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Old 03-13-2013, 08:41 PM   #1
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Default Your favorite boxing movies

Another thread gave me the idea for this one and if it's been broached before i missed it and suspect it's been a long time ago, but ...

What are your three favorite boxing movies, in order? Three only. And no documentaries, please.

Give me:

1) Rocky -- great story, great acting, great script.

2) Cinderella Man -- well made, well told

3) Million Dollar Baby -- only the overly sentimental ending keeps it from vying for No. 1
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Old 03-13-2013, 09:14 PM   #2
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How 'bout THE CHAMPION, starring Kirk Douglas?
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Old 03-13-2013, 10:00 PM   #3
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Million Dollar Baby was a terrible, terrible movie. And Cinderella Man was just alright. Rocky is great though.

1.Raging Bull: Not just a great boxing movie. One of the greatest movies of all time.
2.Rocky: Even though Stallone can't box, the story, the acting, and the music were superb.
3.The Great White Hype: very funny film. You have Samuel Jackson playing Don King, Damon Wayans playing Tyson, with all sorts of inside boxing jokes.
4.Fat City: a very realistic story, directed by John Houston. Not as good as the book but I liked the contrast of the fighter on his way up and the one on his way out.
5.Diggstown: James Woods gives a very good performance
6.The Hammer: Adam Carolla knows his boxing, and comedic dialog, but this film still lacked top knotch acting, writing, direction, and cinematography.
7.Killer's Kiss: Not strictly a boxer movie but the main character is a boxer and it has a boxing scene in it. And it's by master filmmaker Stanley Kubrick.
8.Requiem for a Heavyweight: good acting, and a good noir film

I couldn't watch all of The Fighter because it was just so melodramatic, even though Christian Bale was doing some good acting in that. Million Dollar Baby was one of the most sickeningly manipulative over the top films I think I've ever seen. It's kick the puppy filmmaking where they just keep beating up on a poor defenseless victim who's pure and kind. Meanwhile, Eastwood is learning Gaelic 'cause all of his characters need to have some unique tick like playing jazz or painting, and Morgan Freeman is some washed up boxer who's had 99 fights and wishes he'd had 100. Yuck. Cinderellas Man was boring. Will Smith looked nothing like Muhammad Ali in Ali. And Somebody Up There Likes Me was phoney as a two dollar bill.

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Old 03-13-2013, 10:08 PM   #4
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Raging Bull
Rocky
The Boxer (Daniel Day Lewis)
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Old 03-13-2013, 10:12 PM   #5
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Fighting Tommy Riley - good modern movie with an interisting Cus D'Amato-type twist.
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Old 03-13-2013, 10:14 PM   #6
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How 'bout THE CHAMPION, starring Kirk Douglas?
Great movie from 1949...I watched it when it came out in '49....I have it on DVD
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Old 03-13-2013, 10:17 PM   #7
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The fight scenes on the Rocky movies are too fake and ruin the movies...Just my opinion
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Old 03-13-2013, 11:23 PM   #8
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Forgot Great White Hype. Wouldn't say it's one of the three best even though it may be the one I enjoy the most.

It is so thickly layered with inside boxing jokes that it goes over 90 percent of peoples' heads.
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Old 03-14-2013, 08:12 AM   #9
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Raging Bull
The Greatest
Rocky
Rocky II
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Old 03-14-2013, 09:07 AM   #10
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Rocky
Raging Bull
The Fighter
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Old 03-14-2013, 09:28 AM   #11
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Raging Bull is a monster of a movie, one of my favourites of any genre. The fight scenes still look great today and i reckon it's DeNiro's best performance.
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Old 03-14-2013, 09:48 AM   #12
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raging bull will always be may favourite, loved the rocky films as well pretty much like everyone else in the thread

i know its not a 'boxing film' but brando plays an ex-boxer and jus for the epic one scene of 'i could of had class...i could of been a contender' surly the 'on the water front' deserves a mention??
everytime i watch it the bit where marlon turns angry gives me chills
'kid its not your night...my night?? i could of tuck wilson apart
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Old 03-14-2013, 12:36 PM   #13
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Raging Bull is a monster of a movie, one of my favourites of any genre. The fight scenes still look great today and i reckon it's DeNiro's best performance.

Jake La Motta said that De Niro had genuine boxing talent.
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The Hammer
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