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Top 3 Films that Depict the Reality of Fighting

Top 3 Films that Depict the Reality of Fighting

Combat sports hold a special place in our society. You only have to look at the build up to the Mayweather/McGregor fight that we at Revgear call the hottest ticket in town. While combat sports films are a popular sub-genre of the sports film genre most don’t even come close to capturing the sport they are presenting. In this post we look at 3 films that did come close to depicting tournament fighting accurately.

Raging Bull

When it comes to sheer entertainment value nothing can beat the Rocky movies for its boxing scenes. In terms of realism the film series comes pretty low in the rankings. One film that did capture the true nature of being in the ring was the Martin Scorsese classic Raging Bull starring Robert De Niro. Based on the life of “The Bronx Bull” Jake LaMotta the film captures the physical and mental turmoil of putting on the gloves.

De Niro was personally trained by LaMotta at the famed Manhattan Gramercy Gym and his transformation has become part of Hollywood legend. In UPROXX’s list of the most accurate boxing films they put Raging Bull at the top. The culture site reported that De Niro perfectly replicated LaMotta’s boxing style and attitude in the ring. La Motta was so impressed with De Niro’s dedication and transformation that he scheduled three professional fights for the actor. De Niro won two.

Enter the Dragon

The most famous tournament fighting film in the world is Bruce Lee’s iconic marital arts film Enter the Dragon. While the tournament in the film is the backdrop to the main plot, the actual fighting in the tournament is not like most martial arts films of the time. The fights are decided in a matter of quick moves. The tournament fights in the film have been closely analysed with many experts pointing out the tiny moves Lee does that the untrained eye would miss.

Sadly Enter the Dragon was Lee’s last film although his legacy has never been forgotten. His fighting style and philosophy is still celebrated across the world. You only have to look at how companies use his image to see how highly he is regarded. From a wax figure in Madam Tussauds to being the face of a Bruce Lee slot game on Slingo, the association with Lee instantly evokes the feeling of discipline and strength. Enter the Dragon is one of the best fighting films ever made and should be watched by everyone involved in combat sports.


It is fair to say that mixed martial arts films didn’t have the best of reputations before Warrior. Previous attempts included Fighting starring Channing Tatum and Never Back Down, both of which were poorly received by film critics and MMA fans. Starring Tom Hardy, Joel Edgerton, and Nick Nolte, Warrior is the best MMA film that has been made due to the respect and attention it gave to the sport. The Bleacher Report revealed that the film used real fighters in the fight scenes (including one Nate Marquardt and wrestler Kurt Angle) to provide added realism. Warrior also does a good job of demonstrating different styles of fighting. Hardy’s Tommy always goes for the KO while Joel Edgerton’s character is a submission expert.

There is no denying that there are certain negative stereotypes that surround MMA fighters and Warrior does a good job of looking past the fighting to explore the characters. Joel Edgerton’s character is not a meathead but a highly educated man who happens to be good at fighting. The film does a good job at showing the lives behind the fighters and exploring why they fight.



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