With the Olympics gearing up and the Pacquiao v. Bradley fight making headlines, The FreeStyle Life brings you 10 Knockout Boxing Movies.
Documentarian Frederick Wiseman explores the world of a boxing gym in Austin, Texas, dwelling on the discipline of training as people from all walks of life aspire to reach their personal best.
Directed by Frederick Wiseman.
Watch Boxing Gym
Banned for being “too American” by Chairman Mao, the sport of boxing has had a difficult time getting off the ground in China. One man wishes to change that.
Starring Qi Moxiang
Directed by Yung Chung
Ron Howard and Russell Crowe team up to tell the true underdog tale of James Braddock, a supposedly washed up boxer who fought back to become a champion and one of the few bright spots during Depression Era America.
Starring Russell Crowe, Renée Zellweger and Craig Bierko; Directed by Ron Howard
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Mark Wahlberg’s depiction of “Irish” Micky Ward wasn’t the only performance to pack a punch in The Fighter. Both Christian Bale and Melissa Leo came away with Oscars for Best Supporting Actor and Actress.
Starring Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Melissa Leo; Directed by David O. Russell
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Despite being passed over by the Academy, Denzel Washington delivers an incredible performance as Rubin "Hurricane" Carter - a boxer wrongly imprisoned for murder who fights to prove his innocence.
Starring Denzel Washington, Vicellous Reon Shannon and Deborah Kara Unger; Directed by Norman Jewison
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Documentary examining the savage world of bare-knuckle boxing and how the brutal fighting style is employed by members of feuding Irish Traveller Clans to settle disputes.
Starring James, Paddy and Michael Quinn McDonagh; Directed by Ian Palmer
Lupo della Notte (Nightwolf)
Modern gladiators fight for money, fame and glory in an Italian underground world of shadows and blood, sweat and flesh, ambition and cruelty.
Starring Daniele Balconi, Giovanni De Giorgi and Davide Fumagalli; Directed by Giovanni Ficetola and Mateo Fontana
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Million Dollar Baby
After years of busts and disappointment, a hardened trainer (Clint Eastwood) takes a final pupil (Hilary Swank) under his wing to help turn an underdog into a champion.
Starring Hilary Swank, Clint Eastwood and Morgan Freeman; Directed by Clint Eastwood
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Ex-marine Tommy Conlon (Tom Hardy) returns home and reconnects with his estranged father (Nick Nolte) to prepare for SPARTA - the biggest event in mixed martial arts history. The only thing standing in Tommy's path is his older brother, an ex-fighter who must reenter the cage to save his family from financial ruin.
Starring Tom Hardy, Nick Nolte, and Joel Edgerton; Directed by Gavin O'Connor