Pounding out aggression on the canvas and into our hearts, the best boxing movies capture a private sense of poetry in the most unlikely of places. A decent boxing film that spends time on training and tactics—something like Raging Bull or Rocky—always has a shot at becoming one of the best action movies ever. A handful of the movies on this list “went the distance,” all the way to the Academy Awards, but even if they didn’t, they dance and jab with the best movies of all time. A new boxing drama, Hands of Stone, about notorious champ Roberto Durán (played by Carlos’s Edgar Ramírez), is now in theaters; start with these films for a fuller dramatic experience.
The 10 best boxing movies of all time
Hit the heavy bag and perfect your rope-a-dope with our ranked list of the best boxing movies of all time