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Boxing 101′s Boxing Movie Hit List: the Top 10

July 5th, 2013 at 10:30 AM
By Sharon Scrima

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As we head into a weekend absent of any world title fights, it may be a good time to sit back and relax with a good movie to satisfy your boxing urges. Boxing 101 shares its top 10 boxing-themed movies for your viewing pleasure.

1. The Harder They Fall, Humphrey Bogart (1956) – according to Hal Erickson, a "thinly disguised á clef account of the Primo Carnera boxing scandal."

2. Raging Bull, Robert DeNiro (1980) – an incisive portrayal of the rise, fall and redemption of middleweight boxer Jake La Motta.

3. Tyson, Documentary (2008) – a feature-length documentary that explores the life and career of self-destructive pugilist Mike Tyson, assembled from over 30 hours of interviews with the controversial formal heavyweight champion.

4. The Hurricane, Denzel Washington (1999) – the story of Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, a top-ranked middleweight boxer wrongly imprisoned for murder, and the people who aided in his fight to prove his innocence.

5. Thrilla in Manila, Documentary (2009) – with the help of archive material and eyewitness accounts (including Imelda Marcos), this documentary is a behind-the scenes view and reconstruction of Ali-Frazier III.

6. Joe Louis: America's Hero….Betrayed, Documentary (2008) – traces the career of heavyweight legend Joe Louis within the context of American racial consciousness.

7. Cinderella Man, Russell Crowe (2005) – the inspiring tale of James Braddock, a supposedly washed-up boxer whose unbreakable will drove him to become world heavyweight champion in the 1930's.

8. The Fighter, Mark Wahlberg (2010) – a look at the early years of boxer "Irish" Micky Ward and his brother who helped train him before going pro in the mid 1980's.

9. When We Were Kings, Documentary (1996) – a documentary of the 1974 heavyweight championship bout in Zaire between champion George Foreman and underdog challenger Muhammad Ali.

10. Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson, Documentary (2004) – the remarkable struggles of Jack Johnson, the first African American Heavyweight boxing champion.

Get more information on each of these films and any of your other favorites at IMDb.

 

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Tags: Boxing, George Foreman, Jack Johnson, Jake La Motta, James Braddock, Joe Louis, Mike Tyson, Muhammad Ali

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