Top 10 Wrestling Movies
What are the most popular wrestling movies?
- The Wrestler
- Beyond The Mat
- Fighting With My Family
- André The Giant
- The Resurrection of Jake The Snake
- Nacho Libre
- Ready To Rumble
- Body Slam
- No Holds Barred
1. The Wrestler
The Wrestler is one of the most well-known and highest rated wrestling movies of all time. This movie released in 2008 is about Randy "The Ram" Robinson who reached his prime as a wrestler in the 1980s. Now twenty years later, Randy is living alone in a trailer home while working part time at a grocery store and participating in wrestling gigs on the weekends. Randy is given the chance for redemption when he agrees to a 20th year anniversary rematch between himself and his biggest rival, the Ayatollah. Due to health conditions, Randy is forced to retire and can not compete. The movie then takes us through the journey about his attempt to reconcile relationships with his daughter and a woman named Cassidy.
This movie is certainly a heart-felt film that is very popular and touching for many wrestling fans. The ending to this movie is one that leaves a strong impression, and there is an ongoing message about the power of second chances.
2. Beyond The Mat
Beyond The Mat is a documentary about four of the best wrestlers that have ever competed: Terry Funk, Mick Foley, Jake Roberts, and Darren Drozdov. The film takes us through their lives and experiences in wrestling. They reveal that wrestling is much more than the show it is perceived to be, how stunts are very serious and, how extreme training is to be able to perform stunts without harm. Through in-depth interviews with family members of Mick Foley, we learn about how it feels to know that a loved one is constantly putting their life on the line while being called a fake. Vince McMahon, owner of the WWE, also shows us how he responds to criticism of the WWE being a fake sport. This documentary gives viewers the opportunity to get to know professional wrestling figures on a personal level.
3. Fighting With My Family
Fighting With My Family is a heartwarming film about the journey of WWE star Paige. Paige, who was born as Saraya Bevis, submitted a submission tape to the WWE with her brother Zak, and the both of them were selected to attend a local tryout. At tryouts, the siblings encounter The Rock and Hutch Morgan, and Paige is the only one to move on to NXT in Florida. At her first NXT match, Paige is heckled for the way that she looks compared to all of the other more feminine looking wrestlers and she feels alienated having made no friends at NXT. After a few months at home and several fights with her brother, Paige returns to Florida to train hard and ends up moving on to the WWE. She wins her first match despite being the underdog. This story is extremely powerful and shows all of the personal struggles that Paige went through to get to where she is today.
Foxcatcher is a movie about two brothers, Dave and Mark Schultz, who are Olympic gold medal winning brothers. Dave, the older of the two, has always been in the spotlight even though both are successful. Mark is recruited by John du Pont to train under his wing at his family estate, Foxcatcher. Mark goes to train as he believes it will finally give him the recognition he deserves as he learns from a knowledge wrestler. Dave, who receives the same offer through Mark, turns it down. The goal is for Mark to win the 1987 World Championship and a gold medal at the 1988 Olympics.
This is an Oscar-nominated film that is based on the true story of the Schultz brothers. This film goes beyond just wrestling as a sport but highlights the struggles that can result from competition and immense pressure. This is a great film to watch, regardless of whether or not you are a wrestling fan.
5. André The Giant
André The Giant is a documentary film about one of the greatest and beloved WWE wrestlers in history. André René Roussimoff was born in Molien, France in 1946. During his childhood and early teenage years, André showed signs of gigantism and he was not diagnosed with acromegaly (overproduction of growth hormones) until his twenties. At the age of 17, he went to Paris to begin training and eventually became a well-known dominant in countries around the world. Andre decided to join the WWE in 1973 where he became a superstar wrestler and the ultimate rival of the legendary Hulk Hogan.
This documentary takes us through André's life in France throughout his childhood, his early years in wrestling, and his experiences in the WWE. There are also several interviews with very well known WWE superstars and family members that comment on André's successes and superior talents.
6. The Resurrection of Jake The Snake
The Resurrection of Jake The Snake is a documentary film based on one of the most iconic wrestlers in the world, Jake "The Snake" Roberts. The film begins by showing us the intense health, drug, and family problems that Jake has encountered over the last few decades. We are shown videos of Jake's past time in which he is barely able to stand while wrestling due to the large amount of alcohol and drug use during his years as a wrestler. The documentary leads us through a journey in which Jake moves away from his ties to drugs and alcohol, and makes strides in strengthening family ties.
This film is extremely moving and outlines some of the very real struggles in Jake's life. The audience is taken on a journey of the comeback of the legendary wrestler and get to see how much his true friends have continued to love him over the years.
7. Nacho Libre
Nacho Libre is a hysterical wrestling movie that was released in 2006. The film is about Nacho, a young man who was raised in an orphanage in Mexico that is looked over by a monastery and currently works there as a cook. Nacho is an avid wrestling viewer and lover. His passion for Lucha Libre wrestling pushes him to wear a mask and cape to compete in the local Lucha Libre tournament for a prize of 200 pesos. He wants to win the tournament to be able to feed the kids in the orphanage and achieve respect from fellow wrestlers. When a new nun arrives at the monastery, Nacho tries to win her approval and prove to her that being a Luchador wrestler is not a sin. He wants to win the battle-royale tournament to be able to buy a bus for the orphanage children. This is a great movie to watch if you are looking for a combination of comedy and sports.
8. Ready To Rumble
Ready To Rumble is a story about two hardcore wrestling fans named Gordie Boggs and Sean Dawkins. These two friends adore the WCW's World Champion, Jimmy King. When the friends attend a match to see King defend his title against Diamond Dallas Page, they watch him unfairly lose the match and get fired by the president of the WCW. When their car breaks down after the game, they decide to seek out King and tell him how much they disagree with his loss and firing. They find him and persuade him to return to get his title back. Upon doing so, the president of WCW strikes a deal: if King defeats Page at the next PPV match, he gets his title plus $1 million but if he loses, he is never allowed back in WCW. The two friends help King train and help him get back to the ring to win the championship. This movie is very empowering and has great wrestling to watch.
9. Body Slam
Body Slam is a classic wrestling movie that was released in 1986. The film is about a once successful music manager named Harry Smilac that is having a difficult time finding talent and booking gigs for his band. He is certainly having a string of bad luck and is looking for his next big move. While arranging a campaign fundraiser, Smilac mistakes professional wrestler Rick Roberts for a musician and hires him for the gig. After this, he becomes a wrestling manager and learns how to book matches for Roberts and Roberts' teammate, Tonga Tom. When he starts seeing success from the wrestlers, Smilac decides to combine his band's talents and athlete's talents to form a "Rock N' Wrestling" tour. To tour is a huge hit with the combination of great music and quality wrestling. This film takes us through a comeback story where Smilac learns how to be confident and extraordinary again.
10. No Holds Barred
No Holds Barred is a wrestling film that was released in 1989. The film depicts the legendary Hulk Hogan as a professional wrestler named Rip who is butting heads with a network executive. Rip is a superstar wrestler and holds the title as WWF Champion. As he continues to attract attention, he is sought out by a rival network executive that is looking to help boost his ratings. When Rip denies the offer to switch networks, the executive starts his own wrestling TV show that becomes a hit. The show quickly introduces a wrestler named Zeus who is an ex-convict that once killed an opponent in a match. Rip and Zeus are later set to face-off in the fight of their lives as the executive still tries to win over Rip. This is a great movie for true wrestling fans to watch.