“Rhythm is everything in boxing. Every move you make starts with your heart, and that’s in rhythm or you’re in trouble. Your rhythm should set the pace of the fight. If it does, then you penetrate your opponent’s rhythm. You make him fight your fight, and that’s what boxing is all about.” – Sugar Ray Robinson. The art of boxing goes hand in hand with that of cinema, and both of them require their respective artists to synchronize every aspect of their mind and body to achieve impactful singularity in every stroke. Being a solo sport, the mental conditioning involved in boxing has always been a subject of interest for cinema. Robert Rossen’s revolutionary Body and Soul first captured the traumatizing ordeal of a bright upcoming boxer in a sullen environment, which set the standards for other boxing related character studies.
This list contains movies that touch subjects of depression, poverty, alienation, racism, addiction and success, and proves why boxers are not fighters just because they throw punches in the ring. They are extremely malleable beings who’ve reached the top by knocking out both life and death. So here is the list of top 10 best boxing movies ever. You can watch some of these best boxing movies on Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime.
10. The Fighter (2010)
Starting off the list with David O.Russell’s The Fighter, which presents a biographical study of two professional boxers, Mickey Ward and Dick Eklund. Stepbrothers Ward and Eklund fought in two different time periods, with the film charting Eklund coaching Ward and the decline of the family into a spiraling addiction of drugs. The film specializes in documenting the lives of two failed boxers and how they seek salvation by defeating their demons. In doing so, it never fails to deviate attention towards either.
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9. The Great White Hope (1970)