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

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Rocky Balboa is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Boxer Characters in Film
Rocky V, Rocky IV, Rocky II
2
Apollo Creed is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Boxer Characters in Film
Rocky IV, Rocky, Rocky II
3
Ivan Drago is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Boxer Characters in Film
DaveCarlson added Rocky IV
4
Muhammad Ali is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Boxer Characters in Film
5
Clubber Lang is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Boxer Characters in Film
Stephen Hazell added Rocky III
6
Adonis Creed is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Boxer Characters in Film
Adonis Creed Creed
7
Jake LaMotta is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Boxer Characters in Film
Raging Bull
8
Jim Braddock is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Boxer Characters in Film
Cinderella Man
9
Micky Ward is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Boxer Characters in Film
The Fighter
10
Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Boxer Characters in Film
The Hurricane
11
Billy Hope is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Boxer Characters in Film
Billy Hope Southpaw
12
Jack Dempsey is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Boxer Characters in Film
Jack Dempsey Dempsey
13
Maggie Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Boxer Characters in Film
Million Dollar Baby
14
Mickey O'Neil is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Boxer Characters in Film
Snatch, Ultimate Fights
15
Gabriel Caine is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Boxer Characters in Film
"Honey" Roy Palmer Diggstown
16
Champ is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Boxer Characters in Film
Champ Resurrecting the Champ
17
Jack Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Boxer Characters in Film
Jack Jefferson The Great White Hope
18
Diana Guzman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Boxer Characters in Film
Girlfight
19
Danny Flynn is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Boxer Characters in Film
The Boxer
20
Joe Bonaparte is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Boxer Characters in Film
Joe Bonaparte Golden Boy