Boxing may have waned in popularity over the years, but boxing movies have remained constant winners with the movie-going public. The Fighter, released in 2010, won awards, did terrific at the box office and has already developed into a staple on cable television.
In 2014, Hands of Stone will be released, starring Robert De Niro as trainer Ray Arcel in the biopic based upon the legendary Roberto Duran. I haven't been as excited about an upcoming movie since...well, probably The Fighter.
In October 2012, Cinema Blend reported that David Oyelowo had been cast to portray pound-for-pound great Sugar Ray Robinson. If it does that film right, it will have the best soundtrack since Robert Altman's Kansas City.
Hollywood always seems to like to jump on a trend and run with it, and this is a case where I completely approve.
I offer this list in the spirit of getting more of a good thing. Even the best movies about boxing are rarely as good as actual boxing matches. Still, they are certainly better than most other movies.
And the more popular boxing becomes with the general public, the more live boxing programming we will see showing up on the dial.