The youngest son of an alcoholic former boxer returns home, where he's trained by his father for competition in a mixed martial arts tournament - a path that puts the fighter on a collision course with his estranged, older brother.
Lit professor and gambler Jim Bennett's debt causes him to borrow money from his mother and a loan shark. Further complicating his situation is his relationship with one of his students. Will Bennett risk his life for a second chance?
This list takes its title from a New Yorker article, and its contents from directors focusing on the lives of white Americans who must struggle against severe economic depression, often in the Rust-Belt or deep South.
Whether you're looking for pointers on how to keep the bullies off your back, or just a quality sports drama with a bit of grit to it, make sure to check out our collection of the very best 14 post-millennial boxing movies, including Eastwood's challenging modern classic 'Million Dollar Baby'. 14 wins, no draws, no losses.
This list can only make us dread the inevitable biopic of Floyd "Money" Mayweather, played by a yappy Kevin Hart. But until that day this list consists solely of great biographical gems: some modern, like 'The Express', some undisputed classics, like 'Raging Bull'.
Sibling rivalry is taken to a whole new level in these hard-hitting sibiling dramas, in which nature's strongest bond is tested by some unfortunate nurturing. Make sure to check out Iraq veteran drama 'Brothers'!
Check out these heavyweight flicks based on the lives of some of history's greatest champs, including "Irish" Micky Ward in 'The Fighter', Rubin Carter in 'The Hurricane', and Muhammad Ali in the appropriately titled 'Ali'!
A tip for the discerning gambler: if you find a team of lovable misfits who have yet to find their confidence, and are soon to be up against a talented but arrogant team of opponents in some sort of do-or-die championship...BET ON THEM. According to these movies, bet everything you own.
Some Hollywood portrayals would have you thinking all being a champion requires is a lovable old coach, 1-2 training montages, and a predictably villainous foe. These gritty fight dramas forgo the formulas for realistic depictions of rage, violence, and mental and physical struggle.
Affleck, lil' Affleck, Damon, and Wahlberg - they may be movie stars now, but at one point they were just a bunch of kids growing up on the streets of Cambridge. Watch them vent all the emotions they were forbidden to in their repressed Irish-Catholic childhoods, right here!
Films depicting lives ranging from MLK's, to Hitler's, Jimi Hendrix's, and Muhammad Ali's. If you're interested in diving in to some of the 'great-men' and women who have shaped history then look no further.