Christina Newland at Paste Magazine took on the monumental task of ranking The 50 Best Boxing Movies of All Time. Her list is a pretty good one, including several lesser known films (and some silent movies). Before you click over, here are her top five compared to mine (using just her list) and then some overall comments.
|1. Body and Soul (1947)||1. Rocky (1976)|
|2. Raging Bull (1980)||2. The Set-up (1949)|
|3. Rocky (1976)||3. Requiem for a Heavyweight (1962)|
|4. Fat City (1962)||4. Raging Bull (1980)|
|5. The Set-up (1949)||5. Rocky Balboa (2006)|
Most folks know of my appreciation of the Rocky series so I thought it only right that my best boxing movies using Newland’s list, start and end with Rocky movies.
Looking at Newland’s top five – Usually the top spot in boxing movie lists is held by either Rocky or Raging Bull, so I give her props for picking Body and Soul. That’s a good film, but it wouldn’t make my top five.
All of my top five are films I can watch and re-watch. Outside of the Stallone films, I’ve probably watched The Set-Up the most. It is such a great movie, if you haven’t seen it, I strongly recommend you give it a view.