Best Boxing Documentaries?

Discussion in 'Classic Boxing Forum' started by Rumsfeld, Nov 18, 2015.

  1. Rumsfeld

    Rumsfeld Moderator Staff Member

    Jul 19, 2004
    What are some of your favorites?

    And what are some of the more obscure/lesser known ones that you may have scene?
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  2. Vanboxingfan

    Vanboxingfan Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

    Feb 5, 2005
    I thought "Unforgivable Blackness" was a good bio on Jack Johnson. It's written by Ken Burns who I've come to admire over the years. I tend to read books more than watch bio's however. A bio on Jack Dempsey would be awesome.

    I like bios on the older fighters because I also get to learn about the times in the first part of 20th century which I also find interesting.
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  3. Nighttrain

    Nighttrain 'BOUT IT 'BOUT IT Full Member

    Nov 7, 2011
    When the Smoke Clears-gives a behind the curtain look at the rubble left from the greatest rivalry in sports.

    Muhammad and Larry-seeing The Greatest used, leaves you wondering why someone didn't go to jail.

    After the Last Round- a sobering look at the price paid by boxings warriors.

    The Four Kings-Duran, Leona rd, Hagler, Hearns!

    Rocky Marciano-Undefeated. You gotta love the Rock!
  4. Sangria

    Sangria You bleed like Mylee Full Member

    Nov 13, 2010
    Champions Forever. Campeones por vida! Nada mas!
  5. Rumsfeld

    Rumsfeld Moderator Staff Member

    Jul 19, 2004
    Good stuff. Keep them coming please.

  6. Sangria

    Sangria You bleed like Mylee Full Member

    Nov 13, 2010
    Tyson and the Heavyweights

    Simple little premise with great insight. Recorded in 1988.
  7. Bukkake

    Bukkake Boxing Addict Full Member

    Apr 20, 2010
    When I saw the title of the thread... this was the one that immediately came to mind. An amazing documentary - but also one that made me very sad!
  8. KO KIDD

    KO KIDD Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

    Oct 5, 2009
    There's a great louis vs schmeling one on YouTube like an hour and a half very good I think done by pbs but I'm not sure
  9. heerko koois

    heerko koois Boxing Junkie Full Member

    Apr 26, 2006
    Facing Ali was good...
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  10. Rumsfeld

    Rumsfeld Moderator Staff Member

    Jul 19, 2004
    I just watched "The Kings of the Ring", which was pretty decent, aside from the fact it perturbed me to no end the way they just glossed over Holmes' reign as if it lasted mere weeks.

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  11. choklab

    choklab cocoon of horror Full Member

    Dec 31, 2009
    BBC documentary about Freddie Mills in the early 1980s is excellent. It covers an awful lot if ground, interviews a lot of important characters and spends the right amount of time on his career and mysterious death.

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    42day hero about Randy Turpin is just as good. And it's on YouTube!

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  12. Azzer85

    Azzer85 Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

    Mar 13, 2010
    There's a recent one which I found really good.

    A documentary about coming from th ghettoes, with Tyson, Holyfield and Hopkins in there.
  13. turpinr

    turpinr Boxing Junkie Full Member

    Feb 6, 2009
    I saw one in 1979 called 'the hardest game' about British boxers such as mills and turpin but despite enquiries about it since, I have drawn a blank.
    64 day hero about Randy Turpin was brilliant.
  14. Bonecrusher

    Bonecrusher Lineal Champion Full Member

    Jul 19, 2004
    Recent ones:

    ESPN 30 for 30 Chasing Tyson

    Older ones
    Champions forever: very solid Ali, Frazier, Foreman, Norton, Holmes lots of fight footage and current interviews (at that time)
    Mike Tyson's greatest hits
    HBO Boxings greatest hits (taped this one bsck in 1988 or 89 I believe)
    When we were kings
    Tyson (2008)
    Any of the HBO legendary nights series, these are ones I also have tucked away stored on VHS (I really need to transfer)
    I have many older ones which feature a younger Tyson sitting down with Harry Carpernter I believe that's his name he's an older British gentleman that used to call fights with Bruno. They are like Tyson and history's best heavyweights and the heavyweights "the big punchers"
    I have one on Earnie Shavers I think it's called like greatest one punch heavy weight of all time or something.
    No compromises Evander Holyfield story
    The Joe Louis story this is a movie but they use actual Joe Louis fight footage and Coley Wallace plays Louis and he's a dead ringer for him. He was also a former fighter who held a amateur victory over Rocky Marciano.

    That's just off the top of my head I'll post more I'll look thru my tapes and see which ones I'm forgetting.
  15. HerolGee

    HerolGee Obsessed with Boxing banned Full Member

    Sep 22, 2010
    has no one mentioned When We Were Kings? oh I see, obscure ones, my bad.