Oscar season has officially begun here in La-La Land and this year one of the top Oscar hopefuls is The Fighter starring Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale. It's the story of Mickey Ward and his step brother Dickie Eklund from Boston, MA. For those of you who don't know, Irish Mickey Ward was a light welterweight contender best known for his three exciting bouts with the late great Arturo Gatti. Eklund was a fighter as well and once sent Sugar Ray Leonard to the canvas before succumbing to a serious crack habit that derailed his career.
The film is directed by one of my favorite directors David O. Russell (Three Kings, Flirting With Disaster) and stars Wahlberg as Mickey and Bale as Dickie along with the wonderful Amy Adams (Enchanted, Julie and Julia) and Melissa Leo. Boxing pics have historically been a tough sell, but I have high hopes for this one. Wahlberg worked very hard to get this one off the ground.
In honor of Oscar season and in honor of The Fighter, here is my current top ten greatest boxing films of all time with trailers and clips from each.