Wrestling has been becoming more popular over the years. It has a huge fan following, people like to watch their enthralling performances in the ring. Wrestling includes the perfect combination of entertainment, drama, and enthusiasm. Audiences love to watch captivating sports. Other than that, there have been various movies based on Wrestling. These movies add more drama, and thrilling storylines, which made them more interesting to watch.
So, here we have come up with a list of the Best Wrestling Movies you must watch. We have included eighteen movies so far with their release dates, cast, etc. Are you ready to check out the list? Let’s go.
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1- Fighting With My Family
This movie is based on the documentary “The Wrestlers: Fighting with My Family”. The movie portrays the story of the famous wrestler Paige. Paige was born as Saraya to wrestlers Rick and Julia Knight. She has a brother Zac. Both of them wanted to become a wrestler. Will it be easy for Paige to manage her personal and professional life?
- Release Date: 14 February 2019
- Directed By: Stephan Merchant
- Cast: Saraya, Jack Lowden, Dwayne Johnson, Florence Pugh, Stephen Merchant, etc.
2- The Wrestler
The Wrestler is a Wrestling movie released in 2008. It received the Golden Lion Award at the Venice International Film Festival. Mickey Rourke played the role of an elderly wrestler Robin Ramzinski. He was once a renowned wrestler but now he does wrestling at weekends. Randy wants to get his fame back no matter what his physical condition is.
- Release Date: 5 September 2008
- Directed By: Darren Aronofsky
- Cast: Mickey Rourke Evan Rachael Wood, Marisa Tomei, Todd Barry, Mark Margolis, etc.
3- Ready To Rumble
The sports comedy movie Ready To Rumble was released in 2000. Gordie Boggs and Sean Dawkins are two wrestling fans. They want to help their favorite retired wrestler to make a comeback. The movie features several renowned wrestlers including Diamond Dallas Page, Bill Goldberg, Jimmy Hart, etc.
- Release Date: 7 April 2000
- Directed By: Brian Robbins
- Cast: Oliver Platt, David Arquette, Bill Goldberg, Scott Caan, Rose McGowan, and others.
4- The Main Event
The Main Event is a sports comedy movie directed by Jay Karas. It depicts the story of a boy Leo. He wanted to become a wrestler. Leo finds a mask and when he wears it, he got exceptional strength. He enters a wrestling contest reliant on that mask. The movie also features WWE superstars The Miz, Sheamus, and Kofi Kingston in supporting roles.
- Release Date: 10 April 2020
- Directed By: Jay Karas
- Cast: Seth Carr, Ken Marino, Tichina Arnold, Aryan Simhadri, Glen Gordan, and others.
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5- Paradise Alley
Paradise Alley is a sports drama wrestling movie. It is about three brothers Victor, Cosmo, and Lenny who want to become wrestlers. While they decided that Victor should pursue wrestling and rest two will manage his career. Sylvester Stallone made his directorial debut with the film. Although the movie received mixed reviews, it is a cult classic.
- Release Date: 22 September 1978
- Directed By: Sylvester Stallone
- Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Anne Archer, Kevin Conway, Joe Spinell, Armand Assante, etc.
6- The Hammer
The wrestling movie “The Hammer” is based on the life events of Matt Hamill directed by Oren Kaplan. The actor Russell Harvard portrayed the role of deaf wrestler Hamill. Russell is also deaf since he was born. The movie has a world premiere at the AMA Film Festival in 2010. It also premiered at several film festivals.
- Release Date: 27 October 2011
- Directed By: Oren Kaplan
- Cast: Russell Harvard, Shoshannah Stern, Raymond J. Barry, Lexi Marman, etc.
The biographical film Foxcatcher is a wrestling movie released in 2014. The movie is based on the life of an Olympic wrestling champion Mark Schultz. It depicts the ups and downs in Mark’s career and his relationship with benefactor John du Pont. The actor Channing Tatum portrayed the role of Mark, Steve Carrell played the role of John.
- Release Date: 19 May 2014
- Directed By: Bennett Miller
- Cast: Steve Carrell, Mark Ruffalo, Channing Tatum, Vanessa Redgrave, Sienna Miller, and others.
8- The Peanut Butter Falcon
If you like comedy dramas then “The Peanut Butter Falcon” is an amazing movie to watch. Michael Schwartz and Tyler Nilson directed the 2019 film. It follows the story of a man Zak with down syndrome. He has a dream to become a wrestler. He ran away from the nursing home in order to fulfill his dream. The story becomes interesting with some twists.
- Release Date: 9 August 2019
- Directed By: Tyler Nilson, Michael Schwartz.
- Cast: Shia Labeouf, John Hawkes, Dakota Johnson, Bruce Dern, and others.
9- Cagefighter: Worlds Collide
Cagefighter: Worlds Collide is one of the best wrestling movies. It is an action sports movie released in 2020. It is the continuation of the 2018 documentary Cage Fighter. The movie depicts the story of an MMA fighter Reiss Gibbons. He started preparing to fight with legendary WWE champion Randy Orton.
- Release Date: 16 May 2020
- Directed By: Jesse Quinones
- Cast: Alex Montagnani, Gina Gershon, Jonathan Good, Jay Christian Reso, Luke Rockhold, etc.
10- No Holds Barred
No Holds Barred is a 1989 film that is considered a classic of the wrestling genre. The movie follows the story of a World Wrestling Federation Heavyweight Champion, Rip Thomas. Hulk Hogan played the character of Rip. Mr. Brell is the World Television Network Head who wants to take revenge on Rip.
- Release Date: 2 June 1989
- Directed By: Thomas J. Wright
- Cast: Hulk Hogan, Kurt Fuller, Tiny Lister, Joan Severance, etc.
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11- Queens of The Ring
Queens of the Ring is a 2014 film directed by Jean-Marc Rudnicki. It is a comedy movie that focuses on a single mother. She is trying hard to get her son’s attention. He prefers to hang out with his friends rather than spend time with her. She decides to become a wrestler with her workmates. The movie becomes more hilarious with comedy situations.
- Release Date: 11 November 2014
- Directed By: Jean-Marc Rudnicki
- Cast: Marilou Barry, Audrey Fleurot, Nathalie Baye, Corinne Masiero, and others.
12- Wrestling Isn’t Wrestling
Wrestling Isn’t Wrestling is a short film directed by Max Landis. It depicts the story of popular WWE wrestler Triple H. It includes clips from various wrestling matches and voiceover commentary to explore the cultural significance of professional wrestling. Max tried to defend professional wrestling as a gripping form of fiction.
- Release Date: 16 March 2015
- Directed By: Max Landis
- Cast: Max Landis, Chloe Dykstra, Lola Blanc, Ana Walczak, Andy Layne, etc.
Chokeslam is a rom-com Wrestling movie released in 2016. Corey Swanson is going to attend the high school reunion. He tries to convince the girl Sheena who rejected him years ago. Now that girl became a professional wrestler. The actor Chris Marquette portrayed the role of Corey and Amanda Crew played the role of Sheena.
- Release Date: 2 October 2016
- Directed By: Robert Cuffley
- Cast: Chris Marquette, Amanda Crew, Niall Matter, Mick Foley, Michael Eklund, Agam Darshi, etc.
14- The Last Champion
The Last Champion is one of the most popular Wrestling movies. The movie follows the story of a former championship wrestler John Wright. He was stuck in the past scandal. Now, when he returns to his hometown after twenty years, his disgrace remains as it is.
- Release Date: 8 December 2020
- Directed By: Glen Withrow
- Cast: Glenn Withrow, Hallie Todd, Ivy Withrow, Brian Gork, Mike Jarzabek, etc.
15- Body Slam
Body Slam is a comedy movie released in 1986. The story focuses on a music promoter Harry who coincidentally becomes a professional wrestling manager. The film cast ensemble includes Dirk Benedict, Roddy Piper, Tanya Roberts, Sam Fatu, etc.
- Release Date: 10 September 1986
- Directed By: Hal Needham
- Cast: Dirk Benedict, Tanya Roberts, Roddy Piper, Sam Fatu, Lou Albano, and others.