Favorite fight films (boxing not included)

by guisreis | created - 18 Sep 2013 | updated - 1 week ago | Public

Indeed, I excluded only the extremely awful movies. There are a few bad films which I also included in this list.

I excluded movies about boxing here, because they are too many! I also made a whole list only for boxing movies.

I'd like to add Brazilian documentary "Fábio Leão: do crime ao ringue" to this list; I'd give it a 6/10.

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1. The Assailant (2009)

R | 94 min | Action, Biography, Drama

Based on the life of a legendary capoeira fighter from Bahia, "Besouro" spins a fantastic tale of a young Brazilian man of African descent in search of his mission.

Director: João Daniel Tikhomiroff | Stars: Aílton Carmo, Jéssica Barbosa, Flávio Rocha, Irandhir Santos

Votes: 1,516

2. The Karate Kid (1984)

PG | 126 min | Action, Drama, Family

60 Metascore

A boy and his mother move to California for a new job. He struggles to fit in, as a group of karate students starts to bully him for dating a rich girl from their clique. It's up to the Japanese landlord, Miyagi, to teach him karate.

Director: John G. Avildsen | Stars: Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita, Elisabeth Shue, Martin Kove

Votes: 162,504 | Gross: $90.82M

3. Fight Club (1999)

R | 139 min | Drama

66 Metascore

An insomniac office worker and a devil-may-care soapmaker form an underground fight club that evolves into something much, much more.

Director: David Fincher | Stars: Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, Meat Loaf, Zach Grenier

Votes: 1,731,549 | Gross: $37.03M

4. Batman Begins (2005)

PG-13 | 140 min | Action, Adventure

70 Metascore

After training with his mentor, Batman begins his fight to free crime-ridden Gotham City from corruption.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Ken Watanabe, Liam Neeson

Votes: 1,228,875 | Gross: $206.85M

5. The Fighting Cholitas (2006)

20 min | Documentary, Short

The Fighting Cholitas is a documentary short about a group of bold and fierce female Bolivian wrestlers. These indigenous Indian women jump into the ring every Sunday in their traditional ... See full summary »

Director: Mariam Jobrani

Votes: 48

6. Kung Fu Panda (2008)

PG | 92 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

73 Metascore

The Dragon Warrior has to clash against the savage Tai Lung as China's fate hangs in the balance. However, the Dragon Warrior mantle is supposedly mistaken to be bestowed upon an obese panda who is a novice in martial arts.

Directors: Mark Osborne, John Stevenson | Stars: Jack Black, Ian McShane, Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman

Votes: 392,831 | Gross: $215.43M

7. The Art of Self Defense (1941)

8 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Goofy takes a lighthearted look at self defense through the ages: cavemen, knights, the age of chivalry, and finally boxing.

Director: Jack Kinney | Stars: George Johnson, John McLeish

Votes: 464

Half is about boxing, half is about other fights.

8. The Wrestler (2008)

R | 109 min | Drama, Sport

81 Metascore

A faded professional wrestler must retire, but finds his quest for a new life outside the ring a dispiriting struggle.

Director: Darren Aronofsky | Stars: Mickey Rourke, Marisa Tomei, Evan Rachel Wood, Mark Margolis

Votes: 280,572 | Gross: $26.24M

9. The Last Samurai (2003)

R | 154 min | Action, Drama, War

55 Metascore

An American military advisor embraces the Samurai culture he was hired to destroy after he is captured in battle.

Director: Edward Zwick | Stars: Tom Cruise, Ken Watanabe, Billy Connolly, William Atherton

Votes: 377,657 | Gross: $111.11M

10. Green Street Hooligans (2005)

R | 109 min | Crime, Drama, Sport

55 Metascore

A wrongfully expelled Harvard undergrad moves to London, where he is introduced to the violent underworld of football hooliganism.

Director: Lexi Alexander | Stars: Elijah Wood, Charlie Hunnam, Claire Forlani, Marc Warren

Votes: 135,694 | Gross: $0.34M

11. Bloodsport (1988)

R | 92 min | Action, Biography, Drama

29 Metascore

Follows Frank Dux, an American martial artist serving in the military, who decides to leave the army to compete in a martial arts tournament in Hong Kong where fights to the death can occur.

Director: Newt Arnold | Stars: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Donald Gibb, Leah Ayres, Norman Burton

Votes: 71,116 | Gross: $11.81M

It is by far the best of Van Damme's films.

12. Kung Fury (2015)

Not Rated | 31 min | Short, Action, Comedy

In 1985, Kung Fury, the toughest martial artist cop in Miami, goes back in time to kill the worst criminal of all time - Kung Führer, a.k.a. Adolf Hitler.

Director: David Sandberg | Stars: David Sandberg, Jorma Taccone, Steven Chew, Leopold Nilsson

Votes: 53,436

13. Bad Day to Go Fishing (2009)

Not Rated | 110 min | Comedy, Drama, Western

A flamboyant impresario and an ageing ex-wrestling champion arrive in a small town, offering a hefty award to the local challenger. In fact, the promoter wants to rinse the spectators for every penny. But, is this a good day to go fishing?

Director: Álvaro Brechner | Stars: Gary Piquer, Jouko Ahola, Antonella Costa, César Troncoso

Votes: 1,089

14. First Match (2018)

TV-MA | 102 min | Drama, Sport

68 Metascore

Hardened by years in foster care, a teenage girl from Brooklyn's Brownsville neighborhood decides that joining the boys wrestling team is the only way back to her estranged father.

Director: Olivia Newman | Stars: Elvire Emanuelle, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Colman Domingo, Jharrel Jerome

Votes: 1,672

15. Sadece Sen (2014)

105 min | Action, Drama, Romance

The passionate love between a former boxer and a beautiful blind woman.

Director: Hakan Yonat | Stars: Belçim Bilgin, Ibrahim Celikkol, Kerem Can, Necmi Yapici

Votes: 3,421

The main male character is a boxer. However, the fight that takes place is not boxing, but an illegal one in which every blow is allowed and that only ends after a knock-out or a death.

16. Andre the Giant (2018 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 85 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

A look at the life and career of professional wrestler André Roussimoff, who gained notoriety in the 1980s as Andre the Giant.

Director: Jason Hehir | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Robin Wright, Cary Elwes, Rob Reiner

Votes: 4,795

17. Kundo: Age of the Rampant (2014)

Not Rated | 137 min | Action

56 Metascore

A period action film centered on a militia group who turn against an unjust nobility.

Director: Jong-bin Yoon | Stars: Jung-woo Ha, Dong-won Gang, Sung-min Lee, Jin-woong Cho

Votes: 2,790 | Gross: $0.28M

18. The Karate Kid Part III (1989)

PG | 112 min | Action, Drama, Family

36 Metascore

Ostracised villain John Kreese attempts to gain revenge on Daniel and Miyagi, with the help of a Vietnam War comrade, the wealthy owner of a toxic waste disposal business.

Director: John G. Avildsen | Stars: Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita, Robyn Lively, Thomas Ian Griffith

Votes: 45,504 | Gross: $38.96M

19. The Karate Kid Part II (1986)

PG | 113 min | Action, Family, Romance

55 Metascore

Daniel accompanies his mentor, Mr. Miyagi, to Miyagi's childhood home in Okinawa. Miyagi visits his dying father and confronts his old rival, while Daniel falls in love and inadvertently makes a new rival of his own.

Director: John G. Avildsen | Stars: Pat Morita, Ralph Macchio, Pat E. Johnson, Bruce Malmuth

Votes: 67,499 | Gross: $115.10M

20. Street Fighter: The Later Years (2006– )


Ten years after the second Street Fighter tournament, the Street Fighters decide to reorganize and fight once more.

Stars: Mike Fass, Sean T. Krishnan, Luis de Amechazurra, T.J. Glenn

Votes: 296

21. Lamb (1964)

27 min | Documentary, Short

A documentary that captures the sport of traditional wrestling, called 'lamb' in Wolof, popular in Senegal.

Director: Paulin Vieyra

22. Ice Guardians (2016)

108 min | Documentary, Sport

On-ice enforcers struggle to rise through the professional ranks of the world's most prestigious hockey league, only to be confronted with a new found fight for the existence of the role itself.

Director: Brett Harvey | Stars: Jay Baruchel, Sasha Lakovic, Chris Chelios, Howard Bloom

Votes: 1,170

23. Fightworld (2018– )
Episode: Senegal: If I Should Fall from Grace with God (2018)

41 min | Documentary

Grillo - along with countless passionate fans - gets caught up in the pageantry as two highly respected Senegalese wrestlers prepare to battle.

Director: Padraic McKinley | Star: Frank Grillo

Votes: 44

In spite of not showing how the main fight finished (what is indeed an anti-climax), it was a nice documentary, the best episode of quite irregular Fightworld series. As a matter of fact, the least the arrogant and full of prejudices host Frank Grillo appears, makes stupid analisys and disturbs the documentary, the better it is. Cinematography, as in all episodes, has high quality. By the way, the end of the main fight may be watched here: https://youtu.be/A5sZyv8_qE8

24. The Tuxedo (2002)

PG-13 | 98 min | Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi

30 Metascore

A hapless chauffeur must take a comatose Secret Agent's place using his special gadget-laden tuxedo.

Director: Kevin Donovan | Stars: Jackie Chan, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Jason Isaacs, Debi Mazar

Votes: 75,010 | Gross: $50.55M

25. Mirageman (2007)

R | 90 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

A club bouncer with a dark past and great fighting skills decides to become a superhero.

Director: Ernesto Díaz Espinoza | Stars: Marko Zaror, María Elena Swett, Ariel Mateluna, Mauricio Pesutic

Votes: 2,096

26. Street Fighter: Legacy (2010 Video)

TV-PG | 4 min | Short, Action

Ryu fights his old sparring partner Ken Masters.

Directors: Joey Ansah, Owen Trevor | Stars: Joey Ansah, Jon Foo, Christian Howard

Votes: 521

A Picture here: http://www.imdb.com/media/rm1546232320/nm2038226?ref_=nm_phs_md_5

27. Wrestlers (2015)

87 min | Documentary

The documentary tells the story of telecatch -or wrestling- in Brazil. With archive material, the movie rescues stories and characters from the sport's glory days, such as Achilles, Belo ... See full summary »

Director: Marc Dourdin

Votes: 6

29. Here Comes the Boom (2012)

PG | 105 min | Action, Comedy, Sport

40 Metascore

A high school biology teacher looks to become a successful mixed-martial arts fighter in an effort to raise money to prevent extra-curricular activities from being axed at his cash-strapped school.

Director: Frank Coraci | Stars: Kevin James, Salma Hayek, Henry Winkler, Greg Germann

Votes: 82,737 | Gross: $45.29M

30. The Spirit (2008)

PG-13 | 103 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

30 Metascore

Rookie cop Denny Colt returns from the beyond as The Spirit, a hero whose mission is to fight against the bad forces in Central City.

Director: Frank Miller | Stars: Gabriel Macht, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Jaime King

Votes: 58,216 | Gross: $19.78M

Ultraviolent fights.

31. The Monkey King Havoc in Heavens Palace (2014)

Not Rated | 90 min | Action, Adventure, Family

A monkey born from heavenly stone acquires supernatural powers and must battle the armies of both gods and demons to find his place in the heavens.

Director: Soi Cheang | Stars: Donnie Yen, Yun-Fat Chow, Aaron Kwok, Yitian Hai

Votes: 4,475 | Gross: $0.71M

Great part of the special effects are ridiculous (not all of them: you can see a nice Chinese dragon in the beginning!), but the major character, the monkey king Sun Wukong, is surprisingly nice, both in the makeup and in the convincing way Donnie Ken plays him.

32. Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen (2010)

R | 106 min | Action, Drama, History

49 Metascore

Seven years after the apparent death of Chen Zhen, who was shot after discovering who was responsible for his teacher's death (Huo Yuanjia) in Japanese-occupied Shanghai. A mysterious ... See full summary »

Director: Andrew Lau | Stars: Donnie Yen, Alex Ahlstrom, Qi Shu, Anthony Chau-Sang Wong

Votes: 9,351 | Gross: $0.05M

33. Papá Wrestling (2009)

9 min | Short, Comedy, Horror

After bullies steal his son's lunch-box, a retired wrestler goes on a violent rampage to avenge him and bring justice to the school.

Director: Fernando Alle | Stars: Clemente Santos, Bruno Silva, Fernando Miguel, Miguel de Freitas

Votes: 347

Veeery dark humor! Watch it here: https://youtu.be/xPZMmjRceqM

34. Man of Tai Chi (2013)

R | 105 min | Action, Drama

52 Metascore

A young martial artist's unparalleled Tai Chi skills land him in a highly lucrative underworld fight club.

Director: Keanu Reeves | Stars: Tiger Hu Chen, Keanu Reeves, Karen Mok, Hai Yu

Votes: 33,809 | Gross: $0.10M

35. Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior (2003)

R | 105 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

69 Metascore

When the head of a statue sacred to a village is stolen, a young martial artist goes to the big city and finds himself taking on the underworld to retrieve it.

Director: Prachya Pinkaew | Stars: Tony Jaa, Petchtai Wongkamlao, Pumwaree Yodkamol, Suchao Pongwilai

Votes: 68,558 | Gross: $4.56M

36. Oldboy (2003)

R | 120 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

77 Metascore

After being kidnapped and imprisoned for fifteen years, Oh Dae-Su is released, only to find that he must find his captor in five days.

Director: Chan-wook Park | Stars: Min-sik Choi, Ji-Tae Yoo, Hye-jeong Kang, Dae-han Ji

Votes: 474,487 | Gross: $0.71M

37. Fightworld (2018– )
Episode: Thailand: Fortunate Son (2018)

41 min | Documentary

In Thailand, Grillo sees firsthand why muay thai is known as "the art of eight limbs." Later, he visits a true titan of the sport.

Director: Padraic McKinley | Stars: Buakaw Banchamek, Kru Dam, Frank Grillo

Votes: 52

This short film is the second episode of Fightworld series, by far better than the bad first one. However, this is still not a very inspired documentary, although the issue is very interesting itself. Fightworld is an excellent idea but seems to be a waiste of good opportunities to make good documentaries about interesting issues.

38. Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky (1991)

R | 91 min | Action, Comedy, Thriller

A young man with superhuman strength is incarcerated at a prison run by corrupt officials and seeks to use his martial arts to clean up the system.

Director: Ngai Choi Lam | Stars: Siu-Wong Fan, Mei Sheng Fan, Ka-Kui Ho, Yukari Ôshima

Votes: 11,778

Do you know those films which are so bad, but so increadibly bizarre, that we like them and them become good? That is the case of "Riki-Oh: the story of Riki", presented to me by a friend who is a fan of Z-movies.

39. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)

PG-13 | 112 min | Action, Comedy, Fantasy

69 Metascore

Scott Pilgrim must defeat his new girlfriend's seven evil exes in order to win her heart.

Director: Edgar Wright | Stars: Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Kieran Culkin, Anna Kendrick

Votes: 348,901 | Gross: $31.49M

40. Merantau (2009)

R | 134 min | Action, Drama

A young man from the countryside uses his skills in silat martial arts to survive the slave trade.

Director: Gareth Evans | Stars: Iko Uwais, Sisca Jessica, Christine Hakim, Mads Koudal

Votes: 9,594

41. Up-to-Date Clothes Cleaning (1908)

Not Rated | 8 min | Short

At a carnival several comic wrestling matches are displayed, ending with one match where an inexperienced man surprisingly beats a stronger wrestler.

Director: Georges Méliès

Votes: 100


42. Fightworld (2018– )
Episode: Israel: Masters of War (2018)

41 min | Documentary

In Israel, Grillo receives a lesson on Krav Maga, a unique style of hand-to-hand combat used by citizens and military forces alike.

Director: Padraic McKinley | Star: Frank Grillo

Votes: 58

The whole TV series is quite irregular, with bad and superficial text. I was quite worried about what I would see in this one about Iasaeli krav-maga, particularly after a glimpse of conivence on a "victim" speeches from some of the interviewed people in the beginning and a lack of convern about the oddness of that "police state". However, although without a solid narrative, it moved to a more documentary Promisses-like approach and dealt well with fighting techniques discussion.

43. Super Power Beat Down (2012– )
Episode: Ryu vs. Green Ranger (2015)

9 min | Short

Street Figher extraordinaire Ryu is challenged by the Green Ranger to determine who is the best brawler.

Director: Aaron Schoenke | Stars: Marisha Ray, Bryan Morton, Tatiana DeKhtyar, Aaron Schoenke

Votes: 30


44. DOA: Dead or Alive (2006)

PG-13 | 87 min | Action, Adventure

38 Metascore

The world's best fighters are invited to DOA, an invitational martial arts contest. There, four female rival fighters will have to work together to uncover the secret that the organizer of the tournament is trying to hide.

Director: Corey Yuen | Stars: Jaime Pressly, Devon Aoki, Sarah Carter, Holly Valance

Votes: 42,122 | Gross: $0.48M

45. Santo Versus Doctor Death (1973)

95 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Mexican Wrestler "El Santo" must stop a gang of art thieves.

Director: Rafael Romero Marchent | Stars: Santo, Carlos Romero Marchent, Helga Liné, George Rigaud

Votes: 105

46. Street Fighter (1994)

PG-13 | 102 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy