Boxing The Greatest Boxer Characters in Film  

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Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee – and act like a superstar. That seems to be Hollywood's philosophy towards boxing. The classic sport has inspired countless movies and larger-than-life figures over the years. The greatest boxer characters in film are beloved for their grit and determination, not to mention their jaw-dropping ability to take a punch (or several).

When considering the best boxer characters in film, one word comes immediately to mind: Rocky. Sylvester Stallone first brought this fan-favorite underdog to the big screen with the 1976 hit, Rocky. The character proved so popular that he's gone on to appear in seven films to date. Robert De Niro won an Academy Award for his gritty portrayal of real-life boxer Jake LaMotta in Raging Bull. Representing the world of women's boxing, Hilary Swank broke hearts and bones as Maggie Fitzgerald in Clint Eastwood's Million Dollar Baby, and Michelle Rodriguez donned gloves and entered the ring in Girlfight.

The fight is on. Which silver screen fighter will take the title as the greatest boxer character of all time? Vote up your favorite fictional boxers, vote down the ones that aren't knockouts, and add characters that are missing from the list.
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1
203 22
Rocky Balboa is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Boxer Characters in Film
Rocky V, Rocky IV, Rocky II

2
146 26
Apollo Creed is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Boxer Characters in Film
Rocky IV, Rocky, Rocky II

3
106 41
Muhammad Ali is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Boxer Characters in Film

4
103 40
Jake LaMotta is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Boxer Characters in Film
Raging Bull

5
74 30
Jim Braddock is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Boxer Characters in Film
Cinderella Man

6
37 6
Ivan Drago is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Boxer Characters in Film
DaveCarlson added Rocky IV

7
88 43
Adonis Creed is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Boxer Characters in Film
Adonis Creed Creed

8
38 9
Clubber Lang is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Boxer Characters in Film
Stephen Hazell added Rocky III

9
74 41
Micky Ward is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Boxer Characters in Film
The Fighter

10
44 17
Jack Dempsey is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Boxer Characters in Film
Jack Dempsey Dempsey

11
52 25
Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Boxer Characters in Film
The Hurricane

12
43 29
Billy Hope is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Boxer Characters in Film
Billy Hope Southpaw

13
49 37
Maggie Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Boxer Characters in Film
Million Dollar Baby

14
25 30
Gabriel Caine is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Boxer Characters in Film
"Honey" Roy Palmer Diggstown

15
27 35
Mickey O'Neil is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Boxer Characters in Film
Snatch, Ultimate Fights

16
19 26
Champ is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Boxer Characters in Film
Champ Resurrecting the Champ

17
17 27
Jack Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Boxer Characters in Film
Jack Jefferson The Great White Hope

18
18 29
Diana Guzman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Boxer Characters in Film
Girlfight

19
10 27
Danny Flynn is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Boxer Characters in Film
The Boxer

20
6 28
Joe Bonaparte is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Boxer Characters in Film
Joe Bonaparte Golden Boy