20 Best Sports Moviesby paul_cowsill | created - 23 Oct 2010 | updated - 12 Mar 2011 | Public
(In chronological order)
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Not Rated | 104 min | Drama, Sport
A juvenile offender at a tough reform school impresses its governor with his running ability and is encouraged to compete in an upcoming race, but faces ridicule from his peers.
IMDB Users: 7.7 / Rotten Critics: 74 / Rotten Audience: 87
2. Rocky (1976)
PG | 120 min | Drama, Sport
Rocky Balboa, a small-time boxer, gets a supremely rare chance to fight heavy-weight champion Apollo Creed in a bout in which he strives to go the distance for his self-respect.
Votes: 430,703 | Gross: $117.24M
IMDB Users: 8.1 / Rotten Critics: 93 / Rotten Audience: 65
3. Raging Bull (1980)
R | 129 min | Biography, Drama, Sport
Emotionally self-destructive boxer, Jake La Motta's journey through life, as the violence and temper that leads him to the top in the ring destroys his life outside it.
Votes: 263,200 | Gross: $23.38M
IMDB Users: 8.4 / Rotten Critics: 98 / Rotten Audience: 92
4. Chariots of Fire (1981)
PG | 125 min | Biography, Drama, Sport
Two British track athletes, one a determined Jew, and the other a devout Christian, compete in the 1924 Olympics.
Votes: 45,499 | Gross: $58.97M
IMDB Users: 7.2 / Rotten Critics: 86 / Rotten Audience: 77
5. Hoosiers (1986)
PG | 114 min | Drama, Sport
A coach with a checkered past and a local drunk train a small town high school basketball team to become a top contender for the championship.
Votes: 37,292 | Gross: $28.61M
IMDB Users: 7.5 / Rotten Critics: 88 / Rotten Audience: 87
6. Hoop Dreams (1994)
PG-13 | 170 min | Documentary, Drama, Sport
A film following the lives of two inner-city Chicago boys who struggle to become college basketball players on the road to going professional.
Votes: 21,094 | Gross: $7.83M
IMDB Users: 8.2 / Rotten Critics: 98 / Rotten Audience: 92
7. When We Were Kings (1996)
PG | 88 min | Documentary, Sport
A documentary of the 1974 heavyweight championship bout in Zaire, "The Rumble in the Jungle," between champion George Foreman and underdog challenger Muhammad Ali.
Votes: 13,281 | Gross: $2.67M
IMDB Users: 7.8 / Rotten Critics: 98 / Rotten Audience: 91
8. Without Limits (1998)
PG-13 | 117 min | Biography, Drama, Sport
The life of renowned runner Steve Prefontaine and his relationship with legendary coach Bill Bowerman.
Votes: 6,128 | Gross: $0.78M
IMDB Users: 7.0 / Rotten Critics: 78 / Rotten Audience: 88
9. Dogtown and Z-Boys (2001)
PG-13 | 91 min | Documentary, Sport
Documentary about the pioneering 1970s Zephyr skating team.
Votes: 11,042 | Gross: $1.29M
IMDB Users: 7.5 / Rotten Critics: 91 / Rotten Audience: 86
10. Swimming Upstream (2003)
PG-13 | 114 min | Biography, Drama, Sport
The inspirational life story of Australian swimmer Tony Fingleton.
Votes: 2,964 | Gross: $0.05M
IMDB Users: 7.1 / Rotten Critics: 61 / Rotten Audience: 77
11. Touching the Void (2003)
R | 106 min | Documentary, Adventure, Drama
The true story of two climbers and their perilous journey up the west face of Siula Grande in the Peruvian Andes in 1985.
Votes: 29,527 | Gross: $4.58M
IMDB Users: 8.0 / Rotten Critics: 93 / Rotten Audience: 91
12. Friday Night Lights (2004)
PG-13 | 118 min | Action, Drama, Sport
Based on H.G. Bissinger's book, which profiled the economically depressed town of Odessa, Texas and their heroic high school football team, The Permian High Panthers.
Votes: 51,277 | Gross: $61.19M
IMDB Users: 7.2 / Rotten Critics: 81 / Rotten Audience: 84
13. Million Dollar Baby (2004)
PG-13 | 132 min | Drama, Sport
A determined woman works with a hardened boxing trainer to become a professional.
Votes: 542,855 | Gross: $100.49M
IMDB Users: 8.2 / Rotten Critics: 92 / Rotten Audience: 87
14. Miracle (2004)
PG | 135 min | Biography, Drama, History
Miracle tells the true story of Herb Brooks (Kurt Russell), the player-turned-coach who led the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team to victory over the seemingly invincible Russian squad.
Votes: 40,178 | Gross: $64.38M
IMDB Users: 7.4 / Rotten Critics: 80 / Rotten Audience: 88
TV-PG | 214 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport
The story of Jack Johnson, the first African-American Heavyweight boxing champion.
IMDB Users: 8.3 / Rotten Critics: N/A / Rotten Audience: 84
16. Cinderella Man (2005)
PG-13 | 144 min | Biography, Drama, Sport
The story of James Braddock, a supposedly washed-up boxer who came back to become a champion and an inspiration in the 1930s.
Votes: 159,345 | Gross: $61.65M
IMDB Users: 8/ Rotten Critics: 80 / Rotten Audience: 88
17. First Ascent (2006 Video)
90 min | Action, Adventure
"First Ascent" is unlike any mountain climbing film you've ever seen. Join Swiss climber Didier Berthod as he attempts the impossible - to become the first man ever to climb the insanely ... See full summary »
IMDB Users: 7.2/ Rotten Critics: N/A / Rotten Audience: N/A
18. The Flying Scotsman (2006)
PG-13 | 96 min | Drama, Sport
The true story of Graeme Obree, the Champion cyclist who built his bicycle from old bits of washing machines who won his championship only to have his title stripped from him and his mental health problems which he has suffered since.
Votes: 4,616 | Gross: $0.14M
IMDB Users: 7 / Rotten Top Critics: 67 / Rotten Audience: 50
19. The Wrestler (2008)
R | 109 min | Drama, Sport
A faded professional wrestler must retire, but finds his quest for a new life outside the ring a dispiriting struggle.
Votes: 268,127 | Gross: $26.24M
IMDB Users: 8.2 / Rotten Critics: 98 / Rotten Audience: 96
20. The Fighter (I) (2010)
R | 116 min | Biography, Drama, Sport
A look at the early years of boxer "Irish" Micky Ward and his brother who helped train him before going pro in the mid 1980s.
Votes: 300,189 | Gross: $93.62M
IMDB Users: 8.1 / Rotten Critics: 90 / Rotten Audience: 90