A Requiem for a Heavyweight (Boxing in Film Noir)by osloj | created - 11 Jan 2017 | updated - 13 Jan 2017 | Public
"Well, that's the way it is. You're a fighter, you gotta fight."
The Set-Up (1949).
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1. The Set-Up (1949)
Approved | 73 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Sport
Because aging boxer Bill Thompson always lost his past fights, his corrupt manager, without telling Thompson, takes bribes from a betting gangster, to ensure Thompson's pre-arranged dive-loss in the next match.
2. Requiem for a Heavyweight (1962)
Not Rated | 95 min | Drama, Sport
Mountain Rivera, a punchy has-been managed by the unprincipled Maish, is mauled in a fight and forced to quit boxing. Can his devoted cutman and a sympathetic social worker help him find a ... See full summary »
Playhouse 90 (1956–1961)
Requiem for a Heavyweight
73 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
An over-the-hill heavyweight boxing champion who suffers from the ravages of years of head trauma is exploited by his manager, despite the efforts of a compassionate young woman who tries to help him recover his self-respect.
The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
The Big Tall Wish
TV-PG | 25 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror
An aging boxer finds himself the winner of a match he thought he had lost, the result a six year old's frantic wish. But can a world-weary, embittered man still believe in miracles, or will he turn his back on it?
8. Tennessee Champ (1954)
Approved | 73 min | Drama
A little B-picture that M-G-M tossed out, barely promoted and forgot about but one that is better than some of the A-dross from Leo in the same era. Shelley Winters, after an absence of 15 ... See full summary »
The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
TV-PG | 25 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror
In 1974, boxing has been outlawed and is performed by mechanical robots. With his next and possibly last fight approaching and his robot in need of repair, he resorts to one last desperate gamble.
10. The Harder They Fall (1956)
Passed | 109 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Sport
An ex-sportswriter is hired by a shady fight promoter to promote his latest find, an unknown but easily exploitable rising star from Argentina.
12. Right Cross (1950)
Passed | 90 min | Drama, Sport
Prizefighter Johnny is in love with his promoter O'Malley's daughter Pat. His best friend, sports reporter Rick, is also in love with her but knows that she loves Johnny. Lonely Rick takes ... See full summary »
13. The Joe Palooka Story (1954– )
Joe Palooka is a mild mannered boxer who is in love with Anne and goes about life in a gentle way. This syndicated series was based on a narrative first popular as a comic book, then a radio show.
14. After Dark, My Sweet (1990)
R | 114 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
An ex-boxer is drifting around after escaping from the mental hospital. He meets a widow who convinces him to help fix up the neglected estate her ex-husband left. Her Uncle talks them both... See full summary »
Votes: 3,020 | Gross: $2.68M
A neo-noir film.
15. The Square Jungle (1955)
Approved | 86 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Sport
Grocery clerk Eddie Quaid, in danger of losing his father to alcoholism and his girl Julie through lack of career prospects, goes into boxing. His cop friend McBride finances him; ex-con ... See full summary »
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 »
18. World in My Corner (1956)
Approved | 82 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Sport
Up and coming ambitious boxer Tommy Shea must choose between making dishonest money with crooked promoter Harry Cram or honestly winning a title, as advised by his manager Dave Bernstein.
19. Raging Bull (1980)
R | 129 min | Biography, Drama, Sport
The life of boxer Jake LaMotta, whose violence and temper that led him to the top in the ring destroyed his life outside of it.
Votes: 296,881 | Gross: $23.38M
Mix of neo-noir.
20. Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956)
Passed | 113 min | Biography, Drama, Sport
Boxer Rocky Graziano's biopic, based on his autobiography, from childhood to his World Middleweight Championship title win at age 28 in 1947.
21. The Ring (1952)
Approved | 79 min | Drama
A young American of Mexican decent in East Los Angeles, California uses the boxing ring to make a better life for himself and his family, and learns as much about being a Latino in a white society as he does about boxing.
22. Pepe El Toro (1953)
Not Rated | 120 min | Drama
Pepe el Toro becomes a boxer and accidentally kills his best friend during a semi-final match. Channeling his anger and frustration, Pepe goes on to win the championship while beginning ... See full summary »
23. Gentleman Jim (1942)
Approved | 104 min | Biography, Drama, Romance
As bareknuckled boxing enters the modern era, brash extrovert Jim Corbett uses new rules and dazzlingly innovative footwork to rise to the top of the top of the boxing world.
About heavyweight boxing champion James J. Corbett (1866-1933).
24. The Leather Pushers (1930)
A series of ten 2-reel dramas, each story complete in itself, centered around the sport of boxing. Individual titles are: #1: Kid Roberts/Hooks and Eyes; #2: Hammer and Tongs/David and ... See full summary »
25. 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.
26. San Francisco (1936)
Unrated | 115 min | Drama, Musical, Romance
A Barbary Coast saloonkeeper and a Nob Hill impresario are rivals for the affections of a beautiful singer, both personally and professionally in 1906 San Francisco.
27. Air of Paris (1954)
Not Rated | 110 min | Drama, Sport
The story of Andre Menard, a promising young amateur boxer from an impoverished background who is mentored by former pro Victor Le Garrec, and whose career path takes a nosedive when he falls for the wealthy Corinne.
29. Roaring City (1951)
Passed | 59 min | Action, Adventure, Crime
Dennis O'Brien is hired by Barton to bet on Harper, an old fighter, against Lundy, placing the bets in the name of Steve Belzig. Lundy dies of a blood clot during the bout. At Barton's ... See full summary »
30. 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.
31. 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.
33. Glory Alley (1952)
Approved | 79 min | Drama, Music
In New Orleans, prizefighter Socks Barbarrosa suddenly runs out of the ring before his title bout, and swears he'll never fight again. He gives no reason for his strange actions. His girl ... See full summary »
34. 99 River Street (1953)
Not Rated | 83 min | Action, Crime, Drama
A former boxer turned cab driver has to hide from the police when his badgering wife is murdered by the jewel thief she was having an affair with.
35. Dragnet Night (1931)
90 min | Drama
A sailor, who meets a lovely music hall singer during a police raid, falls in love. In a contest at a fair, he defeats a former boxing champ. The ex-champ trains the sailor to become a ... See full summary »
36. 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.
37. Killer McCoy (1947)
Approved | 104 min | Drama
Following a mishap in the ring, hard-nosed lightweight Tommy "Killer" McCoy gets mixed-up with a big-time gambler and falls for his educated daughter, Sheila, against her father's better wishes.
Votes: 308 | Gross: $2.00M
38. The Fighting Champ (1932)
59 min | Western
Steele gets into a fight with a ranch foreman, knocking the foreman out. The foreman was supposed to represent the ranch in a prize fight with a middleweight champion. Now Steele finds himself in the fight of his life.
42. Flying Fists (1937)
Passed | 63 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
A lumberjack knocks out a champion boxer in a brawl, gets drawn into the boxing world where he is unknowingly set up for a fixed fight.
47. 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 »
49. Winner Take All (1939)
Approved | 61 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama