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The Greatest Boxer Characters in Film

Updated October 1, 2019 2.4k votes 561 voters 8.6k views20 items

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. And if you love these characters, be sure to check out the best movies about boxing.