30 Intriguing Sports Movies

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1.
Golden Boy (1939)
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Despite his musical talent, Joe Bonaparte wants to be a boxer. (99 mins.)
 
2.
One on One (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Henry Steele is a basketball phenom at his small town high school, but when he matriculates to a big city university on a scholarship... (98 mins.)
Director: Lamont Johnson
 
3.
Running Brave (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
The story of Billy Mills, the American Indian that came from obscurity, to win the 10,000 meter long distance foot race in the Tokyo Olympics. (106 mins.)
Director: Donald Shebib
 
4.
The Greatest Game Ever Played (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
In the 1913 US Open, 20-year-old Francis Ouimet played against his idol, 1900 US Open champion, Englishman Harry Vardon. (120 mins.)
Director: Bill Paxton
 
5.
Invictus (2009)
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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. (134 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
 
6.
Body and Soul (1947)
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Charley Davis wins an amateur boxing match and is taken on by promoter Quinn. Charley's mother doesn't want him to fight... (104 mins.)
Director: Robert Rossen
 
7.
Rocky (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Rocky Balboa, a small-time boxer, gets a supremely rare chance to fight the heavy-weight champion, Apollo Creed, in a bout in which he strives to go the distance for his self-respect. (120 mins.)
 
8.
Cool Runnings (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
When a Jamaican sprinter is disqualified to the Olympic Games, he enlists the help of a dishonored coach to start the first Jamaican Bobsled Team. (98 mins.)
Director: Jon Turteltaub
 
9.
Cinderella Man (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The story of James Braddock, a supposedly washed-up boxer who came back to become a champion and an inspiration in the 1930s. (144 mins.)
Director: Ron Howard
 
10.
The Air Up There (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
Jimmy Dolan is a college basketball coach who wants a big promotion. To get it, he needs to make a dramatic find... (107 mins.)
Director: Paul M. Glaser
 
11.
Hoop Dreams (1994 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A film following the lives of two inner-city Chicago boys who struggle to become college basketball players on the road to going professional. (170 mins.)
Director: Steve James
 
12.
Jerry Maguire (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
When a sports agent has a moral epiphany and is fired for expressing it, he decides to put his new philosophy to the test as an independent with the only athlete who stays with him. (139 mins.)
Director: Cameron Crowe
 
13.
Breaking Away (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A small-town boy obsessed with the Italian cycling team vies for the affections of a college girl. (101 mins.)
Director: Peter Yates
 
14.
Seabiscuit (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
True story of the undersized Depression-era racehorse whose victories lifted not only the spirits of the team behind it but also those of their nation. (140 mins.)
Director: Gary Ross
 
15.
Bull Durham (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A fan who has an affair with one minor-league baseball player each season meets an up-and-coming pitcher and the experienced catcher assigned to him. (108 mins.)
Director: Ron Shelton
 
16.
Field of Dreams (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
An Iowa corn farmer, hearing voices, interprets them as a command to build a baseball diamond in his fields; he does, and the Chicago White Sox come. (107 mins.)
 
17.
Fat City (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Two men, working as professional boxers, come to blows when their careers each begin to take opposite momentum. (100 mins.)
Director: John Huston
 
18.
The Mighty Ducks (1992)
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A self-centered lawyer is sentenced to community service coaching a rag tag youth hockey team. (100 mins.)
Director: Stephen Herek
 
19.
The Cutting Edge (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
At the 1988 Winter Olympics at Calgary, we see Doug Dorsey battered in a vicious hockey game against West Germany... (101 mins.)
Director: Paul M. Glaser
 
20.
Ice Castles (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A young girl is on top of the world until a tragic accident dashes her hopes and dreams of becoming a world-class figure skater... (108 mins.)
Director: Donald Wrye
 
21.
Slap Shot (1977)
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A failing ice hockey team finds success using constant fighting and violence during games. (123 mins.)
Director: George Roy Hill
 
22.
The Champ (1979)
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Billy Flynn, a former boxing champion, is now horse trainer in Hialeah. He makes just enough money to raise his little boy T.J.... (121 mins.)
 
23.
Eight Men Out (1988)
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A dramatization of the Black Sox scandal when the underpaid Chicago White Sox accepted bribes to deliberately lose the 1919 World Series. (119 mins.)
Director: John Sayles
 
24.
Remember the Titans (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
The true story of a newly appointed African-American coach and his high school team on their first season as a racially integrated unit. (113 mins.)
Director: Boaz Yakin
 
25.
Friday Night Lights (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
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. (118 mins.)
Director: Peter Berg
 
26.
Miracle (2004)
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Miracle tells the true story of Herb Brooks (Russell), the player-turned-coach who led the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team to victory over the seemingly invincible Russian squad. (135 mins.)
Director: Gavin O'Connor
 
27.
Hard Ball (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
An aimless young man who is scalping tickets, gambling and drinking, agrees to coach a Little League team from the Cabrini Green housing project in Chicago as a condition of getting a loan from a friend. (106 mins.)
Director: Brian Robbins
 
28.
The Replacements (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
During a pro football strike, the owners hire substitute players. (118 mins.)
Director: Howard Deutch
 
29.
The Pride of the Yankees (1942)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
The story of the life and career of the famed baseball player, Lou Gehrig. (128 mins.)
Director: Sam Wood
 
30.
Million Dollar Arm (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A sports agent stages an unconventional recruitment strategy to get talented Indian cricket players to play Major League Baseball. (124 mins.)
Director: Craig Gillespie