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Michael Mann United States, 2001

Nicholas Gregory's rating of the film Ali

Smith's perfectly cast; the two men have similar personalities. Balances so many emotions (romance, heartbreak, inspiration, adrenaline, turmoil, and philosophy) focusing not just on long boxing matches, but various characters, with great period details. So expansive that it's everything it can be at 157 minutes. It's also easily the best Smith film, perhaps Mann's most underrated, and one of the best sports biopics.