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The 94 Best Boxing Movies of All Time Ranked by Tomatometer

Pugilists have been popular camera subjects since the start — boxing, at the time, being arguably the most interesting thing you do to another person in public. In the odd century-plus that’s passed since, boxing cinema has evolved past mere punching for spectacle. It’s about personal toil. Training. Strength. Sacrifice. Undying commitment to the physical vision. And then it’s about hitting somebody for money. Or respect, sure.

Tonight’s title bout: The best-reviewed boxing movies ever! In one corner, we have heavyweight classics like Rocky and Raging Bull. In the other, hungry newcomers like Creed and Million Dollar Baby. And in another corner (we have a lot of corners): hard-hitting documentaries, repped by When We Were Kings and Unforgivable Blackness. And, yes, we’re going international in this corner: see Knuckle all the way from Ireland, and China Heavyweight, all the way from, er, China.

To rank the list, we listed Certified Fresh films first, followed by Fresh and then the Rotten movies.

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#1
#1
Adjusted Score: 101031%
Critics Consensus: An engrossing documentary that's as much about a time and a place as it is about a fight.
Synopsis: On October 30, 1974, perhaps the most famous heavyweight championship boxing match of all time took place in Kinshasa, Zaire:... [More]
Directed By: Leon Gast

#2
Adjusted Score: 99906%
Critics Consensus: The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki sidesteps sports biopic clichés with a beautifully filmed, well-acted look at the balance between career fulfillment and personal happiness.
Synopsis: Olli Mäki loses a fight for the world championship in the second round by knockout in front of a packed... [More]
Directed By: Juho Kuosmanen

#3

Creed (2015)
95%

#3
Adjusted Score: 110382%
Critics Consensus: Creed brings the Rocky franchise off the mat for a surprisingly effective seventh round that extends the boxer's saga in interesting new directions while staying true to its classic predecessors' roots.
Synopsis: Adonis Johnson (Michael B. Jordan) never knew his famous father, boxing champion Apollo Creed, who died before Adonis was born.... [More]
Directed By: Ryan Coogler

#4
#4
Adjusted Score: 97764%
Critics Consensus: A beautifully-made documentary that explores the challenges and richness of both marriage and art through the lens of a fascinating and complex couple.
Synopsis: Noriko seeks an identity of her own after 40 years of marriage to famous boxing artist Ushio Shinohara.... [More]
Starring: Noriko Shinohara
Directed By: Zachary Heinzerling

#5

Raging Bull (1980)
92%

#5
Adjusted Score: 108534%
Critics Consensus: Arguably Martin Scorsese's and Robert De Niro's finest film, Raging Bull is often painful to watch, but it's a searing, powerful work about an unsympathetic hero.
Synopsis: The story of a middleweight boxer as he rises through ranks to earn his first shot at the middleweight crown.... [More]
Directed By: Martin Scorsese

#6

Knuckle (2011)
93%

#6
Adjusted Score: 93936%
Critics Consensus: A gritty documentary that captures the brutality and banality of bare-knuckle fights among Irish Travellers.
Synopsis: Two feuding Irish families resolve their differences through bare-knuckle boxing.... [More]
Starring: Ian Palmer
Directed By: Ian Palmer

#7
#7
Adjusted Score: 95664%
Critics Consensus: A serious-minded drama that's also a propulsive thriller, Catch the Fair One anchors its powerful performances in real-life horror.
Synopsis: A Native American boxer embarks on the fight of her life when she goes in search of her missing sister.... [More]
Directed By: Josef Kubota Wladyka

#8
#8
Adjusted Score: 94860%
Critics Consensus: A Prayer Before Dawn is far from an easy watch, but this harrowing prison odyssey delivers rich rewards -- led by an outstanding central performance from Joe Cole.
Synopsis: The amazing true story of Billy Moore, an English boxer incarcerated in Thailand's most notorious prison. Thrown into a world... [More]

#9

The Fighter (2010)
91%

#9
Adjusted Score: 101388%
Critics Consensus: Led by a trio of captivating performances from Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, and Amy Adams, The Fighter is a solidly entertaining, albeit predictable, entry in the boxing drama genre.
Synopsis: For Micky Ward (Mark Wahlberg), boxing is a family affair. His tough-as-nails mother is his manager. His half-brother, Dicky (Christian... [More]
Directed By: David O. Russell

#10

Rocky (1976)
92%

#10
Adjusted Score: 101418%
Critics Consensus: This story of a down-on-his-luck boxer is thoroughly predictable, but Sylvester Stallone's script and stunning performance in the title role brush aside complaints.
Synopsis: Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone), a small-time boxer from working-class Philadelphia, is arbitrarily chosen to take on the reigning world heavyweight... [More]
Directed By: John G. Avildsen

#11

The Quiet Man (1952)
91%

#11
Adjusted Score: 98640%
Critics Consensus: Director John Ford and star John Wayne depart the Western for the Irish countryside, and the result is a beautifully photographed, often comedic romance.
Synopsis: After accidentally killing an opponent in the ring, boxer Sean Thornton leaves America and returns to his native Ireland, hoping... [More]
Directed By: John Ford

#12
#12
Adjusted Score: 99137%
Critics Consensus: Clint Eastwood's assured direction - combined with knockout performances from Hilary Swank and Morgan Freeman - help Million Dollar Baby to transcend its clichés, and the result is deeply heartfelt and moving.
Synopsis: Frankie Dunn (Clint Eastwood) is a veteran Los Angeles boxing trainer who keeps almost everyone at arm's length, except his... [More]
Directed By: Clint Eastwood

#13

Creed III (2023)
88%

#13
Adjusted Score: 106753%
Critics Consensus: Stepping out from Rocky Balboa's iconic shadow at last, the Creed franchise reasserts its champion status thanks to star Michael B. Jordan's punchy direction and a nuanced heel turn by Jonathan Majors.
Synopsis: After dominating the boxing world, Adonis Creed (Michael B. Jordan) has been thriving in both his career and family life.... [More]
Directed By: Michael B. Jordan

#14
#14
Adjusted Score: 94116%
Critics Consensus: Requiem for a Heavyweight is a stirring character study of a battered boxer that may at times pummel its message yet finely retains cinematic métier and human nobility.
Synopsis: Fictional aging heavyweight Louis "Mountain" Rivera (Anthony Quinn) is felled by young Cassius Clay, the future Muhammad Ali, and finds... [More]
Directed By: Ralph Nelson

#15

Girlfight (2000)
87%

#15
Adjusted Score: 91968%
Critics Consensus: Michelle Rodriguez gives a compelling performance, despite lack of a boxing background; Karyn Kusama packs a punch with this directorial debut.
Synopsis: Newcomer Michelle Rodriguez in an astounding performance alongside Jaime Tirelli, Paul Calderon and Santiago Douglas. Nothing comes easy for Diana... [More]
Directed By: Karyn Kusama

#16

Tyson (2008)
86%

#16
Adjusted Score: 91534%
Critics Consensus: A fascinating, emotional, and frank confessional from Iron Mike that sheds a sympathetic light on one of boxing's most controversial icons.
Synopsis: Former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson reflects on his tumultuous life both in and out of the ring. Filmmaker James... [More]
Starring: Mike Tyson
Directed By: James Toback

#17

The Survivor (2021)
86%

#17
Adjusted Score: 88979%
Critics Consensus: Ben Foster's gripping work in the central role further elevates The Survivor's affectingly character-driven approach to its weighty themes.
Synopsis: After being sent to Auschwitz, Haft is forced to participate in a gladiatorial boxing spectacle along with his fellow prisoners.... [More]
Directed By: Barry Levinson

#18

Creed II (2018)
83%

#18
Adjusted Score: 100294%
Critics Consensus: Creed II's adherence to franchise formula adds up to a sequel with few true surprises, but its time-tested generational themes still pack a solid punch.
Synopsis: In 1985, Russian boxer Ivan Drago killed former U.S. champion Apollo Creed in a tragic match that stunned the world.... [More]
Directed By: Steven Caple Jr.

#19

The Hurricane (1999)
83%

#19
Adjusted Score: 88506%
Critics Consensus: Thanks in large part to one of Denzel Washington's most powerful on-screen performances, The Hurricane is a moving, inspirational sports drama, even if it takes few risks in telling its story.
Synopsis: Denzel Washington is Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, a man whose dreams of winning the middleweight boxing title were destroyed when he... [More]
Directed By: Norman Jewison

#20

The Bleeder (2016)
82%

#20
Adjusted Score: 85233%
Critics Consensus: Chuck is hit with a handful of sports biopic clichés but ultimately punches above its weight, largely thanks to a muscular performance from Liev Schreiber.
Synopsis: He was the pride of Bayonne, N.J., a man who went 15 rounds in the ring with Muhammad Ali. But... [More]
Directed By: Philippe Falardeau

#21

Cinderella Man (2005)
80%

#21
Adjusted Score: 87764%
Critics Consensus: With grittiness and an evocative sense of time and place, Cinderella Man is a powerful underdog story. And Ron Howard and Russell Crowe prove to be a solid combination.
Synopsis: During the Great Depression, ex-boxer James J. Braddock (Russell Crowe) works as a day laborer until his former manager Joe... [More]
Directed By: Ron Howard

#22

The Boxer (1997)
81%

#22
Adjusted Score: 85532%
Critics Consensus: The Boxer is a standard drama that packs a true emotional wallop thanks to the highly tuned central performances.
Synopsis: Rising teen boxer and Belfast native Danny Flynn (Daniel Day-Lewis) was imprisoned for 14 years after getting involved with the... [More]
Directed By: Jim Sheridan

#23

The Hammer (2007)
82%

#23
Adjusted Score: 82726%
Critics Consensus: The Hammer perseveres as both an above-average sports comedy and a perfect starring vehicle for Carolla.
Synopsis: On his 40th birthday, chronic underachiever Jerry Ferro (Adam Carolla) loses his carpentry job and his girlfriend. However, all is... [More]

#24

Rocky Balboa (2006)
78%

#24
Adjusted Score: 85369%
Critics Consensus: Implausible but entertaining and poignant, Rocky Balboa finds the champ in fighting form for the first time in years.
Synopsis: Now long-retired, Rocky (Sylvester Stallone) runs a Philadelphia eatery and mourns the loss of his beloved wife, Adrian. Yearning to... [More]
Directed By: Sylvester Stallone

#25

Jungleland (2019)
74%

#25
Adjusted Score: 76170%
Critics Consensus: Thanks to muscular work from director/co-writer Max Winkler and his stars, Jungleland punches above its weight in a crowded genre.
Synopsis: When a devastating loss in the ring leaves Lion and his manager/brother Stan in debt to a local crime boss,... [More]
Directed By: Max Winkler

#26

Fat City (1972)
100%

#26
Adjusted Score: 103178%
Critics Consensus: Fat City is a bleak, mordant, slice of life boxing drama that doesn't pull its punches.
Synopsis: Washed-up boxer Tully (Stacy Keach) is inspired to restart his career after seeing potential in a teenager, Ernie (Jeff Bridges),... [More]
Directed By: John Huston

#27

Gentleman Jim (1942)
100%

#27
Adjusted Score: 103296%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Jim Corbett (Errol Flynn) is a bare-knuckles boxer, who is determined to rise above his station. Jim and his friend,... [More]
Directed By: Raoul Walsh

#28
#28
Adjusted Score: 102242%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Boxer Joe Pendleton (Robert Montgomery) is killed in a plane crash on the way to a championship fight. Unfortunately, Joe... [More]
Directed By: Alexander Hall

#29
#29
Adjusted Score: 101351%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Broke and without work, newspaper reporter Eddie Willis (Humphrey Bogart) agrees to work for the corrupt boxing promoter Nick Benko... [More]
Directed By: Mark Robson

#30

Knuckle City (2019)
100%

#30
Adjusted Score: 38887%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A fading boxer's quest for redemption endangers himself and his family.... [More]
Directed By: Jahmil X.T. Qubeka

#31

Kid Galahad (1937)
100%

#31
Adjusted Score: 100261%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Ward Guisenberry (Wayne Morris) does not plan on being a boxer, but when he fights to defend the honor of... [More]
Directed By: Michael Curtiz

#32

The Champ (1931)
96%

#32
Adjusted Score: 98653%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Champ (Wallace Beery) is a down-on-his-luck boxer in Tijuana whose son, Dink (Jackie Cooper), adores him despite Champ's addictions to... [More]
Directed By: King Vidor

#33
Adjusted Score: 91159%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: For three pivotal years, Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X forged a brotherhood that would not only change both men but... [More]
Directed By: Marcus A. Clarke

#34

Champion (1949)
94%

#34
Adjusted Score: 95901%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Scrappy Michael "Midge" Kelly (Kirk Douglas), on the run from a shotgun marriage and needing to help support his handicapped... [More]
Directed By: Mark Robson

#35

Body and Soul (1947)
92%

#35
Adjusted Score: 93347%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: When amateur boxer Charley Davis (John Garfield) wins his first big match, he attracts the interest of small-time promoter Quinn... [More]
Directed By: Robert Rossen

#36

The Ring (1927)
90%

#36
Adjusted Score: 90178%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Jack (Carl Brisson) is a carnival-employed boxer; patrons pay cash to take him on in the ring, and he earns... [More]
Directed By: Alfred Hitchcock

#37
#37
Adjusted Score: 93261%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Rosaria Parondi (Katina Paxinou), an impoverished Italian mother, moves to Milan with her close-knit family of five sons to find... [More]
Directed By: Luchino Visconti

#38

Mary Kom (2014)
80%

#38
Adjusted Score: 41073%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Indian boxer Mary Kom (Priyanka Chopra) becomes an Olympic bronze-medalist and a five-time world champion.... [More]
Directed By: Omung Kumar

#39

In Full Bloom (2019)
88%

#39
Adjusted Score: 39112%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In post-WWII Tokyo, Japan's undefeated boxing champion, Masahiro (Yusuke Ogasawara) trains in the winter wilderness for his upcoming battle against... [More]

#40
#40
Adjusted Score: 76506%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Francis loves to box and is determined to make her ex-convict father proud, but she soon comes to realize he's... [More]
Directed By: Carmel Winters

#41

Glass Chin (2014)
86%

#41
Adjusted Score: 86077%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Bud Gordon,a former boxer, is unsatisfied with his life as a coach and trainer to young up-and-comer Kid Sunshine. When... [More]
Directed By: Noah Buschel

#42
Adjusted Score: 87339%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: The abuse Rocky Barbella (Paul Newman) endures at the hand of his father and subsequent run-ins with the law lead... [More]
Directed By: Robert Wise

#43

The Set-Up (1949)
85%

#43
Adjusted Score: 86357%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A boxer on the wane, Bill "Stoker" Thompson (Robert Ryan) is determined to stay in the game, in spite of... [More]
Directed By: Robert Wise

#44

Klitschko (2011)
83%

#44
Adjusted Score: 65749%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Though Ukrainian brothers Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko sport different fighting styles in the ring, both are at the forefront of... [More]
Directed By: Sebastian Dehnhardt

#45

Killer's Kiss (1955)
83%

#45
Adjusted Score: 85893%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Davey Gordon (Jamie Smith), a New York City boxer aging out of his profession, meets dancer Gloria Price (Irene Kane),... [More]
Directed By: Stanley Kubrick

#46

Battling Butler (1926)
83%

#46
Adjusted Score: 84545%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Meek millionaire Alfred Butler (Buster Keaton) goes on a camping excursion with his faithful servant (Snitz Edwards). Once in the... [More]
Directed By: Buster Keaton

#47
Adjusted Score: 40102%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: The father of Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini had a marked influence on the boxer's life and career.... [More]
Directed By: Jesse James Miller

#48
#48
Adjusted Score: 82129%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: With the help of a dedicated coach, two teenagers in rural China hope to become successful professional boxers and escape... [More]
Starring:
Directed By: Yung Chang

#49
#49
Adjusted Score: 69802%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: ... [More]
Directed By: Sylvester Stallone

#50
#50
Adjusted Score: 60851%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Truck driver Danny Kenny (James Cagney) gets into boxing to help his talented younger brother, Eddie (Arthur Kennedy), pay for... [More]
Directed By: Anatole Litvak

#51

Snatch (2000)
74%

#51
Adjusted Score: 79454%
Critics Consensus: Though perhaps a case of style over substance, Guy Ritchie's second crime caper is full of snappy dialogue, dark comedy, and interesting characters.
Synopsis: Illegal boxing promoter Turkish (Jason Statham) convinces gangster Brick Top (Alan Ford) to offer bets on bare-knuckle boxer Mickey (Brad... [More]
Directed By: Guy Ritchie

#52

Rocky II (1979)
71%

#52
Adjusted Score: 73830%
Critics Consensus: Rocky II is a movie that dares you to root again for the ultimate underdog -- and succeeds due to an infectiously powerful climax.
Synopsis: Although working-class Philadelphia boxer Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) lost his high-profile bout with the cocky world champion Apollo Creed (Carl... [More]
Directed By: Sylvester Stallone

#53

Made (2001)
71%

#53
Adjusted Score: 74358%
Critics Consensus: Not as good as Swingers, but it's still witty and goofy enough for some laughs.
Synopsis: A comedy about two hapless best friends who are plunged headlong into the world of organized crime. When Bobby (Jon... [More]
Directed By: Jon Favreau

#54

Bleed for This (2016)
71%

#54
Adjusted Score: 77292%
Critics Consensus: Bleed for This rises on the strength of Miles Teller's starring performance to deliver a solid fact-based boxing drama that takes a few genre clichés on the chin but keeps on coming.
Synopsis: Vinny "The Pazmanian Devil" Pazienza (Miles Teller), a local Providence boxer, shoots to stardom after winning two world title fights.... [More]
Directed By: Ben Younger

#55
Adjusted Score: 50611%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Filmmaker Liam McGrath profiles the Olympic boxer, an Irish Traveller who fought against racism in Ireland.... [More]
Directed By: Liam McGrath

#56

Ali (2001)
68%

#56
Adjusted Score: 73318%
Critics Consensus: Though perhaps no film could fully do justice to the fascinating life and personality of Muhammad Ali, Mann's direction and Smith's performance combine to pack a solid punch.
Synopsis: With wit and athletic genius, with defiant rage and inner grace, Muhammad Ali forever changed the American landscape. Fighting all... [More]
Directed By: Michael Mann

#57

Rocky III (1982)
66%

#57
Adjusted Score: 69989%
Critics Consensus: It's noticeably subject to the law of diminishing returns, but Rocky III still has enough brawny spectacle to stand in the ring with the franchise's better entries.
Synopsis: Having become the world heavyweight champion, former working-class boxer Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) is rich and famous beyond his wildest... [More]
Directed By: Sylvester Stallone

#58

Before the Fall (2004)
67%

#58
Adjusted Score: 67461%
Critics Consensus: Despite a degree of predictability and cliches, the high production values and sincere performances by the leads elevate this coming-of-age story set in Nazi Germany.
Synopsis: An idealistic boxer (Max Riemelt) bonds with an aspiring writer (Tom Schilling) while training at a Nazi academy.... [More]
Directed By: Dennis Gansel

#59

Champs (2015)
61%

#59
Adjusted Score: 61200%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Boxing legends Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield and Bernard Hopkins discuss their common roots in poverty, the absence of meaningful regulation... [More]
Directed By: Bert Marcus

#60

Anek (2022)
67%

#60
Adjusted Score: 23181%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A fierce undercover agent, Joshua (Ayushmann Khurrana), is on a mission to unite the country. The film follows Joshua's journey... [More]
Directed By: Anubhav Sinha

#61

I Am Ali (2014)
65%

#61
Adjusted Score: 65335%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Muhammad Ali's own audio journals, friends, family and fellow boxers provide insight into the extraordinary life and legendary career of... [More]
Directed By: Clare Lewins

#62
#62
Adjusted Score: 51416%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In Greece during World War II, Salamo Arouch (Willem Dafoe), a young Jewish boxer, meets regularly with girlfriend Allegra (Wendy... [More]
Directed By: Robert M. Young

#63
#63
Adjusted Score: 60280%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Milkman Clyde Williams (Sidney Poitier) and his best friend, Billy Foster (Bill Cosby), are members of a fraternal lodge, The... [More]
Directed By: Sidney Poitier

#64

Real Steel (2011)
60%

#64
Adjusted Score: 69430%
Critics Consensus: Silly premise notwithstanding, this is a well-made Hollywood movie: Thrilling and exciting action with just enough characterization.
Synopsis: Charlie Kenton (Hugh Jackman) used to be a prizefighter but lost his chance to win a title when heavy, towering... [More]
Directed By: Shawn Levy

#65
#65
Adjusted Score: 65263%
Critics Consensus: While sluggish in spots, Resurrecting the Champ is a sports/newsroom drama elevated by high-caliber performances by Samuel Jackson, Josh Hartnett, and Alan Alda.
Synopsis: Things are not going well for Erik Kernan (Josh Hartnett). Erik, a sports reporter, is stuck covering the bush leagues... [More]
Directed By: Rod Lurie

#66

Southpaw (2015)
60%

#66
Adjusted Score: 71630%
Critics Consensus: Jake Gyllenhaal delivers an impressively committed performance, but Southpaw beats it down with a dispiriting drama that pummels viewers with genre clichés.
Synopsis: Billy "The Great" Hope (Jake Gyllenhaal), the reigning junior middleweight boxing champion, has an impressive career, a loving wife and... [More]
Directed By: Antoine Fuqua

#67
#67
Adjusted Score: 49273%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Smitten by Polly Martin (Virginia Mayo), milkman Burleigh Sullivan (Danny Kaye) promises that his sister, Susie (Vera-Ellen), can get Polly... [More]
Directed By: Norman Z. McLeod

#68

Far and Away (1992)
50%

#68
Adjusted Score: 52623%
Critics Consensus: Handsome and simplistic, Far and Away has the beauty of an American epic without the breadth.
Synopsis: Joseph (Tom Cruise) and his landlord's daughter, Shannon (Nicole Kidman), travel from Ireland to America in hopes of claiming free... [More]
Directed By: Ron Howard

#69

The Guv'nor (2016)
50%

#69
Adjusted Score: 15299%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: ... [More]
Starring: Unknown Actor
Directed By: Unknown Director

#70

Orthodox (2015)
50%

#70
Adjusted Score: 15653%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A Jewish boy takes up boxing as a means of self-defense.... [More]
Directed By: David Leon

#71

Toofaan (2021)
50%

#71
Adjusted Score: 43080%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: The story of a championship boxer.... [More]

#72

Bruised (2020)
50%

#72
Adjusted Score: 54744%
Critics Consensus: Bruised isn't as hard-hitting as its title might suggest, but Halle Berry impresses on either side of the camera in her directorial debut.
Synopsis: Jackie Justice (Halle Berry) is a mixed martial arts fighter who leaves the sport in disgrace. Down on her luck... [More]
Directed By: Halle Berry

#73

Hands of Stone (2016)
45%

#73
Adjusted Score: 49609%
Critics Consensus: Hands of Stone's strong cast and fascinating real-life story aren't enough to compensate for a crowded narrative and formulaic script.
Synopsis: At age 72, legendary trainer Ray Arcel (Robert De Niro) comes out of retirement to coach world-class Panamanian boxer Roberto... [More]
Directed By: Jonathan Jakubowicz

#74
Adjusted Score: 44030%
Critics Consensus: Big George Foreman had a classic sports story to work with; unfortunately, the sluggishly ordinary way it's told here is more Tomato Can than Heavyweight Champion.
Synopsis: Big George Foreman: The Miraculous Story of the Once and Future Heavyweight Champion of the World is based on the... [More]
Directed By: George Tillman Jr.

#75
#75
Adjusted Score: 42897%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Boxing promoter the Rev. Fred Sultan (Samuel L. Jackson) decides the best way to revive public interest in his top... [More]
Directed By: Reginald Hudlin

#76

The Champ (1979)
40%

#76
Adjusted Score: 41817%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Billy (Jon Voight) used to be a great boxer, but he's settled into a hardscrabble life that revolves around drinking,... [More]
Directed By: Franco Zeffirelli

#77

Back Roads (1981)
40%

#77
Adjusted Score: 40086%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A hooker (Sally Field) with a heart of gold hits the road with a boxer (Tommy Lee Jones) going nowhere.... [More]
Directed By: Martin Ritt

#78

The Main Event (1979)
40%

#78
Adjusted Score: 40127%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: When her accountant absconds with all her money, Hillary Kramer (Barbra Streisand) goes from reigning queen of the perfume business... [More]
Directed By: Howard Zieff

#79

Fighting (2009)
39%

#79
Adjusted Score: 43740%
Critics Consensus: Though Fighting has a likable lead performer, and the fight scenes are impressive, the paper-thin plot ultimately unravels.
Synopsis: Shawn MacArthur (Channing Tatum) barely makes a living selling counterfeit goods on the streets of New York. But he has... [More]
Directed By: Dito Montiel

#80

Haymaker (2021)
38%

#80
Adjusted Score: 26603%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Haymaker follows a retired Muay Thai fighter (Nick Sasso) working as a bouncer, who rescues an alluring transgender performer (Nomi... [More]
Directed By: Nick Sasso

#81

Tiger (2018)
38%

#81
Adjusted Score: 17822%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Aspiring boxer Pardeep Singh Nagra fights back after being banned from the sport for refusing to shave his beard.... [More]
Directed By: Alister Grierson

#82
Adjusted Score: 15242%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Justices (Frank Langella, Danny Glover) of the Supreme Court discuss boxer Muhammad Ali's refusal to fight in the Vietnam War.... [More]
Directed By: Stephen Frears

#83

Rocky IV (1985)
40%

#83
Adjusted Score: 44523%
Critics Consensus: Rocky IV inflates the action to absurd heights, but it ultimately rings hollow thanks to a story that hits the same basic beats as the first three entries in the franchise.
Synopsis: After reclaiming the boxing championship title, Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) plans to retire and live with his wife, Adrian (Talia... [More]
Directed By: Sylvester Stallone

#84

Rocky Marciano (1999)
33%

#84
Adjusted Score: 11172%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Working-class Massachusetts native Rocky Marciano (Jon Favreau) enters the boxing ring following World War II. Helped by his childhood friend... [More]
Directed By: Charles Winkler

#85

Rocky V (1990)
33%

#85
Adjusted Score: 35727%
Critics Consensus: Rocky V's attempts to recapture the original's working-class grit are as transparently phony as each of the thuddingly obvious plot developments in a misguided installment that sent the franchise flailing into longterm limbo.
Synopsis: Recently retired boxer Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) falls on hard times after his accountant mismanages his finances. He stages a... [More]
Directed By: John G. Avildsen

#86

Gladiator (1992)
31%

#86
Adjusted Score: 31308%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: After whipping a rival in a brawl, Chicago teen Tommy Riley (James Marshall) is asked to box in the illegal... [More]
Directed By: Rowdy Herrington

#87

Grudge Match (2013)
31%

#87
Adjusted Score: 37176%
Critics Consensus: Grudge Match is sporadically funny but meandering, and its strong cast largely mired in a plot that's overrun with clichés.
Synopsis: Pittsburgh boxers Billy "The Kid" McDonnen (Robert De Niro) and Henry "Razor" Sharp (Sylvester Stallone) shared a fierce rivalry back... [More]
Directed By: Peter Segal

#88

The Man Inside (2012)
27%

#88
Adjusted Score: 15252%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A young boxer tries to distance himself from his father's past as a gangster and from his relationship with his... [More]
Directed By: Dan Turner

#89

Diamonds (1999)
26%

#89
Adjusted Score: 26980%
Critics Consensus: Kirk Douglas' flinty performance fails to overshadow an otherwise dull and cliche-ridden affair.
Synopsis: Harry Agensky (Kirk Douglas), an elderly, retired boxing champion, is recovering from a recent stroke that has left him with... [More]
Directed By: John Asher

#90
#90
Adjusted Score: 5600%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In 1982, as all of Staten Island anticipates the opening of a blockbuster boxing movie, an Italian-American family must confront... [More]
Directed By: James DeMonaco

#91
#91
Adjusted Score: 15981%
Critics Consensus: A bland, dumbed-down package of sports cliches.
Synopsis: Boxing manager Jackie Kallen (Meg Ryan) believes she and a veteran trainer can turn a young man (Omar Epps) into... [More]
Directed By: Charles S. Dutton

#92
#92
Adjusted Score: 14469%
Critics Consensus: Flat characters and uninspired comedy yield forgettable results.
Synopsis: Woody Harrelson and Antonio Banderas star as best friends and professional boxing rivals Vince Boudreau and Caesar Dominguez, both of... [More]
Directed By: Ron Shelton

#93

Annapolis (2006)
10%

#93
Adjusted Score: 14176%
Critics Consensus: Stocked with leading men who look the part but lacking an iota of original plot, Annapolis is merely a watery shadow of superior seafaring military dramas.
Synopsis: A young man from the wrong side of the tracks realizes his dream of attending the U.S. Naval Academy in... [More]
Directed By: Justin Lin

#94

The Sting II (1983)
10%

#94
Adjusted Score: 10157%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A follow-up to the classic original, this film finds con men Fargo Gondorff (Jackie Gleason) and Jake Hooker (Mac Davis)... [More]
Directed By: Jeremy Kagan