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Top 10 Boxing Movies

Posted on: April 23, 2009 1:46 pm
 

 I have to say, I didn't expect such a great response from my Top 10 Baseball Movies, and also getting some traction from my top 10 football movies. So, someone asked for a top 10 boxing movies. There's a lot more than you think...

Anyway, my top 10 boxing movies are below...let me know yours.

  1. Rocky - Oscar winning movie which captured America in 1976, Sylvester Stallone.
  2. Million Dollar Baby - Clint Eastwood, HIllary Swank, Morgan Freeman - several Oscars here including best picture.
  3. Raging Bull - Robert Deniro won an oscar for his role as Jake LaMotta.
  4. Cinderella Man - Russell Crowe plays legendary Jim Braddock
  5. The Hurricane - Denzel Washington portrays fomer champ Reuben "hurricane " Carter, and his fight to be freed from NJ prison for being wrongly convicted of murder.
  6. Diggstown - James Woods and Luis Gossett...an interesting film. 10 fights in 24 hours.
  7. The Harder They Fall - Humphrey Bogart is a reporter in the corrupt fight game of the 50s
  8. The Hammer - Adam Corolla, we needed on comedy
  9. Ali - Will Smith as Muhammad Ali. Enough said.
  10. The Champ - the 1979 version starring Jon Voight...Ricky Schroeder won a golden globe for his portrayal of the son.

Well, just one quick note...I only picked one Rocky movie. Or I guess I could have said all the Rocky movies together make it a 1, but chose the Oscar winner instead. Actually, 1,2, and 3 in this list could all switch places, and no one would know the difference. It's your preference

Let's hear about your favorites.

Category: Boxing
Comments

Since: May 22, 2007
Posted on: May 1, 2009 10:20 am
 

Top 10 Boxing Movies

All good ones dude...thanks for sharing.



Since: Mar 27, 2009
Posted on: April 29, 2009 9:40 am
 

Top 10 Boxing Movies

There are way too many boxing movies I favor to give rank so after,

1. Rocky

...I'll just rattle off my favs in no particular order

The Boxer
The Champ
Raging Bull
Diggstown
Gladiator
Ali
The Great White Hope
Tyson

Honorable Mention: Annapolis



Since: Mar 27, 2009
Posted on: April 27, 2009 12:18 pm
 

Top 10 Boxing Movies

thank you, cowboys.  when i was completing my football movies list, i kept thinking of all these boxing movies.  there are so many boxing movies and they are usually very good.  to me it was the next progression.

1.  gladiator - often confused with the russell crowe movie by the same name, this is an amazing tale of underground boxing in chicago.  so many people have never heard of this movie but it stars some of hollywood's top actors:  cuba gooding jr., brian dennehy, robert loggia, ossie davis, and the dad from home alone (not that he's a top actor, but he is recognizable).  if you havent seen this movie, it is a must-see.  also a lot of good quotes in this one.
2.  diggstown - this is another movie that my dad made me watch and i am glad he did.  i often think of feats i would like to accomplish in a 24 hour period because of diggstown.  a very entertaining movie.  james woods is pretty good in this movie.
3.  rocky 2 - my favorite of the rocky movies.  the double knock down is one of the most riveting moments of the entire rocky series.  i really like when rocky tries to do commercials.
4.  rocky 3 - the most quotable of the rocky movies (mr. t is funny), it also has a very good plot (mickey dying and apollo creed taking over as rocky's trainer).
5.  the hurricane - denzel washington is an excellent actor, playing rubin "hurricane" carter.  i was into this movie the moment it started all the way til the end.
6.  rocky - in my opinion, this movie has some slow parts to it.  i do like this movie though.  this is the movie that made beating up frozen carcasses and running up steps in public en vogue.
7.  rocky 4 - ivan drago.  usa vs. the hated russians.  very fitting for the era we were living in.
8.  undisputed - it is rumored that this is based upon something that happened when mike tyson went to prison.  regardless, it is a good movie.
9.  ali - will smith does a nice job portraying muhammad ali.
10. million dollar baby - at first i was a little skeptical of this one, but it turned out to be good.  clint eastwood is the man.  always has been and apparently always will be.



Since: May 22, 2007
Posted on: April 27, 2009 6:38 am
 

Top 10 Boxing Movies

I will check out the Robert Ryan movie...if he played Dempsey, I'd like to see that...Dempsey was kind of like the Mike Tyson of his era. He won his fights by brute force, and strength. I'm sure he could box, but he was a brawler. I saw some old film clips on him yesterday.

Rocky Marciano was another one who had a devastating right hand...one of his greatest fights was a knockout of Jersey Joe Walcott in the 40s, one blow sent him to his knees and out. Walcott was a tough guy too.



Since: Jan 9, 2008
Posted on: April 26, 2009 12:16 pm
 

Top 10 Boxing Movies

oooops - lost my "J" along the way......... Jack Dempsey



Since: Jan 9, 2008
Posted on: April 26, 2009 12:14 pm
 

Top 10 Boxing Movies

Sorry about the code - will repost

Good call, Poetz - Robert Ryan is the greatest "heavy" of all time - I've got him in a ton but not that one - will have to get it. Thanks

Here's another great maybe film noir "Requiem for a Heavyweight" - Anthony Quinn, Jackie Gleeson written by Rod Serling (1962) Mohammed Ali (then still Cassius Clay) fights Quinn in it, ack Demsey is also in it - unbelievable film.

CHEERS




Since: Jan 9, 2008
Posted on: April 26, 2009 12:14 pm
 

Top 10 Boxing Movies

Good call, Poetz - Robert Ryan is the greatest "heavy" of all time - I've got him in a ton but not that one - will have to get it. Thanks<br /> <br /> Here's another great maybe film noir "Requiem for a Heavyweight" - Anthony Quinn, Jackie Gleeson written by Rod Serling (1962) Mohammed Ali (then still Cassius Clay) fights Quinn in it, ack Demsey is also in it - unbelievable film.<br /> <br /> CHEERS<br />




Since: Feb 25, 2007
Posted on: April 26, 2009 12:00 pm
 

Top 10 Boxing Movies

Going along with jag's comment about noir movies, I would add The Set-Up with Robert Ryan.



Since: May 22, 2007
Posted on: April 25, 2009 8:13 pm
 

Top 10 Boxing Movies

Jaggrrrl...well, the old movie I am familiar with, but I am not sure about On the Waterfront...he was a boxer, but I don't think there were mnore than 1 or 2 boxing scenes, if any...so, although I think it's a great movie, not sure if it qualifies as a Boxing movie in the true sense of the word. Brando does get beat up by a bunch of thugs, so maybe it does.

Thanks for sharing...always like to hear other people's views on movies. I love all kinds of movies, so I've seen a lot of the old and the new.



Since: Jan 9, 2008
Posted on: April 24, 2009 12:48 pm
 

Top 10 Boxing Movies

oh, and I have to agree with BuckeyeDan regarding "On the Waterfront".

 

"I coulda been a contenda!" --------- Brando rocks.

 

 

 



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