Over the course of his long and illustrious career, legendary boxer "Irish" Mickey Ward took on all comers inside the ring, from his nine title fights to his epic three-part feud with Arturo Gatti. This week, though, Ward will finally be going up against his toughest foe yet when he faces off against none other than world renowned boxing icon Rocky Balboa.

That battle won't be happening in the ring, of course, but rather in the court of public opinion, because when 'The Fighter' -- which stars Mark Wahlberg as Ward and Christian Bale as his bother and mentor Dickie Eklund -- hits theaters, it will immediately join the discussion over which boxing movie is the best of all time, a debate that has been raging for decades.
When We Were Kings Movie Poster
When We Were Kings
PG1996
Based on 21 critics

On October 30, 1974, perhaps the most famous heavyweight championship boxing match of all time took place... Read More

Raging Bull Movie Poster
Raging Bull
R1980
Based on 14 critics

The story of a middleweight boxer as he rises through ranks to earn his first shot at the middleweight... Read More

The Hurricane Movie Poster
The Hurricane
R1999
Based on 30 critics

Denzel Washington is Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, a man whose dreams of winning the middleweight boxing... Read More

Rocky Movie Poster
Rocky
PG1976
In Theaters on December 1, 1976

Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone), a small-time boxer from working-class Philadelphia, is arbitrarily... Read More

On the Waterfront Movie Poster
On the Waterfront
1954
Based on 10 critics

Dockworker Terry Malloy (Marlon Brando) had been an up-and-coming boxer until powerful local mob boss... Read More

Girlfight Movie Poster
Girlfight
R2000
Based on 34 critics

Newcomer Michelle Rodriguez in an astounding performance alongside Jaime Tirelli, Paul Calderon and Santiago... Read More

Ali Movie Poster
Ali
R2001
Based on 39 critics

With wit and athletic genius, with defiant rage and inner grace, Muhammad Ali forever changed the American... Read More

The Quiet Man Movie Poster
The Quiet Man
1952
In Theaters on February 20, 2001

After accidentally killing an opponent in the ring, boxer Sean Thornton (John Wayne) leaves America and... Read More

Cinderella Man Movie Poster
Cinderella Man
PG-132005
Based on 40 critics

During the Great Depression, ex-boxer James J. Braddock (Russell Crowe) works as a day laborer until... Read More

Million Dollar Baby Movie Poster
Million Dollar Baby
PG-132004
Based on 39 critics

Frankie Dunn (Clint Eastwood) is a veteran Los Angeles boxing trainer who keeps almost everyone at arm's... Read More

The Fighter Movie Poster
The Fighter
R2010
Based on 41 critics

For Micky Ward (Mark Wahlberg), boxing is a family affair. His tough-as-nails mother is his manager.... Read More

Rocky II Movie Poster
Rocky II
PG1979
In Theaters on May 11, 2009

Although working-class Philadelphia boxer Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) lost his high-profile bout... Read More

Diggstown Movie Poster
Diggstown
R1992
In Theaters on 1992

After being released from a Georgia prison, smooth-talking con man Gabriel Caine (James Woods) teams... Read More

The Set-Up Movie Poster
The Set-Up
1949
In Theaters on 1949

A boxer on the wane, Bill "Stoker" Thompson (Robert Ryan) is determined to stay in the game, in spite... Read More

The Champ Movie Poster
The Champ
1931
In Theaters on 1931

Champ (Wallace Beery) is a down-on-his-luck boxer in Tijuana whose son, Dink (Jackie Cooper), adores... Read More