Silliman's Nine Favorite Well-Acted Boxing Movies

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Silliman's Nine Favorite Well-Acted Boxing Movies
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Muhammed Ali and Will Smith

"Yo, Adrian, I got your boxing movies... right here!"

"I coulda been a contender..."

"The first rule of Fight Club is to never talk about Fight Club."

"Hey, Ray! I'm still standing, Ray. You never knocked me down."

Boxing movies almost always feature top-notch acting. It's not only a mental grind to do these scenes over and over again, remembering lines and choreographing punches, but it is as physically demanding as anything an actor is asked to do.

To be a boxer in a boxing movie you have to look the part, you have to train almost as hard as a regular boxer, you have to put yourself in to the kind of shape your body was never accustomed.  The dedication to get in shape and look the part is partially the reason so many boxing movies garner Academy Awards.

Add unusual story lines, gritty scenes and close up shots most fans never see in a real boxing match and you understand why the well-acted and directed boxing movie may top the real thing. The movie, in most cases, gives you better fight scenes than the actual match.

Follow along with me on my list and besides movie videos we'll toss in an actual boxing vid. Believe me, you'll prefer the movie scenes, 10-to-1. 

Enjoy the slide show.

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