Sports movies come and go in waves but one sport never dies in cinema and that is boxing. Boxing movies are constantly evolving and are surely getting better with time. Look back and think about the time when it all started with the Rocky Balboa movies, fast forward a few years and now you have films like Creed and Southpaw. What makes most of us watch these movies is their intense portrayal of the sacrifices made by the characters, their growth of mental and physical strength across the span of the movie and mostly those extreme and grueling training scenes that show the true potential of human ability with some heavy bass music spinning in the background.
Why do you think “Eye of the Tiger” gets you all fired up when you’re working out. It’s a great song but we associate it with the memory of Sylvester Stallone training and that itself is enough to get us all charged up. Some will probably never appreciate the struggles of a person who is committed to his/her sport and might even find the whole idea of punching and getting punched for money downright stupid. But for those who know the value of discipline and the value of earning one’s lost respect, we’ve created a list of really good boxing movies on Netflix that are available for streaming.
10. Tyson (2008)
With a total of 50 wins (44 by knockout) and 6 loses, Mike Tyson indeed had an extraordinary boxing career. The movie documents all of it. Mike Tyson, himself starts narrating about how he started boxing at a detention state center to be later sent to Cus D’Amato who became Tyson’s trainer and also a mentor Tyson looked up to. The movie then shows his journey into becoming the legendary boxer that he was by winning all his fights for six years straight. Then came the downfall of the man when his marriage broke apart, he was convicted of rape and loses in the ring that was a consequence of lack of training. He ends the film by narrating his ambition of being a great father and a good human being in general. What’s great about this one is that it goes back and forth between the positives and the negatives in Mike’s life creating a great balance for the viewer and it also digs deep into Tyson’s personal life as well where you can at times see the man holding back his tears. If you love boxing then make sure that you watch this one and if you were ever a Mike Tyson fan, then what are you even waiting for?
9. Kid Kulafu (2015)
Manny Pacquiao is known to be one of the greatest boxers of our time, but most of us have no clue about where this Filipino boxer came from and what is his story. If you’re curious to find out how the legend was made then do watch this one. The movie narrates his story right from the time when he was a kid and had lived in a state of poverty where even surviving to the next day was a big struggle. When he discovers his natural talent for boxing he gives it everything and his hard work and persistence take him to a bigger stage where he practices his art to become a champion for everyone who supported him throughout his journey even when he was taking the biggest risks. ‘Kid Kulafu’ throws some phenomenal punches that are good enough to make you fall in love with it.