documentary film written by Stephan Brunt and directed by Joseph Blasioli....
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    Marian Mercer, Joseph R. Sicari
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    5

    Released1972

    Directed byAllen Funt

    Money Talks is a 1972 documentary comedy film directed by Allen Funt....  more
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    Ali's Dozen is a 2006 television series....