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Don’t try this at home: Wrestling and boxing based films to watch from the safety of your couch

Shilpa S

Shilpa S
Jul 18, 2021

Growing up watching WWE, where stars try to blur the lines between entertainment and violence, is sure to have brought an itch to every viewer's mind to recreate the charismatic performances. The legend ‘Do not try this at home’ preceding every telecast, serving as a safety warning for exactly such viewers, puts a damper on such thoughts, even though it keeps safety in mind. Fear not, here are a few movies to provide you with a rich fighting experience, which you can watch at no cost to your well-being.

1
The Fighter
8.3OTTplay Rating
The story of two boxer brothers, one basking in the success of the other, The Fighter tells the real-life story of Micky Ward and brother Dicky Eklund. Ward is trained by his older brother, whose former success has been replaced by an addiction to drugs. Ward dreams of being successful in his own right one day and tries to, quite literally, fight his way to the top. Christian Bale and Melissa Leo have won Academy Awards for their roles in the film.
2
Million Dollar Baby
8.4OTTplay Rating
Directed by the legendary Clint Eastwood, Million Dollar Baby is a sports drama about an amateur female boxer who rises the ranks to professional, under the mentorship of a trainer. Hilary Swank’s portrayal as the gritty, determined boxer earned her an Academy Award for Best Actress.
3
Rocky Balboa
6.9OTTplay Rating
The Rocky film series is regarded as the one that helped Sylvester Stallone make a name for himself in Hollywood. The sixth instalment in the franchise, this movie follows Rocky Balboa, played by Stallone, in his life after retiring from boxing. He is now a widower and restaurant owner, with a difficult relationship with his son. The movie features references to several characters in the franchise.
4
Bleed for This
7.2OTTplay Rating
Bleed for This is a biographical drama based on the life of former champion boxer Vinny Pazienza. The film tells the story of the boxer’s incredible comeback to the sport, post suffering an accident after which he was told he might never walk again.
5
Southpaw
7.8OTTplay Rating
After the murder of his wife, a professional boxer loses his way in his obsession to find the absconding killer. When his only daughter is taken away from his care when he is deemed unfit to take care of her, the man must decide to clean up his act or lose his daughter forever. Jake Gyllenhaal and Oona Laurence’s performances as father and daughter were given positive reviews.
6
Fighting with My Family
6.9OTTplay Rating
Fighting With My Family explores the journey of English professional wrestler Paige from amateur wrestler to a part of the prestigious entertainment company WWE. It also focuses on her family, all of whom are wrestlers themselves and the personal struggles each face. The film was positively reviewed by critics.
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