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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 metaphor for the human condition. Just like life, boxing is about hard work, dedication, and perseverance against the odds. Following a boxer's journey let's an audience share in the pain, the lose, 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. there's a lot to love about watching a boxer trying to fight his way to the top. Be sure to check the Best Dramas on Amazon Prime and the Best Drama Films on Netflix Instant 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 Boxing movie titles that can be clicked on for more information about the film. This boxing films list can also be copied to start your own.

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

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Rocky Sylvester Stallone, Joe Frazier, Burgess Meredith Rocky is a 1976 American sports drama film directed by John G. Avildsen and both written by and starring Sylvester Stallone. It tells the rags to riches American Dream story of Rocky Balboa, an ...more

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Cinderella Man Russell Crowe, Renée Zellweger, Paul Giamatti Cinderella Man is a 2005 American drama film by Ron Howard, titled after the nickname of heavyweight boxing champion James J. Braddock and inspired by his life story. The film was produced by ...more

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Raging Bull is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Boxing Movies Ever Made
Raging Bull Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Martin Scorsese Raging Bull is a 1980 American biographical black-and-white sports drama film directed by Martin Scorsese, produced by Robert Chartoff and Irwin Winkler and adapted by Paul Schrader and Mardik ...more

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When We Were Kings George Foreman, B.B. King, Don King When We Were Kings is a 1996 documentary film directed by Leon Gast about the famous "Rumble in the Jungle" heavyweight championship match between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman. The ...more

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Million Dollar Baby Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman, Hilary Swank Million Dollar Baby is a 2004 American sports drama film directed, co-produced and scored by Clint Eastwood, and starring Eastwood, Hilary Swank and Morgan Freeman. This film is about an ...more

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Creed Sylvester Stallone, Michael B. Jordan, Tessa Thompson Creed is a 2015 American sports drama film directed by Ryan Coogler. The former World Heavyweight Champion Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) serves as a trainer and mentor to Adonis Johnson ...more

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Ali Will Smith, Jamie Foxx, Jada Pinkett Smith Ali is a 2001 American biographical film directed by Michael Mann. The film tells the story of the boxer Muhammad Ali, played by Will Smith, from 1964-74 featuring his capture of the heavyweight ...more

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The Fighter Amy Adams, Christian Bale, Mark Wahlberg The Fighter is a 2010 biographical sports drama film directed by David O. Russell, and starring Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Amy Adams and Melissa Leo. The film centers on the life of ...more

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The Greatest Robert Duvall, James Earl Jones, Ernest Borgnine 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 ...more

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RevoLOUtion Burt Young, Kumar Pallana, Jon Jacobs RevoLOUtion: The Transformation of Lou Benedetti is a fictional dramedy co-written by Deer Hunter writer Quinn Redeker, with a theme by Rocky composer Bill Conti. Directed, co-written by and ...more

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The King of Iron Town Dominic Bogart, Kate Arrington, Scott Hunt

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Two Fisted Robert Blanche, Andrew Harris, Sarah Rosenberg

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The Great White Hype Samuel L. Jackson, Jamie Foxx, Jeff Goldblum The Great White Hype is a 1996 film directed by Reginald Hudlin. It stars Samuel L. Jackson, Peter Berg, Damon Wayans, Jeff Goldblum, Jon Lovitz, Cheech Marin, John Rhys-Davies, Salli Richardson ...more

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Rocky IV is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Boxing Movies Ever Made
Rocky IV Sylvester Stallone, James Brown, Mr. T Rocky IV is a 1985 American sports film written and directed by Sylvester Stallone, who also starred in the film. The film co-stars Dolph Lundgren, Burt Young, Talia Shire, Carl Weathers, Tony ...more

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Requiem for a Heavyweight Mickey Rooney, Jack Dempsey, Jackie Gleason Requiem for a Heavyweight was a teleplay written by Rod Serling and produced for the live television show Playhouse 90 on 11 October 1956. Six years later, it was adapted as a 1962 feature film ...more

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The Boxer Daniel Day-Lewis, Brian Cox, Emily Watson The Boxer is a 1997 film by Irish director Jim Sheridan. Starring Daniel Day-Lewis and Emily Watson, the film centers on the life of a boxer and former Provisional IRA volunteer Danny Flynn, ...more

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The Prize Fighter Don Knotts, Tim Conway, David Wayne The Prize Fighter is a 1979 comedy starring Don Knotts and Tim Conway. It was one of the most financially successful films ever released by New World Pictures.

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The Kid Rod Steiger, Mark Camacho, Tod Fennell

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Born to Fight Frankie Darro, Kane Richmond, Jack La Rue Born to Fight is a 1936 drama film written by Sascha Baraniey and Joseph O'Donnell and directed by Charles Hutchison.

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Game Over Daz Crawford, Jack Ong, James Ferris

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The Kid: Chamaco Martin Sheen, Michael Madsen, Marco Antonio Barrera The Kid: Chamaco is a 2009 drama film directed by Miguel Necoechea and written by Carl Bessai, Kirk Harris and Miguel Necoechea.

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Where Angels Dance John Fiore, Patrick Coppola, Andrew Scudiero

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The Duke Comes Back Joseph Crehan, Heather Angel, Genevieve Tobin

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Blue Keith David, Daya Vaidya, Kathrine Narducci

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The Hammer Jane Lynch, Adam Carolla, Constance Zimmer The Hammer is a 2007 comedy film starring Adam Carolla and Heather Juergensen. It was directed by Charles Herman-Wurmfeld. Carolla plays a once-promising boxer, now a middle-aged construction ...more

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The Boxer Josh Dallas, Stacy Keach, Kelly Adams

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The Joe Louis Story is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Boxing Movies Ever Made
The Joe Louis Story Max Schmeling, Primo Carnera, Paul Stewart The Joe Louis Story is a 1953 American film directed by Robert Gordon.

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Southpaw Rachel McAdams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Naomie Harris Southpaw is a 2015 American sports drama film directed by Antoine Fuqua. A champion boxer (Jake Gyllenhaal) fights to get his daughter back as well as revive his professional career, after a ...more

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Kid Monk Baroni Leonard Nimoy, Kathleen Freeman, Bruce Cabot Kid Monk Baroni is a 1952 American film directed by Harold D. Schuster. It is also known as Young Paul Baroni in the United Kingdom and is noted for being an early film appearance for Leonard ...more

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Body and Soul Jennifer Beals, Michael Chiklis, Rod Steiger

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Diggstown Heather Graham, James Woods, Jim Caviezel Diggstown is a 1992 film directed by Michael Ritchie, and starring James Woods, Louis Gossett, Jr. and Bruce Dern. It also features Heather Graham, Oliver Platt and Randall "Tex"

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One More Round Lisa Arturo, Ashley Cusato, Patrick Cranshaw

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Body and Soul Jayne Kennedy, Peter Lawford, Michael V. Gazzo 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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The Big Man Liam Neeson, Hugh Grant, Billy Connolly The Big Man is a 1990 feature film produced by Miramax Films. It stars Liam Neeson, Joanne Whalley and Billy Connolly. The film's score was composed by Ennio Morricone. It is based on the novel ...more

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Triumph of the Spirit Willem Dafoe, Edward James Olmos, Robert Loggia Triumph of the Spirit is a 1989 American film directed by Robert M. Young and starring Willem Dafoe and Edward James Olmos. It is a remake of the Slovak film The Boxer and Death directed by ...more

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The Big Chance Mickey Rooney, J. Carrol Naish, Hank Mann The Big Chance is a 1933 American crime film directed by Albert Herman.

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Banged Up Erica Hubbard, Chandler Hill, Peter Deanda Banged Up is a 2003 drama action film written by James Henry and directed by Theophile Yockot.

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The Prize Fighter is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Boxing Movies Ever Made
The Prize Fighter Gary Busey, Tonya Harding, Leon Spinks

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On the Ropes Eddie Mustafa Muhammad, Mickey Marcello, Harry Keitt On the Ropes is an American 1999 documentary film directed by Nanette Burstein and Brett Morgen. This film follows the career of three young boxers and their coach.

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The Champ Faye Dunaway, Jon Voight, Joan Blondell The Champ is a 1979 remake, directed by Franco Zeffirelli, of the 1931 Academy Award-winning film of the same name which was directed by King Vidor. It stars Jon Voight, Faye Dunaway, and Ricky ...more

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Rocky V Sylvester Stallone, Burgess Meredith, Dolph Lundren Rocky V is a 1990 American film. The fifth film in the Rocky series, written by and starring Sylvester Stallone, and co-starring Talia Shire, Stallone's real life son Sage, and real life boxer ...more

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The Main Event Barbra Streisand, Ryan O'Neal, Rory Calhoun The Main Event is a 1979 comedy starring Barbra Streisand and Ryan O'Neal, written by Gail Parent and directed by Howard Zieff. The film received negative reviews from critics, but was among the ...more

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Gladiator Cuba Gooding Jr., Brian Dennehy, Ossie Davis Gladiator is a 1992 American sports drama film directed by Rowdy Herrington, and starring Cuba Gooding Jr., James Marshall, Brian Dennehy, and Robert Loggia. The film tells the story of two ...more

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Undisputed Wesley Snipes, Master P, Peter Falk Undisputed is a 2002 American sports film written, produced and directed by Walter Hill. The film stars Wesley Snipes and Ving Rhames. The film was released in the United States on August 23, ...more

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Resurrecting the Champ Teri Hatcher, Samuel L. Jackson, Rachel Nichols Resurrecting the Champ is a 2007 American drama sports film directed by Rod Lurie. The storyline was conceived from a screenplay written by Michael Bortman and Allison Burnett, based on a Los ...more

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A.K.A. Cassius Clay Richard Kiley 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 ...more

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Phantom Punch Stacey Dash, Bridgette Wilson, Ving Rhames Phantom Punch is a 2008 film directed by Robert Townsend. The film is a biopic of Sonny Liston, with Ving Rhames in the lead role. The film also stars Stacey Dash, Nicholas Turturro, Alan van ...more

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Paradise Alley Sylvester Stallone, Tom Waits, Terry Funk Paradise Alley is a 1978 American sports film written and directed by Sylvester Stallone in his feature film directorial debut, who also starred in the role. After Stallone's success with the ...more

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Black Cloud Tim McGraw, Ricky Schroder, Wayne Knight Black Cloud is a 2004 American film directed and written by Rick Schroder.

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The Prizefighter and the Lady Jack Dempsey, Myrna Loy, Max Baer The Prizefighter and the Lady is a 1933 black-and-white Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer romance film starring Myrna Loy and famous professional boxers Max Baer, Primo Carnera, and Jack Dempsey.