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The All-Time Greatest Boxing Movies Ever Made 

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Updated June 29, 2020 6.5k votes 742 voters 101.9k views 117 items

What are the best boxing movies of all time? From Rocky to Million Dollar Baby, all the classic movies about boxing are here. Boxing movies are popular because of the passion behind the sport itself, so boxing in film acts as a metaphor for the human condition. Boxing is all about hard work, dedication, and perseverance against the odds. Following a boxer's journey lets an audience share in the pain, the loss, and the triumphant victory of the hero. Whether it's an old classic or one of the more recent boxing movies like The FighterSouthpaw, and Creed II. There's a lot to love about watching a boxer trying to fight his way to the top. Be sure to check out the Best Boxing Films on Netflix to see which of your boxing favorites are currently streaming. 

This boxing movie list can be sorted by cast, year, director, and more. This list of boxing films also contains movie titles that can be clicked on for more information about the film. Vote up your picks for all the best boxing movies, and vote down the ones that couldn't take a punch.

Clint Eastwood and Jack Nicholson have both directed Boxing movies, as have many other great directors.

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Sylvester Stallone, Joe Frazier, Burgess Meredith

Released: 1976

Directed by: John G. Avildsen

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Sylvester Stallone, Michael B. Jordan, Tessa Thompson

Released: 2015

Directed by: Ryan Coogler

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Sylvester Stallone, Burgess Meredith, Roberto Durán

Released: 1979

Directed by: Sylvester Stallone

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Raging Bull is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The All-Time Greatest Boxing Movies Ever Made
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Rocky IV is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The All-Time Greatest Boxing Movies Ever Made
Sylvester Stallone, James Brown, Mr. T

Released: 1985

Directed by: Sylvester Stallone

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Russell Crowe, Renée Zellweger, Paul Giamatti

Released: 2005

Directed by: Ron Howard

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Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman, Hilary Swank

Released: 2004

Directed by: Clint Eastwood

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Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young

Released: 1982

Directed by: Sylvester Stallone

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Amy Adams, Christian Bale, Mark Wahlberg

Released: 2010

Directed by: David O. Russell

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Michael B. Jordan, Tessa Thompson, Sylvester Stallone

Released: 2018

Directed by: Steven Caple Jr.

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Will Smith, Jamie Foxx, Jada Pinkett Smith

Released: 2001

Directed by: Michael Mann

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Rachel McAdams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Naomie Harris

Directed by: Antoine Fuqua

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When We Were Kings is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The All-Time Greatest Boxing Movies Ever Made
George Foreman, B.B. King, Don King

Released: 1996

Directed by: Leon Gast

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Mickey Rooney, Jack Dempsey, Jackie Gleason

Released: 1962

Directed by: Ralph Nelson

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Cinderella Man: The James J. Braddock Story Joey Auzenne, Claire Byrne, Eric Deskin

Released: 2005

Directed by: Brian Gillogly

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Wesley Snipes, Master P, Peter Falk

Released: 2002

Directed by: Walter Hill

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Cuba Gooding Jr., Brian Dennehy, Ossie Davis

Released: 1992

Directed by: Rowdy Herrington

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Sylvester Stallone, Burgess Meredith, Dolph Lundren

Released: 1990

Directed by: John G. Avildsen

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Heather Graham, James Woods, Jim Caviezel

Released: 1992

Directed by: Michael Ritchie

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The Kid Rod Steiger, Mark Camacho, Tod Fennell

Released: 1997

Directed by: John Hamilton, John Hamilton

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Robert Duvall, James Earl Jones, Ernest Borgnine

Released: 1977

Directed by: Tom Gries, Monte Hellman

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Thriller in Manila Joe Frazier

Released: 2008

Directed by: John Dower

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Paul Newman, Robert Duvall, Steve McQueen

Released: 1956

Directed by: Robert Wise

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Faye Dunaway, Jon Voight, Joan Blondell

Released: 1979

Directed by: Franco Zeffirelli

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The Prize Fighter is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The All-Time Greatest Boxing Movies Ever Made
The Prize Fighter Gary Busey, Tonya Harding, Leon Spinks

Released: 2003