Boxing films have proved to be enormously popular throughout cinema history, with a brilliant addition to the genre coming out seemingly each decade. This is partly due to the popularity of underdog stories, as many of the entries rely on a character working hard work to overcome an obstacle at the end (the big fight). This is a classic storytelling formula, and boxing lends itself well to cinema as it is so dramatic. Here are 10 of the greatest boxing films of all time, all of which are sure to get you pumped up and ready for anything.
10. The Boxer (1997)
Jim Sheridan’s 1997 film The Boxer stars Daniel Day-Lewis and Emily Watson, and follows the life of Danny Flynn, who is a boxer and former Provisional IRA volunteer. The film starts with a once promising boxer, Flynn, being released from prison after 14 years, and his attempts to start a normal life. Overcoming his sectarian hatred, Flynn opens a gym with his former training partner for aspiring boxers of all religions and tries to restart his own boxing career. Soon politics get in the way, however, and the boxing becomes a metaphor for the political battle that is occurring at this time. This makes it a powerful and intriguing movie, as well as an entertaining boxing film. Daniel Day-Lewis excels in the role and reportedly spent three years training to play Danny Flynn, and it is also the third collaboration between the Irish director and Daniel Day-Lewis.