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35 Best Boxing Movies From The 2000s

1. The Opponent (2000)

Patty’s dedication to boxing fuels her sense of empowerment and strength, as she tirelessly trains. With the encouragement of her coach and newfound companions at the gym, Patty embarks on a transformative journey that not only sharpens her boxing skills but also helps her heal from past wounds.

As she climbs the ranks in the professional circuit, Patty demonstrates to herself and the world that she possesses an undeniable power. Through resilience, determination, and an unwavering fighting spirit, Patty defies expectations and becomes a beacon of inspiration for others, proving that they too can conquer adversity and achieve greatness.

2. Snatch (2000)

This is not solely a boxing movie but incorporates the sport within its dynamic storyline. Directed by Guy Ritchie, this British crime comedy presents a series of interconnected plots involving boxing promoters, gangsters, amateur fighters, and valuable stolen diamonds.

Combining humor, fast-paced action, unpredictable twists, and memorable characters played by actors like Brad Pitt and Jason Statham, “Snatch” delivers an entertaining fusion of boxing and crime genres.

3. King of the World (2000)

“King of the World” is a captivating biographical drama released in 2000 that chronicles the rise of one of boxing’s most legendary figures — Muhammad Ali. Set during Ali’s early years as he transitions from Cassius Clay to becoming a heavyweight champion and cultural icon.

This film explores his personal struggles both inside and outside the ring while portraying Ali’s resilience, charisma, and unyielding determination that made him conquer not only boxing but also hearts worldwide.

4. Girlfight (2000)

Released in 2000, “Girlfight” stands out as an empowering sports drama centered around female boxing protagonist Diana Guzman played by Michelle Rodriguez in her breakthrough role.

The film depicts Diana’s journey as she defies societal expectations to pursue her dreams as a boxer while battling gender stereotypes, personal hardships, and her own inner demons. With its raw portrayal of resilience, love, and self-discovery, “Girlfight” serves as an inspiring tale that transcends the boxing genre.

5. Price of Glory (2000)

The film is a heartfelt boxing drama released in 2000 that dives into the complex dynamics within a Mexican-American boxing family. Focused on the struggles and sacrifices made by a passionate father and his three sons who are all seeking success in the ring, this film explores themes of family loyalty, dreams vs. reality and examines the price one must pay for glory.

Through its poignant storytelling and compelling performances, “Price of Glory” captures the emotional rollercoaster of ambition and its impact on familial bonds.

6. Ali (2001)

This biographical sports drama brings to life the incredible journey of boxing legend Muhammad Ali. Directed by Michael Mann and featuring an outstanding performance by Will Smith, the film explores Ali’s personal and professional battles, his powerful impact on society during the tumultuous 1960s, and his legendary bouts in the boxing ring.

With its mesmerizing performances and authentic depiction of one of the greatest athletes of all time, “Ali” is an inspiring tribute to a true champion.

7. Carman The Champion (2001)

The film tells the story of Orlando Leone, a gifted gospel singer turned professional boxer portrayed by Carman. This uplifting sports drama follows Orlando’s journey as he confronts countless challenges both inside and outside the ring. Through determination and faith, Orlando strives to become a true champion in this heartfelt tale of triumph against all odds.

8. Undisputed (2002)

Undisputed is an intense sports drama that centers around the world of prison boxing. The film revolves around Monroe Hutchen (played by Wesley Snipes), a former heavyweight champion serving time in prison for a crime he didn’t commit. When another inmate named Iceman Chambers (portrayed by Ving Rhames) arrives boasting his own undefeated record, tensions rise as they face off in what promises to be an epic showdown inside the prison ring.

9. Joe and Max (2002)

Released in 2002, Joe and Max offers a fictionalized account of the remarkable relationship between legendary boxers Joe Louis (played by Til Schweiger) and Max Schmeling (portrayed by Leonard Roberts). Set against the backdrop of World War II and their historic matches, the film explores the complex dynamic between racial tensions, political ideologies, and personal loyalty that shaped their lives. With compelling performances and a thought-provoking narrative, Joe and Max sheds light on the impact of boxing on society during a tumultuous era.

10. Champion (2002)

An inspiring sports drama that follows the rise of a determined young boxer named Midge Kelly (played by Kirk Douglas). Directed by Mark Robson, the film explores Midge’s journey from a troubled background to becoming a successful prizefighter.

As he navigates fame and fortune, Midge must confront personal demons and make difficult choices to maintain his integrity both inside and outside of the ring. Champion is a gripping portrait of ambition, sacrifice, and ultimately finding one’s true identity.

11. Hajime No Ippo: Champion Road (2003)

Hajime No Ippo, released in 2003, is an anime film based on the popular sports manga series. This action-packed movie continues the story of Ippo Makunouchi, an aspiring boxer who has risen through the ranks with his relentless determination.

Set after his victory in the Japanese featherweight championship, Ippo faces new challenges as he prepares for his first world title match. With its dynamic animation style and thrilling fight sequences, Hajime delivers an exciting continuation to this beloved boxing franchise.

12. Hajime No Ippo: Mashiba Vs Kimura (2003)

Another installment in the Hajime No Ippo series, Mashiba Vs Kimura showcases an intense showdown between two characters from the anime/manga franchise.

The film revolves around Ryūichi Mashiba’s ruthless boxing style against Takeshi Kimura’s strong determination. As their paths collide in a climactic match, fans of the series are captivated by the high-stakes action and the evolving relationships between these skilled fighters.

13. Million Dollar Baby (2004)

A poignant and emotionally charged boxing drama directed by Clint Eastwood. Starring Hilary Swank as Maggie Fitzgerald, an aspiring female boxer, and Eastwood himself as her dedicated trainer Frank Dunn, the film explores themes of second chances, redemption, and the unbreakable bond between coach and athlete. With its exceptional performances and a thought-provoking narrative, Million Dollar Baby delivers a heart-wrenching story that tugs at the audiences’ emotions.

14. Against the Ropes (2004)

Released in 2004, Against the Ropes is an inspiring sports drama based on the true story of Jackie Kallen (played by Meg Ryan). The film follows Kallen’s journey from being a struggling female boxing manager to breaking barriers in a predominantly male-dominated sport.

As she strives to transform an underdog fighter into a champion, Kallen faces resistance from both within and outside of the boxing community. Directed by Charles S. Dutton, Against the Ropes is an empowering tale of perseverance and triumph against adversity.

15. The Calcium Kid (2004)

This British comedy playfully parodies the world of professional boxing. Starring Orlando Bloom as Jimmy Connelly, an unlikely milkman turned accidental boxing sensation, this lighthearted film showcases Connelly’s unexpected rise to fame after he gets recruited for a big fight due to fortuitous circumstances. Directed by Alex De Rakoff, The Calcium Kid infuses humor into the traditionally intense sport of boxing and offers a refreshing take on underdog stories.

16. Shadowboxing (2005)

Shadowboxing, a film released in 2005, is a Russian sports drama that delves into the world of professional boxing. Set against the backdrop of post-Soviet Russia, the movie follows the rise of a talented young boxer named Artem Kolchin.

Fueled by his determination and guided by his tough coach, Artem must navigate the challenges of the sport, confront personal demons, and strive for greatness in the ring. With its intense fight sequences and compelling storytelling, Shadowboxing offers a captivating exploration of ambition, sacrifice, and redemption.

17. Cinderella Man (2005)

In 2005, Cinderella Man graced the silver screen as a biographical drama directed by Ron Howard. Inspired by true events, the film portrays the incredible comeback story of James J. Braddock, an American heavyweight boxer during the Great Depression.

Starring Russell Crowe in a powerful performance as Braddock, Cinderella Man takes us on a journey through Braddock’s struggles to provide for his family and his eventual shot at redemption in one of boxing’s most memorable fights.

18. Ring of Fire: The Emile Griffith Story (2005)

Ring of fire is a documentary film, chronicles the life and career achievements of Emile Griffith—legendary welterweight and middleweight champion. Directed by Dan Klores and Ron Berger, this poignant documentary explores Griffith’s inspiring ascent through professional boxing while delving into his personal struggles with identity and sexuality within society’s constraints during that era.

Through heartfelt interviews with Griffith himself and those who knew him well, Ring of Fire provides a thought-provoking glimpse into an athlete’s journey and the complexities of navigating identity and acceptance in a tumultuous world.

19. Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson (2005)

This is a documentary film that saw its release in 2005. Directed by Ken Burns, this critically acclaimed documentary delves into the life of Jack Johnson, the first African American heavyweight boxing champion.

Through archival footage, photographs, and interviews with historians, the film paints a vivid picture of Johnson’s rise to prominence in the early 20th century, facing racism and societal backlash as he broke barriers within and outside the ring. Unforgivable Blackness sheds light on Johnson’s impact on race relations both in sports and society at large.

20. Pacquiao: The Movie (2006)

Pacquiao released in 2006, is a biographical drama inspired by the life of Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao. Portrayed by Jericho Rosales, Pacquiao’s journey from his humble beginnings as a struggling fighter to becoming one of the most successful boxers in history takes center stage in this film directed by Joel Lamangan.

With its exploration of Pacquiao’s unwavering determination, resilience, and unwavering faith amid personal struggles and triumphs, Pacquiao offers an inspiring portrait of a national hero who transcended borders while staying true to his roots.

21. Rocky Balboa (2006)

Rocky Balboa, hitting theaters in 2006 as part of Sylvester Stallone’s iconic Rocky franchise, continues the story of legendary underdog boxer Rocky Balboa. Directed by Stallone himself, this installment sees an aging Rocky come out of retirement for one final fight against reigning heavyweight champion Mason Dixon.

As with previous entries in the series, Rocky Balboa embodies themes of perseverance, determination, and the enduring spirit of an unlikely hero. This film serves as a triumphant culmination of the Rocky saga while inspiring audiences with the belief that true champions never back down.

22. Undisputed II: Last Man Standing (2006)

An action-packed martial arts boxing film directed by Isaac Florentine. The story follows MMA fighter Yuri Boyka, played by Scott Adkins, as he enters a high-stakes underground prison fighting tournament. With its adrenaline-fueled fight sequences and intense choreography, Undisputed showcases Boyka’s skills, determination, and desire to prove himself as the ultimate champion.

23. Annapolis (2006)

In 2006, Annapolis stormed onto screens as a sports drama film directed by Justin Lin. Centered around Jake Huard, portrayed by James Franco, who dreams of becoming a boxer while attending the United States Naval Academy. Set against the backdrop of rigorous military training and discipline, Annapolis explores Huard’s journey to earn respect and prove his worth both inside and outside the boxing ring.

Through its portrayal of personal growth, camaraderie among classmates, and relentless pursuit of dreams amidst adversity, Annapolis delivers an emotional story about resilience and self-discovery.

24. Shadowboxing 2: Revenge (2007)

A sequel to the original film Shadowboxing, part 2 picks up in 2007 as it continues to follow Artem Kolchin’s boxing journey. Directed by Aleksandr Voytinskiy and Ivan Vyrypayev, this Russian sports drama takes viewers on another gripping ride filled with intense bouts, personal struggles, and a thirst for redemption.

Through Artem’s relentless pursuit for justice and triumph, Shadowboxing 2 demonstrates the everlasting impact of boxing on an individual’s life and the lengths one will go to right the wrongs of the past.

25. Jump In! (2007)

Premiering in 2007 as a Disney Channel original movie, “Jump In!” infuses elements of boxing with double dutch jump rope. Directed by Paul Hoen, this family-friendly sports drama follows Izzy Daniels, portrayed by Corbin Bleu, as he navigates his passion for both jump roping and boxing.

Set against the backdrop of a local boxing gym and intense competitions, “Jump In!” showcases Izzy’s journey as he defies gender stereotypes and discovers the true meaning of determination, friendship, and staying true to oneself.

26. Poor Boy’s Game (2007)

Poor Boy’s Game, a 2007 film, explores the world of boxing through a gripping story of redemption and forgiveness. Set in Nova Scotia, Canada, the movie follows the journey of Donnie Rose, a former boxer seeking to rebuild his life after serving time in prison for a racially-motivated assault.

Determined to make amends and overcome his past mistakes, Donnie finds solace and purpose in the ring. As he trains for a high-stakes match against his victim’s son, Donnie must confront not only his own demons but also the prejudices that continue to divide their community.

27. Miracle on 1st Street (2007)

A heartwarming Korean film that combines elements of comedy and sports drama. The story revolves around Doo Sik, a former boxing champion who now spends his days as a debt collector for local gangsters.

When an eccentric group of neighbors faces eviction from their homes, Doo Sik takes it upon himself to gather them together and train them as amateur boxers. Led by their unconventional coach, this ragtag team embarks on an unexpected journey that unites the community and gives them hope for a better future.

28. Muay Thai Chaiya (2007)

Muay Thai Chaiya takes viewers into the world of Thai boxing with its release in 2007. The film focuses on three friends named Sua Lansa using their unique skills in spiritual strength or Chayo.

With each friend having different reasons to fight — revenge, honor, and sacrifice — they are determined to master Muay Thai Chaiya under their strict but caring teacher Durtyluk Sripaiwan. As they face personal challenges both inside and outside the ring, their bonds will be tested like never before.

29. Resurrecting the Champ (2007)

The movie follows Erik Kernan Jr., an aspiring sports journalist who stumbles upon a homeless man claiming to be Bob Satterfield, a legendary boxer from the past. Intrigued by this discovery, Erik sees it as an opportunity to revive his career and write a compelling story. As he digs deeper into Bob’s past, Erik unravels a tale of struggle, redemption, and the importance of uncovering the truth.

30. The Hammer (2007)

Adam Carolla and Heather Juergensen star in the 2007 comedy film The Hammer, directed by Charles Herman-Wurmfeld. Carolla portrays a middle-aged construction worker who used to be a talented boxer and now strives to become part of the U.S. Olympic boxing team.

31. Tyson (2008)

Tyson, a 2008 documentary film directed by James Toback, offers an intimate look into the life and career of legendary boxer Mike Tyson. Known for his fierce prowess and notorious personal life, Tyson’s story is explored through interviews with Mike himself.

From his rise to superstardom as the youngest heavyweight champion in history to his tumultuous personal battles inside and outside of the ring, this documentary provides a captivating portrayal of Tyson’s journey filled with triumphs and setbacks.

32. 30 for 30: Muhammad and Larry (2009)

A part of ESPN’s acclaimed documentary series 30 for 30 focuses on one of boxing’s most historic events – the fight between Muhammad Ali and Larry Holmes in 1980. Directed by Albert Maysles and Bradley Kaplan, the film delves into the complexities of their relationship and contrasts Ali’s declining health with Holmes’ rise as a champion.

Through interviews with various boxing experts, trainers, journalists, and those close to Ali and Holmes, the documentary offers an insightful exploration of the impact this fight had on both men.

33. Phantom Punch (2009)

Sonny Liston’s eventful journey in the realm of boxing is vividly captured in the 2009 movie Phantom Punch. Set in the 1960s, the movie explores Liston’s rise from an oppressed background to becoming the heavyweight champion of the world.

Despite his remarkable achievements in the ring, Liston battles personal demons and faces controversy throughout his career. This gripping biographical drama provides an intimate look into Liston’s journey as he fights not only against opponents but also against his own inner turmoil.

34. From Mexico with Love (2009)

A heartwarming narrative of redemption and the pursuit of dreams is depicted in the 2009 film From Mexico with Love. The film follows a young Mexican aspiring boxer named Hector Villa who resides in a small town along the US-Mexico border.

Determined to support his family and escape poverty, Hector seizes the opportunity to train with a respected boxing coach. As he relentlessly pursues his boxing career, Hector must confront challenges both inside and outside the ring.

35. Sons of Cuba (2009)

A documentary released in 2009, provides an authentic glimpse into the intense world of amateur boxing in Cuba. The film focuses on three talented young boxers – Santos Urgellés, Christian Rodríguez, and Yosbany Veitía – as they navigate training regimens under strict discipline while dreaming of Olympic glory.

Against a backdrop of political and socio-economic challenges, these determined athletes find solace and hope within the sport that offers them a pathway to success amidst adversity.

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