by joe_538 | created - 23 Jul 2013 | updated - 10 Apr 2017 | Public

All the boxing movies, and a few old sitcom episodes just to make things interesting. Let me know if I missed anything.

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1. Rocky (1976)

PG | 120 min | Drama, Sport

70 Metascore

A small-time boxer gets a supremely rare chance to fight a heavy-weight champion in a bout in which he strives to go the distance for his self-respect.

Director: John G. Avildsen | Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers

Votes: 479,823 | Gross: $117.24M

2. Rocky II (1979)

PG | 119 min | Drama, Sport

61 Metascore

Rocky struggles in family life after his bout with Apollo Creed, while the embarrassed champ insistently goads him to accept a challenge for a rematch.

Director: Sylvester Stallone | Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers

Votes: 176,280 | Gross: $6.39M

3. Rocky III (1982)

PG | 99 min | Drama, Sport

57 Metascore

After winning the ultimate title and being the world champion, Rocky falls into a hole and finds himself picked up by a former enemy.

Director: Sylvester Stallone | Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers

Votes: 159,721 | Gross: $125.05M

4. Rocky IV (1985)

PG | 91 min | Drama, Sport

40 Metascore

Rocky Balboa proudly holds the world heavyweight boxing championship, but a new challenger has stepped forward: Drago, a six-foot-four, 261-pound fighter who has the backing of the Soviet Union.

Director: Sylvester Stallone | Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers

Votes: 172,378 | Gross: $127.87M

5. Rocky V (1990)

PG-13 | 104 min | Drama, Sport

55 Metascore

Reluctantly retired from boxing, and back from riches to rags, Rocky takes on a new protege who betrays him, as the champ's son must adjust to his family's new life after bankruptcy.

Director: John G. Avildsen | Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Sage Stallone

Votes: 118,241 | Gross: $40.95M

6. Rocky Balboa (2006)

PG | 102 min | Drama, Sport

63 Metascore

Thirty years after the ring of the first bell, Rocky Balboa comes out of retirement and dons his gloves for his final fight; against the reigning heavyweight champ Mason 'The Line' Dixon.

Director: Sylvester Stallone | Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Antonio Tarver, Milo Ventimiglia, Burt Young

Votes: 192,805 | Gross: $70.27M

7. Creed (II) (2015)

PG-13 | 133 min | Drama, Sport

82 Metascore

The former World Heavyweight Champion Rocky Balboa serves as a trainer and mentor to Adonis Johnson, the son of his late friend and former rival Apollo Creed.

Director: Ryan Coogler | Stars: Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, Tessa Thompson, Phylicia Rashad

Votes: 228,897 | Gross: $109.77M

10. James J. Corbett; or, How Championships Are Won and Lost (1910)

10 min | Documentary, Short

In the first scenes of this picture we have a chance to see Mr. James J. Corbett as an actor in his "glad rags" and society, where Mr. Corbett meets Miss Florence E. Turner. "The Vitagraph ... See full summary »

Stars: James J. Corbett, Florence Turner, Tom Kennedy

11. The Champion (1915)

31 min | Short, Comedy, Sport

Walking along with his bulldog, Charlie finds a "good luck" horseshoe just as he passes a training camp advertising for a boxing partner "who can take a beating." After watching others lose... See full summary »

Director: Charles Chaplin | Stars: Charles Chaplin, Bud Jamison, Gilbert M. 'Broncho Billy' Anderson, Billy Armstrong

Votes: 1,877

13. The Leather Pushers (1922)


A series of six two-reel episodes, each individually titled: #1: Let's Go (1922); #2: Round Two (1922); #3: Payment Through the Nose (1922); #4: A Fool and His Honey (1922); #5: The Taming of the Shrewd (1922); #6: Whipsawed.

Director: Edward Laemmle | Stars: Reginald Denny, Billy Sullivan, Hayden Stevenson, Sam J. Ryan

14. The Fighting Heart (1925)

Passed | 70 min | Action, Drama, Sport

A town outcast, mistrusted by his sweetheart enters the ring and eventually wins the fight and his girl.

Director: John Ford | Stars: George O'Brien, Billie Dove, J. Farrell MacDonald, Victor McLaglen

Votes: 23

15. Battling Butler (1926)

Not Rated | 77 min | Comedy

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: 2,451 | Gross: $0.70M

18. 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: 2,892

19. 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: 2,489

20. 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: 220

21. 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: 423

22. The Big Chance (1933)

Passed | 62 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

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

23. 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: 421

24. 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: 641

25. Punch Drunks (1934)

17 min | Short, Comedy, Sport

Curly is a waiter at a diner where Larry has a job playing music. Moe is a fight manager enjoying a lunch break with his boys. The manager of the diner starts shoving Curly around. Larry ... See full summary »

Director: Lou Breslow | Stars: Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Curly Howard, Dorothy Granger

Votes: 1,123

26. 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: 266

27. 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

28. The Champ's a Chump (1936)

Approved | 19 min | Short, Comedy, Music

As a ploy to sign a championship college boxer to a contract, Big Boy enrolls in the college the youth is attending.

Director: Sam White | Stars: Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams, Gertrude Messinger, Fred Kohler Jr., Harley Wood

29. 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: 87

30. 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: 1,409 | Gross: $1.17M

31. 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: 32

32. 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.

Director: Robert F. Hill | Stars: Bruce Bennett, Jeanne Martel, Fuzzy Knight, J. Farrell MacDonald

Votes: 35

33. 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: 2,679

34. When's Your Birthday? (1937)

Passed | 75 min | Comedy, Romance

Some shady characters discover that a sad sack nightclub bus boy has the ability to predict outcomes of races and other events through astrology.

Director: Harry Beaumont | Stars: Joe E. Brown, Marian Marsh, Fred Keating, Edgar Kennedy

Votes: 132

35. 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: 333

36. Spirit of Youth (1938)

Approved | 66 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

The story of the rise of boxer Joe Thomas, which paralleled the life of Joe Louis.

Director: Harry L. Fraser | Stars: Joe Louis, Clarence Muse, Edna Mae Harris, Mae Turner

Votes: 107

37. Ex-Champ (1939)

64 min | Drama

A former prizefighter tries to help his son pay off his gambling debts.

Director: Phil Rosen | Stars: Victor McLaglen, Tom Brown, Nan Grey, William Frawley

Votes: 6

38. 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: 1,611

39. Keep Punching (1939)

Approved | 81 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

Henry Jackson, known as Little Dynamite, is a Golden Gloves champion, who agrees to turn professional when approached by fight manager Ed Watson, despite the opposition raised by his father... See full summary »

Director: John Clein | Stars: Henry Armstrong, Willie Bryant, Mae E. Johnson, Hamtree Harrington

Votes: 25

40. 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: 123

41. 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: 36

42. 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: 1,820

43. City for Conquest (1940)

Approved | 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, Frank Craven, Donald Crisp

Votes: 1,953

44. 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: 29

45. The Notorious Elinor Lee (1940)

107 min | Drama

Gangsters use a woman to get to a boxer and convince him to throw a big fight.

Director: Oscar Micheaux | Stars: Gladys Williams, Robert Earl Jones, Carman Newsome, Edna Mae Harris

Votes: 5

46. Knockout (1941)

Approved | 73 min | Drama, Romance, Sport

Fighter Johnny Rocket, Arthur Kennedy agrees to the request of his fiancée, Angela, Olympe Bradna, to quit boxing after his next bout. Promoter Trego, Anthony Quinn, who has just purchased ... See full summary »

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

Votes: 128

47. Ringside Maisie (1941)

Passed | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Young undefeated boxer Terry Dolan, who's been lying to his invalid mother about his career, confides to Maisie that he hates and is terrified by boxing and wants out. Not wanting to let ... See full summary »

Director: Edwin L. Marin | Stars: Ann Sothern, George Murphy, Robert Sterling, Virginia O'Brien

Votes: 318

48. 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.

Director: Raoul Walsh | Stars: Errol Flynn, Alexis Smith, Jack Carson, Alan Hale

Votes: 2,971

49. Right to the Heart (1942)

Approved | 74 min | Comedy, Sport