My 50 favorite sports moviesby nonso1990 | created - 29 Oct 2010 | updated - 9 months ago | Public
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1. 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: 261,848 | Gross: $23.38M
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: 427,957 | Gross: $117.24M
3. Million Dollar Baby (2004)
PG-13 | 132 min | Drama, Sport
A determined woman works with a hardened boxing trainer to become a professional.
Votes: 539,682 | Gross: $100.49M
4. Creed (2015)
PG-13 | 133 min | Drama, Sport
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.
Votes: 188,499 | Gross: $109.77M
5. 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: 299,041 | Gross: $93.62M
6. 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: 267,375 | Gross: $26.24M
7. Remember the Titans (2000)
PG | 113 min | Biography, Drama, Sport
The true story of a newly appointed African-American coach and his high school team on their first season as a racially integrated unit.
Votes: 174,297 | Gross: $115.65M
8. Warrior (2011)
PG-13 | 140 min | Drama, Sport
The youngest son of an alcoholic former boxer returns home, where he's trained by his father for competition in a mixed martial arts tournament - a path that puts the fighter on a collision course with his estranged, older brother.
Votes: 372,190 | Gross: $13.66M
Mixed Martial Arts
9. 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: 21,020 | Gross: $7.83M
TV-PG | 214 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport
The story of Jack Johnson, the first African-American Heavyweight boxing champion.
11. 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: 158,871 | Gross: $61.65M
12. The Hurricane (1999)
R | 146 min | Biography, Drama, Sport
The story of Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, a boxer wrongly imprisoned for murder, and the people who aided in his fight to prove his innocence.
Votes: 82,075 | Gross: $50.67M
13. Moneyball (2011)
PG-13 | 133 min | Biography, Drama, Sport
Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane's successful attempt to assemble a baseball team on a lean budget by employing computer-generated analysis to acquire new players.
Votes: 306,594 | Gross: $75.61M
14. Fearless (2006)
PG-13 | 104 min | Action, Biography, Drama
A biography of Chinese Martial Arts Master Huo Yuanjia, who is the founder and spiritual guru of the Jin Wu Sports Federation.
Votes: 66,268 | Gross: $24.62M
15. The Hustler (1961)
Not Rated | 134 min | Drama, Sport
An up-and-coming pool player plays a long-time champion in a single high-stakes match.
16. Rush (I) (2013)
R | 123 min | Action, Biography, Drama
Votes: 358,407 | Gross: $26.95M
17. 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: 51,084 | Gross: $61.19M
18. The Sandlot (1993)
PG | 101 min | Comedy, Drama, Family
In the summer of 1962, a new kid in town is taken under the wing of a young baseball prodigy and his rowdy team, resulting in many adventures.
Votes: 64,567 | Gross: $32.42M
19. Space Jam (1996)
PG | 88 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
In a desperate attempt to win a basketball match and earn their freedom, the Looney Tunes seek the aid of retired basketball champion, Michael Jordan.
Votes: 127,878 | Gross: $90.46M
20. Love & Basketball (2000)
PG-13 | 124 min | Drama, Romance, Sport
Monica and Quincy love and play basketball together through many life challenges from childhood to adulthood.
Votes: 15,671 | Gross: $27.44M
21. Caddyshack (1980)
R | 98 min | Comedy, Sport
An exclusive golf course has to deal with a brash new member and a destructive dancing gopher.
Votes: 89,408 | Gross: $39.85M
22. 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: 39,901 | Gross: $64.38M
23. Murderball (2005)
R | 88 min | Documentary, Sport
Quadriplegics, who play full-contact rugby in wheelchairs, overcome unimaginable obstacles to compete in the Paralympic Games in Athens, Greece.
Votes: 9,342 | Gross: $1.52M
24. Cars (2006)
G | 117 min | Animation, Comedy, Family
A hot-shot race-car named Lightning McQueen gets waylaid in Radiator Springs, where he finds the true meaning of friendship and family.
Votes: 297,646 | Gross: $244.08M
25. Rocky II (1979)
PG | 119 min | Drama, Sport
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.
Votes: 155,698 | Gross: $6.39M
26. Slap Shot (1977)
R | 123 min | Comedy, Drama, Sport
A failing ice hockey team finds success using constant fighting and violence during games.
Votes: 30,388 | Gross: $28.00M
27. 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: 37,125 | Gross: $28.61M
28. White Men Can't Jump (1992)
R | 115 min | Comedy, Drama, Sport
Black and white basketball hustlers join forces to double their chances of winning money on the street courts and in a basketball tournament.
Votes: 63,958 | Gross: $76.25M
29. Coach Carter (2005)
PG-13 | 136 min | Biography, Drama, Sport
Controversy surrounds high school basketball coach Ken Carter after he benches his entire team for breaking their academic contract with him.
Votes: 102,570 | Gross: $67.26M
30. The Boxer (1997)
R | 113 min | Drama, Romance, Sport
Young Danny Flynn is released from prison after 14 years after "taking the rap" for the IRA and tries to rebuild his life in his old Belfast neighborhood.
Votes: 15,743 | Gross: $5.80M
31. The Great White Hope (1970)
PG-13 | 103 min | Drama, Romance, Sport
A black champion boxer and his white female companion struggle to survive while the white boxing establishment looks for ways to knock him down.
32. He Got Game (1998)
R | 136 min | Drama, Sport
A basketball player's father must try to convince him to go to a college so he can get a shorter sentence.
Votes: 38,886 | Gross: $21.55M
33. The Longest Yard (1974)
R | 121 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
A sadistic warden asks a former pro quarterback, now serving time in his prison, to put together a team of inmates to take on (and get pummeled by) the guards.
34. Ali (2001)
R | 157 min | Biography, Drama, Sport
A biography of sports legend Muhammad Ali, focusing on his triumphs and controversies between 1964 and 1974.
Votes: 84,203 | Gross: $58.20M
35. Cool Runnings (1993)
PG | 98 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family
When a Jamaican sprinter is disqualified from the Olympic Games, he enlists the help of a dishonored coach to start the first Jamaican Bobsled Team.
Votes: 76,941 | Gross: $68.86M
36. The Pride of the Yankees (1942)
Approved | 128 min | Biography, Drama, Romance
The story of the life and career of famed baseball player Lou Gehrig.
37. 42 (2013)
PG-13 | 128 min | Biography, Drama, Sport
In 1947, Jackie Robinson becomes the first African-American to play in Major League Baseball in the modern era when he was signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers and faces considerable racism in the process.
Votes: 72,401 | Gross: $95.00M
38. Above the Rim (1994)
R | 96 min | Crime, Drama, Sport
Story of a promising high school basketball star and his relationships with two brothers, one a drug dealer and the other a former basketball star fallen on hard times and now employed as a security guard.
Votes: 11,707 | Gross: $16.04M
39. Invictus (2009)
PG-13 | 134 min | Biography, Drama, History
Nelson Mandela, in his first term as the South African President, initiates a unique venture to unite the apartheid-torn land: enlist the national rugby team on a mission to win the 1995 Rugby World Cup.
Votes: 134,025 | Gross: $37.49M
40. The Karate Kid (1984)
PG | 126 min | Action, Drama, Family
A martial arts master agrees to teach karate to a bullied teenager.
Votes: 144,170 | Gross: $90.82M
41. Rudy (1993)
PG | 114 min | Biography, Drama, Sport
Rudy has always been told that he was too small to play college football. But he is determined to overcome the odds and fulfill his dream of playing for Notre Dame.
Votes: 46,561 | Gross: $22.75M
42. Southpaw (2015)
R | 124 min | Drama, Sport
A champion boxer fights to get his daughter back from child protective services as well as revive his professional career, after a fatal incident sends him on a rampant path of destruction.
Votes: 181,853 | Gross: $52.42M
43. Girlfight (2000)
R | 110 min | Drama, Sport
Diana, without her father knowing it, trains as a boxer and achieves impressive success, blazing new trails for female boxers.
Votes: 8,594 | Gross: $1.52M
44. The Bad News Bears (1976)
PG | 102 min | Comedy, Drama, Family
An aging, down-on-his-luck ex-minor leaguer coaches a team of misfits in an ultra-competitive California little league.
Votes: 17,600 | Gross: $42.35M
45. Kingpin (1996)
PG-13 | 113 min | Comedy, Sport
A star bowler whose career was prematurely "cut off" hopes to ride a new prodigy to success and riches.
Votes: 67,980 | Gross: $24.94M
46. Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (2004)
PG-13 | 92 min | Comedy, Sport
A group of misfits enter a Las Vegas dodgeball tournament in order to save their cherished local gym from the onslaught of a corporate health fitness chain.
Votes: 201,250 | Gross: $114.33M
47. A League of Their Own (1992)
PG | 128 min | Comedy, Drama, Family
Two sisters join the first female professional baseball league and struggle to help it succeed amidst their own growing rivalry.
Votes: 78,248 | Gross: $107.53M
48. Eddie the Eagle (2016)
PG-13 | 106 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama
The story of Eddie Edwards, the notoriously tenacious British underdog ski jumper who charmed the world at the 1988 Winter Olympics.
Votes: 63,672 | Gross: $15.79M
49. Redbelt (2008)
R | 99 min | Drama, Sport
A fateful event leads to a job in the film business for top mixed-martial arts instructor Mike Terry. Though he refuses to participate in prize bouts, circumstances conspire to force him to consider entering such a competition.
Votes: 19,288 | Gross: $2.34M
Mixed Martial Arts
50. Gridiron Gang (2006)
PG-13 | 125 min | Crime, Drama, Sport
Teenagers at a juvenile detention center, under the leadership of their counselor, gain self-esteem by playing football together.
Votes: 36,352 | Gross: $38.43M