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The All-Time Greatest Boxing Movies Ever Made

Updated January 16, 2021 7.0k votes 791 voters 103.2k views125 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 great and 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. 

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. When you're done voting, check out the Best Boxing Films on Netflix to see which of your boxing favorites are currently streaming. 

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  • Rocky1
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    Rocky

    Sylvester Stallone, Joe Frazier

    Released1976

    Directed byJohn G. Avildsen

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    Rocky II

    Sylvester Stallone, Burgess Meredith

    Released1979

    Directed bySylvester Stallone

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  • Raging Bull3
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    Raging Bull

    Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci

    Released1980

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

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  • Million Dollar Baby4
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    Million Dollar Baby

    Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman

    Released2004

    Directed byClint Eastwood

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    Rocky III

    Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire

    Released1982

    Directed bySylvester Stallone

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    Rocky IV

    Sylvester Stallone, James Brown

    Released1985

    Directed bySylvester Stallone

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  • The Fighter7
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    The Fighter

    Amy Adams, Christian Bale

    Released2010

    Directed byDavid O. Russell

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    Creed

    Sylvester Stallone, Michael B. Jordan

    Released2015

    Directed byRyan Coogler

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  • Cinderella Man9
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    Cinderella Man

    Russell Crowe, Renée Zellweger

    Released2005

    Directed byRon Howard

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    Creed II

    Michael B. Jordan, Tessa Thompson

    Released2018

    Directed bySteven Caple Jr.

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  • Ali11
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    Ali

    Will Smith, Jamie Foxx

    Released2001

    Directed byMichael Mann

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    Southpaw

    Rachel McAdams, Jake Gyllenhaal

    Released2015

    Directed byAntoine Fuqua

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  • When We Were Kings13
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    When We Were Kings

    George Foreman, B.B. King

    Released1996

    Directed byLeon Gast

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  • The King of Iron Town14
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    The King of Iron Town

    Dominic Bogart, Kate Arrington

    Released2004

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  • Requiem for a Heavyweight15
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    Requiem for a Heavyweight

    Mickey Rooney, Jack Dempsey

    Released1962

    Directed byRalph Nelson

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  • Undisputed16
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    Undisputed

    Wesley Snipes, Master P

    Released2002

    Directed byWalter Hill

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  • Kid Monk Baroni17
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    Kid Monk Baroni

    Leonard Nimoy, Kathleen Freeman

    Released1952

    Directed byHarold D. Schuster

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  • Banged Up18
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    Banged Up

    Erica Hubbard, Chandler Hill

    Released2003

    Directed byTheophile Yockot

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  • The Big Chance19
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    The Big Chance

    Mickey Rooney, J. Carrol Naish

    Released1933

    Directed byAlbert Herman

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  • Diggstown20
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    Diggstown

    Heather Graham, James Woods

    Released1992

    Directed byMichael Ritchie

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  • One More Round21
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    One More Round

    Lisa Arturo, Ashley Cusato

    Released2005

    Directed byStephen Cyrus Sepher

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  • Gladiator22
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    Gladiator

    Cuba Gooding Jr., Brian Dennehy

    Released1992

    Directed byRowdy Herrington

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  • Somebody Up There Likes Me23
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    Somebody Up There Likes Me

    Paul Newman, Robert Duvall

    Released1956

    Directed byRobert Wise

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  • The Duke Comes Back24
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    The Duke Comes Back

    Joseph Crehan, Heather Angel

    Released1937

    Directed byIrving Pichel

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  • Body and Soul25
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    Body and Soul

    Jayne Kennedy, Peter Lawford

    Released1981

    Directed byGeorge Bowers

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