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Did you know 7 films were made on the boxing legend Muhammad Ali?

Deccan Chronicle | DC Correspondent

Published on: June 4, 2016 | Updated on: June 4, 2016

Muhammad Ali even played himself in the 1977 film The Greatest, where his charismatic personality shone through on celluloid.

Here is a list of some of the most memorable films about Muhammad Ali.

Here is a list of some of the most memorable films about Muhammad Ali.

Heavyweight boxing legend Muhammad Ali, an icon of the 20th Century whose fame transcended the sport during a remarkable career that spanned three decades, passes away on Friday.

The beloved 74-year-old sports hero, who had been battling Parkinson's disease for decades, passed away in a hospital in Phoenix, Arizona, where he had been admitted earlier this week suffering from respiratory problems.

His career that spanned over three decades - from 1960 to 1981- saw him retire with a record of 56-5, including fists full of historic knockouts.

During his long and illustrious career, Mohammad Ali became known for his skills in the ring, his colorful quotes and his good looks; a perfect character sketch of a movie star. It wasn’t long before Hollywood filmmakers stepped in to document his eventful life. Ali was however too big for films. Several filmmakers tried to sum up his life in 2 hour long film, but could only manage to capture portions of it, either in documentary or fictionalized form.

Here is a list of some of the most memorable films about the man named Muhammad Ali.

Ali: The Fighter

Ali the Fighter sheds some light on the initial match with Joe Frazier, and all the drama that went on outside the ring.

The Greatest

In this 1977 biopic, Ali played himself thus allowing his charismatic personality to shine through on celluloid.  The story glosses over some of the less flattering moments of Ali's life.

When We Were Kings

This film focuses primarily on Ali’s boxing match with George Foreman, and everything that led to the historic fight. The film gave fans a peek at Ali’s preparation and strategy for the match. It is considered as not just the greatest movie about Ali, but also the greatest movie about boxing ever made.

Ali: An American Hero

Ali: An American Hero was a biopic released on television. It covered different parts of Ali’s life, with flashbacks to the time when he was still known as Cassius Clay. The biopic also highlighted one of Ali’s most famous fights – the 1974 heavyweight championship with George Foreman.


The 2001 film starring Will Smith as the infamous boxer, is unique because it’s one of the few films about Ali that isn’t a documentary.

Facing Ali

Facing Ali was a documentary that featured 10 of Ali’s former opponents. The competitors shared their experiences and give a detailed account of their fights with him over the years.  

I Am Ali

2014's I Am Ali uses various audio journals and interviews from Ali's family and friends to tell his story.

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