Classic Wrestling Movies

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1. Sit Tight (1931)

Passed | 74 min | Comedy, Musical

The managers of a gymnasium/health spa train an office clerk to be a champion wrestler.

Director: Lloyd Bacon | Stars: Winnie Lightner, Joe E. Brown, Paul Gregory, Claudia Dell

Votes: 114

2. Deception (1932)

65 min | 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.

Director: Lewis Seiler | Stars: Leo Carrillo, Dickie Moore, Nat Pendleton, Thelma Todd

Votes: 11

3. Flesh (1932)

Passed | 96 min | Drama, Romance

Gifted German wrestler Polokai falls in love with ex-con Laura, who persuades him to emigrate to America and gets him involved with crooked promoters.

Director: John Ford | Stars: Wallace Beery, Ricardo Cortez, Karen Morley, Jean Hersholt

Votes: 428

4. The Sport Parade (1932)

Passed | 64 min | Drama, Romance, Sport

Spoiled sports hero learns hard lessons.

Director: Dudley Murphy | Stars: Joel McCrea, Marian Marsh, William Gargan, Robert Benchley

Votes: 173

5. We're in the Money (1935)

Passed | 66 min | Comedy, Music, Musical

Two gold-digging process servers are tasked with subpoenaing one's boyfriend, who has been using a pseudonym to avoid breach-of-promise servings and suits.

Director: Ray Enright | Stars: Joan Blondell, Glenda Farrell, Hugh Herbert, Ross Alexander

Votes: 288

6. Park Avenue Logger (1937)

Passed | 67 min | Action, Drama, Romance

Millioniare Curran, thinking his son too intellectual, sends him west to learn logging at one of his lumber camps. Unknown to his father, Grant Curan is a professional wrestler and easily ... See full summary »

Director: David Howard | Stars: George O'Brien, Beatrice Roberts, Willard Robertson, Ward Bond

Votes: 54

7. Swing Your Lady (1938)

Approved | 77 min | Comedy, Music, Romance

Promoter Ed Hatch comes to the Ozarks with his slow-witted wrestler Joe Skopapoulos whom he pits against a hillbilly Amazon blacksmith, Sadie Horn. Joe falls in love with her and won't ... See full summary »

Director: Ray Enright | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Frank McHugh, Louise Fazenda, Nat Pendleton

Votes: 378

8. The Big Show-Off (1945)

Approved | 69 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

Joe Bagley, owner of the Blue Heaven Club, tries to foster a romance between shy pianist Sandy Elliott and band vocalist June Mayfield. Joe tells June that Sandy is really a professional, ... See full summary »

Director: Howard Bretherton | Stars: Arthur Lake, Dale Evans, Lionel Stander, George Meeker

Votes: 42

9. Alias the Champ (1949)

Approved | 60 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

New York gangsters trying to muscle in on the California wrestling scene come up against a wrestler who won't knuckle under. They frame him for a murder, and his manager and a cop set out ... See full summary »

Director: George Blair | Stars: Robert Rockwell, Barbra Fuller, Audrey Long, James Nolan

Votes: 29

10. Night and the City (1950)

Not Rated | 96 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Mystery

A small-time grifter and nightclub tout takes advantage of some fortuitous circumstances and tries to become a big-time player as a wrestling promoter.

Director: Jules Dassin | Stars: Richard Widmark, Gene Tierney, Googie Withers, Hugh Marlowe

Votes: 10,635 | Gross: $3.60M

11. Bodyhold (1949)

Passed | 63 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Tommy Jones, a well-built plumber, is invited to join a troupe of professional wrestlers, but is surprised to learn that the sport of exhibition wrestling is not on the up-and-up.

Director: Seymour Friedman | Stars: Willard Parker, Lola Albright, Hillary Brooke, Allen Jenkins

Votes: 13

12. Racket Girls (1951)

Unrated | 70 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A money launderer uses women's wrestling as a front for his illegal activities, but earns the enmity of a powerful mobster.

Director: Robert C. Dertano | Stars: Peaches Page, Timothy Farrell, Clara Mortensen, Rita Martínez

Votes: 771

13. No Holds Barred (1952)

65 min | Comedy

Sach acquires super strenth through a magic spell, which the boys attempt to cash in on by turning him into a professional wrestler.

Director: William Beaudine | Stars: Leo Gorcey, Huntz Hall, Marjorie Reynolds, Bernard Gorcey

Votes: 236

14. Mister Universe (1951)

Passed | 89 min | Comedy, Romance, Sport

A gullible and honest "Mr. Universe" winner, Tommy Tomkins, gets added to the stable of a con-man and a wrestling prompter. He wins match after match, legitimately, and then balks when he ... See full summary »

Director: Joseph Lerner | Stars: Jack Carson, Janis Paige, Vince Edwards, Bert Lahr

Votes: 37

15. The Magnificent Beast (1953)

128 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Two very good friends (Crox Alvarado and Wolf Ruvinskis) become wrestlers to leave poverty behind, but the arrival of an ambitious woman (Miroslava Stern) will tragically change their destinies.

Director: Chano Urueta | Stars: Miroslava, Crox Alvarado, Wolf Ruvinskis, José Elías Moreno

Votes: 27

16. Wrestling Women vs. the Aztec Mummy (1964)

85 min | Adventure, Horror, Sci-Fi

If you've ever longed for a movie about wrestling women who take on various monsters, this is it! Xochitl, the mummy, can turn into a snake or a bat, which is difficult to get half-Nelsons ... See full summary »

Director: René Cardona | Stars: Lorena Velázquez, Armando Silvestre, Elizabeth Campbell, María Eugenia San Martín

Votes: 269

17. Las lobas del ring (1965)

TV-G | 85 min | Drama, Action

Los problemas Íntimos y las maldades de sus amigos los resuelven en el ring.

Director: René Cardona | Stars: Lorena Velázquez, Elizabeth Campbell, María Eugenia San Martín, Sonia Infante

Votes: 22

18. Superargo and the Faceless Giants (1968)

G | 80 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi

A masked wrestler/superhero goes up against a madman and his army of robots.

Director: Paolo Bianchini | Stars: Giovanni Cianfriglia, Guy Madison, Luisa Baratto, Diana Lorys

Votes: 195

19. Los vampiros de Coyoacán (1974)

87 min | Action, Horror, Mystery

Two masked wrestlers deal with a vampire by the name of Baron Bradock, who turned their previous opponents into vampires.

Director: Arturo Martínez | Stars: Germán Robles, Mil Máscaras, Superzan, Sasha Montenegro

Votes: 29

20. The Wrestler (1974)

PG | 95 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Promoting the world of professional wrestling at the expense of the plot itself, Frank Bass (Ed Asner) takes a stand and defends what he thinks is right. Gamblers, mobsters, unscrupulous ... See full summary »

Director: James A. Westman | Stars: Edward Asner, Elaine Giftos, Verne Gagne, Billy Robinson

Votes: 181

21. Mad Bull (1977 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 100 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

An embittered professional wrestler, convinced that his life has no meaning outside the ring, meets a beautiful woman. Unlike most of the women he has known, she seems to be interested in ... See full summary »

Directors: Walter Doniger, Len Steckler | Stars: Alex Karras, Susan Anspach, Nicholas Colasanto, Elisha Cook Jr.

Votes: 69

22. The One and Only (1978)

PG | 97 min | Comedy, Romance

1951: Andy Schmidt is in his last year of college. Taking life easy and always a saucy joke on his lips, he manages to win fellow student Mary's heart, although she's already otherwise ... See full summary »

Director: Carl Reiner | Stars: Henry Winkler, Kim Darby, Gene Saks, William Daniels

Votes: 615 | Gross: $16.93M

23. Blood & Guts (1978)

PG | 94 min | Action, Drama

A young athelete becomes the unlikely star of an itinerant wrestling troupe, and a rival promoter will go to any length to steal him away.

Director: Paul Lynch | Stars: William Smith, Micheline Lanctôt, Henry Beckman, Brian Patrick Clarke

Votes: 58

24. Paradise Alley (1978)

PG | 107 min | Drama

53 Metascore

Three Italian-American brothers, living in the slums of 1940's New York City, try to help each other with one's wrestling career using one brother's promotional skills and another brother's con-artist tactics to thwart a sleazy manager.

Director: Sylvester Stallone | Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Lee Canalito, Armand Assante, Frank McRae

Votes: 4,226

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