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Rocky Balboa (2006)
Drama, Sport

Rocky Balboa (2006)

When he loses a highly publicized virtual boxing match to ex-champ Rocky Balboa, reigning heavyweight titleholder Mason Dixon retaliates by challenging the Itallian Stallion to a nationally televised, 10-round exhibition bout. To the surprise of his son and friends, Rocky agrees to come out of retirement and face an opponent who's faster, stronger and thirty years his junior. With the odds stacked firmly against him, Rocky takes on Dixon in what will become the greatest fight in boxing history, a hard-hitting, action-packed battle of the ages. (Read More)

Locations:restaurant,  cemetery,  bar
Characters:warrior
Period:2000s
Story:rocky,  training exercise,  boxing training,  boxer hero,  reference to rocky marciano,  fist fighter,  punching bag,  punch in the face,  punch in face,  retired boxer,  heavyweight boxer,  ex boxer,  training montage,  watching boxing on tv,  boxing film,  boxing manager,  boxing movie,  boxing champion,  boxing ring,  boxing match,  fighting movie,  boxing,  italian restaurant,  restaurant owner,  action hero,  sequel to best picture winner,  dog wearing clothing,  dog pound,  giving someone a ride home,  leaving flowers on a grave,  former champion,  mentor student relationship,  computer simulation,  visiting wife's grave,  punched in the belly,  deceased wife,  father son reconciliation,  meatpacking,  heavyweight champion,  grave site,  punched in the gut,  father son hug,  reference to muhammad ali,  brother in law brother in law relationship,  biracial child,  visiting a grave,  motivation,  coming out of retirement,  reference to frank sinatra,  fist,  reference to the book of genesis,  punching,  male male hug,  father son conflict,  sixth part,  comeback,  sweat,  weightlifting,  inspiration,  strongman,  muscleman,  underdog,  written by star,  philadelphia pennsylvania,  passionate kiss,  punch,  pet dog,  punched in the chest,  punched in the stomach,  italian american,  veteran,  press conference,  boxer,  exercise,  love interest,  las vegas nevada,  directed by star,  scene during end credits,  opening action scene,  widower,  death of wife,  latex gloves,  training,  cigar smoking,  combat,  fighting,  running,  showdown,  brawl,  tough guy,  written by director,  watching tv,  punched in the face,  hero,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  cult film,  title spoken by character,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  fight,  father son relationship,  character name in title,  two word title,  violence,  blood,  sequel,  dog,  flashback

Rocky III (1982)
Drama, Sport

Rocky III (1982)

Three years and 10 successful title defenses after beating Apollo Creed, with whom he has become great friends, a now wealthy Rocky Balboa is considering retirement. Fame and complacency soon cause Balboa to lose his title to Clubber Lang, who inadvertently causes the death of Rocky's trainer Mickey. Rocky sinks into a depression, and Apollo decides to train Rocky for a rematch against Lang so Rocky can try to win the title back. (Read More)

Locations:bar
Characters:warrior
Story:boxer hero,  fist fighter,  punching bag,  heavyweight boxer,  training montage,  boxing film,  boxing movie,  boxing ring,  boxing match,  fighting movie,  action hero,  sequel to best picture winner,  former champion,  mentor student relationship,  heavyweight champion,  rocky,  brother in law brother in law relationship,  fist,  comeback,  sweat,  weightlifting,  strongman,  muscleman,  underdog,  written by star,  philadelphia pennsylvania,  punch,  punched in the chest,  italian american,  press conference,  boxer,  directed by star,  training,  cigar smoking,  boxing,  fighting,  running,  showdown,  brawl,  tough guy,  written by director,  watching tv,  punched in the face,  hero,  fistfight,  cult film,  father son relationship,  character name in title,  two word title,  fight,  flashback,  sequel,  violence

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Rocky IV (1985)
Drama, Sport

Rocky IV (1985)

Ever since his match with Clubber Lang, Rocky Balboa has a peaceful life. And now he and former champion, Apollo Creed, enjoy good times and are now the best of friends. But Rocky's peaceful life as a boxer gets paused after a match Apollo went into. Unfortunately, Creed fought Ivan drago, a 6'5" Russian who has never lost a match, and sadly, brutally murders Apollo in the ring. A funeral is held and times start going downhill fast. Now, in order to restore honor, Rocky challenges Drago to a match and must beat him for sweet, bitter vengeance. (Read More)

Characters:warrior
Story:rocky,  boxer,  boxing training,  boxer hero,  fist fighter,  punching bag,  training montage,  boxing film,  boxing movie,  boxing champion,  boxing ring,  boxing match,  fighting movie,  boxing,  action hero,  sequel to best picture winner,  heavyweight champion,  brother in law brother in law relationship,  coming out of retirement,  fist,  punching,  comeback,  sweat,  weightlifting,  strongman,  muscleman,  underdog,  written by star,  philadelphia pennsylvania,  punch,  punched in the chest,  italian american,  press conference,  exercise,  las vegas nevada,  directed by star,  training,  cigar smoking,  combat,  fighting,  running,  showdown,  brawl,  tough guy,  written by director,  watching tv,  punched in the face,  hero,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  cult film,  fight,  father son relationship,  character name in title,  violence,  dog,  flashback,  blood,  sequel

Rocky II (1979)
Drama, Sport

Rocky II (1979)

Rocky Balboa is enjoying life. He has a lovely wife, Adrian, had a successful fight with Apollo Creed and is able to enjoy the money he earned from the fight and a new endorsement deal. Unfortunately, Rocky becomes embarrassed when failing to complete an advert and ends up working in a meat packing company. He believes that he will no longer have a career as a boxer. Apollo wants to rematch with Rocky to prove all his critics wrong that he can beat Rocky. Can Rocky once again have a successful fight? (Read More)

Characters:warrior
Story:rocky,  boxer,  boxer hero,  fist fighter,  punching bag,  heavyweight boxer,  training montage,  boxing movie,  boxing champion,  boxing ring,  boxing match,  fighting movie,  training,  action hero,  dog wearing clothing,  sequel to best picture winner,  heavyweight champion,  brother in law brother in law relationship,  fist,  comeback,  sweat,  weightlifting,  muscleman,  underdog,  written by star,  philadelphia pennsylvania,  punch,  pet dog,  italian american,  press conference,  directed by star,  opening action scene,  latex gloves,  cigar smoking,  boxing,  combat,  fighting,  running,  showdown,  brawl,  tough guy,  written by director,  watching tv,  punched in the face,  hero,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  cult film,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  fight,  character name in title,  two word title,  dog,  violence,  sequel,  blood,  flashback

Rocky V (1990) is one of the best movies like Rocky Balboa (2006)
Drama, Sport

Rocky V (1990)

Rocky Balboa is forced to retire after having permanent damage inflicted on him in the ring by the Russian boxer Ivan Drago. Returning home after the Drago bout, Balboa discovers that the fortune that he had acquired as heavyweight champ has been stolen and lost on the stockmarket by his accountant. His boxing days over, Rocky begins to coach an up-and-coming fighter named Tommy Gunn. Rocky cannot compete, however, with the high salaraies and glittering prizes being offered to Gunn by other managers in town. (Read More)

Locations:bar
Story:rocky,  boxer,  training,  boxer hero,  boxing,  reference to rocky marciano,  punching bag,  training montage,  boxing film,  boxing movie,  boxing champion,  boxing ring,  boxing match,  fighting movie,  action hero,  sequel to best picture winner,  heavyweight champion,  brother in law brother in law relationship,  fist,  punching,  comeback,  sweat,  weightlifting,  strongman,  muscleman,  underdog,  written by star,  philadelphia pennsylvania,  punched in the chest,  italian american,  press conference,  cigar smoking,  fighting,  running,  showdown,  brawl,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  hero,  fistfight,  cult film,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  fight,  father son relationship,  character name in title,  flashback,  blood,  sequel

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Creed (2015)
Drama, Sport

Creed (2015)

Adonis Johnson is the son of the famous boxing champion Apollo Creed, who died in a boxing match in _Rocky IV (1985)_ (qv). Adonis wasn't born until after his father's death and wants to follow his fathers footsteps in boxing. He seeks a mentor who is the former heavyweight boxing champion and former friend of Apollo Creed, the retired Rocky Balboa. Rocky eventually agrees to mentor Adonis. With Rocky's help they hope to get a title job to face even deadlier opponents than his father. But whether he is a true fighter remains to be seen.... This is why Creed (2015) is one of the best movies like Rocky Balboa (2006). (Read More)

Locations:cemetery,  restaurant,  bar
Story:rocky,  punching bag,  ex boxer,  boxing champion,  boxing ring,  boxing match,  fighting movie,  boxing,  mentor student relationship,  heavyweight champion,  underdog,  philadelphia pennsylvania,  punched in the chest,  italian american,  press conference,  boxer,  love interest,  widower,  training,  brawl,  watching tv,  punched in the face,  fistfight,  title spoken by character,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  fight,  character name in title,  flashback,  sequel,  blood

Rocky (1976)
Drama, Sport

Rocky (1976)

Rocky Balboa is a struggling boxer trying to make the big time, working as a debt collector for a pittance. When heavyweight champion Apollo Creed visits Philadelphia, his managers want to set up an exhibition match between Creed and a struggling boxer, touting the fight as a chance for a "nobody" to become a "somebody". The match is supposed to be easily won by Creed, but someone forgot to tell Rocky, who sees this as his only shot at the big time. (Read More)

Story:rocky,  heavyweight champion,  boxer,  boxer hero,  reference to rocky marciano,  boxing champion,  boxing match,  fighting movie,  training,  motivation,  sweat,  inspiration,  strongman,  muscleman,  underdog,  philadelphia pennsylvania,  italian american,  boxing,  showdown,  brawl,  tough guy,  blood splatter,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  fight,  character name in title,  dog,  violence

Southpaw (2015)
Drama, Sport

Southpaw (2015)

As tragedy strikes him in his prime, famed boxer, Billy Hope, begins to fall into a great depression. Once the decision regarding the custody of his daughter is under question, Billy decides to get his life back on track by getting back into the ring.

Locations:cemetery,  bar
Story:boxing training,  boxer,  boxing manager,  boxing champion,  boxing ring,  boxing match,  comeback,  punched in the stomach,  press conference,  las vegas nevada,  death of wife,  boxing,  running,  punched in the face,  fistfight,  title spoken by character,  flashback,  blood,  violence

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Never Back Down (2008) is one of the best movies like Rocky Balboa (2006)
Action, Drama, Sport

Never Back Down (2008)

At his new high school, a rebellious teen Jake Tyler is lured into an ultimate underground fighting club in a Backyard Fight, where he finds a mentor in a mixed martial arts veteran. After receiving threats to the safety of his friends and family, Jake seeks the mentoring of a veteran fighter, to train his mind and body for one final no-holds-barred elimination fight with his unrelenting personal nemesis and local martial arts champion Ryan McCarthy. (Read More)

Characters:warrior
Story:punching bag,  fighting movie,  punched in the stomach,  veteran,  training,  combat,  fighting,  showdown,  brawl,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  hero,  fistfight,  title spoken by character,  father son relationship,  flashback,  fight,  violence,  blood

Fighting (2009)
Action, Drama, Sport

Fighting (2009)

Shawn MacArthur, the kind-hearted son of an Alabama wrestling coach, makes a grim living selling fake products on the streets in New York. After dealing with thieving punks, he's discovered by bare-knuckle/street-fight manager, Harvey Boarden. He soon proves himself worthy and starts earning a small fortune, part of which he volunteers to spend on single mother Zulay Velez. Shawn doesn't cheat and that seems to be a major problem, notably after the arrival of his Alabama high-school rival. (Read More)

Story:boxing ring,  fighting movie,  punched in the stomach,  love interest,  boxing,  combat,  fighting,  showdown,  brawl,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  hero,  fistfight,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  father son relationship,  violence,  fight,  blood

The Fighter (2010)
Biography, Drama, Sport

The Fighter (2010)

The Fighter is a drama about boxer "Irish" Micky Ward's unlikely road to the world light welterweight title. His Rocky-like rise was shepherded by half-brother Dicky, a boxer-turned-trainer on the verge of being KO'd by drugs and crime. This is why The Fighter (2010) is one of the best movies like Rocky Balboa (2006). (Read More)

Locations:bar
Story:boxing match,  boxer,  boxing,  ex boxer,  watching boxing on tv,  boxing manager,  boxing movie,  boxing champion,  boxing ring,  fighting movie,  rocky,  comeback,  underdog,  punched in the stomach,  press conference,  scene during end credits,  training,  watching tv,  punched in the face,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  father son relationship,  two word title,  fight,  blood

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Raging Bull (1980)
Biography, Drama, Sport

Raging Bull (1980)

When Jake LaMotta steps into a boxing ring and obliterates his opponent, he's a prizefighter. But when he treats his family and friends the same way, he's a ticking time bomb, ready to go off at any moment. Though LaMotta wants his family's love, something always seems to come between them. Perhaps it's his violent bouts of paranoia and jealousy. This kind of rage helped make him a champ, but in real life, he winds up in the ring alone. (Read More)

Locations:restaurant,  bar
Story:boxing champion,  boxing ring,  fighting movie,  boxing,  fist,  sweat,  punch,  italian american,  brawl,  tough guy,  fistfight,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  fight,  violence,  blood

Yip Man 2 (2010) is one of the best movies like Rocky Balboa (2006)
Action, Biography, Drama, History, Sport

Yip Man 2 (2010)

Ip Man 2 is a 2010 Hong Kong biographical martial arts film loosely based on the life of Ip Man, a grandmaster of the martial art Wing Chun. A sequel to the 2008 film Ip Man, the film was directed by Wilson Yip, and stars Donnie Yen, who reprises the leading role. Continuing after the events of the earlier film, the sequel centers on Ip's movements in Hong Kong, which is under British colonial rule. He attempts to propagate his discipline of Wing Chun, but faces rivalry from other practitioners, including the local master of Hung Ga martial arts. (Read More)

Characters:warrior
Story:boxing training,  punching bag,  training montage,  boxing champion,  boxing match,  muscleman,  press conference,  boxer,  boxing,  combat,  showdown,  brawl,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  hero,  fistfight,  father son relationship,  character name in title,  blood,  flashback,  sequel,  violence,  fight

Bloodsport (1988)
Action, Biography, Drama, Sport

Bloodsport (1988)

Frank Dux has spent most his life being trained by Tanaka to participate in the Kumite, the ultimate martial arts tournament, where participants are seriously injured, even killed. Frank decides to go despite being told by his superiors in the army that he can't because they need him. Two army officers are sent to get him and the trail leads to Hong Kong but Frank eludes them. While Frank advances, he knows that he may have to face Chong Li, the defending champion, who has killed a few participants. (Read More)

Locations:restaurant,  bar
Characters:warrior
Story:training montage,  fighting movie,  action hero,  mentor student relationship,  muscleman,  underdog,  punched in the chest,  punched in the stomach,  boxer,  love interest,  opening action scene,  training,  boxing,  combat,  fighting,  showdown,  brawl,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  hero,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  cult film,  title spoken by character,  fight,  flashback,  violence,  dog,  blood

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Kickboxer (1989)
Action, Sport, Thriller

Kickboxer (1989)

Kurt Sloan is the corner-man for his brother, U.S. kickboxing champion Eric Sloan. When Kurt witnesses his brother become maliciously paralyzed in the ring by Thailand champion Tong Po, Kurt vows revenge. With the help of Xian, a kickboxing trainer who lives in a remote area of Thailand, Kurt trains for the fight of his life. (Read More)

Story:action hero,  punched in the chest,  punched in the stomach,  combat,  fighting,  showdown,  brawl,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  hero,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  cult film,  fight,  dog,  blood,  violence

Wyatt Earp (1994)
Adventure, Biography, Crime, Drama, Western

Wyatt Earp (1994)

Wyatt Earp is a movie about a man and his family. The movie shows us the good times and the bad times of one of the West's most famous individuals. This is why Wyatt Earp (1994) is one of the best movies like Rocky Balboa (2006).

Locations:cemetery
Story:boxing match,  action hero,  death of wife,  cigar smoking,  boxing,  showdown,  brawl,  hero,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  cult film,  title spoken by character,  character name in title,  flashback,  blood,  violence

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017) is one of the best movies like Rocky Balboa (2006)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017)

Characters:warrior
Story:action hero,  strongman,  muscleman,  punched in the chest,  opening action scene,  death of wife,  training,  combat,  fighting,  showdown,  brawl,  tough guy,  written by director,  punched in the face,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  title spoken by character,  father son relationship,  character name in title,  fight,  dog,  flashback,  violence,  blood

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Lionheart (1990)
Action, Crime, Drama, Sport

Lionheart (1990)

Lyon Gaultier is a deserter in the Foreign Legion arriving in the USA entirely hard up. He finds his brother between life and death and his sister-in-law without the money needed to heal her husband and to maintain her child. To earn the money needed, Gaultier decides to take part in some very dangerous clandestine fights. (Read More)

Characters:warrior
Story:action hero,  male male hug,  strongman,  muscleman,  punched in the chest,  boxer,  opening action scene,  training,  boxing,  combat,  fighting,  showdown,  brawl,  tough guy,  watching tv,  punched in the face,  hero,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  cult film,  title spoken by character,  character name in title,  dog,  fight,  violence,  blood

Lock Up (1989)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Lock Up (1989)

Frank Leone is nearing the end of his prison term for a relatively minor crime. Just before he is paroled, however, Warden Drumgoole takes charge. Drumgoole was assigned to a hell-hole prison after his administration was publicly humiliated by Leone, and has now arrived on the scene to ensure that Leone never sees the light of day. (Read More)

Characters:warrior
Story:boxing ring,  action hero,  weightlifting,  italian american,  cigar smoking,  showdown,  brawl,  tough guy,  hero,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  violence,  fight,  flashback,  blood,  dog

Ali (2001)
Biography, Drama, Sport

Ali (2001)

In 1964, a brash new pro boxer, fresh from his olympic gold medal victory, explodes on to the scene, Cassius Clay. Bold and outspoken, he cuts an entirely new image for African Americans in sport with his proud public self confidence with his unapologetic belief that he is the greatest boxer of all time. To his credit, he sets out to prove that with his highly agile and forceful style soon making him a formidable boxer who soon claims the heavyweight championship. His personal life is no less noteworthy with his allegiance to the Nation of Islam, his friendship with the controversial Malcolm X and his abandonment of his slave name in favour of Muhammad Ali stirring up controversy. Yet, at the top of his game, both Ali's personal and professional lives face the ultimate test with the military draft rules are changed, making him eligible for military induction during the Vietnam War. Despite the fact that he could easily agree to a sweetheart deal that would have meant an easy tour of duty for himself, Ali refuses to submit on principle to cooperate in an unjust war for a racist nation that treated his people so poorly. The cost of that stand is high as he finds himself unable to legally box in his own country while his case is contested in court. What follows is a battle for a man who would sacrifice so much for what he believes in and a comeback that would cement his legend as one of the great sports figures of all time. (Read More)

Story:boxing training,  boxer,  boxing movie,  boxing champion,  boxing ring,  boxing match,  heavyweight champion,  comeback,  sweat,  boxing,  running,  watching tv,  punched in the face,  fistfight,  title spoken by character,  father son relationship,  character name in title,  fight,  violence

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Huo Yuanjia (2006) is one of the best movies like Rocky Balboa (2006)
Action, Biography, Drama, Sport

Huo Yuanjia (2006)

Martial arts legend Huo Yuanjia became the most famous fighter in all of China at the turn of the 20th Century. Huo faced personal tragedy but ultimately fought his way out of darkness and into history, defining the true spirit of martial arts. His self-discovery, and the choices he made, inspired his nation. The son of a great fighter who did not wish for his child to follow in his footsteps, the bullied Huo Yuanjia resolves to teach himself how to fight - and win. Years of training enable him to ace match after match in his home region of Tianjin. But as his fame as a martial arts master grows, so does his pride. After an ill-advised fight leads to another master's death, members of Huo's family are slain in revenge. Grieving and ashamed, Huo wanders the country in shock. Near death, he is rescued by women from an idyllic village, and is offered simple kindness and generosity that help him heal and regain his equilibrium over a period of several years. Huo realizes that the future of martial arts lies in sportsmanship and not brutality, and he rejoins society to apply what he has learned. Returning to Tianjin, Huo takes steps to come to terms with his past and restore his family's name. His evolving, graceful Mizong (Missing) Fist method of fighting brings Huo renewed success, and he forms the progressive Jingwu Sports Federation. Taking note, duplicitous members of the Foreign Chamber of Commerce engineer a Shanghai tournament pitting Huo against four fighters, each representing the major foreign powers in China. Huo commits to the bout and faces off against, respectively, a British boxer, a Spanish swordsman, a Belgian soldier, and a Japanese martial artist. What happened that day in 1910 has never been, and will never be, forgotten in China. This is why Huo Yuanjia (2006) is one of the best movies like Rocky Balboa (2006). (Read More)

Locations:restaurant
Characters:warrior
Story:action hero,  fist,  boxer,  opening action scene,  widower,  training,  combat,  fighting,  showdown,  brawl,  tough guy,  hero,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  cult film,  fight,  father son relationship,  character name in title,  violence,  blood

Cinderella Man (2005)
Biography, Drama, Sport

Cinderella Man (2005)

During the Great Depression, a common-man hero, James J. Braddock--a.k.a. the Cinderella Man--was to become one of the most surprising sports legends in history. By the early 1930s, the impoverished ex-prizefighter was seemingly as broken-down, beaten-up and out-of-luck as much of the rest of the American populace who had hit rock bottom. His career appeared to be finished, he was unable to pay the bills, the only thing that mattered to him--his family--was in danger, and he was even forced to go on Public Relief. But deep inside, Jim Braddock never relinquished his determination. Driven by love, honor and an incredible dose the ones who are do of grit, he willed an impossible dream to come true. In a last-chance bid to help his family, Braddock returned to the ring. No one thought he had a shot. However Braddock, fueled by something beyond mere competition, kept winning. Suddenly, the ordinary working man became the mythic athlete. Carrying the hopes and dreams of the disenfranchised on his shoulders, Braddock rocketed through the ranks, until this underdog chose to do the unthinkable: take on the heavyweight champ of the world, the unstoppable Max Baer, renowned for having killed two men in the ring. (Read More)

Locations:restaurant
Story:boxing manager,  boxing movie,  boxing champion,  boxing,  heavyweight champion,  comeback,  inspiration,  underdog,  boxer,  training,  cigar smoking,  fighting,  hero,  title spoken by character,  father son relationship,  two word title,  violence,  blood,  flashback,  fight

Soldier (1998)
Action, Drama, Sci-fi

Soldier (1998)

In a futuristic society, some people are selected at birth to become soldiers, and trained in such a manner that they become inhuman killing machines. One of the most succesfull and older of these soldiers (Russell) is pitted against a new breed of soldiers, and after the confrontation is believed to be dead. His body is left behind in a semi-abandoned colonial planet, where everything is peaceful, and he is taught about the other aspects of life. But eventually he has to fight the new breed of soldiers again, this time to defend his new home... (Read More)

Characters:warrior
Story:punching bag,  action hero,  weightlifting,  veteran,  training,  boxing,  combat,  showdown,  brawl,  tough guy,  hero,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  cult film,  title spoken by character,  fight,  violence,  flashback,  blood

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The Huntsman: Winter's War (2016)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

The Huntsman: Winter's War (2016)

Characters:warrior
Story:action hero,  passionate kiss,  punched in the chest,  love interest,  scene during end credits,  training,  combat,  showdown,  brawl,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  hero,  fistfight,  character name in title,  sequel,  flashback,  violence,  blood,  fight

Blood And Bone (2009) is one of the best movies like Rocky Balboa (2006)
Action, Drama

Blood And Bone (2009)

Story:fighting movie,  action hero,  punched in the stomach,  boxer,  combat,  brawl,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  hero,  fistfight,  character name in title,  violence,  blood,  fight

Wild Card (2015)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Wild Card (2015)

Nick Wild (Jason Statham) is a Las Vegas bodyguard with lethal professional skills and a personal gambling problem. When a friend is beaten by a sadistic thug, Nick strikes back, only to find out the thug is the son of a powerful mob boss. Suddenly Nick is plunged into the criminal underworld, chased by enforcers and wanted by the mob. Having raised the stakes, Nick has one last play to change his fortunes...and this time, it's all or nothing. This is why Wild Card (2015) is one of the best movies like Rocky Balboa (2006). (Read More)

Locations:restaurant,  bar
Characters:warrior
Story:action hero,  punched in the stomach,  las vegas nevada,  opening action scene,  cigar smoking,  showdown,  brawl,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  character name in title,  two word title,  violence,  blood,  fight,  flashback

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Heartbreak Ridge (1986)
Action, Comedy, Drama, War

Heartbreak Ridge (1986)

1983. Tom Highway is a well-decorated career military man in the United States Marine Corps, he who has seen action in Korea and Vietnam. His current rank is Gunnery Sergeant. His experiences have led him to become an opinionated, no nonsense man, who is prone to bursts of violence, especially when he's drunk, if the situation does not suit him, regardless of the specifics or people involved. Because of these actions, he has spent his fair share of overnighters behind bars. Close to retirement, one of his last assignments, one he requested, is back at his old unit at Cherry Point, North Carolina, from where he was transferred for insubordination. He is to train a reconnaissance platoon. His superior officer, the much younger and combat inexperienced Major Malcolm Powers, sees Highway as a relic of an old styled military. Highway's commanding officer, Lieutenant Ring, the platoon leader, is also a younger man who has no combat experience, but is academically inclined and happy-go-lucky. Highway finds that his team is a rag-tag bunch of slackers, who includes wannabe rock musician Stitch Jones, with who Highway had an inauspicious earlier meeting. The men in the platoon, who truly believe Highway is crazy, hate him, and don't understand why they have to follow his harsh training regimen when the United States is not currently at war. The major, who is all about efficiency regardless of combat readiness, has the same views of Highway. He is clear that he sees Highway's platoon solely as a training mechanism for his own elite squad trained by Highway's nemesis, Staff Sergeant Webster. Things for Highway and his platoon change when the United States enters into war in Grenada. Through it all, Highway tries to reconnect with his bar waitress ex-wife Aggie, he even clandestinely reading women's magazines to understand her better. Two primary obstacles stand in his way: Roy Jennings, Aggie's boss and current suitor who hates Marines, and Aggie's own remembrance of how dysfunctional their marriage was. (Read More)

Locations:bar
Story:training,  action hero,  reference to muhammad ali,  strongman,  muscleman,  punched in the chest,  veteran,  exercise,  directed by star,  opening action scene,  cigar smoking,  combat,  brawl,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  hero,  fistfight,  cult film,  title spoken by character,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  two word title,  violence,  fight

Tom Yum Goong (2005)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Tom Yum Goong (2005)

In Bangkok, the young Kham was raised by his father in the jungle with elephants as members of their family. When his old elephant and the baby Kern are stolen by criminals, Kham finds that the animals were sent to Sidney. He travels to Australia, where he locates the baby elephant in a restaurant owned by the evil Madame Rose, the leader of an international Thai mafia. With the support of the efficient Thai sergeant Mark, who was involved in a conspiracy, Kham fights to rescue the animal from the mobsters. (Read More)

Locations:restaurant
Characters:warrior
Story:action hero,  boxer,  boxing,  combat,  fighting,  showdown,  brawl,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  hero,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  cult film,  title spoken by character,  violence,  flashback,  blood

Out Of The Furnace (2013) is one of the best movies like Rocky Balboa (2006)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Out Of The Furnace (2013)

Russell and his younger brother Rodney live in the economically-depressed Rust Belt, and have always dreamed of escaping and finding better lives. But when a cruel twist of fate lands Russell in prison, his brother becomes involved with one of the most violent and ruthless crime rings in the Northeast - a mistake that will cost him everything. Once released, Russell must choose between his own freedom, or risk it all to seek justice for his brother. (Read More)

Locations:cemetery,  bar
Period:2000s
Story:visiting a grave,  punched in the stomach,  opening action scene,  running,  showdown,  brawl,  tough guy,  written by director,  watching tv,  punched in the face,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  father son relationship,  fight,  violence,  flashback,  blood

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Harry Brown (2009)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Harry Brown (2009)

In England, retired Royal Marine Harry Brown spends his lonely life between the hospital, where his beloved wife Kath is terminally ill, and playing chess with his only friend Leonard Attwell in the Barge pub owned by Sid Rourke. After the death of Kath, Len tells his grieving friend that the local gang is harassing him and he is carrying an old bayonet for self-defense; the widower suggests him to go to the police. When Len is beaten, then stabbed to death in an underground passage, Inspector Alice Frampton and her partner Sergeant Terry Hicock are sent to investigate. They pay Harry a visit but don't have good news; the police have not found any other evidence, other than the bayonet, in order to arrest the hoodlums. This mean that should the case go to trial the gang would claim self-defense. Harry Brown sees that justice will not be granted and decides to take matters into his own hands. (Read More)

Locations:cemetery
Characters:warrior
Period:2000s
Story:visiting wife's grave,  punched in the belly,  visiting a grave,  punched in the chest,  veteran,  press conference,  widower,  death of wife,  tough guy,  blood splatter,  cult film,  title spoken by character,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  character name in title,  two word title,  violence,  flashback,  blood,  dog

Daredevil (2003)
Action, Crime, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Daredevil (2003)

Fate deals young orphan Matt Murdock a strange hand when he is doused with hazardous waste. The accident leaves Matt blind but also gives him a heightened "radar sense" that allows him to "see" far better than any man. Years later Murdock has grown into a man and becomes a respected criminal attorney. But after he's done his "day job" Matt takes on a secret identity as "The Man Without Fear," Daredevil, the masked avenger that patrols the neighborhood of Hell's Kitchen and New York City to combat the injustice that he cannot tackle in the courtroom. This is why Daredevil (2003) is one of the best movies like Rocky Balboa (2006). (Read More)

Locations:cemetery,  bar
Characters:warrior
Period:2000s
Story:action hero,  hero,  boxer,  scene during end credits,  latex gloves,  training,  cigar smoking,  boxing,  combat,  showdown,  brawl,  tough guy,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  title spoken by character,  father son relationship,  character name in title,  flashback,  blood,  fight,  violence

Million Dollar Baby (2004)
Drama, Sport

Million Dollar Baby (2004)

Wanting to learn from the best, aspiring boxer Maggie Fitzgerald wants Frankie Dunn to train her. At the outset he flatly refuses saying he has no interest in training a girl. Frankie leads a lonely existence, alienated from his only daughter and having few friends. Maggie's rough around the edges but shows a lot of grit in the ring and he eventually relents. Maggie not only proves to be the boxer he always dreamed of having under his wing but a friend who fills the great void he's had in his life. Maggie's career skyrockets but an accident in the ring leads her to ask Frankie for one last favor. (Read More)

Story:boxer,  boxing,  watching boxing on tv,  boxing manager,  boxing film,  boxing movie,  fighting movie,  underdog,  veteran,  las vegas nevada,  directed by star,  training,  fight

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The Marine (2006) is one of the best movies like Rocky Balboa (2006)
Action, Drama, Thriller

The Marine (2006)

John Triton is a heroic Marine who returns home after being discharged--against his will--from the Iraq War. Stateside, he finds himself back in action, when a group of murderous diamond thieves on the run led by a merciless criminal named Rome has kidnapped his wife and John goes on a chase through the South Carolinian wilderness to retrieve her. With everything on the line, the Marine will stop at nothing to carry out his toughest and most important mission. (Read More)

Characters:warrior
Period:2000s
Story:action hero,  muscleman,  opening action scene,  combat,  showdown,  brawl,  tough guy,  hero,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  blood,  violence

Batman: The Killing Joke (2016)
Action, Animation, Crime, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Batman: The Killing Joke (2016)

Locations:bar
Characters:warrior
Story:action hero,  strongman,  punched in the chest,  scene during end credits,  opening action scene,  death of wife,  cigar smoking,  showdown,  brawl,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  character name in title,  flashback,  blood,  violence,  fight

Warrior (2011)
Drama, Sport

Warrior (2011)

Two brothers face the fight of a lifetime - and the wreckage of their broken family - within the brutal, high-stakes world of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighting in Lionsgate's action/drama, WARRIOR. A former Marine, haunted by a tragic past, Tommy Riordan returns to his hometown of Pittsburgh and enlists his father, a recovered alcoholic and his former coach, to train him for an MMA tournament awarding the biggest purse in the history of the sport. As Tommy blazes a violent path towards the title prize, his brother, Brendan, a former MMA fighter unable to make ends meet as a public school teacher, returns to the amateur ring to provide for his family. Even though years have passed, recriminations and past betrayals keep Brendan bitterly estranged from both Tommy and his father. But when Brendan's unlikely rise as an underdog sets him on a collision course with Tommy, the two brothers must finally confront the forces that tore them apart, all the while waging the most intense, winner-takes-all battle of their lives. (Read More)

Characters:warrior
Story:boxing ring,  fighting movie,  fighting,  strongman,  muscleman,  underdog,  philadelphia pennsylvania,  punched in the stomach,  training,  running,  punched in the face,  father son relationship,  violence,  fight

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The Accountant (2016)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Accountant (2016)

Christian Wolff is a math savant with more affinity for numbers than people. Behind the cover of a small-town CPA office, he works as a freelance accountant for some of the world's most dangerous criminal organizations. With the Treasury Department's Crime Enforcement Division, run by Ray King, starting to close in, Christian takes on a legitimate client: a state-of-the-art robotics company where an accounting clerk has discovered a discrepancy involving millions of dollars. But as Christian uncooks the books and gets closer to the truth, it is the body count that starts to rise. This is why The Accountant (2016) is one of the best movies like Rocky Balboa (2006). (Read More)

Locations:restaurant,  bar
Characters:warrior
Period:2000s
Story:action hero,  reference to muhammad ali,  punched in the chest,  press conference,  opening action scene,  widower,  death of wife,  training,  showdown,  brawl,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  title spoken by character,  father son relationship,  two word title,  violence,  flashback,  blood,  fight

Meng Long Guo Jiang (1972) is one of the best movies like Rocky Balboa (2006)
Action, Adventure, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Meng Long Guo Jiang (1972)

Tang Lung arrives in Rome to help his cousins in the restaurant business. They are being pressured to sell their property to the syndicate, who will stop at nothing to get what they want. When Tang arrives he poses a new threat to the syndicate, and they are unable to defeat him. The syndicate boss hires the best Japanese and European martial artists to fight Tang, but he easily finishes them off. The American martial artist Colt is hired and has a showdown with Tang in Rome's famous Colosseum. (Read More)

Locations:cemetery,  restaurant
Story:action hero,  combat,  showdown,  brawl,  tough guy,  hero,  fistfight,  fight,  violence

Logan (2017)
Action, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Logan (2017)

In 2029 the mutant population has shrunken significantly and the X-Men have disbanded. Logan, whose power to self-heal is dwindling, has surrendered himself to alcohol and now earns a living as a chauffeur. He takes care of the ailing old Professor X whom he keeps hidden away. One day, a female stranger asks Logan to drive a girl named Laura to the Canadian border. At first he refuses, but the Professor has been waiting for a long time for her to appear. Laura possesses an extraordinary fighting prowess and is in many ways like Wolverine. She is pursued by sinister figures working for a powerful corporation; this is because her DNA contains the secret that connects her to Logan. A relentless pursuit begins - In this third cinematic outing featuring the Marvel comic book character Wolverine we see the superheroes beset by everyday problems. They are aging, ailing and struggling to survive financially. A decrepit Logan is forced to ask himself if he can or even wants to put his remaining powers to good use. It would appear that in the near-future, the times in which they were able put the world to rights with razor sharp claws and telepathic powers are now over. (Read More)

Locations:cemetery,  bar
Characters:warrior
Story:action hero,  punched in the chest,  opening action scene,  combat,  fighting,  running,  showdown,  brawl,  tough guy,  written by director,  watching tv,  punched in the face,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  title spoken by character,  father son relationship,  character name in title,  dog,  fight,  sequel,  blood,  violence

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Enemy Mine (1985)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Sci-fi

Enemy Mine (1985)

A soldier from Earth crash-lands on an alien world after sustaining battle damage. Eventually he encounters another survivor, but from the enemy species he was fighting; they band together to survive on this hostile world. In the end the human finds himself caring for his enemy in a completely unexpected way. (Read More)

Characters:warrior
Story:action hero,  punched in the chest,  opening action scene,  training,  combat,  fighting,  showdown,  brawl,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  cult film,  two word title,  violence,  fight,  blood

Heist (2001)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Heist (2001)

David Mamet takes this story of thieves along many twists and turns, some of which work and some of which don't. Gene Hackman plays the brilliant leader of a gang (Delroy Lindo, Ricky Jay & Rebecca Pigeon as Hackman's youngish wife), which pulls off complex heists for a despicable fence (Danny DeVito). After stiffing the gang on a jewelry robbery, DeVito forces the gang to go after a Swiss gold shipment and to use his nephew (Sam Rockwell) in the crime. No one trusts anyone and every step is shaded with the unexpected. (Read More)

Locations:bar
Period:2000s
Story:boxing ring,  reference to frank sinatra,  italian american,  cigar smoking,  showdown,  brawl,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  father son relationship,  blood,  fight,  violence

Silverado (1985) is one of the best movies like Rocky Balboa (2006)
Action, Crime, Drama, Romance, Western

Silverado (1985)

In 1880, four men travel together to the city of Silverado. They come across many dangers before they finally engage the "bad guys" and bring peace and equality back to the city. This is why Silverado (1985) is one of the best movies like Rocky Balboa (2006).

Locations:cemetery
Characters:warrior
Story:action hero,  opening action scene,  showdown,  brawl,  tough guy,  hero,  fistfight,  cult film,  title spoken by character,  father son relationship,  dog,  violence

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Xxx: State Of The Union (2005)
Action, Adventure, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Xxx: State Of The Union (2005)

Agent Augustus Gibbons has selected an imprisoned former US Navy SEAL Darius Stone, a new agent in the XXX program, travels to Washington D.C., where they track a splinter faction of the U.S. military that attempts to overthrow the U.S. government and assassinate the President, led by Secretary of Defense and former 4-Star General George Deckert, Stone's former commanding officer whom he once led a mutiny against. But he's been targeted for assassination by a radical splinter group of dissenters deep within the United States government. The new XXX agent must uncover the insurgents from within. It is the nation's only hope to stop the first coup d'etat in American history. (Read More)

Locations:restaurant
Period:2000s
Story:boxing ring,  action hero,  punched in the stomach,  opening action scene,  fighting,  showdown,  brawl,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  hero,  fistfight,  character name in title,  violence,  blood,  sequel,  fight

Assault On Precinct 13 (2005)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Assault On Precinct 13 (2005)

On New Year's Eve, inside a police station that's about to be closed for good, officer Jake Roenick must cobble together a force made up cops and criminals to save themselves from a mob looking to kill mobster Marion Bishop.

Characters:warrior
Period:2000s
Story:italian american,  love interest,  opening action scene,  showdown,  brawl,  tough guy,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  fight,  dog,  violence,  blood

Cowboy Bebop: Tengoku No Tobira (2001)
Action, Animation, Crime, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Cowboy Bebop: Tengoku No Tobira (2001)

The year is 2071. Following a terrorist bombing, a deadly virus is released on the populace of Mars and the government has issued a 300 million woo-long reward, the largest bounty in history, for the capture of whoever is behind it. The bounty hunter crew of the spaceship Bebop; Spike, Faye, Jet and Ed, take the case with hopes of cashing in the bounty. However, the mystery surrounding the man responsible, Vincent, goes deeper than they ever imagined, and they aren't the only ones hunting him. The original creators of the virus have dispatched Electra to deal with Vincent and take out anyone who may stumble on the truth behind him. As the hunt for the man with no past and no future continues to escalate, they begin to question what about the world is reality and what is a dream as the line between sanity and insanity becomes more apparent. (Read More)

Characters:warrior
Story:action hero,  punched in the stomach,  veteran,  opening action scene,  combat,  showdown,  brawl,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  hero,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  cult film,  fight,  dog,  violence,  blood,  flashback

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The Karate Kid (1984) is one of the best movies like Rocky Balboa (2006)
Action, Drama, Family, Sport

The Karate Kid (1984)

Daniel and his mother move from New Jersey to California. She has a wonderful new job, but Daniel quickly discovers that a dark haired Italian boy with a Jersey accent doesn't fit into the blond surfer crowd. Daniel manages to talk his way out of some fights, but he is finally cornered by several who belong to the same karate school. As Daniel is passing out from the beating he sees Miyagi, the elderly gardener leaps into the fray and save him by outfighting half a dozen teenagers. Miyagi and Daniel soon find out the real motivator behind the boys' violent attitude in the form of their karate teacher. Miyagi promises to teach Daniel karate and arranges a fight at the all-valley tournament some months off. When his training begins, Daniel doesn't understand what he is being shown. Miyagi seems more interested in having Daniel paint fences and wax cars than teaching him Karate. (Read More)

Locations:restaurant
Characters:warrior
Story:fighting movie,  underdog,  italian american,  love interest,  widower,  training,  combat,  fighting,  showdown,  brawl,  fistfight,  cult film,  title spoken by character,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  fight,  violence

Run All Night (2015)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Run All Night (2015)

Professional Brooklyn hitman Jimmy Conlon is more commonly known as THE GRAVEDIGGER. Jimmy was a mob hit-man, who was best friends with his boss Sean Maguire. But when Jimmy's son, Michael, is marked for death by the mob, Jimmy must go up against Sean to protect Michael at all costs. Together, he and Michael must avoid corrupt cops, contract killers and the mob to survive the night. This is why Run All Night (2015) is one of the best movies like Rocky Balboa (2006). (Read More)

Locations:restaurant,  bar
Story:ex boxer,  boxing ring,  action hero,  punched in the chest,  boxer,  boxing,  brawl,  punched in the face,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  father son relationship,  violence,  blood,  flashback

Get Carter (2000)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Get Carter (2000)

Years ago, Jack Carter left his Seattle home to become a Las Vegas mob casino financial enforcer. He returns for the funeral of his brother Richard 'Richie' after a car crash during a storm, atypical of the careful house-father. Talking to the widow, daughter Doreen and enigmatic Geraldine, Jack suspects it was murder. Cliff Brumby, whose club Richie ran, is financially linked to porn and prostitution baron Cyrus Paice, who claims to be just a front-man for ITC tycoon Jeremy Kinnear. Someone hired goon Thorpey to make Jack return to Las Vegas. Jack's partner Con McCarty is restless, apparently about their boss Les Fletcher whose wife had an affair with Jack. Someone breaks into Richie's home, looking for a crucial CD. (Read More)

Locations:cemetery
Story:punched in the stomach,  las vegas nevada,  opening action scene,  boxing,  showdown,  brawl,  tough guy,  watching tv,  punched in the face,  fistfight,  character name in title,  blood,  flashback

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Money Train (1995)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Money Train (1995)

Two foster brothers work as transit cops. While one's life is as good as it gets, the other's is a pit. After losing his job, getting dumped by his brother, and getting the crap kicked out of him by a loan shark for the umpteenth time, He implements his plan to steal the "money train," a train carrying the New York Subway's weekly revenue. But when things go awry, will his brother be able to save him in time? (Read More)

Locations:bar
Story:action hero,  opening action scene,  boxing,  showdown,  brawl,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  hero,  fistfight,  title spoken by character,  violence

Rising Sun (1993) is one of the best movies like Rocky Balboa (2006)
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Rising Sun (1993)

At the offices of a Japanese corporation, during a party, a woman, who's evidently a professional mistress, is found dead, apparently after some rough sex. A police detective, Web Smith is called in to investigate but before getting there, he gets a call from someone who instructs him to pick up John Connor, a former police Captain and expert on Japanese affairs. When they arrive there Web thinks that everything is obvious but Connor tells him that there's a lot more going on. (Read More)

Locations:restaurant,  bar
Story:action hero,  latex gloves,  showdown,  brawl,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  hero,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  two word title,  fight,  violence

Yip Man (2008)
Action, Biography, Drama, Sport

Yip Man (2008)

In 1935 in Foshan, south China, there are martial arts schools on every street corner. Ip Man is the undisputed martial arts champion, yet he has not devoted himself to teaching. Despite this, it seems that all the kung fu masters of the city are eager to fight him to improve their reputation.

Characters:warrior
Story:fighting movie,  action hero,  punched in the stomach,  combat,  brawl,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  fistfight,  title spoken by character,  father son relationship,  character name in title,  two word title,  fight,  violence,  flashback,  blood

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