Best new Boxing movies in 2018 & 2017 (Netflix & Cinema List)

The Vore's Film staff selects the top best boxing movies of 2019 in cinema, DVD and Netflix. Are Antoine Fuqua, David O. Russell & Martin Scorsese our new boxing genre directors? The main focus is on international art house & American and British indie cinema.

Every once in a while a great new boxing film surfaces. It's no longer merely the old nostalgia of the 70's and 80's (Raging Bull, Rocky), but the genre is revived with fresh faces, and is placed in a more modern context. Popular young actors reach stardom playing troubled characters that overcome themselves by going for the victory in the ring. It are stories of discipline, determination, courage and sportsmanship. In other words, stories that are universal and of all times. Recently there has been an influx of movies like this with Southpaw, Creed and the 2017 Bleed for this with Mike Teller.

New boxing movies in 2018

Top movies up for release in 2018

  • Creed 2

    DIRECTOR: Steven Caple Jr.
    CAST: Sylvester Stallone, Tessa Thompson, Michael B. Jordan

    The Creed saga continues. This time around, Rocky Balboa prepares his pupil Adonis for a very special fight. Ivar Drago's son Vitor is the opponent. Rocky fans beware; good old Dolph Lundgren will be back too! Read more

    RATING: 77/100

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Best boxing movies of 2017

Top rated 2017 boxing movies

  • The Bleeder

    DIRECTOR: Philippe Falardeau
    CAST: Liev Schreiber Elisabeth Moss, Naomi Watts

    'The Bleeder' tells the unfortunate story of Chuck Wepner, 'the True Rocky'; a heavy-weight boxer with as much talent for boxing as for living a sex, drugs and rock 'n roll lifestyle. What many people don't know, is that his story inspired Sylvester Stallone to write that particular iconic boxing movie from 1976. Expect a decent, tragicomic rise-and-fall story set in the seventies. Read more

    RATING: 74/100

    RELEASE DATE: May 5th, 2017

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  • Journeyman

    DIRECTOR: Paddy Considine
    CAST: Paddy Considine Jodie Whittaker Paul Popplewell

    Journeyman is about something about boxing I could never really understand. How can you get hit that often and be fine? In this promising movie by gritty British art house filmmaker Paddy Considine a boxer suffers a serious head injury and has to face the consequences. Read more

    RATING: 84/100

    RELEASE DATE: January 13th, 2019

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Best boxing movies on Netflix or DVD in 2019

2010's best rated boxing movies out on DVD, Bluray or streaming on VOD (Netflix, Amazon).

  • Raging Bull

    DIRECTOR: Martin Scorsese
    CAST: Robert De Niro Cathy Moriarty Joe Pesci

    Story of a violent and ill-tempered boxer who rules the ring because of his aggressive traits but ends up gradually devastating his own life outside the ring because of... Read more

    RATING: 82/100

    RELEASE DATE: December 19th, 1980

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  • Million Dollar Baby

    DIRECTOR: Clint Eastwood
    CAST: Hilary Swank Clint Eastwood Morgan Freeman

    Tale of determination and fate; a talented, determined woman boxer trains arduously under her trainer to become a great boxer but her life takes a disastrous turn after a... Read more

    RATING: 81/100

    RELEASE DATE: January 28th, 2005

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  • The Fighter

    DIRECTOR: David O. Russell
    CAST: Mark Wahlberg Christian Bale Amy Adams

    The story sheds a light on the early years of boxer mickey Ward and his brother who himself was an aspiring boxer; The highlight is how Mickey's brother trains him,... Read more

    RATING: 79/100

    RELEASE DATE: December 17th, 2010

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  • Creed

    DIRECTOR: Ryan Coogler
    CAST: Michael B. Jordan Sylvester Stallone Tessa Thompson

    The glorious return of Rocky Bilbao, this time around as a coach and mentor. Stallone still has it! In 'Creed', Rocky trains the talented the son of Apollo Creed, once his biggest rival in boxing. 'Creed' is somewhere in-between a Rocky sequel and a spin-off. For one thing, director Ryan Coogler really succeeded in reviving the atmosphere of the old movies. Read more

    RATING: 77/100

    RELEASE DATE: November 25th, 2015

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  • The Hurricane

    DIRECTOR: Norman Jewison
    CAST: Denzel Washington Vicellous Shannon Deborah Kara Unger

    A boxer is wrongly imprisoned on the charges of murder; The story showcases his effort and the aid of his supporters to prove his innocence. Read more

    RATING: 74/100

    RELEASE DATE: January 14th, 2000

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  • Southpaw

    DIRECTOR: Antoine Fuqua
    CAST: Jake Gyllenhaal Rachel McAdams Oona Laurence

    Jake Gyllenhaal gained an impressive amount of weight for his role in this brilliant, old-fashioned rise-and-fall boxing drama. Billy Hope is one of the most successful boxer of his time, but his life (and career) is turned upside down after his wife gets killed in an incident with a rival boxer. Plotwise, nothing new here, but Gyllenhaal's powerful performance makes this one very much worth your while Read more

    RATING: 73/100

    RELEASE DATE: July 24th, 2015

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  • The Boxer

    DIRECTOR: Jim Sheridan
    CAST: Daniel Day-Lewis Daragh Donnelly Frank Coughlan

    After completing a jail time of 14 years, a young boxer is released from prison, the story reflects his life as he looks forward to rebuild it in his previous... Read more

    RATING: 71/100

    RELEASE DATE: December 31st, 1997

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  • Bleed for This

    DIRECTOR: Ben Younger
    CAST: Miles Teller Aaron Eckhart, Katey Sagal

    Miles Teller stars as Vinny Pazienza, a famous boxer from the 80's/90's who almost lost his ability to walk after a near-fatal car accident. With the help of legendary and eccentric coach Kevin Rooney, Vinny tries what seems utterly impossible: make it back into the ring. 'Bleed for This' doesn't bring you anything new exactly, but is nonetheless entertaining and inspirational. Read more

    RATING: 68/100

    RELEASE DATE: November 18th, 2016

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