Top Ten Boxing Movies
Boxing is a combat sport of English origin in which two participants of similar weight fight each other with their fists in a series of one to three-minute intervals called rounds. Victory is achieved if the opponent is knocked down and unable to get up before the referee counts to ten (a Knockout, or KO) or if the opponent is deemed too injured to continue (a Technical Knockout, or TKO). If there is no stoppage of the fight before an agreed number of rounds, a winner is determined either by the referee's decision or by judges' scorecards. In the passage above boxing is explained as two people fighting of similar weight, however rarely of similar backgrounds. In ancient times gladiators were pited against each other to fight to their deaths for entertainment. A gladiator was often the underdog fighting for survival against a superior force.
On the big screen boxing movies have become more successful than any other sports related film. Boxing movies such as Rocky and million Dollar Baby are the only sports related films to win Acadamey Awards for Best Picture. Directors of boxing movies have the great ability of creating characters with so much in common with the audience. Characters who come from disadvantage backgrounds that are used to scrapping for food and money to support families and loved ones, thus when it comes to fighting for survival in a boxing ring they have what it takes to win. However they never have the guidance or confidence to realize their full potential.
This is where directors creates a kind, lovable, knowledgeable character who acts as a father figure and mentor. The audience is then taken on a journey of these two characters quest for glory which involves some of the following, heartbreak, struggle, sacrifice and belief. In any sport no matter what it is people will be drawn naturally to the underdog and cheer for them. People don’t like favorites winning unless of course they have the favorite backed! This is where directors create another character one that the audience dislikes, rude, arrogant, cocky etc. who is at the top of the sport. These two rivals are finally pitted against each other, in one corner you have a fighter that everyone hates and in the other corner a fighter whom everyone has come to love and admire. Audiences like happy endings they are brought up with the stories of Snow white, Cinderella etc. they want to exit the cinema happier than they entered.
They want the underdog to win because they know how it feels to be an underdog. The audience admires a character with pride strength and courage. Great Directors are aware of this knowing what the audience desires and gives it to them. Boxing movies work because everyone loves a good underdog story! Top Ten Boxing Movies Countdown 10.Rocky III (1982) Released in 1982 Rocky III written, directed and starred in by Sylvester Stallone became the third movie of the Rocky Franchise. Boxer Rocky Balboa enjoys the wealth he has as world-champion. He only fights against straightforward opponents. Then he is challenged by the arrogant Clubber Lang. Rocky accepts the challenge to prove once more that there is only one world-champion. But Lang wins and becomes the new champion.
Nobody believes in Rocky anymore, except one man: former world-champion Apollo Creed. Creed trains Rocky in an effort to regain his title. Co Stars: Talia Shire as “Adrian Balboa” Burt Young as “Paulie” and Carl Weathers as “Apollo Creed”. 9. Diggstown (1992) Rolling in at number nine is the film directed by Michael Ritchie, Diggstown starring James Wood (Gabriel Caine) Louis Gossett (Honey) and Bruce Dern (John Gillion). Gabriel Caine has only left prison when he sets up a bet with a wealthy businessman. This businessman owns most of a boxing-mad town called Diggstown. The bet is that “Gabe” can find a boxer that will knock out 10 Diggstown men, in a boxing ring, within 24 hours. "Honey" Roy Palmer is that man - although at 48, many say he is well past it. A sub plot is thrown in about Charles Macum Diggs - the heavyweight champion that gave the town its name - and who is now confined to a wheelchair.
8. City for Conquest (1940) Anatole Litvak directs this film based on the novel called City of Conquest. Filled with fire and fury starring James Cagney as Danny Kenny (Young Samson) a truck driver who enters "the fight game" and Ann Sheridan as Peggy 'Peg' Nash his former girlfriend. Danny’s success in the ring is helping him pay for his brother Eddie’s music education. Danny becomes blinded by acid in a bout, and when efforts to get even fail his former manager finances a newsstand for the now blind and handicapped Danny. Eddie becomes a composer and dedicates a symphony at Carnegie Hall to Danny who listens to it on his radio from his newsstand. Peggy rushes from the concert to reunite with Danny at the newsstand. 7. Raging Bull (1980) Lucky number seven on our countdown is Raging Bull the two-time Oscar winning movie directed by Martin Scorsese.
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