Title Year Genre Notes
Corbett and Courtney Before the Kinetograph 1894 Documentary Silent film
Boxing Match; or, Glove Contest 1896 Documentary Silent film
Battling Butler 1926 Comedy Silent film
The Champ 1931 Drama Story of a boy's love for a doomed ex-boxer. Academy Award for Wallace Beery.
Winner Take All 1932 Drama Washed-up Jimmy Kane (James Cagney) fights to earn money for a young widow.
The Big Timer 1932 Comedy Cooky Bradford ends up fighting for, and falling for, his manager's daughter.
The Bermondsey Kid 1933 Drama A British newsboy ends up in a fight contest against a friend.
The Prizefighter and the Lady 1933 Romantic Comedy Real-life boxer Max Baer co-stars in a glove story with Myrna Loy.
Excuse My Glove 1936 Comedy A meek British man accepts a dare to step into a boxing ring at a fair.
The Milky Way 1936 Comedy A milkman (Harold Lloyd) who can deliver a punch becomes an overnight sensation.
Prison Shadows 1936 Drama Out on parole, a boxer called "Killer" ends up with most of his opponents dead.
Keep Fit 1937 Comedy A department store employee (George Formby) takes up boxing.
Kid Galahad 1937 Comedy Edward G. Robinson turns a young bellhop into a boxer.
Golden Boy 1939 Drama A promising violinist (William Holden) risks his hands by prizefighting.
There Ain't No Justice 1939 Drama An aspiring boxer (Jimmy Hanley) discovers corruption in the sport.
They Made Me a Criminal 1939 Drama Accused of murder, a boxing champ (John Garfield) becomes a fugitive.
City for Conquest 1940 Drama James Cagney as a fighter who is blinded in the ring.
Golden Gloves 1940 Drama A sportswriter sets out to clean up amateur boxing.
Here Comes Mr. Jordan 1941 Comedy A fighter taken too soon is reincarnated in a new body. Remade in 1978 as Heaven Can Wait, but with American football as the backdrop instead of boxing.
Knockout 1941 Drama Arrogant boxer Johnny Rocket (Arthur Kennedy) has a manipulative manager.
Bowery Blitzkrieg 1941 Comedy The East Side Kids end up in Golden Gloves bouts in this Bowery Boys tale.
Sunday Punch 1942 Rom-Com A janitor and a medical student become pals, then rival prizefighters.
Gentleman Jim 1942 Biographical Light-hearted biopic, with Errol Flynn as heavyweight champ James J. Corbett.
The Great John L. 1945 Biographical Boston strong boy John L. Sullivan wins the belt, battles the bottle.
The Kid from Brooklyn 1946 Comedy Remake of 1936 milkman tale, this time with Danny Kaye.
Body and Soul 1947 Film noir John Garfield ring drama about a boxer involved with corrupt promoters.
Whiplash 1948 Film noir A painter adopts the ring name "Mike Angelo" when he fights for a sadistic club owner.
The Set-Up 1949 Film noir A has-been boxer's manager bets on him to lose, with dire consequences if he doesn't.
Champion 1949 Film noir An arrogant fighter (Kirk Douglas) makes it to the top, alienating those who care about him. Six Academy Award nominations.
Duke of Chicago 1949 Comedy Chicago's retired Jim Brody makes a comeback against champ Killer Bronski.
Right Cross 1950 Romance June Allyson takes over dad's fight promotions, handles boxer Ricardo Montalbán.
The Golden Gloves Story 1950 Drama An amateur boxer falls in love with a referee's daughter.
The Quiet Man 1952 Romance A visiting American ex-boxer (John Wayne) meets an Irish lass (Maureen O'Hara) and literally has to fight for her.
The Fighter 1952 Drama A story by Jack London about a fighter during the 1910 Mexican rebellion.
The Square Ring 1952 Drama British film about one night's events inside a boxing arena.
Flesh and Fury 1952 Drama A deaf boxer (Tony Curtis) wins the title, undergoes an operation so he can hear.
The Ring 1952 Drama A young Mexican (Lalo Ríos) living in the United States becomes boxer to win the respect of the American population.
The Joe Louis Story 1953 Biographical The life and career of the longtime champ, played by Coley Wallace.
Off Limits 1953 Comedy A boxer (Mickey Rooney) is drafted into the Army, so his manager (Bob Hope) enlists.
It's Always Fair Weather 1953 Musical Fight manager Gene Kelly discovers his contender is about to take a dive.
The Harder They Fall 1956 Film noir A former sportswriter (Humphrey Bogart) works for a mobster who fixes fights.
Somebody Up There Likes Me 1956 Drama Based on the life of Rocky Graziano, played by Paul Newman.
The Square Jungle 1956 Drama A grocery clerk (Tony Curtis) fights his way to the middleweight title.
World in My Corner 1956 Drama New Jersey boy (Audie Murphy) seeks fame, fortune to impress millionaire's daughter.
Monkey on My Back 1957 Biographical Barney Ross's boxing career leaves him with a morphine habit.
Requiem for a Heavyweight 1962 Drama A punchy fighter (Anthony Quinn) is betrayed by his manager (Jackie Gleason).
Kid Galahad 1962 Musical A young Catskills car mechanic (Elvis Presley) turns out to pack quite a punch.
Legendary Champions 1968 Documentary Harry Chapin's look at boxers of yesteryear.
The Great White Hope 1970 Romantic Drama Based on Jack Johnson, a story about black prizefighter "Jack Jefferson" in early 20th Century. Oscar-nominated performances by James Earl Jones and Jane Alexander.
Fat City 1972 Drama A broke, broken-down fighter (Stacy Keach) tries a comeback as a young one (Jeff Bridges) learns the ropes.
Hard Times 1975 Drama Illegal bare-knuckle bouts in Louisiana, starring Charles Bronson.
Let's Do It Again 1975 Comedy Bill Cosby and Sidney Poitier as Atlanta men who rig a match for a good cause.
Rocky 1976 Drama Academy Award winner about a Philadelphia pug (Sylvester Stallone) who gets a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
The Greatest 1977 Drama Biographical film with Muhammad Ali as himself.
Every Which Way but Loose 1978 Comedy A truck driver (Clint Eastwood) with a pet orangutan takes on opponents in bare-knuckle street brawls for money.
Matilda 1978 Comedy A promoter (Elliott Gould) pits a man against a boxing kangaroo.
Movie Movie 1978 Comedy Spoof of old boxing films, with palooka Harry Hamlin managed by George C. Scott.
The Champ 1979 Drama Remake of '30s melodrama about a child who worships a has-been boxer (Jon Voight).
The Main Event 1979 Comedy Headstrong woman (Barbra Streisand) owns contract of cocky boxer (Ryan O'Neal).
Penitentiary 1979 Drama Blaxploitation story set in a prison, featuring Leon Isaac Kennedy.
Rocky II 1979 Drama Rocky Balboa gets a rematch with Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers).
Ashita no Joe 1980 Animated drama
Raging Bull 1980 Drama Biopic on Jake LaMotta, with Oscar-winning performance by Robert De Niro.
Any Which Way You Can 1980 Comedy In sequel to 1978 film, mobsters coax bare-knuckle brawler Clint Eastwood into one more fight.
Ashita no Joe 2 1981 Animated drama
Body and Soul 1981 Drama Based on 1947 version, with Leon Isaac Kennedy and then-wife Jayne Kennedy.
Penitentiary II 1982 Drama Blaxploitation, sequel to 1979 film.
Honeyboy 1982 Drama Made for TV story with Erik Estrada and Morgan Fairchild.
Rocky III 1982 Drama Now champ, Rocky is challenged by vicious Clubber Lang, played by Mr. T.
Dempsey 1983 Biographical Treat Williams stars in made-for-TV biopic of Jack Dempsey.
Tough Enough 1983 Drama A "toughman" tournament is entered by a Texas musician (Dennis Quaid).
The Sting II 1983 Comedy Con man Jackie Gleason fixes a fight to double-cross a couple of crooks.
Boxer 1984 Drama Indian film
Rocky IV 1985 Drama Rocky goes to the Soviet Union to battle Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren).
Streets of Gold 1986 Drama Two amateur boxers are trained by a Russian (Klaus Maria Brandauer).
Teen Wolf Too 1987 Comedy Sequel to werewolf comedy, this time starring Jason Bateman.
Heart 1987 Drama A punchy fighter gets set up by a shady promoter (Steve Buscemi).
Split Decisions 1988 Drama Gene Hackman as a trainer and father of two totally different sons.
Triumph of the Spirit 1988 Drama In Auschwitz concentration camp, a Jewish boxer (Willem Dafoe) fights for his life.
Homeboy 1988 Drama Mickey Rourke as a down-and-out boxer who risks death in the ring.
Rocky V 1990 Drama A bankrupt Balboa trains up-and-coming heavyweight (real-life boxer Tommy Morrison).
Diggstown 1992 Drama A con man (James Woods) wagers his fighter can defeat 10 men in 24 hours.
Gladiator 1992 Drama Cuba Gooding, Jr. and James Marshall take part in illegal fights.
Night and the City 1992 Drama A shyster (Robert De Niro) defies a mobster to become a boxing promoter.
Tyson 1995 Biographical HBO biopic of Mike Tyson (played by Michael Jai White), co-starring George C. Scott.
The Great White Hype 1996 Comedy An out-of-shape champ steps into the ring against an out-of-his-league chump.
When We Were Kings 1996 Documentary Oscar-winner on 1974 fight between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman.
The Boxer 1997 Drama Daniel Day-Lewis as an Irish boxer recently released from prison.
Don King: Only in America 1997 Biographical An ex-con becomes a famous promoter, with Ving Rhames as King.
Play It to the Bone 1999 Comedy Best friends (Antonio Banderas, Woody Harrelson) fight each other in Las Vegas.
Rocky Marciano 1999 Biographical A television film with Jon Favreau portraying the undefeated champ.
On the Ropes 1999 Documentary A coach takes three young boxers under his wing.
The Hurricane 1999 Biographical False imprisonment of Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, played by Denzel Washington.
Girlfight 2000 Drama A troubled teenage girl tries to become a boxer.
The Opponent 2000 Drama An abused woman learns to defend herself, then turns pro.
King of the World 2000 Biographical A television film with Terrence Howard as young Cassius Clay.
Price of Glory 2000 Drama A trainer (Jimmy Smits) teaches three of his sons how to fight.
Ali 2001 Biographical A dramatization of Muhammad Ali's success and controversy, with Will Smith.
Undisputed 2002 Drama Fictional story of a heavyweight champ who fights a fellow prison inmate. Ving Rhames and Wesley Snipes co-star.
Joe and Max 2002 Biographical The 1930s rivalry between heavyweights Joe Louis and Max Schmeling.
Beautiful Boxer 2002 Drama Biographical film about a transsexual fighter from Thailand.
Hajime No Ippo: Champion Road 2003 Animated action
Hajime No Ippo: Mashiba Vs Kimura 2003 Animated action
Million Dollar Baby 2004 Drama Oscar-winner about trainer (Clint Eastwood) who reluctantly teaches a woman (Hilary Swank) to fight.
Against the Ropes 2004 Drama Based on a true story; Meg Ryan as manager of a young fighter (Omar Epps).
The Calcium Kid 2004 Mockumentary Orlando Bloom in a satire of boxing films.
Cinderella Man 2005 Biographical Depression-era comeback of James J. Braddock, played by Russell Crowe.
Fighting Tommy Riley 2005 Drama A boxer and a gay manager clash, with tragic consequences.
Ring of Fire: The Emile Griffith Story 2005 Documentary A look at welterweight champ who killed an opponent in the ring.
Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson 2005 Documentary Emmy-winner by Ken Burns about long-ago heavyweight champ Jack Johnson's battles in and out of the ring.
Pacquiao: The Movie 2006 Biographical A look at the life and career of Manny Pacquiao.
Rocky Balboa 2006 Drama Sixth and last in Rocky series, with widower Rocky stepping into ring one more time.
Undisputed II: Last Man Standing 2006 Action Sequel to 2002 film but with entirely new cast.
Annapolis 2006 Drama Boxing story set at Naval Academy starring James Franco.
Jump In! 2007 Family Disney Channel comedy on Golden Gloves boxer's kid in rope-jumping contest.
Poor Boy's Game 2007 Drama Tempers and racial tensions flare in Nova Scotia story, starring Danny Glover.
Apne 2007 Drama Bollywood film.
Miracle on 1st Street 2007 Comedy South Korea film.
Muay Thai Chaiya 2007 Drama Thailand film.
Resurrecting the Champ 2007 Drama A sportswriter believes homeless man (Samuel L. Jackson) is former boxing star.
The Hammer 2007 Comedy A 40-year-old carpenter (Adam Carolla) gets shot at U.S. Olympic boxing team.
Blue Blood 2007 Documentary Five Oxford students attempt to make Amateur Boxing Club.
Muhammad and Larry 2009 Documentary Made for TV as part of ESPN's 30 for 30 series. Examines the 1980 fight between Muhammad Ali and Larry Holmes and its impact on both men.
Phantom Punch 2009 Biographical Ving Rhames' portrayal of former heavyweight champ Sonny Liston.
The Fighter 2010 Biographical Story of Micky Ward (Mark Wahlberg) and his half-brother Dicky Eklund (Christian Bale). Oscars for Bale and Melissa Leo (playing their mother).
Max Schmeling 2010 Biographical A look back at 1930s German heavyweight who twice fought Joe Louis.
One Night in Vegas 2010 Documentary Made for TV as part of ESPN's 30 for 30 series. Explores the friendship between boxer Mike Tyson and rapper Tupac Shakur, leading up to Shakur's murder in 1996 shortly after attending Tyson's fight with Bruce Seldon in Las Vegas.
Lahore 2010 Drama
Ashita no Joe 2011 Drama
The Real Rocky 2011 Documentary Made for TV as a follow-up to ESPN's 30 for 30 series. Profiles Chuck Wepner, the real-life inspiration for Rocky Balboa.
Knockout 2011 Drama A janitor (Steve Austin) teaches boxing skills to a student who's up against bullies.
Real Steel 2011 Science fiction Boxing robots, starring Hugh Jackman.
Klitschko 2011 Documentary Lives of Ukraine brothers who both became world heavyweight champions.
Dian de pesca 2012 Drama


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