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1. Warrior (2011)

PG-13 | 140 min | Drama, Sport

8.2
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71 Metascore

The youngest son of an alcoholic former boxer returns home, where he's trained by his father for competition in a mixed martial arts tournament - a path that puts the fighter on a collision course with his estranged, older brother.

Director: Gavin O'Connor | Stars: Tom Hardy, Nick Nolte, Joel Edgerton, Jennifer Morrison

Votes: 414,414 | Gross: $13.66M

2. On the Waterfront (1954)

Not Rated | 108 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

8.1
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91 Metascore

An ex-prize fighter turned longshoreman struggles to stand up to his corrupt union bosses.

Director: Elia Kazan | Stars: Marlon Brando, Karl Malden, Lee J. Cobb, Rod Steiger

Votes: 133,077 | Gross: $9.60M

3. Cinderella Man (2005)

PG-13 | 144 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.0
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69 Metascore

The story of James Braddock, a supposedly washed-up boxer who came back to become a champion and an inspiration in the 1930s.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Russell Crowe, Renée Zellweger, Craig Bierko, Paul Giamatti

Votes: 169,631 | Gross: $61.65M

4. City Lights (1931)

G | 87 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

8.5
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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: 154,722 | Gross: $0.02M

5. Backfire (1950)

Passed | 91 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Mystery

6.6
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While recuperating from wartime back injuries at a hospital, veteran Bob Corey is visited on Christmas Eve by a beautiful stranger with an even stranger message.

Director: Vincent Sherman | Stars: Viveca Lindfors, Dane Clark, Virginia Mayo, Edmond O'Brien

Votes: 984

6. Against the Ropes (2004)

PG-13 | 111 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

5.3
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36 Metascore

A fictional story inspired by North America's most famous female boxing promoter, Jackie Kallen. Her struggle to survive and succeed in a male dominated sport.

Director: Charles S. Dutton | Stars: Meg Ryan, Omar Epps, Charles S. Dutton, Tony Shalhoub

Votes: 6,553 | Gross: $5.88M

7. Hammer (1972)

R | 92 min | Crime, Drama, Action

5.1
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A Los Angeles dock worker becomes a boxer but his crooked manager is involved in various rackets and he's working for the mob.

Director: Bruce D. Clark | Stars: Fred Williamson, Bernie Hamilton, Vonetta McGee, William Smith

Votes: 480

8. Golden Boy (1939)

Approved | 99 min | Drama, Romance, Sport

6.9
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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: 1,636

9. Bud Abbott Lou Costello Meet the Invisible Man (1951)

Passed | 82 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

6.8
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Two bumbling private eyes help a man wrongly accused of murder who has become invisible to help clear his name.

Director: Charles Lamont | Stars: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Nancy Guild, Arthur Franz

Votes: 4,509

10. Tension (1949)

Not Rated | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.3
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A meek pharmacist creates an alternate identity under which he plans to murder the bullying liquor salesman who has become his wife's lover.

Director: John Berry | Stars: Richard Basehart, Audrey Totter, Cyd Charisse, Barry Sullivan

Votes: 2,364

11. Down Three Dark Streets (1954)

Passed | 85 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

6.7
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An FBI agent investigates the murder of his partner by taking over the 3 cases he was working on, determined to find his killer.

Director: Arnold Laven | Stars: Broderick Crawford, Ruth Roman, Martha Hyer, Marisa Pavan

Votes: 736

12. The Kid from Brooklyn (1946)

Approved | 113 min | Comedy, Musical

6.7
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After a timid milkman knocks unconscious a boxing champion who was accosting his sister, he decides to take up boxing himself in order to impress a beautiful nightclub singer.

Director: Norman Z. McLeod | Stars: Danny Kaye, Virginia Mayo, Vera-Ellen, Steve Cochran

Votes: 919

13. Joe and Max (2002 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 106 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

6.7
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True story of boxers Joe Louis and Max Schmeling and their enduring friendship.

Director: Steve James | Stars: Til Schweiger, Leonard Roberts, Richard Roundtree, David Paymer

Votes: 927

14. Mr. Moto's Gamble (1938)

Approved | 72 min | Crime, Mystery

6.9
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When the #1 heavyweight contender is mysteriously poisoned during a bout, Moto knows that identifying the gambler who placed large bets against him is the key to solving the murder.

Director: James Tinling | Stars: Peter Lorre, Keye Luke, Dick Baldwin, Lynn Bari

Votes: 586

15. Belle of the Nineties (1934)

Passed | 73 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

6.5
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Ruby Carter, the American Beauty queen of the night club-sporting world, shifts her operations from St. Louis to New Orleans (which kind of belies the Western genre designation), mostly to ... See full summary »

Director: Leo McCarey | Stars: Mae West, Roger Pryor, Johnny Mack Brown, John Miljan

Votes: 543

16. Kid Monk Baroni (1952)

Passed | 79 min | Action, Drama, Sport

6.3
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"Kid" Monk Baroni, the leader of a street gang, becomes a professional boxer to escape his life in Little Italy, New York.

Director: Harold D. Schuster | Stars: Richard Rober, Bruce Cabot, Allene Roberts, Mona Knox

Votes: 112

17. Right Cross (1950)

Passed | 90 min | Drama, Sport

6.0
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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 »

Director: John Sturges | Stars: June Allyson, Dick Powell, Ricardo Montalban, Lionel Barrymore

Votes: 355

18. Good References (1920)

Passed | Comedy, Romance

6.1
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Mary Wayne (Constance Talmadge) is left alone and penniless in New York City after her father dies. She desperately needs a job after being thrown out of her apartment for causing a small ... See full summary »

Director: Roy William Neill | Stars: Constance Talmadge, Vincent Coleman, Ned Sparks, Nellie Parker Spaulding

Votes: 10

19. No More Ladies (1935)

Passed | 80 min | Comedy, Romance

6.0
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A society girl tries to reform her playboy husband by making him jealous.

Directors: Edward H. Griffith, George Cukor | Stars: Joan Crawford, Robert Montgomery, Charles Ruggles, Franchot Tone

Votes: 573 | Gross: $1.12M

20. Glory Alley (1952)

Approved | 79 min | Drama, Music

6.0
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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 »

Director: Raoul Walsh | Stars: Ralph Meeker, Leslie Caron, Kurt Kasznar, Gilbert Roland

Votes: 389

21. George White's Scandals (1934)

Passed | 1 min | Musical

6.5
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Opening with a credit line that reads "Entire production conceived, created and directed by George White," a film evolves where the only plot line is a thin backstage romance between Jimmy ... See full summary »

Directors: Thornton Freeland, Harry Lachman, George White | Stars: Rudy Vallee, Jimmy Durante, Alice Faye, Adrienne Ames

Votes: 50

22. Killer McCoy (1947)

Approved | 104 min | Drama

6.7
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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.

Director: Roy Rowland | Stars: Mickey Rooney, Brian Donlevy, Ann Blyth, James Dunn

Votes: 311 | Gross: $2.00M

23. I Was a Shoplifter (1950)

Passed | 74 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

6.5
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In 1950s California, the police tries to infiltrate and neutralize a shoplifting crime ring operating in major department stores.

Director: Charles Lamont | Stars: Scott Brady, Mona Freeman, Andrea King, Tony Curtis

Votes: 177

24. The Man from Down Under (1943)

Approved | 103 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

6.1
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A crusty old Sergeant of the Queen's Australian army in World War I befriends a small orphaned boy and his tiny sister on the night he is to go back to Australia. The Sergeant emotionally ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Z. Leonard | Stars: Charles Laughton, Binnie Barnes, Richard Carlson, Donna Reed

Votes: 174

25. Young Man of Manhattan (1930)

Passed | 79 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

6.4
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Two flappers (Claudette Colbert and Ginger Rogers) try to get their newspaper reporter boyfriends to pay attention to them.

Director: Monta Bell | Stars: Claudette Colbert, Norman Foster, Ginger Rogers, Charles Ruggles

Votes: 112

26. Any Old Port! (1932)

Not Rated | 20 min | Short, Comedy

7.4
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In need of funds, Hardy happens to meet an old friend, now a boxing promoter, and volunteers "Battling Laurel" as the team's prizefighter, only to discover their opponent in the ring is a fearsome old nemesis.

Director: James W. Horne | Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Walter Long, Julie Bishop

Votes: 943

27. Kid Nightingale (1939)

Passed | 57 min | Comedy, Music, Sport

5.9
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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: 125

28. Little Orphan Annie (1938)

Approved | 60 min | Action, Sport

6.8
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Annie (Ann Gillis), an orphan, (based on Harold Gray's comic strip but who is at no point in the film called 'Little Orphan Annie), is befriended by a fight manager, 'Pop' Corrigan (J. ... See full summary »

Director: Ben Holmes | Stars: Ann Gillis, Robert Kent, June Travis, J. Farrell MacDonald

Votes: 26

29. The Last Fight (1983)

R | 86 min | Drama, Music, Sport

6.0
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Singer-turned-boxer Andy 'Kid' Clave (Ruben Blades) signs a contract with a shady promoter Joaquin Vargas (Willie Colon). But Clave turns against Vargas when the promoter's thugs kill Clave's girlfriend when he thinks about backing out of the contract. While seeking a way to get revenge against Vargas, Clave learns that he has a blood clot in his head. But nothing will deter him from getting his ... See full summary »

Director: Fred Williamson | Stars: Willie Colón, Rubén Blades, Fred Williamson, Darlanne Fluegel

Votes: 50

30. Conflict (1936)

Approved | 60 min | Drama, Romance, Sport

6.3
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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: 90

31. Joe Palooka, Champ (1946)

Passed | 70 min | Comedy, Drama, Sport

5.8
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Manager Knobby Walsh discovers young hunk Joe Palooka and trains him to fight the champ. Mobsters try to make life tough for Joe and his socialite girlfriend Anne. Cameos by several boxing stars.

Director: Reginald Le Borg | Stars: Leon Errol, Joe Kirkwood Jr., Elyse Knox, Eduardo Ciannelli

Votes: 22

32. Joe Palooka in Triple Cross (1951)

Passed | 60 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

6.1
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Joe and Anne Palooka, along with Joe's trainer Knobby, are vacationing when they a kidnapped by The Professor and his gang. The Professor plans to make Joe throw a fight (and shows up at the fight dressed as Anne's aunt).

Director: Reginald Le Borg | Stars: Joe Kirkwood Jr., Cathy Downs, James Gleason, John Emery

Votes: 16

33. Tomorrow's Joe (2011)

131 min | Drama, Sport

6.5
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What does a young orphan urchin do in the slums of Tokyo? He gets into trouble, into brawls, into fights and eventually he lands in jail. Except this one is not just beating, he has a raw ... See full summary »

Director: Fumihiko Sori | Stars: Tomohisa Yamashita, Karina, Teruyuki Kagawa, Yûsuke Iseya

Votes: 448

34. Pit-Fighter (1990 Video Game)

Unrated | Action

6.2
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Choose between a wrestler, a kick-boxer, and a "third degree black belt", and fight your way to the "ultimate warrior".

Stars: Bill Chase, Mark Williams, Glenn Fratticelli, John Aguire

Votes: 78

35. So's Your Aunt Emma! (1942)

Passed | 62 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

6.0
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A dizzy old spinster gets involved in the boxing racket and gangland murders as is falsely accused of being notorious murderer "Ma Parker."

Director: Jean Yarbrough | Stars: Zasu Pitts, Roger Pryor, Warren Hymer, Douglas Fowley

Votes: 151

36. Tangled Destinies (1932)

56 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

5.4
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After a plane makes an emergency landing, passengers take refuge in a deserted house, however one of them is a killer.

Director: Frank R. Strayer | Stars: Gene Morgan, Doris Hill, Glenn Tryon, Vera Reynolds

Votes: 170

37. East Side, West Side (1927)

Passed | 90 min | Drama, Romance, Sport

7.0
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Add a Plot

Director: Allan Dwan | Stars: George O'Brien, Virginia Valli, J. Farrell MacDonald, Dore Davidson

Votes: 69

38. Jack Johnson (1970)

GP | 90 min | Documentary, Sport

7.5
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A documentary on the first African-American boxer to ever become world heavyweight champion. Released on the same year as "The Great White Hope" and also Oscar nominated like that film, ... See full summary »

Director: Jim Jacobs | Stars: Brock Peters, Kevin Kennedy, Tommy Burns, James J. Jeffries

Votes: 32

39. Kelly the Second (1936)

Passed | 70 min | Action, Comedy, Romance

5.7
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Patsy Kelly as a prizefight manager who helps a truck driver be a champ. Good kelly comedy, Also with talents of great silent comedian, Charley Chase.

Director: Gus Meins | Stars: Patsy Kelly, Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams, Charley Chase, Pert Kelton

Votes: 138

40. Golden Gloves (1940)

Approved | 66 min | Crime, Drama, Sport

6.2
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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

41. Joe Palooka in The Squared Circle (1950)

Approved | 63 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

5.6
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Joe is witness to a mob killing. Two of the killers are after him. He is drugged before the big fight which is watched on TV by his manager Knobby and the thugs who are holding Knobby hostage.

Director: Reginald Le Borg | Stars: Joe Kirkwood Jr., James Gleason, Lois Hall, Edgar Barrier

Votes: 17

42. The Duke Steps Out (1929)

Passed | 62 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

2.3
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Millionaire's son Duke wants to be a champion boxer but takes time out to enroll in college when he sees co-ed Susie. The students wonder about his having a chauffeur and house full of ... See full summary »

Director: James Cruze | Stars: William Haines, Joan Crawford, Karl Dane, Tenen Holtz

Votes: 85

43. Hollywood Stadium Mystery (1938)

Approved | 66 min | Mystery, Romance, Sport

6.2
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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: 103

44. One Is Guilty (1934)

Passed | 63 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.0
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Police Inspector Steve Trent is called to the Radford Arms, a high-rise apartment building that has been taken over by a bank and its apartments now-unoccupied. There, the caretaker "Pop" ... See full summary »

Director: Lambert Hillyer | Stars: Ralph Bellamy, Shirley Grey, Warren Hymer, Rita La Roy

Votes: 12

45. Tell No Tales (1939)

Passed | 69 min | Crime, Mystery, Drama

6.6
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Michael Cassidy is the editor of a failing newspaper. A scoop would be welcome to boost the sales and to avoid closure. To this end, he decides to personally track down a gang of kidnappers.

Director: Leslie Fenton | Stars: Melvyn Douglas, Louise Platt, Gene Lockhart, Douglass Dumbrille

Votes: 300

46. The Big Chance (1933)

Passed | 62 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

4.7
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Gangsters try to get a boxer to throw an important fight.

Director: Albert Herman | Stars: John Darrow, Merna Kennedy, Natalie Moorhead, Mickey Rooney

Votes: 123

47. The Bad Man of Brimstone (1937)

Passed | 89 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.5
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An outlaw re-unites with his long-lost son, steers him away from a boxing career and sends him to law school. When his son returns, a lot has changed.

Director: J. Walter Ruben | Stars: Wallace Beery, Virginia Bruce, Dennis O'Keefe, Joseph Calleia

Votes: 121

48. The Contender (1980)

60 min | Drama

7.7
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While Johnny is in college his lumberjack Oregonian father commits suicide, so Johnny leaves school to pursue a career in boxing to support his mother and younger brother.

Stars: Marc Singer, Katherine Cannon, Moses Gunn, Alan Stock

Votes: 18

49. Cowboy and the Prizefighter (1949)

Approved | 59 min | Western

7.2
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In the fourth and last Red Ryder (following "Ride, Rider, Ride", "Roll, Thunder, Roll" and "The Fighting Redhead" in that order) of the Equity Pictures for Eagle-Lion distribution, filmed ... See full summary »

Director: Lewis D. Collins | Stars: Jim Bannon, Don Reynolds, Emmett Lynn, Marin Sais

Votes: 20

50. Twinkletoes (1926)

Passed | 85 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

7.1
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"Twinkletoes" Minasi wants to be a great dancer like her deceased mother. Twink meets Chuck Lightfoot, a noted prizefighter, who falls in love with her at first sight. She tries to avoid ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Brabin | Stars: Colleen Moore, Kenneth Harlan, Tully Marshall, Gladys Brockwell

Votes: 51



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