Boxing Documentaries

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1. On the Ropes (1999)

94 min | Documentary, Drama, Sport

80 Metascore

The story of three young boxers and their coach who is determined to guide them in a positive direction in and out of the ring.

Directors: Nanette Burstein, Brett Morgen | Stars: Sam Doumit, Martin Goldman, Harry Keitt, Randy Little

Votes: 384 | Gross: $0.05M

2. Cornered: A Life Caught in the Ring (2008)

83 min | Documentary

On June 16, 1983, in front of a capacity crowd of 25,000 at Madison Square Garden, the lives of two young men were forever changed during a controversial boxing match. A tough club fighter ... See full summary »

Director: Eric Drath | Stars: Eric Drath, Luis Resto, Steve Farhood, Randy Gordon

Votes: 336

3. After the Last Round (2009)

88 min | Documentary

This documentary discusses the dangers boxers face in the ring and the lives of some of those who's health has been affected by boxing.

Director: Ryan Pettey

Votes: 41

4. Sons of Cuba (2009)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary

The Havana Boxing Academy is a Cuban boarding school that takes 9-year-old boys, and turns them into the best boxers in the world. SONS OF CUBA follows the stories of three young hopefuls ... See full summary »

Director: Andrew Lang | Stars: Yosvani Bonachea, Cristian Martinez, Santos Urguelles

Votes: 115

5. Boxing Gym (2010)

Unrated | 91 min | Documentary

83 Metascore

Explores the world of a boxing gym in Austin, Texas, dwelling on the discipline of training as people from all walks of life aspire to reach their personal best.

Director: Frederick Wiseman | Star: Richard Lord

Votes: 445 | Gross: $0.03M

6. Born and Bred (2011)

Not Rated | 94 min | Documentary, Action, Drama

Born and Bred is a feature-length documentary film chronicling the lives of a new generation of young boxers fighting for their place in the American boxing capital of Los Angeles.

Director: Justin Frimmer | Stars: Jim Lampley, Teddy Atlas, Javier Molina, Oscar Molina

Votes: 56

7. Knuckle (2011)

R | 97 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

65 Metascore

An epic 12-year journey into the brutal and secretive world of Irish Traveler bare-knuckle fighting. This film follows a history of violent feuding between rival clans.

Director: Ian Palmer | Stars: James Quinn McDonagh, Paddy Quinn McDonagh, Michael Quinn McDonagh, Ian Palmer

Votes: 2,682 | Gross: $0.00M

8. CounterPunch (2017)

91 min | Documentary

The seasoned pro. The Olympic hopeful. The young up-and-comer. The ring is their home, and the titles are their dream. As boxing' popularity wanes, three fighters at different stages of ... See full summary »

Director: Jay Bulger | Stars: Oscar De La Hoya, David Diamante, Bernard Hopkins, Sugar Ray Leonard

Votes: 742

9. Cradle of Champions (2017)

TV-14 | 100 min | Documentary

68 Metascore

Three young people battle to change their lives through a three-month odyssey of the New York Daily News Golden Gloves-the biggest and oldest amateur boxing tournament in the world.

Director: Bartle Bull | Stars: Brian Adams, Julio Salinas Albino, Teddy Atlas, Duquan Chambers

Votes: 48

10. Champions Forever (1989)

90 min | Documentary, Sport

No other film has the sweeping review of Ali's greatest fights, the legendary fight footage, and the real time relevant comments and conversations with the men who made him "The Greatest." ... See full summary »

Director: Dimitri Logothetis | Stars: Muhammad Ali, George Foreman, Joe Frazier, Larry Holmes

Votes: 171

11. Muhammad Ali: The Whole Story (1996 TV Movie)

348 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

Muhammad Ali is the best fighter!

Directors: Joseph Consentino, Sandra Consentino | Stars: Muhammad Ali, Khalilah 'Belinda' Ali, Rahman Ali, Julian Bond

Votes: 1,024

12. When We Were Kings (1996)

PG | 88 min | Documentary, Sport

83 Metascore

A documentary of the 1974 heavyweight championship bout in Zaire, "The Rumble in the Jungle," between champion George Foreman and underdog challenger Muhammad Ali.

Director: Leon Gast | Stars: Muhammad Ali, George Foreman, Don King, James Brown

Votes: 14,631 | Gross: $2.67M

13. Ali-Frazier I: One Nation... Divisible (2000 TV Movie)

58 min | Documentary, Sport

A look at the events leading up to and including the legendary March 1971 bout between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier. The film also looks at the political and social factors that helped to ... See full summary »

Stars: Joe Frazier, Muhammad Ali, Liev Schreiber, David Brenner

Votes: 89

14. Thrilla in Manila (2008 TV Movie)

100 min | Documentary, Sport

A detailed examination of the intense rivalry between the two heavyweight boxing champions, Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali.

Director: John Dower | Stars: Joe Frazier, Marvis Frazier, Thomas Hauser, Muhammad Ali

Votes: 824

15. Facing Ali (2009)

R | 100 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

Ten of Muhammad Ali's former rivals pay tribute to the three-time world heavyweight champion.

Director: Pete McCormack | Stars: George Chuvalo, Henry Cooper, George Foreman, Joe Frazier

Votes: 3,262

16. The Trials of Muhammad Ali (2013)

Not Rated | 86 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

74 Metascore

The legal battles of the great American boxer against being conscripted into the US military during the Vietnam War.

Director: Bill Siegel | Stars: Eamonn Andrews, Muhammad Ali, David Susskind, George W. Bush

Votes: 1,021 | Gross: $0.06M

17. I Am Ali (2014)

PG | 111 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

55 Metascore

Unprecedented access to Muhammad Ali's personal archive of "audio journals" as well as interviews and testimonials from his inner circle of family and friends are used to tell the legend's life story.

Director: Clare Lewins | Stars: Muhammad Ali, Muhammad Ali Jnr, Hana Ali, Maryum Ali

Votes: 3,112 | Gross: $0.00M

18. What's My Name: Muhammad Ali (2019)

TV-14 | 165 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

One of the most iconic figures in athletic history, Muhammad Ali's incredible story from world champion boxer to inspiring social activist is explored through his own voice and never-before-seen archival material.

Director: Antoine Fuqua | Stars: Bill Cosby, Diana Ross, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Stephen Stanton

Votes: 1,231

19. Fallen Champ: The Untold Story of Mike Tyson (1993 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

Filmmaker Barbara Kopple profiles the life and career of former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson and the surrounding events that led to his 1992 6 year prison conviction.

Director: Barbara Kopple | Stars: Mike Tyson, Kevin Rooney, Desiree Washington, Curtis Ratliff

Votes: 160

20. Sonny Liston: The Mysterious Life and Death of a Champion (1995 TV Movie)

Unrated | 60 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

The story of the life and career of boxer Sonny Liston, who rose from being a violent street enforcer for an organized crime ring to become the heavyweight champion of the world.

Director: Jeff Lieberman | Stars: Sonny Liston, William Nack, Jerry Izenberg, Geraldine Liston

Votes: 61

21. Sugar Ray Robinson: The Bright Lights and Dark Shadows of a Champion (1998 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 58 min | Documentary

A documentary that chronicles the extraordinary career of Sugar Ray Robinson who is considered to be one of the greatest boxers of all time.

Stars: Sugar Ray Robinson, Dave Anderson, Evelyn Nelson, Nigel Collins

Votes: 44

22. Southpaw (1999)

77 min | Documentary, Sport

62 Metascore

Follows the life of Olympic hopeful Francis Barrett as he overcomes social and cultural barriers to realise his dream of fighting for the Irish Olympic team.

Director: Liam McGrath | Stars: Francis Barrett, Chick Gillen, Tom Humphries, Colum Flynn

Votes: 113 | Gross: $0.03M

23. Naz: Little Prince Big Fight (2002 TV Movie)


A documentary that follows the flamboyant superstar Naseem Hamed as he prepares for the biggest fight of his life against the rugged warrior Marco Antonio Barrera.

Director: Jez Higham | Stars: Brandon Castor, Justin Castor, Steve B. Castor, Chris Eubank

Votes: 16

24. Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson (2004)

TV-PG | 214 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

The story of Jack Johnson, the first African-American Heavyweight boxing champion.

Director: Ken Burns | Stars: Jack Johnson, Keith David, Samuel L. Jackson, Adam Arkin

Votes: 1,316

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

87 min | Documentary

A story of violence, love, sex, politics and media centered around the life of Griffith, a six-time world welterweight champion.

Directors: Ron Berger, Dan Klores | Stars: Don Dunphy, Benny Paret, Emile Griffith, Pete Hamill

Votes: 331

26. Magic Man (2007)

80 min | Documentary, Sport

Magic Man is a documentary film that chronicles the dramatic ascent of perpetual underdog and Brooklyn's own, Paulie "Magic Man" Malignaggi, a scrawny kid from a broken home who, in his ... See full summary »

Stars: Lou DiBella, Paul Malignaggi

Votes: 27

27. Orthodox Stance (2007)

Not Rated | 83 min | Documentary, Sport

Dmitriy Salita is a Russian immigrant, professional boxer and a religious Jew. ORTHODOX STANCE portrays Dmitriy's maturation in each of these disparate communities, and the seemingly ... See full summary »

Director: Jason Hutt | Stars: Dmitriy Salita, Jimmy O'Pharrow, Israel Liberow, Bob Arum

Votes: 55

28. Joe Louis: America's Hero... Betrayed (2008 TV Movie)

75 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

An American story. Traces the career of Joe Louis (1914-1981) within the context of American racial consciousness: his difficulty getting big fights early in his career, the pride of ... See full summary »

Stars: Joe Louis, Joe Louis Barrow Jr., Randy Roberts, Dick Gregory

Votes: 124

29. Kassim the Dream (2008)

Not Rated | 87 min | Documentary

This is the story of World Champion Boxer, Kassim "The Dream" Ouma - born in Uganda, kidnapped by the rebel army and trained to be a child soldier at the age of 6. When the rebels took over... See full summary »

Director: Kief Davidson | Stars: Yann Gael, Kassim Ouma

Votes: 114

30. Lionel (2008)

80 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

In 1968 a young aboriginal boxer with a charming smile punched his way to history when he stopped Fighting Harada in Japan over fifteen rounds. His name was Lionel Rose and he became the ... See full summary »

Director: Eddie Martin | Stars: John Johnson, Jack Rennie, Mark Rennie, Jenny Rose

Votes: 33

31. Tyson (2008)

R | 90 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

83 Metascore

A mixture of original interviews, archival footage, and photographs sheds light on the life experiences of Mike Tyson.

Director: James Toback | Stars: Mike Tyson, Mills Lane, Trevor Berbick, Cus D'Amato

Votes: 11,989 | Gross: $0.89M

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

51 min | Documentary, Biography, History

We follow the preparations for Ali's final attempt to win back the World Heavyweight title. Even during the lead up to the fight grave concerns were held for Ali's health and the man who ... See full summary »

Directors: Bradley Kaplan, Albert Maysles | Stars: Muhammad Ali, Larry Holmes, Angelo Dundee, Ferdie Pacheco

Votes: 613

33. 30 for 30 (2009– )
Episode: One Night in Vegas (2010)

51 min | Documentary, Biography, History

On the evening of Sept. 7, 1996, Mike Tyson, the WBC heavyweight champion, attempted to take Bruce Seldon's WBA title at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. At this point in his career, Tyson's ... See full summary »

Director: Reggie Rock Bythewood | Stars: Senator Eric Adams, Maya Angelou, Chris Connelly, Gloria Cox

Votes: 407

34. Joe Frazier: When the Smoke Clears (2011)

Not Rated | 72 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

They say that Philadelphia is the capital of boxing and Joe Frazier's Gym is the White House. This is the story of a father, a son and a forgotten legacy. Joe Frazier has been lost in ... See full summary »

Director: Mike Todd | Stars: George Benton, Angelo Dundee, George Foreman, Joe Frazier

Votes: 28

35. Klitschko (2011)

Not Rated | 118 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

63 Metascore

A documentary encompassing the lives of world heavyweight boxing champions, Vitali & Wladimir Klitschko. The first time in history two brothers have shared all the heavyweight world titles,... See full summary »

Director: Sebastian Dehnhardt | Stars: Lamon Brewster, Chris Byrd, Bernd Bönte, Pearlman Hicks

Votes: 2,568

36. The Real Rocky (2011 TV Movie)

58 min | Documentary

The story of Chuck Wepner, an underdog boxer who went the distance against Muhammad Ali and inspired the creation of Rocky.

Director: Jeff Feuerzeig | Stars: Chuck Wepner, Sylvester Stallone, Jerry Izenberg, John Rowe

Votes: 376

37. 26 Years: The Dewey Bozella Story (2012 TV Movie)

120 min | Documentary

ESPN Films tells the inspirational story of Dewey Bozella and follows him through his quest to fight one professional fight as a free man. A promising young boxer from a troubled family, ... See full summary »

Director: José Morales | Stars: Dewey Bozella, Ross Firsenbaum, Shauna Friedman, Mickey Steiman

Votes: 119

38. Libra X Libra (2012)


A behind-the-scenes look at Mexican superstar Juan Manuel Marquez as he prepares for his third fight against the Filipino phenom Manny Pacquiao.

Director: Rodrigo Leon | Stars: Bob Arum, Juan Manuel Marquez, Manny Pacquiao

Votes: 44

39. 30 Days in May (2013 TV Movie)

TV-MA | 60 min | Documentary

Chronicles the days between Mayweather's May 5, 2012 victory over Puerto Rican superstar Miguel Cotto and the start of a three-month jail term on June 1, 2012 at the Clark County Detention ... See full summary »

Directors: Todd Crites, Jackson Nguyen | Stars: Justin Bieber, Melissa Brim, Drake, Earl Hayes

Votes: 56

40. Fallen Soldier (2013)

64 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

This is the true story of Gerald McClellan, undisputed middleweight champion of the world, who was destined for even greater boxing glory, when he suffered a devastating defeat in a bout ... See full summary »

Director: Bobby Razak | Stars: Iran Barkley, Nigel Benn, Gerald McClellan, Hector Roca

Votes: 17

41. The Good Son: The Life of Ray Boom Boom Mancini (2013)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary

60 Metascore

The outcome of the 1982 WBC Lightweight title bout between Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini and Duk Koo Kim is examined.

Director: Jesse James Miller | Stars: Ray 'Boom Boom' Mancini, Mickey Rourke, Ed O'Neill, Mark Kriegel

Votes: 179

42. 30 for 30 (2009– )
Episode: No Más (2013)

TV-G | 77 min | Documentary, Biography, History

In the midst of boxing's contemporary golden age -­ the 1980's -­ stood two fighters who established a captivating rivalry; Sugar Ray Leonard and Roberto Duran.

Director: Eric Drath | Stars: Christie Brinkley, Mike Tyson, Sugar Ray Leonard, Jane Pauley

Votes: 483

43. Tapia (2013)

Not Rated | 82 min | Documentary, Sport

TAPIA takes us inside the tortured soul of Johnny Tapia, the 5-time world champion boxer whose unprecedented success was overshadowed by a volatile drug addiction brought on by the brutal ... See full summary »

Director: Eddie Alcazar | Star: Johnny Tapia

Votes: 214

44. Champs (2014)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

59 Metascore

A documentary on boxing greats Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield and Bernard Hopkins examines their lives in and out of the ring.

Director: Bert Marcus | Stars: Evander Holyfield, Bernard Hopkins, Mike Tyson, Larry 'Ratso' Sloman

Votes: 1,824

45. Manny (I) (2014)

PG-13 | 88 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

35 Metascore

A man who overcame insurmountable odds to become one of the most loved and respected athletes of all time. From a starving teenager who fought to feed his family, to a Congressman working ... See full summary »

Directors: Leon Gast, Ryan Moore | Stars: Jimmy Kimmel, Sardo Mejia, Liam Neeson, Jinkee Pacquiao

Votes: 2,153