Here’s a list of boxing films that have left an impression on audiences throughout the years, in advance of the debut of these two films on Amazon Prime Video.
Boxing appears to be the most popular sport among filmmakers. While Farhan Akhtar’s Toofaan is set to hit theatres this week, Tamil actor Arya will soon be seen in Sarpatta Parambarai, a film about two clans in 1970s Chennai feuding over boxing. Farhan Akhtar portrays a goon whose life is turned upside down as he discovers his vocation in athletics and embarks on a mission to become a world-class boxer in Toofaan. Here’s a selection of boxing films that have left an impression on audiences throughout the years, ahead of their debut on Amazon Prime Video.
Bringing the Champ Back to Life
The film follows a fictitious former athlete, played by Samuel L. Jackson, who lives on the streets of Denver and seeks to imitate former professional heavyweight boxer Bob Satterfield’s life and career.
Clint Eastwood, who also acts with Hilary Swank and Morgan Freeman, directed, co-produced, and composed the 2004 picture. Margaret “Maggie” Fitzgerald (Swank) is an underdog amateur boxer who is assisted to accomplish her ambition of becoming a professional by an underrated boxing trainer (Eastwood).
Rocky is a multi-media brand founded by Sylvester Stallone that includes American boxing sports dramas. It is one of the most renowned sports film series. Rocky (1976) and its five sequels revolve around the boxing career of the titular fictitious figure Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone). The franchise moved to Adonis Creed (Michael B. Jordan), the son of Rocky’s slain adversary and friend Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers), as the eponymous boxer, with the now-retired Rocky serving as his trainer in the seventh and eighth spin-off sequels, Creed (2015) and Creed II (2018).
Bull in a Fury
Martin Scorsese directed this 1980 biographical sports drama film, which was adapted from Jake LaMotta’s 1970 memoir Raging Bull: My Story by Paul Schrader and Mardik Martin. Robert De Niro plays Jake LaMotta, an Italian-American middleweight boxer whose self-destructive and obsessive fury, sexual jealousy, and animalistic hunger ruined his relationship with his wife and family in the United Artists picture.
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Sudha Kongara wrote and directed the 2016 Tamil-Hindi bilingual sports drama film, which stars R. Madhavan as a boxing instructor and debutant Ritika Singh as an ambitious fighter. Madhavan plays a skilled but unsuccessful fighter who, despite his talent, falls victim to the corrupt politics of the boxing association. He ultimately becomes a government coach for the national women’s boxing training center, is unjustly accused of sexual harassment in Delhi and is sent to Chennai to find and develop fresh female boxers.