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Muhammad Ali, the three-time heavyweight champion of the world and global icon, died Friday night at a hospital in Phoenix. Here are some of the most memorable films about the Champ.
Ali the Fighter
Ali the Fighter centers on his initial match with Joe Frazier, including the madness that occurred out of the ring.
Ali plays himself in this 1977 film about his life, allowing his charismatic personality to shine through.
When We Were Kings
This film focuses primarily on Ali’s boxing match with George Foreman, including everything that led up to the fight, like Ali’s preparation and strategy. There’s another side to the documentary, though – one that analyzes the political effects of where the fought took place: Africa.
Ali: An American Hero
This made-for-TV biopic covers different parts of Ali’s life, like when he was still known as Cassius Clay, mostly through flashbacks. Starring David Ramsey, Ali: An American Hero also highlights one of Ali’s most famous fights – the 1974 heavyweight championship with George Foreman.
Ali is unique because it’s one of the few films about Muhammad Ali that isn’t a documentary. The drama stars Will Smith as the infamous boxer, and shows Ali’s determination both in and out of the ring.
In this documentary, it’s Ali’s rivals that speak highly of him. Throughout the film, 10 of his former competitors share their experiences with Ali, paying tribute to his career.
The Trials of Muhammad Ali
Aired in 2014, The Trials of Muhammad Ali tells the story of Ali’s conversion to Islam and opposition of the Vietnam War. The documentary touches on his beliefs regarding issues of racial inequality, religion and more.
I Am Ali
Just recently released in 2014, I Am Ali uses the boxer’s audio journals as well as interviews from family and friends to tell his story. Mike Tyson, George Foreman and other boxing legends were also involved in the making of the film.
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