We all love to watch those boxing flicks, where one guy is mercilessly beating the living daylights out of the other and then the underdog powers his way through. Hollywood has given us many memorable films with our favorite fictional pugilists, battling opponents in the ring, as well as their inner demons. While Hollywood has managed to nail the boxer film formula to the T, Bollywood is following closely as well! The Akshay Kumar – Sidharth Malhotra starrer, Brothers, is set to hit screens this Friday. Brothers, which is an official remake of the Hollywood masterpiece Warrior, seems to show a lot of promise.

Before you watch Brothers, here are some intense movies that are sure to set the adrenaline rush!


When you think about boxing films, you cannot not mention the Rocky series. This cult series of films, which spanned five sequels packs some of the best punches. No one will forget Rocky Balboa, possibly the greatest underdog we have cheered for, Survivor’s Eye of the Tiger and Sylvester Stallone running up the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, which incidentally is now known as the Rocky Steps.

Raging Bull

Ah, Scorsese! This Academy Award winning film, that is hailed as one of Hollywood’s best had Jake LaMotta (played by a sublime Robert DeNiro) take on the world in the ring. In the end, however, he loses everything. Starring a brilliant cast boasting of names like Cathy Moriarty and Joe Pesci, Raging Bull has remained a classic and a favorite among many.

The Fighter

This multiple Academy Award nominated film was based on a true story. It chronicled the rise and fall of two brothers – Dicky and Micky. The highlight of The Fighter remains Christian Bale. Delivering a near-perfect performance, Bale had to undergo a tremendous transformation for the role that saw him playing a recovering drug addict.


A more recent release, Southpaw saw Jake Gyllenhaal play the chiseled Billy Hope, who loses everything he loves. With everything that is dear to him on the line, he must fight to reclaim the ones he loves.

Never Back Down

This film was based on a bunch of youngsters, who were too angry for their own good. Never Back Down had Sean Faris‘s character, channel his anger into fighting, while learning from the master Jean Roqua (played by a supremely understated Djimon Hounsou).

So there you have it – some of the best fistfights Hollywood has to offer. Now, let’s hope Brothers raises the benchmark in Bollywood.