Put a ring in it: ‘Grudge Match’ and five other movies about boxing

December 27, 2013
Two guys who played boxers in movies do so again, only now they're old. (Warner Bros.)
Two guys who played boxers in movies do so again, only now they’re old. (Warner Bros.)

“Grudge Match,” starring Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro as aging boxers, opened on Christmas. Why would anyone want to see a movie about fighting after spending a day with the ENTIRE FAMILY? If you still do, here are more rock-’em sock-’em films.

‘Rocky’
In 1976, Stallone became a legend playing everyone’s favorite movie boxer. In 2013, he’s playing a movie boxer everyone kind of feels sorry for. Maybe getting repeatedly punched in the head isn’t the healthiest way to live.

‘Raging Bull’
De Niro took to the ring in 1980 to play real-life pugilist Jake LaMotta in a film that convinces you that getting repeatedly punched in the head isn’t the healthiest way to live.

‘On the Waterfront’
Marlon Brando turned in one of his most indelible performances in 1954 as a coulda-been-a-contending boxer who took a dive to please a mobster. Even out of the ring he learns that getting repeatedly punched in the head isn’t the healthiest way to live.

‘Million Dollar Baby’
Girls can do anything! Hilary Swank proved that by winning an Oscar for this 2004 film, in which she also proved that getting repeatedly punched in the head isn’t the healthiest way to live.

‘Cinderella Man’
When Ron Howard does a boxing movie, as he did in 2005, things get a little happier, so you might begin to think that getting repeatedly punched in the head IS the healthiest way to live.

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