Moviegoers flocked to theaters Creed IIIand this is the perfect time to discover the legendary boxing films that came before him and paved the way for his success. The fighting character was created decades ago thanks to these boxing movies. These characters literally fight for everything they have with a greed unmatched in other genres. The tale of fighting spirit is more than just a mind game, it’s a way of life portrayed beautifully and brutally by some of the best and brightest stars.

IMDb voters have voted for the best of the best when it comes to the best boxing movies in the game, from true stories to legendary fictional characters. The mind-blowing, addictive images of a sport that requires the toughest minds and bodies in the game are enough to inspire any athlete to their luck.


10 ‘Credo 2’ (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 to chase the ghosts of the past Creed 2 offered his own version of the iconic match in the history of cinematic boxing. With Rocky (Sylvester Stallone) in his corner Adonis (Michael B. Jordan) must face the man who killed his father in the ring, Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren), and his fighter son Victor (Florian Munteanu).

This matchup has rocky fans of the old (and newly inspired trivial franchise) are on the edge of their seats. Not only does Rocky have a front row seat compared to in the past, Adonis has more rounds and more emotion to fight. This sequel packs a lot of punch, making it a huge contribution to this cinematic universe.

9 ‘Lefty’ (2015)

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

Competing in the same year for the viewership as Credo, Lefty still deserves credit as a solid boxing movie. After the announcement of his retirement and the tragic turn of events, Billy Hope (Jake Gyllenhaal) must fight not only for custody of his daughter, but also to resurrect his career by getting his life back on track.

This boxing drama reinforces the genre’s standard tropes, with protagonists like Billy looking for redemption. Using destruction as fuel Lefty notable for Gyllenhaal’s strong performance.

8 “Rocky 2” (1979)

Sylvester Stallone as Rocky Balboa holds the championship belt in Rocky 2.
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IMDb rating: 7.3/10

successful continuation, Rocky 2 showed a rematch between Rocky (Sylvester Stallone) and Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers) as the two deal with their pride in different ways. While the second film did not receive the critical acclaim and awards that its predecessor did, the comeback still proved to be a success.

Stallone produced and starred in four more films as Balboa. Rocky III, Rocky IV, Rocky VeeAnd Rocky Balboa. The boxing features received mixed reviews from its die-hard fans as Rocky graced the screen for a 30-year period.

7 ‘Hurricane’ (1999)

Denzel Washington as Reuben Carter in The Hurricane

IMDb rating: 7.6/10

Based on a true story about Ruby “Hurricane” Carter, Hurricane layers several genres centered around boxing. Denzel Washington plays Carter, a boxer wrongly accused and convicted of murders he did not commit. For this role, Washington received his fourth Oscar nomination.

The film took many creative liberties that deviated from the source material. However, the entertainment value is still there, as it is in any project that Washington enters into. There are at least two books on this historic case that can be consulted for an audience that prefers to compare screen adaptations. 16th round Ruby Carter and Lazarus and the hurricane To Sam Chayton And Terry Swinton.

6 ‘Credo’ (2015)

Michael B. Jordan in the ring, followed by Sylvester Stallone in Creed
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IMDb rating: 7.6/10

Secure your own future by honoring the matches that came before it Credo bridges the gap between old and new. The son of famed Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers), Adonis Johnson (Michael B. Jordan) follows in his footsteps in boxing, only to seek help from former heavyweight champion Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone).

The path of Adonis is very similar to that of Rocky, a young aspirant (and a young rising star portraying him) looking to prove himself. The success of this spin-off lies in its ability to draw attention to Adonis rather than Rocky. beautifully filmed Ryan Coogler, Credo is one of the best boxing franchise sequels of all time.

5 ‘Fighter’ (2010)

Mark Wahlberg Fighter

IMDb rating: 7.8/10

With a stellar cast Fighter Oscar-winning adaptation of boxing life “The Irishman” Mickey Ward. Trying to get away from his brother DickyChristian Bale) restless shadow, Mickey (Mark Wahlberg) is looking for his own chance to become boxing greatness.

Receiving two out of seven nominations, Fighter, like many boxing moviesabout the heart of a fighter and the fortitude to overcome adversity, even if those adversities come from your own family. Wahlberg and Bale are wizards who have made the film stand out as the preeminent work in the genre.

4 ‘Cinderella’ (2005)

Russell Crowe Cinderella Man

IMDb rating: 8.0/10

Boxing stories and real stories go hand in hand in this genre. Based on career James J. Braddock, Cinderella this is the story of a boxer’s comeback at the turn of the twentieth century. Washing up and trying to survive the Great Depression, Jim Braddock (Russell Crowe) offer another shot at a boxing career by taking on a young fighter.

Braddock’s story is an example of redemption at a time when there was little hope for anything else in the world. Director Ron Howard, Cinderella earned three Oscar nominations but did not win.

3 “Million Dollar Baby” (2004)

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

Winning the Academy Award for Best Picture, this seminal women’s boxing film showcases the resilience and endurance of a strong woman in such a brutal sport. Hilary Swank plays Maggie, a struggling waitress with dreams of becoming a boxing champion who manages to convince seasoned boxing trainer Frankie (Clint Eastwood) to train her.

Joint role Morgan Freeman as the film’s narrator and supporting character, Million dollar babywon four out of seven Oscar nominations. Reminding viewers that the sport is not for the faint of heart, this boxing movie, starring female boxers, is up to par with its iconic rivals.

2 ‘Rocky’ (1976)


IMDb rating: 8.1/10

This film is cult for a reason. From Sylvester Stallone’s creative writing to his determination to produce and star in it. rocky this is a film about boxing, which if the audience has not seen it, then they have probably heard about it. Stallone plays protagonist Rocky Balboa, a small-time boxer from Philadelphia who gets a chance to fight the heavyweight champion of the world.

The film’s success and popularity spawned several sequels and modern spin-offs. Stallone is charming as Rocky, an honest, good-hearted jock who is just trying to win respect where he knows it deserves it. Boxing Story received three of the ten Oscar nominations, including Best Picture.

1 ‘Raging Bull’ (1980)

Raging Bull - 1980

IMDb rating: 8.2/10

One of the greatest boxing movies of all time Mad bull set early on the magic that happens with star power that Robert DeNiro, Joe PesciAnd Martin Scorsese. De Niro is the true middleweight champion Jake LaMottathe dominant, brutal force inside the ring with life’s shattered mess when the gloves come off.

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