Boxing Movies

Best boxing movies: As a boxing fan I love watching anything with boxing in it from classics to new releases. The titles listed below are my top 100 plus (in alphabetical order) which include boxing highlights, dramas, documentaries and boxing instructional DVDs that I have seen and liked the best. Many of the boxing movies are available on DVD, some as video downloads or you can catch them on TV when they are rerun.

  1. Against the Ropes
      (2004) Starring: Meg Ryan, Omar Epps, Director Charles S. Dutton
  2. Alfred Hitchcock: Ten O'Clock Tiger
      (1962) (Season 7) Starring: Alfred Hitchcock, Frankie Darro, Karl Lukas, Robert Keith, Director: Bernard Girard
  3. Ali
     (2001) Starring: Will Smith, Jamie Foxx, Director Michael Mann
  4. Anapolis
     (2006) Starring: James Franco, Donnie Wahlberg, Director: Justin Lin
  5. Battlestar Galactica: In Unfinished Business
     (2003) (Season 3, Episode 9) Starring: Katee Sackhoff, Jamie Bamber, Writer: Michael Taylor, Director: Robert Young (III)
  6. Before the Fall
     (2004) Starring: Max Riemelt, Tom Schilling, Director: Dennis Gansel
  7. Body and Soul
     (1947) Starring: John Garfield, Lilli Palmer, Director: Robert Rossen
  8. Broken Noses
     (1987) Starring: Andy Minsker, Sean Bedwell, Director: Bruce Weber
  9. Carman The Champion
     (2001) Starring: F Murray Abraham, Burt Young, Director: Renzo Martinelli
  10. Carnera: The Walking Mountain
     (2008) Starring: Carman, Michael Nouri, Director: Lee Stanley
  11. Champ
     (1979) Starring: Jon Voight, Faye Dunaway, Director: Franco Zeffirelli
  12. Champion
     (1949) Starring: Kirk Douglas, Marilyn Maxwell, Director: Mark Robson
  13. Champions Forever: The Latin Legends
     (1997) Starring: Julio Cesar Chavez, Kid Gavilan, Director: Lee Librado
  14. Champions Forever: World Heavyweight Champs
     (1989) Starring: Muhammad Ali, George Foreman, Director: Dimitri Logothetis
  15. Championship Training / Heart of a Champion
     (2005) Starring: Roy Jones Jr.
  16. Cinderella Man
     (2005) Starring: Russell Crowe, Renee Zellweger, Director: Ron Howard
  17. City for Conquest
     (1940) Starring: James Cagney, Ann Sheridan, Director: Anatole Litva
  18. Cock & Bull Story
     (2003) Starring: Brian Austin Green, Bret Roberts, Director: Billy Hayes
  19. Dempsey
     (1983) Starring: Treat Williams, Sam Waterston, Director: Gus Trikonis
  20. Diggstown
     (1992) Starring: James Woods, Louis Gossett Jr., Director: Michael Ritchie
  21. Don King - Only in America
     (1997) Starring: Ving Rhames, Vondie Curtis-Hall, Director: John Herzfeld
  22. Fat City
     (1972) Starring: Stacy Keach, Jeff Bridges, Director: John Huston
  23. Fight For The Title
     (1957) Starring: Michael Landon, Don Haggerty
  24. Fighting Tommy Riley
     (2005) Starring: Eddie Jones, J.P. Davis, Director: Eddie O'Flaherty
  25. Gentleman Jim
     (1942) Starring: Errol Flynn, Alexis Smith, Director: Raoul Walsh
  26. Girlfight
     (2000) Starring: Michelle Rodriguez, Jaime Tirelli, Director: Karyn Kusama
  27. Gladiator
     (1992) Starring: James Marshall, Cuba Gooding Jr, Director: Rowdy Herrington
  28. Golden Boy
     (1939) Starring: Barbara Stanwick, William Holden, Director: Rouben Mamoulian
  29. Hollywood Stadium Mystery
     (1938) Starring: Neil Hamilton, Evelyn Venable, Director: David Howard
  30. Homeboy
     (1988) Starring: Mickey Rourke, Christopher Walken, Director: Michael Seresin
  31. I Love Lucy, "Ricky and Fred Are TV Fans"
     (1939) (Season 2 Episode 66) Starring: Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Director: William Asher
  32. JC Chavez
     (2007) Starring: Julio Cesar Chavez Jr, Julio Cesar Chavez, Oscar De La Hoya, Director: Diego Luna
  33. Joe Palooka
     (1934) Starring: Jimmy Durante, Lupe Velez, Stuart Erwin, Director: Benjamin Stoloff
  34. Kid Galahad
     (1962) Starring: Elvis Presley, Gig Young, Director: Phil Karlson
  35. Knockout
     (2000) Starring: Sophia Luke, Eduardo Yanez, Director: Lorenzo Doumani
  36. Legends of the Ring - Sugar Ray Robinson - Pound for Pound
     (1996)
  37. Million Dollar Baby
     (2005) Starring: Clint Eastwood, Hilary Swank, Director: Clint Eastwood
  38. Muhammad Ali - The Whole Story
     (1996) Starring: Muhammad Ali, Khalilah Belinda Ali, Director: Joseph Consentino, Sandra Consentino
  39. Night and the City
     (1992) Starring: Robert De Niro, Jessica Lange, Director: Irwin Winkler
  40. Night Gallery: The Ring with the Red Velvet Ropes
     (1972) (Season 3, Episode 6) Starring: Gary Lockwood, Director: Jeannot Szwarc
  41. On the Ropes
     (1999) Starring: Sam Doumit, Martin Goldman, Director: Nanette Burstein, Brett Morgen
  42. On the Waterfront
     (1954) Starring: Marlon Brando, Karl Malden, Director: Elia Kazan
  43. One Step Beyond: The Last Round
     (1961) Starring: Charles Bronson, Director: John Newland
  44. Orthodox Stance
     (2007) Starring: Dmitriy Salita, Director: Jason Hutt
  45. Play it to the Bone
     (2000) Starring: Antonio Banderas, Woody Harrelson, Director: Ron Shelton
  46. Price of Glory
     (2000) Starring: Jimmy Smits, Maria del Mar, Director: Carlos Avila
  47. Raging Bull
     (1980) Starring: Robert De Niro, Cathy Moriarty, Director: Martin Scorsese
  48. Real Steel
     (2011) Starring: Hugh Jackman, Evangeline Lilly, Dakota Goyo, Director: Shawn Levy
  49. Requiem for a Heavyweight
     (1962) Starring: Anthony Quinn, Jackie Gleason, Director: Ralph Nelson
  50. Resurrecting the Champ
     (2007) Starring: Samuel L. Jackson, Josh Hartnett, Director: Rod Lurie
  51. Ring of Fire: The Emile Griffith Story
     (2005) Starring: Emile Griffith, Howie Albert, Director: Ron Berger, Dan Klores
  52. Rocky
     (1976) Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Director: John G. Avildsen
  53. Rocky II
     (1979) Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Director: Sylvester Stallone
  54. Rocky III
     (1982) Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Director: Sylvester Stallone
  55. Rocky IV
     (1985) Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Director: Sylvester Stallone
  56. Rocky V
     (1990) Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Director: John G. Avildsen
  57. Rocky Balboa aka Rocky VI
     (2006) Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Burt Young, Geraldine Hughes, Antonio Tarver, Director: Sylvester Stallone
  58. Rocky Marciano
     (1999) Starring: Jon Favreau, Penelope Ann Miller, Director: Charles Winkler
  59. Schusterman Levine: A Boxing Fable
     (2010) Starring: Evan Jacobs, Chris Lohman, Director: Evan Jacobs
  60. Shadow Boxers
     (1999) Starring: Michael Bentt, Lucia Rijker, Director: Katya Bank
  61. Somebody Up There Likes Me
     (1956) Starring: Paul Newman, Pier Angeli, Director: Robert Wise
  62. Sonny Liston: The Mysterious Life and Death of a Champion
     (1999) Starring: Sonny Liston, Muhammad Ali, Director: Jeff Lieberman
  63. Southpaw: The Francis Barrett Story
     (2000) Starring: Francis Barrett, Chick Gillen, Director: Liam McGrath
  64. Spike of Bensonhurst
     (1988) Starring: Sasha Mitchell, Director: Paul Morrissey
  65. Split Decision
     (2000) Starring: Jesus Chavez, Director: Marcy Garriott
  66. Split Decisions
     (1988) Starring: Gene Hackman, Jennifer Beals, Director: David Drury
  67. Straight Right
     (2000) Starring: Brent Smith, Lynn Evans, Director: P. David Ebersole
  68. Streets of Gold
     (1986) Starring: Klaus Maria Brandauer, Adrian Pasdar, Director: Joe Roth
  69. The Big Chance
     (1933) Starring: Mickey Rooney, John Darrow
  70. The Boxer
     (1997) Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Daragh Donnelly, Director: Jim Sheridan
  71. The Boxer
     (2009) Starring: Stacy Keach, Joshua Dallas, Director: Thomas Jahn
  72. The Champ
     (1931) Starring: Wallace Beery, Jackie Cooper, Director: King Vidor
  73. The Fighter
     (1952) Starring: Richard Conte, Lee J. Cobb
  74. The Fighter
     (1983) Starring: Gregory Harrison, Glynnis O'Connor, Director: David Lowell Rich
  75. The Fighter
     (2010) Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale and Amy Adams, Director: David O. Russell
  76. The Gloves
     (2008) Starring: Nagy Aguilera, Vaughn Parham, Costa Philippou, Bedarin Toma, Director: Joshua Durham, Sam Mestman, Matt Mochary
  77. The Great White Hope
     (1970) Starring: James Earl Jones, Jane Alexander, Director: Martin Ritt
  78. The Great White Hype
     (1996) Starring: Jamie Foxx, Samuel L. Jackson, Damon Wayans
  79. The Harder They Fall
     (1956) Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Rod Steiger, Director: Mark Robson
  80. The Hurricane
     (2000) Starring: Denzel Washington, Vicellous Reon Shannon, Director: Norman Jewison
  81. The Joe Louis Story
     (1953) Starring: Coley Wallace, Hilda Simms, Director: Robert Gordon
  82. The King of Iron Town
     (2004) Starring: Mickey Fisher, Kate Arrington, Director: Mickey Fisher
  83. The Kings of the Ring
     (1995) Starring: Muhammad Ali, Louis Gossett Jr.
  84. The Last Round - Chuvalo vs Ali
     (2003) Starring: George Chuvalo, Muhammad Ali, Director: Joseph Blasioli
  85. The Main Event
     (1979) Starring: Barbra Streisand, Ryan O'Neal, Director: Howard Zieff
  86. The Perfect Punch
     (1999) Starring: Lennox Lewis, Prince Naseem Hamed
  87. The Power of One
     (1992) Starring: Nomadlozi Kubheka, Agatha Hurle, Director: John G. Avildsen
  88. The Prizefighter and the Lady
     (1933) Starring: Myrna Loy, Max Baer, Director: W.S. Van Dyke
  89. The Set-Up
     (1948) Starring: Robert Ryan, Audrey Totter, Director: Robert Wise
  90. The Speed Bag Bible - Two Hour Training Program
     (2003) Starring: lan Kahn
  91. The Superfight - Marciano vs Ali
     (1970) Starring: Rocky Marciano, Muhammad Ali, Director: Mike DeLisa
  92. The Twilight Zone: Steel
     (1963) (Season 5, Episode 2) Starring: Lee Marvin, Joe Mantell, Chuck Hicks, Writer: Richard Matheson, Creator: Rod Serling, Director: Don Weis
  93. The Twilight Zone: The Big Tall Wish
     (1960) Starring: Walter Burke, Ivan Dixon, Writer: Rod Serling, Director: Ron Winston
  94. They Made Me A Criminal
     (1939) Starring: John Garfield, The Dead End Kids, Director: Busby Berkeley
  95. Tough Enough
     (1983) Starring: Dennis Quaid, Director: Richard Fleischer
  96. Triumph of the Spirit
     (1989) Starring: Willem Dafoe, Edward James Olmos, Director: Robert M. Young
  97. Tyson
     (2008) Starring: Mike Tyson, Director: James Toback
  98. Ultimate Boxing Lessons - Complete 8 DVD Boxed Set, Starring Boxing Coach Christopher Getz
     (2003) Starring: Chritopher Getz, Director: Joe Jennings
  99. Undisputed
     (2002) Starring: Wesley Snipes, Ving Rhames, Peter Falk, Director: Walter Hill
  100. Undisputed II - Last Man Standing
     (2006) Starring: Michael Jai White, Scott Adkins, Director: Isaac Florentine
  101. Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson
     (2005) Starring: Jack Johnson, Keith David, Director: Ken Burns
  102. When We Were Kings
     (1997) Starring: Muhammad Ali, George Foreman, Director: Leon Gast

Also see boxing books for recommendations.