February 22, 2024

Moviegoers returned to theaters Creed III, and it’s the perfect time to catch up on the legendary boxing movies that came before it and paved the way for its success. The fighter persona was established decades ago by these boxing movies. These characters literally fight for everything they have with a hunger unmatched by any other genre. The story of the fighting spirit is more than a mind game, but a way of life beautifully and wildly portrayed by the best and brightest stars.

From true story redemption to iconic fictional characters, IMDb voters have talked about the best when it comes to the best boxing movies in the game. Demolition and drag depictions of a sport that requires the toughest minds and bodies in the game are enough to inspire any athlete down on their luck.


10 ‘Creed II’ (2018)

Sylvester Stallone, Michael B. Jordan and Tessa Thompson in Creed II
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IMDb rating: 7.1/10

Returning to the ring chasing the ghosts of the past, Credo II It offered insight into an iconic match in cinematic boxing history. with Rocky (Sylvester Stallone) in his corner, Adonis (Michael B. Jordan) must face the man who killed his father in the murder, Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren), and his son’s fighter Viktor (Florian Munteanu).

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This match has it rocky old fans (and those newly inspired by trivial franchises) on the edge of their seats. Not only does Rocky have a front row seat to the past, but Adonis has more fight and emotion. This sequel packed a lot of punch making it an awesome part of this cinematic universe.

9 ‘Southpaw’ (2015)

Rachel McAdams and Jake Gyllenhaal in Southpaw
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IMDb rating: 7.3/10

In the same year, in the audience competition the creed, Southpaw it still won as a solid boxing film. After announcing his retirement and the tragic turn of events, Billy Hope (Jake Gyllenhaal) has to fight not only for the custody of his daughter but also to revive his career, to restore his viable life.

This boxing drama reinforces the genre’s standard tropes where main characters like Billy are hungry for redemption. Using destruction as fuel, Southpaw It has a strong performance from Gyllenhaal.

8 ‘Rocky II’ (1979)

Sylvester Stallone as Rocky Balboa holding his championship belt in Rocky II
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IMDb rating: 7.3/10

Successful tracking, Rocky II A rematch between Rocky (Sylvester Stallone) and Apollo Creed was revealed.Carl Weathers) as they both battle their pride in different ways. Although the second film lacked the critical and award recognition of its predecessor, the comeback was a success.

Stallone would produce and star in four more films as Balboa. Rocky III, Rocky IV, Rocky Vand Rocky Balboa. The boxing features would garner mixed reviews from his loyal fans during Rocky’s 30-year run on screen.

7 ‘The Hurricane’ (1999)

Denzel Washington as Ruben Carter in The Hurricane

IMDb rating: 7.6/10

based on the true story of Rubin “The Hurricane” Carter, the hurricane it layers multiple genres centered around the sport of boxing. Denzel Washington He plays Carter, a boxer wrongly accused and convicted of murders he did not commit. Washington earned his fourth Oscar nomination for the role.

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The film took many creative liberties, departing from the source material. However, the entertainment value is still there, as with any project Washington undertakes. There are at least two books on the historical case for viewers who prefer to compare page-by-screen adaptations. 16th round By Rubin Carter and Lazarus and the Hurricane according to Sam Chaiton and Terry Swinton.

6 ‘Creed’ (2015)

Michael B. Jordan in the ring with Sylvester Stallone behind him in Creed
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IMDb rating: 7.6/10

Securing his future, honoring the games that came before, the creed it bridges the gap between the old and the new. The son of the famous Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers), Adonis Johnson (Michael B. Jordan) follows in the footsteps of boxing to seek the help of former heavyweight champion Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone).

Adonis’ journey is much like Rocky’s, a young competitor (and the young rising star who portrays him) looking to prove himself. This spin-off succeeds in choosing to focus on Adonis and not Rocky. Beautifully directed Ryan Coogler, the creed is one of the best boxing franchise sequels of all time.

5 ‘The Fighter’ (2010)


IMDb rating: 7.8/10

With a star-studded cast, the fighter is an Oscar-winning adaptation of boxing’s life “Irish” Micky Ward.. Trying to get away from his brother Dicky (Christian Bale) confused shadow, Micky (Mark Wahlberg) seeks his shot at boxing greatness.

Earning two of his seven nominations, fighter, like many boxing moviesIt’s the heart of a fighter and the will to overcome adversity, even if that adversity comes from your own family. Wahlberg and Bale are magic, leading the film to cement itself as a huge part of the genre.

4 ‘The Cinderella Man’ (2005)


IMDb rating: 8.0/10

In this genre, boxing stories and true stories go hand in hand. based on the trajectory of James J. Braddock, Cinderella Man It is the story of the return of a boxer from the beginning of the 20th century. Cleaning up and trying to survive the Great Depression, Jim Braddock (Russell Crowe) is offered another shot at his boxing career, matching up against a young shot.

Braddock’s story is one of redemption at a time when there was little hope for much else in the world. Director Ron Howard, Cinderella Man It got three Oscar nominations, but no wins.

3 ‘Million Dollar Baby’ (2004)

Hilary Swank fighting in Million Dollar Baby
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IMDb rating: 8.1/10

A staple of women’s boxing, this Academy Award-winning Best Picture features the passion and endurance of a tough woman in a brutal sport. Hilary Swank stars as Maggie, a struggling waitress with dreams of becoming a champion boxer, who manages to convince veteran boxing trainer Frankie (Clint Eastwood) to train.

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Co-star Morgan Freeman as the film’s narrator and supporting character, Million Dollar BabyIt knocked out four of the seven Oscar nominations. Reminding viewers that the sport is not for the faint of heart, this female boxer-led boxing film holds its own against its iconic competitors.

2 ‘Rocky’ (1976)


IMDb rating: 8.1/10

This movie is iconic for a reason. From Sylvester Stallone’s creative writing to his decision to produce and star, rocky is that boxing movie that, if viewers haven’t seen it yet, they’ve definitely heard about it. Stallone stars as the titular character Rocky Balboa, a small-time boxer from Philly who gets a chance to fight the heavyweight champion of the world.

The film’s success and popularity led to several sequels and a current spin-off series. Stallone is charming as Rocky, an honest, kind-hearted athlete trying to get respect where he knows it’s due. The boxing story took home three of the ten Oscar nominations, including Best Picture.

1 ‘Zen Furious’ (1980)

Raging Bull - 1980

IMDb rating: 8.2/10

One of the greatest boxing movies of all time, Raging bull The magic that happens with star power was established early on Robert De Niro, Joe Pesciand Martin Scorsese. De Niro is a true middleweight champion Jake La Mottaa dominant and violent force inside the ring with a ruined mess of a life when the gloves are removed.

The film is based on La Motta’s autobiography Raging Bull: My Story. Visually striking (pun intended), the adaptation not only earned eight Oscar nominations (two wins), but also secured its place as one of the greatest films of all time, not just in the sports genre.

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