1930s Sports Drama Movies

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The Crowd Roars(1932)

1h 25min | Drama, Action
2.9/5 (with 7 votes)

Famous auto racing champion Joe Greer returns to his hometown to compete in a local race, discovering that his younger brother has aspirations to become a racing champion.

Directed by Howard Hawks - With James Cagney, Joan Blondell, Ann Dvorak, Billy Arnold, Eric Linden, Frank McHugh, ...

The Champ(1931)

1h 26min | Drama
3.6/5 (with 14 votes)

A broken-down alcoholic prizefighter struggles to keep custody of his adoring son.

Sporting Blood(1931)

1h 22min | Drama, Romance / Love
2.8/5 (with 2 votes)

A horse with great potential is reluctantly sold by the breeder and by chance passes through multiple hands who do not treat him well.

Golden Boy(1939)

1h 39min | Drama, Romance / Love
3.4/5 (with 7 votes)

Despite his talent as a musician, a city boy decides to become a boxer. He's successful as a fighter -- much to the dismay of his parents. When gangsters try to by a piece of him he begins to have second thoughts.

St. Louis Woman(1934)

1h 8min | Drama

Johnny Mack Brown stars as medical student and football star who was expelled after a night club brawl over a woman. He meets her again only to find out she owns the club and is involved with a gambler...

Directed by Albert Ray

Spirit of Youth(1938)

1h 6min | Drama
2.9/5 (with 2 votes)

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

Directed by Harry L. Fraser - With Joe Louis

Flying 55(1939)

1h 8min | Drama
2.9/5 (with 1 vote)

Bill Urquhart, a young wastrel disinherited by his father, tries to get a job as a jockey – just about the only thing he’s really good at. His name and position work against him, however, so he adopts an alias and prevails upon the charity of a drunken friend, through whom he meets Stella Barrington - who has not only inherited her father’s racing stables but also his debts. Still incognito, he takes on the job of stable lad for Stella but little does she realise that he could be the man to finally put an end to her money worries forever.

The All-American(1932)

1h 19min | Drama
2.5/5 (with 1 vote)

The story of the rise and fall of an All-American football player.

Directed by Russell Mack - With Richard Arlen

The Personality Kid(1934)

2.8/5 (with 1 vote)

An arrogant boxer (Pat O'Brien) discovers his wife (Glenda Farrell) had a hand in his success.

They Never Come Back(1932)

| 1h 4min | Drama, Action, Crime

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 downhill. He is drawn into a romance with a nightclub entertainer, then is framed on a theft charge by a jealous suitor. After his prison term, Nolan makes a spectacular comeback in a fight which proves his courage and integrity, while disproving the fallacy about the old sports adage that "they never come back.".

Directed by Fred C. Newmeyer - With Regis Toomey

County Fair(1937)

1h 12min | Romance / Love, Drama

Racetrack drama about a young jockey accused of drugging his horse.

Directed by Howard Bretherton - With John Arledge

The Crowd Roars(1938)

1h 30min | Drama, Action
3.3/5 (with 3 votes)

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.

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Indianapolis Speedway(1939)

| 1h 25min | Action, Drama, Romance / Love
2.4/5 (with 2 votes)

This 1939 drama, a reworking of the 1932 James Cagney film "The Crowd Roars", stars Pat O'Brien as a champion auto racer who unhappily learns his kid brother (John Payne) wants to enter the same profession rather than finish school.

Death Drives Through(1935)

1h 3min | Drama

The race car designer Kit Woods is in love with Kay Lord. Kay's father is against her relationship with Kit. Kit also has to do with the competition from his rival Garry Ames.

Idol of the Crowds(1937)

2.4/5 (with 2 votes)

Retired hockey player Johnny Hansen, in order to make money to enlarge his chicken farm, returns to the game and leads his team into the championship series. Just before the series starts, he is offered a bribe to throw the games but refuses. An attempt is made on his life which results in Bobby, the team's mascot, being injured. Written by Les Adams.

Iron Man(1931)

1h 13min | Drama
2.7/5 (with 4 votes)

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.

A Million to One(1937)

58min | Drama, Action

The son of a disgraced Olympic decathlete prepares to become a star in his own right. His quest is complicated by a beautiful girl and a bitter rival.

Directed by Lynn Shores - With Bruce Bennett

Winner Take All(1932)

1h 6min | Drama
3.0/5 (with 1 vote)

Overworked boxer Jim goes to a health ranch in New Mexico to recover where he falls in love with Peggy and her sickly son. Once recovered, Jim leaves to return to the ring. Can their romance survive the distance?

From Hell to Heaven(1933)

1h 7min | Drama
3.8/5 (with 1 vote)

The various residents and occupants of a resort hotel await the outcome of a horse race at a nearby track, as it will affect each of their lives in different ways.

They Learned About Women(1930)

1h 35min | Music, Drama
1.3/5 (with 1 vote)

Jack and Jerry are doing okay between profession baseball and Vaudeville. That is, until love and gold-diggers get in the way.

Directed by Jack Conway, Sam Wood - With Van and Schenck, Bessie Love, J. C. Nugent

The Big Game(1936)

1h 14min | Drama, Romance / Love
2.5/5 (with 1 vote)

A quarterback stands against gangsters out to control the college sports scene.


1h 29min | Drama
3.0/5 (with 1 vote)

A boozy former veterinarian and a teenage orphan team together with dreams of entering a broken-down horse in the big race.


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.

There Ain't No Justice(1939)

1h 23min | Drama

A young boxer falls in with a crooked fight promoter.

Gefährliche Frauen(1939)

1h 32min | Comedy
2.5/5 (with 1 vote)

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Two-Fisted Gentleman(1936)

1h 4min

Mickey, is a prizefighter whose bright career hits the skids when he comes under the guidance of Ginger, a female fight promoter, when he becomes involved with June Prentice and her high-society crowd.


1h 5min | Drama

Modest programmer denotes a young man's rise to fame in wrestling matches he doesn't realize have been "fixed", and ensuing romantic turbulence.

Directed by Lewis Seiler - With Leo Carrillo

The County Fair(1932)

1h 11min | Crime, Drama

A Kentucky horse owner hires an ex-jockey, who is now working as a waiter, to train his thoroughbred race horse for an upcoming race. However, a gambling ring that doesn't want the horse entering the race has other plans.

Directed by Louis King, Louis Eugene King - With Hobart Bosworth

Breezing Home(1937)

1h 4min | Drama

Bookmakers try to fix a horse race.

Directed by Milton Carruth - With Binnie Barnes


1h 29min | Drama, Romance / Love

Joan (Helen Twelvetrees) is a Canadian, adopted by Ma Dawson (Nellie Ferguson), a struggling horse breeder and trainer. Joan thinks "legs don't make a race horse, it's blood", and so she buys an unwanted thoroughbred colt called Stormalong. Helped by Ma's son Tommy Dawson (Frank Leighton), Joan restores the horse to health and fitness, and soon enough the horse is winning race after race, becoming a favourite for the Melbourne Cup.

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