James "Jim" Braddock (Russell Crowe) is a washed-up fighter who somehow rises back to the top of the world circuit in the 1930s. He's the Cinderella Man, a source of hope for those in the Great Depression.
Max Baer (Craig Bierko) is unfairly demonized in the film "Cinderella Man" perhaps, but his character makes a great impression on the movie. Jim Braddock (Russell Crowe) somehow finds a way to best the bigger Baer.
The 2005 film starring Russell Crowe and Renee Zellweger tells the story of a washed-up fighter who somehow finds it within himself to become heavyweight champion. On the way, he becomes an inspiration to the masses.