Movies about boxing

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List of movies about the sport of boxing

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1. The Third String (1914)

Comedy, Sport

A man poses as a boxer to impress a barmaid and is forced to fight the champion.

Director: George Loane Tucker | Stars: June Gail, Frank Stanmore, George Bellamy, Judd Green

2. The White Hope (1915)

Drama, Sport

An Earl's sister returns to a boxer in time to help him win.

Director: Frank Wilson | Stars: Stewart Rome, Violet Hopson, Lionelle Howard, John MacAndrews

3. Twenty-One (1918)


A young man trades places with a lookalike boxer and learns to fight for what he wants.

Director: William Worthington | Stars: Bryant Washburn, Gertrude Selby

4. The World's Champion (1922)

Drama, Romance

Young William Burroughs comes from wealth but not nobility, so despite his income he is not welcomed when he pursues Lady Elizabeth Galton, and indeed he is not only beaten by her cousin ... See full summary »

Director: Phil Rosen | Stars: Wallace Reid, Lois Wilson, Lionel Belmore, Rube Miller

6. Battling Butler (1926)

Passed | 77 min | Action, Comedy, Romance

A love-struck weakling must pretend to be boxer in order to gain respect from the family of the girl he loves.

Director: Buster Keaton | Stars: Buster Keaton, Snitz Edwards, Sally O'Neil, Walter James

Votes: 2,678 | Gross: $0.70M

7. One Punch O'Day (1926)


The town is depending on Jimmy O'Day to be the victor in a prizefight so that money can bring back jobs. His girlfriend Alice stands by him as he deals with the pressure of training and people's expectations.

Director: Harry Joe Brown | Stars: Billy Sullivan, Charlotte Merriam, Jack Herrick, William Malan

9. The Ring (I) (1927)

Not Rated | 89 min | Drama, Romance, Sport

Two boxers compete for the love of a woman.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Carl Brisson, Lillian Hall-Davis, Ian Hunter, Forrester Harvey

Votes: 3,002

11. Night Parade (1929)

Passed | 71 min | Drama

Bobby Martin, a young middleweight champion boxer, is an honest and decent fighter. However, on the eve of his biggest fight, he becomes entangled in the snare of a dishonest woman and ends... See full summary »

Director: Malcolm St. Clair | Stars: Aileen Pringle, Hugh Trevor, Dorothy Gulliver, Robert Ellis

Votes: 66

12. Hold Everything (1930)

74 min | Comedy, Musical

A man is mistaken for a champion fighter.

Director: Roy Del Ruth | Stars: Joe E. Brown, Winnie Lightner, Georges Carpentier, Sally O'Neil

Votes: 16

13. City Lights (1931)

G | 87 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

99 Metascore

With the aid of a wealthy erratic tippler, a dewy-eyed tramp who has fallen in love with a sightless flower girl accumulates money to be able to help her medically.

Director: Charles Chaplin | Stars: Charles Chaplin, Virginia Cherrill, Florence Lee, Harry Myers

Votes: 157,159 | Gross: $0.02M

14. The Champ (I) (1931)

Passed | 86 min | Drama, Sport

An alcoholic ex-boxer struggles to provide a good living for his son.

Director: King Vidor | Stars: Wallace Beery, Jackie Cooper, Irene Rich, Roscoe Ates

Votes: 2,589

15. Iron Man (1931)

73 min | Drama

Prizefighter Mason loses his opening fight so wife Rose leaves him for Hollywood. Without her around Mason trains and starts winning. Rose comes back and wants Mason to dump his manager Regan and replace him with her secret lover Lewis.

Director: Tod Browning | Stars: Lew Ayres, Robert Armstrong, Jean Harlow, John Miljan

Votes: 191

16. Winner Take All (1932)

Unrated | 66 min | Drama

Young boxer Jim Kane, resting at a New Mexico "health ranch," meets and falls for Peggy Harmon, former nightclub table singer...who needs $600 more for her sickly son to stay in the place. ... See full summary »

Director: Roy Del Ruth | Stars: James Cagney, Marian Nixon, Guy Kibbee, Dickie Moore

Votes: 459

17. The Big Timer (1932)

Passed | 72 min | Drama, Sport

An up and coming boxer ( Ben Lyon) runs into problems when he takes on a women fight manager (Constance Cummings). Ben Lyon is once again playing with Tom Dugan [They co-starred in "The Hot... See full summary »

Director: Edward Buzzell | Stars: Ben Lyon, Constance Cummings, Thelma Todd, Tom Dugan

Votes: 221

18. They Never Come Back (1932)

Passed | 64 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Prizefighter Jimmy Nolan, facing an opportunity to get a championship fight, is knocked out when he sustains what is apparently a permanent injury to his arm. From there, Nolan's path leads... See full summary »

Director: Fred C. Newmeyer | Stars: Regis Toomey, Dorothy Sebastian, Edward Woods, Greta Granstedt

Votes: 51

19. The Life of Jimmy Dolan (1933)

Passed | 88 min | Romance, Drama

Prizefighter Jimmy Dolan accidentally kills a man at a party and escapes. He hides out at a health farm for invalid children and begins to lose his cynicism under the influence of the ... See full summary »

Director: Archie Mayo | Stars: Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Loretta Young, Aline MacMahon, Guy Kibbee

Votes: 432

21. The Bermondsey Kid (1933)

75 min | Drama

A news-vendor is forced into fighting a sick friend for the championship.

Director: Ralph Dawson | Stars: Esmond Knight, Pat Peterson, Ellis Irving, Ernest Sefton

22. The Prizefighter and the Lady (1933)

Passed | 102 min | Comedy, Crime, Romance

An ex-sailor turned boxer finds romance and gets a shot at the heavyweight title.

Directors: W.S. Van Dyke, Howard Hawks | Stars: Myrna Loy, Max Baer, Primo Carnera, Jack Dempsey

Votes: 675

23. Palooka (1934)

Unrated | 86 min | Comedy, Music

Knobby discovers young hunk Palooka and trains him to fight the reigning champ, also drunken sot, Al McSwatt.

Director: Benjamin Stoloff | Stars: Jimmy Durante, Lupe Velez, Stuart Erwin, Marjorie Rambeau

Votes: 278

24. The Personality Kid (1934)

Approved | 68 min | Drama

Ritzy McCarty is a fighter managed by his wife Joan, who wants him only to fight until they have the money to build a better life. However, he has other ideas.

Director: Alan Crosland | Stars: Pat O'Brien, Glenda Farrell, Claire Dodd, Robert Gleckler

Votes: 104

25. Excuse My Glove (1936)

75 min | Comedy, Sport

A young man, whose main interest in life is stained glass, accidentally accepts a challenge to fight in a fair boxing booth.

Director: Redd Davis | Stars: Len Harvey, Archie Pitt, Betty Ann Davies, Olive Blakeney

Votes: 6

26. Conflict (1936)

Approved | 60 min | Drama, Romance, Sport

Pat's ability as a logging/mining camp fighter sets him up to box prizefighter Corrigan. Unknown to his supporters, he's actually in collusion with Corrigan to throw the fight - until he runs into reporter Maude.

Director: David Howard | Stars: John Wayne, Jean Rogers, Ward Bond, Tommy Bupp

Votes: 91

27. The Milky Way (1936)

Passed | 89 min | Comedy

Timid milkman, Burleigh Sullivan (Lloyd), somehow knocks out a boxing champ in a brawl. The fighter's manager decides to build up the milkman's reputation in a series of fixed fights and ... See full summary »

Directors: Leo McCarey, Ray McCarey, Norman Z. McLeod | Stars: Harold Lloyd, Adolphe Menjou, Verree Teasdale, Helen Mack

Votes: 1,443 | Gross: $1.17M

28. Prison Shadows (1936)

Passed | 65 min | Crime, Drama

A boxer is framed for murder after an opponent dies in the ring.

Director: Robert F. Hill | Stars: Edward J. Nugent, Lucille Lund, Joan Barclay, Forrest Taylor

Votes: 119

29. Two-Fisted Gentleman (1936)

Approved | 64 min | Drama

Mickey (James Dunn), is a prizefighter whose bright career hits the skids when he comes under the guidance of Ginger (June Clayworth), a female fight promoter, when he becomes involved with... See full summary »

Director: Gordon Wiles | Stars: James Dunn, June Clayworth, George McKay, Thurston Hall

30. Keep Fit (1937)

82 min | Comedy, Musical

A weak, cowardly barber (George Formby)gets fit to win over a beautiful woman. However, she prefers his muscle-bound rival until George challenges him to a boxing match.

Director: Anthony Kimmins | Stars: George Formby, Kay Walsh, Guy Middleton, Gus McNaughton

Votes: 85

31. Kid Galahad (1937)

Approved | 102 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

Fight promoter Nick Donati grooms a bellhop as a future champ, but has second thoughts when the 'kid' falls for his sister.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Edward G. Robinson, Bette Davis, Humphrey Bogart, Wayne Morris

Votes: 2,834

32. The Duke Comes Back (1937)

Approved | 64 min | Drama, Sport

An ex-prizefighter returns to the ring to help his father-in-law who has money problems. Based on Lucian Cary's novel "The Duke Comes Back."

Director: Irving Pichel | Stars: Allan Lane, Heather Angel, Genevieve Tobin, Johnny Russell

Votes: 33

33. Hollywood Stadium Mystery (1938)

Approved | 66 min | Mystery, Romance, Sport

A boxer is killed in the ring, and the only clue is a tune that a man was whistling.

Director: David Howard | Stars: Neil Hamilton, Evelyn Venable, Jimmy Wallington, Barbara Pepper

Votes: 104

34. The Crowd Roars (1938)

Passed | 90 min | Action, Drama

A young boxer gets caught between a no-good father and a crime boss when he starts dating the boss's daughter, although she doesn't know what daddy does for a living.

Director: Richard Thorpe | Stars: Robert Taylor, Edward Arnold, Frank Morgan, Maureen O'Sullivan

Votes: 345

35. Kid Nightingale (1939)

Passed | 57 min | Comedy, Music, Sport

A singing waiter gets into an argument with some obnoxious customers and winds up knocking them out. The incident is witnessed by a shady boxing promoter who sees an opportunity to cash in ... See full summary »

Director: George Amy | Stars: John Payne, Jane Wyman, Walter Catlett, Edward Brophy

Votes: 126

36. Golden Boy (1939)

Approved | 99 min | Drama, Romance, Sport

Despite his musical talent, Joe Bonaparte wants to be a boxer.

Director: Rouben Mamoulian | Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Adolphe Menjou, William Holden, Lee J. Cobb

Votes: 1,662

37. Winner Take All (1939)

Approved | 61 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

When a waiter makes a lucky hit and wins a benefit prizefight, gamblers rig some fights for him; but a reporter arranges for a real boxer to put him in his place.

Director: Otto Brower | Stars: Tony Martin, Gloria Stuart, Henry Armetta, Slim Summerville

Votes: 12

38. There Ain't No Justice (1939)

83 min | Drama

A young boxer falls in with a crooked fight promoter.

Director: Pen Tennyson | Stars: Jimmy Hanley, Edward Rigby, Mary Clare, Edward Chapman

Votes: 40

39. The Kid from Kokomo (1939)

Approved | 93 min | Comedy, Romance

A fight promoter finds his fighter, Wayne Morris, in the sticks, a country hick left by his mother when he was young and he won't leave his home as he is still waiting for her to return to ... See full summary »

Director: Lewis Seiler | Stars: Pat O'Brien, Wayne Morris, Joan Blondell, May Robson

Votes: 130

40. They Made Me a Criminal (1939)

Approved | 92 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A boxer flees believing he has comitted a murder while he was drunk.

Director: Busby Berkeley | Stars: John Garfield, Claude Rains, The Dead End Kids, Ann Sheridan

Votes: 1,872

41. City for Conquest (1940)

Passed | 104 min | Drama, Music, Sport

Danny is a content truck driver, but his girl Peggy shows potential as a dancer and hopes he too can show ambition. Danny acquiesces and pursues boxing to please her, but the two begin to spend more time working than time together.

Directors: Anatole Litvak, Jean Negulesco | Stars: James Cagney, Ann Sheridan, Arthur Kennedy, Donald Crisp

Votes: 2,012

42. Golden Gloves (1940)

Approved | 66 min | Crime, Drama, Sport

Bill Crane, an up and coming honest boxer, runs afoul of Taggerty and his fellow racketeers by fighting fair. They set out to ruin Crane but with the support of his girl Mary and newspaperman Matson the pugilist stands up to the mob.

Director: Edward Dmytryk | Stars: Richard Denning, Jeanne Cagney, J. Carrol Naish, Robert Paige

Votes: 32

43. Pride of the Bowery (1940)

Approved | 61 min | Comedy, Drama

New York City street principles get an East Side Kid in trouble at a Civilian Conservation Corps camp.

Director: Joseph H. Lewis | Stars: Leo Gorcey, Bobby Jordan, Kenneth Howell, Mary Ainslee

Votes: 519

44. Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941)

Not Rated | 94 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

Boxer Joe Pendleton dies 50 years too soon due to a heavenly mistake, and is given a new life as a millionaire playboy.

Director: Alexander Hall | Stars: Robert Montgomery, Claude Rains, Evelyn Keyes, Rita Johnson

Votes: 5,559

45. Knockout (1941)

Approved | 73 min | Drama, Romance, Sport

A prize-fighter falls under the nefarious influence of an unscrupulous boxing promoter-manager, to the detriment of his marriage.

Director: William Clemens | Stars: Arthur Kennedy, Olympe Bradna, Virginia Field, Anthony Quinn

Votes: 131

46. Bowery Blitzkrieg (1941)

Passed | 62 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama