1950s Sports Drama Movies

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The Harder They Fall(1956)

| 1h 49min | Drama
3.5/5 (with 55 votes)

Jobless sportswriter Eddie Willis is hired by corrupt fight promoter Nick Benko to promote his current protégé, an unknown Argentinian boxer named Toro Moreno. Although Moreno is a hulking giant, his chances for success are hampered by a powder-puff punch and a glass jaw. Exploiting Willis' reputation for integrity and standing in the boxing community, Benko arranges a series of fixed fights that propel the unsophisticated Moreno to #1 contender for the championship. The reigning champ, the sadistic Buddy Brannen, harbors resentment at the publicity Toro has been receiving and vows to viciously punish him in the ring. Eddie must now decide whether or not to tell the naive Toro the truth.

Somebody Up There Likes Me(1956)

| 1h 53min | Drama
3.6/5 (with 67 votes)

The story of boxer Rocky Graziano's rise from juvenile delinquent to world champ.

Fear Strikes Out(1957)

| 1h 40min | Drama
3.6/5 (with 7 votes)

True story of the life of Jimmy Piersall, who battled mental illness to achieve stardom in major league baseball.

The Harlem Globetrotters(1951)

| 1h 18min | Drama
2.5/5 (with 2 votes)

All-American basketball player, Billy signs up with the world-famous "Harlem Globetrotters", an all-Negro professional team. Billy struggles with important life decisions and their consequences.

Big Leaguer(1953)

| 1h 11min | Drama
2.3/5 (with 1 vote)

John Lobert runs a training camp in Florida for the New York Giants. Every year, he evaluates the 18-22 year old hopefuls to pick the best for a minor league contract.

Flesh and Fury(1952)

| 1h 23min | Drama
3.3/5 (with 2 votes)

Deaf boxer Paul Callan captures the interest of gold-digging blonde Sonya Bartow and retired fight manager 'Pop' Richardson. For a time, Sonya has the upper hand with Paul, but ultimately a rival appears in the shape of upper-crust reporter Ann Hollis. With a 3-way fight under way for influence over Paul, he takes matters into his own hands, but learns that getting what he wanted isn't necessarily a happy ending.

Hard, Fast and Beautiful(1951)

| 1h 18min | Drama
3.1/5 (with 5 votes)

When most people look at Florence Farley, they see a pretty teenager. But when Milly Farley looks at her daughter she sees something else: a tennis prodigy who could be Milly’s ticket to money and fame.

Pepe El Toro(1953)

2h | Drama
3.2/5 (with 13 votes)

The simple life and the values ​​of loyalty and solidarity of the poor people in the environment of professional boxing, is the plot of this film, where Pepe el Toro shows the effort and tragedies that are experienced in this profession.

Kid Monk Baroni(1952)

1h 19min | Drama
2.9/5 (with 2 votes)

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

Directed by Harold D. Schuster

The Rainbow Jacket(1954)

1h 39min | Drama
3.4/5 (with 3 votes)

A champion jockey is banned from racing so spends his time helping a young lad to become the next champion.

Directed by Basil Dearden - With Kay Walsh

The Square Ring(1953)

| 1h 23min | Drama
3.3/5 (with 3 votes)

Boxing drama following the lives of 5 different fighters and their reasons for becoming boxers.

Right Cross(1950)

| 1h 30min | Drama
2.8/5 (with 1 vote)

A sportswriter forms a ring triangle with a fight manager's daughter and her Mexican-American boxer.

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Go Man Go(1954)

1h 22min | Drama
2.9/5 (with 2 votes)

The story of Abe Saperstein and the creation of the Harlem Globetrotters.

Directed by James Wong Howe - With Dane Clark

Sunday Heroes(1952)

1h 38min | Drama
3.3/5 (with 2 votes)

Gino Bardi is a centre-forward in a football team which is about to be relegated to the second division. Just before a very important match a girl he has a relationship with proposes him to rig it. He refuses the offer but he actually begins playing like an amateur and the crowd begin to smell something fishy going on.


| 1h 10min | Action, Western

Nancy Cartwright is determined to collect an $1,800 feed bill owed to her father Harry Cartwright by a rodeo association. Instead, she is talked into assuming management of the rodeo by Slim Martin and the other performers when they learn the promoter has run off with the cash receipts.

Directed by William Beaudine - With Jane Nigh

The Joe Louis Story(1953)

1h 28min | Drama
3.0/5 (with 4 votes)

The life and career of Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis, who held the title for 12 years--longer than any other boxer in history--and who had to not only battle opponents inside the ring and racism outside it.

Directed by Robert Gordon - With Coley Wallace

Air of Paris(1954)

1h 50min | Drama
3.0/5 (with 8 votes)

Victor Le Garrec, a former boxer, runs a gym in Paris while dreaming of finding an aspiring champion who will reach the goals he was never able to achieve.

Directed by Marcel Carné - With Jean Gabin, Arletty, Folco Lulli, Ave Ninchi, Maria Pia Casilio, Abacot Ranger, ...

The Basketball Fix(1951)

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

A college basketball star collaborrates with organized crime and becomes involved in 'point shaving.' A sportswriter tries to get him back on the right track.

The Racers(1955)

1h 28min | Drama

An Italian daredevil turns Grand Prix driver and works his way up to Le Mans with his ballerina lover.

Engaged to Death(1957)

1h 33min | Drama
3.5/5 (with 1 vote)

A tale of love, rivalry and passion set in the 50s, in the madcap world of motorcycle speed races, shot on the occasion of the main competitions of that time, such as Monza’s Moto GP and the last edition of the legendary Milano-Taranto race. With also very rare footage of the Moto Guzzi wind tunnel and factories. The film features, alongside popular actors Rik Battaglia and Sylva Koscina, many of the most important champions of those years: Geoffrey Duke, Libero Liberati, Bill Lomas, Enrico Lorenzetti, Reg Armstrong, Stanley Woods, Ken Cavanagh, Dickie Dale, Thomas Campbell, Pierre Monneret, Albino Milani, Walter Zeller, Bruno Francisci, all of them riding amazing Moto Guzzi, Gilera, Mondial and Norton bikes with the so charming and dangerous dustbin fairings that were going to be banned in 1958.

Directed by Romolo Marcellini

El boxeador(1958)

1h 30min
2.8/5 (with 2 votes)

Undefeated boxing champion for 15 years faces retirement. One final bout...

The Square Jungle(1955)

| 1h 26min | Drama
3.5/5 (with 1 vote)

Grocery clerk Eddie Quaid, in danger of losing his father to alcoholism and his girl Julie through lack of career prospects, goes into boxing.

The Wrestler and the Clown(1957)

1h 35min | Drama
3.3/5 (with 3 votes)

It's a story about two of the most famous russian personages. They become friends, and then go along on the path of glory in parallel.

Naya Daur(1957)

2h 53min | Drama
4.5/5 (with 1 vote)

Shankar lives in a remote village in rural India with his mother and sister, Manju, and drives a horse-carriage for a living. The main employer in the region is a kind-hearted businessman Maganlal. When Maganlal announces that he would like to undertake a religious pilgrimage, his son, Kundan, takes over and wants to cut back on labor and mechanize the business - thus leading to loss in jobs.

Under My Skin(1950)

| 1h 26min | Drama
3.1/5 (with 3 votes)

Set in Paris, Under My Skin stars John Garfield as a washed-up jockey who has stolen money from a crooked gambler (Luther Adler).

Blue Grass of Kentucky(1950)

| 1h 12min | Drama

The story revolves around a colt born in Kentucky and named "Blue Grass". and the training of the colt to win the Kentuck Derby. and how all of that affected the lives, fortunes and, relationships and romances of the people associated with the colt's race-track career.

Directed by William Beaudine - With Bill Williams

Monkey on My Back(1957)

| 1h 34min | Drama
3.4/5 (with 2 votes)

The painfully true story of welterweight boxing champion Barney Ross is detailed in Monkey on My Back. Cameron Mitchell stars as Ross, whose meteoric ring career is interrupted when he joins the Marines at the outset of WWII. A highly decorated hero, Ross contracts malaria oversees and is given morphine to assuage the pain. By the time he returns to the states, Ross is a confirmed drug addict. Before he can rise to the top again, he must hit rock bottom and his descent into the hell of narcotics dependency is graphically illustrated (so much so that the film was almost denied a Production Code seal). Though a cured Barney Ross served as technical advisor for Monkey on My Back, he ended up suing the producers for defamation of character -- and lost.

The Ring(1952)

1h 19min | Comedy, Drama
2.1/5 (with 2 votes)

A young Mexican/American learns about life both inside and out of the ring when he takes up boxing.

Directed by Kurt Neumann - With Lalo Rios

Roar of the Crowd(1953)

| 1h 11min | Action, Drama

Johnny Tracy, son of veteran race driver Pop Tracy, is working his way up on the racing circuit, but is urged by his sweetheart, Marcy Parker, to give up the track if he wants to marry her. He persuades her to marry him on the promise that he will quit after racing once in the Indianapolis 500, but he is injured in a qualifying race and goes to work as a spark plug salesman for Mackey, an old family friend. He is a failure at selling but Marcy changes her attitude towards his racing, and he qualifies for the 500.

Directed by William Beaudine - With Howard Duff

Devil on Horseback(1954)

1h 28min | Drama

A boy pursues his ambition to be a jockey.

Directed by Cyril Frankel - With Googie Withers
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