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PittsburghPlunger
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Some of mine include:

On the Waterfront - "I could of been a contender".

Requiem for a Heaveyweight - Great performance by Anthony Quinn as well as a superb dramatic role for Jackie Gleason.

The Harder They Fall - Nice role for Bogart. I also love the part when the shady accountant tells Toro they owe him only a few dollars after all of the "deductions".

What are some of your favorite boxing movies?

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Totally agree on 'Requiem'.

'The Harder They Fall' lost me when they b*chted up the ending with the 'boxing must be abolished' bull****.

Mentioned these on the 'book to movie' thread but 'Raging Bull' and 'Fat City' (Stacy Keach and Jeff Bridges as two California club fighters at opposite ends of their careers) make my list for sure.

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When We Were Kings.

Granted it's a documentary, but it's a great movie.

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'Requiem For A Heavyweight' is my favorite boxing movie of all time. It's a miracle. Gleason as Maish, Rooney as Army, and Quinn as the mountain of a wrecked soul on whom both men are pinning their hopes...and into whom each is meting out whatever ration of love each still has left in him after a precarious life lived in a precarious business. Serling was the miracle worker, aided and abetted by a director, Ralph Nelson, whose integrity matched the writer's. And look at who else was in the film...Dempsey, Barney Ross, Gus Lesnevich, Rory Calhoun (not the actor), Alex Miteff, Willie Pep, a phenom-in-the-making out of Louisville by the name of Cassius Clay, Paolo Rossi, referee Arthur Mercante, the great Haystacks Calhoun, and Julie Harris, whose character, Grace Miller (and she was a miller of grace) was at least as heartbreaking as that of Quinn's Mountain Rivera. The look of it, the smell of it, the taste of it...all authentic, from the gut. A miracle.

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The original "Rocky" still holds up by itself if you subtract the predictable sequels.

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quote:
Originally posted by okstampede:
The original "Rocky" still holds up by itself if you subtract the predictable sequels.

I still stop and watch the original Rocky every time I come across it on AMC or another channel. What made the movie great was that Rocky lost in the end IMHO. For anyone living in Philadelphia or the surrounding area, that movie still has a mythical quality about it, even 30+ years later.

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quote:
Originally posted by 1000 Masks But No Jobs:
quote:
Originally posted by okstampede:
The original "Rocky" still holds up by itself if you subtract the predictable sequels.

I still stop and watch the original Rocky every time I come across it on AMC or another channel. What made the movie great was that Rocky lost in the end IMHO. For anyone living in Philadelphia or the surrounding area, that movie still has a mythical quality about it, even 30+ years later.
I don't know if there have been any other fight movies where the outcome of the big fight was an afterthought. They announced Apollo as the winner and then basically forgot about it.

I'll go with the Rocky Balboa sequel if for nothing more than the "Its not how hard you hit" speech. Great, great speech.

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Does 3 o clock high count? It's a movie about a guy getting challenged to a fight after school.

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Hard Times.

The TV version of Requeim.

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Raging Bull, Rocky and Cinderella Man are my top three.

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Cinderella Man
Raging Bull
Rocky
Rocky Balboa

Also, has anyone ever seen the Rocky Marciano movie where Jon Favreau played Marciano? I'm just curious since I've always wanted to.

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For a comedy, I LOVE The Great White Hype. Hilarious movie.

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Raging Bull
Rocky
Rocky 2

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quote:
Originally posted by Magnum GA:
When We Were Kings.

Granted it's a documentary, but it's a great movie.

Hell, if we're going with documentaries too, Unforgivable Blackness.

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Requiem for sure.

Couple that haven't been mentioned

"Somebody Up There Likes Me"

"The Great White Hope".

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The Champ....the Wallace Berry version and Champion starring Kirk Douglas are two of my favorites, followed by Requiem for a Heavyweight (Anthony Quinn version) Somebody Up There Likes Me and Raging Bull. While I think On the Waterfront was a great film , I don't look at it as a boxing movie. Rocky while extremely entertaining and a movie I loved, I just don't feel is in the same category as the above.

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quote:
Originally posted by diamondmd:
Requiem for sure.

"Somebody Up There Likes Me"


I read the book a good fifteen times before the movie deal was ever announced. I like the book a lot more than the movie.

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quote:
Originally posted by izzy:
Champion starring Kirk Douglas
Izzy

Don't you mean "Chaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaampion," Iz? The way Kirk said the word?

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quote:
Originally posted by doc:
quote:
Originally posted by diamondmd:
Requiem for sure.

"Somebody Up There Likes Me"


I read the book a good fifteen times before the movie deal was ever announced. I like the book a lot more than the movie.
Me too.

'Champion' I'll agree was great, though more because of Douglas' performance than anything/everything else.

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... does 'Pulp Fiction' count? Think about it.

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quote:
Originally posted by Crimson Mask from FL:
quote:
Originally posted by doc:
quote:
Originally posted by diamondmd:
Requiem for sure.

"Somebody Up There Likes Me"


I read the book a good fifteen times before the movie deal was ever announced. I like the book a lot more than the movie.
Me too.

'Champion' I'll agree was great, though more because of Douglas' performance than anything/everything else.

Yeah, Kirk brought it home.

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Obviously, other then Rocky, for me, not to many.
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quote:
Originally posted by Crimson Mask from FL:
... does 'Pulp Fiction' count? Think about it.

Absolutely. Willis was credible as a pug, and his story was strong.

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Not really "boxing" movie, but a movie about a boxer - "The Hurricane"
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Just about all my favorites have been mentioned so far, except for these:

"Million Dollar Baby" -unforgettable performances by Hillary Swank, Clint Eastwood and Morgan Freeman.

"Punch Drunks" (1934) The Three Stooges -Curly gets fighting mad whenever he hears "Pop Goes The Weasel".

"Ring Of Fire: The Emile Griffith Story" -one of the most riveting films you will ever see, documentary or otherwise.

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Reviving the discussion of favorite boxing movies.

Here are some links to help tweak your memory:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Boxing_films

https://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2017/03/the-50-best-boxing-films-of-all-time.html

https://screenrant.com/best-boxing-movies-ever-rocky-creed/?view=all

http://www.best-sports-movies.com/boxing.html

https://www.foxsports.com/boxing/gallery/ranking-the-11-greatest-boxing-movies-of-all-time-111616

http://www.listchallenges.com/imdb-top-50-boxing-movies

https://theplaylist.net/25-best-boxing-films-ever-20160824/ (click bait - unnecessary multiple pages)

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Of the movies previously mentioned, I like these:

Champion

On the Waterfront

Raging Bull

Requiem for a Heavyweight

Rocky

Somebody Up There Likes Me

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I would like to add a movie that came out years after this thread was started:

Creed

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Somebody Up There Like Me
Rocky 2
Rocky 3
The Champ

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quote:
Originally posted by Golem:
I would like to add a movie that came out years after this thread was started:

Creed

Agreed on Creed! I liked Southpaw too

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