50 greatest sports movies ever

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1. Remember the Titans (2000)

PG | 113 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

7.8
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48 Metascore

The true story of a newly appointed African-American coach and his high school team on their first season as a racially integrated unit.

Director: Boaz Yakin | Stars: Denzel Washington, Will Patton, Wood Harris, Ryan Hurst

Votes: 175,081 | Gross: $115.65M

2. Rocky (1976)

PG | 120 min | Drama, Sport

8.1
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69 Metascore

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.

Director: John G. Avildsen | Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers

Votes: 431,091 | Gross: $117.24M

3. Raging Bull (1980)

R | 129 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

8.2
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92 Metascore

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.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Robert De Niro, Cathy Moriarty, Joe Pesci, Frank Vincent

Votes: 263,367 | Gross: $23.38M

4. North Dallas Forty (1979)

R | 119 min | Comedy, Drama, Sport

7.0
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80 Metascore

A semi-fictional account of life as a professional (American-style) football player. Loosely based on the Dallas Cowboys team of the early 1970s.

Director: Ted Kotcheff | Stars: Nick Nolte, Charles Durning, Mac Davis, Dayle Haddon

Votes: 4,017 | Gross: $26.08M

5. Rudy (1993)

PG | 114 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

7.5
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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.

Director: David Anspaugh | Stars: Sean Astin, Jon Favreau, Ned Beatty, Greta Lind

Votes: 46,836 | Gross: $22.75M

6. The Natural (1984)

PG | 138 min | Drama, Sport

7.5
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61 Metascore

An unknown comes out of seemingly nowhere to become a legendary player with almost divine talent.

Director: Barry Levinson | Stars: Robert Redford, Robert Duvall, Glenn Close, Kim Basinger

Votes: 37,165 | Gross: $47.95M

7. Miracle (2004)

PG | 135 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.5
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68 Metascore

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.

Director: Gavin O'Connor | Stars: Kurt Russell, Patricia Clarkson, Nathan West, Noah Emmerich

Votes: 40,216 | Gross: $64.38M

8. Brian's Song (1971 TV Movie)

G | 73 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

7.6
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Based on the real-life relationship between teammates Brian Piccolo and Gale Sayers and the bond established when Piccolo discovers that he is dying.

Director: Buzz Kulik | Stars: James Caan, Billy Dee Williams, Jack Warden, Bernie Casey

Votes: 6,291

9. The Wrestler (2008)

R | 109 min | Drama, Sport

7.9
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81 Metascore

A faded professional wrestler must retire, but finds his quest for a new life outside the ring a dispiriting struggle.

Director: Darren Aronofsky | Stars: Mickey Rourke, Marisa Tomei, Evan Rachel Wood, Mark Margolis

Votes: 268,216 | Gross: $26.24M

10. The Blind Side (2009)

PG-13 | 129 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

7.7
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53 Metascore

The story of Michael Oher, a homeless and traumatized boy who became an All American football player and first round NFL draft pick with the help of a caring woman and her family.

Director: John Lee Hancock | Stars: Quinton Aaron, Sandra Bullock, Tim McGraw, Jae Head

Votes: 248,359 | Gross: $255.96M

11. Victory (1981)

PG | 116 min | Drama, Sport, War

6.6
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As allied POWs prepare for a soccer game against the German National Team to be played in Nazi-occupied Paris, the French Resistance and British officers are making plans for the team's escape.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Michael Caine, Sylvester Stallone, Pelé, Bobby Moore

Votes: 23,131 | Gross: $10.85M

12. Diggstown (1992)

R | 98 min | Drama, Sport

7.0
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Gabriel Caine has just been released from prison when he sets up a bet with a business man. The business man owns most of a boxing-mad town called Diggstown. The bet is that Gabe can find a... See full summary »

Director: Michael Ritchie | Stars: James Woods, Louis Gossett Jr., Bruce Dern, Oliver Platt

Votes: 6,091 | Gross: $4.84M

13. The Hurricane (1999)

R | 146 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

7.6
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74 Metascore

The story of Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, a boxer wrongly imprisoned for murder, and the people who aided in his fight to prove his innocence.

Director: Norman Jewison | Stars: Denzel Washington, Vicellous Shannon, Deborah Kara Unger, Liev Schreiber

Votes: 82,365 | Gross: $50.67M

14. The Champ (1979)

PG | 121 min | Drama, Sport

6.8
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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., over whom he got custody after his wife Annie left him seven... See full summary »

Director: Franco Zeffirelli | Stars: Jon Voight, Faye Dunaway, Ricky Schroder, Jack Warden

Votes: 6,757 | Gross: $30.44M

15. Hoosiers (1986)

PG | 114 min | Drama, Sport

7.6
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76 Metascore

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.

Director: David Anspaugh | Stars: Gene Hackman, Barbara Hershey, Dennis Hopper, Sheb Wooley

Votes: 37,308 | Gross: $28.61M

16. Eight Men Out (1988)

PG | 119 min | Drama, History, Sport

7.3
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71 Metascore

A dramatization of the Black Sox scandal when the underpaid Chicago White Sox accepted bribes to deliberately lose the 1919 World Series.

Director: John Sayles | Stars: John Cusack, Clifton James, Michael Lerner, Christopher Lloyd

Votes: 16,243 | Gross: $5.68M

17. The Black Stallion (1979)

G | 118 min | Adventure, Family, Sport

7.4
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84 Metascore

While traveling with his father, young Alec becomes fascinated by a mysterious Arabian stallion who is brought on board and stabled in the ship he is sailing on. When it tragically sinks ... See full summary »

Director: Carroll Ballard | Stars: Kelly Reno, Mickey Rooney, Teri Garr, Clarence Muse

Votes: 9,855

18. Field of Dreams (1989)

PG | 107 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

7.5
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57 Metascore

An Iowa corn farmer, hearing voices, interprets them as a command to build a baseball diamond in his fields; he does, and the 1919 Chicago White Sox come.

Director: Phil Alden Robinson | Stars: Kevin Costner, James Earl Jones, Ray Liotta, Amy Madigan

Votes: 93,957 | Gross: $64.43M

19. Tin Cup (1996)

R | 135 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.3
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60 Metascore

A washed up golf pro working at a driving range tries to qualify for the US Open in order to win the heart of his succesful rival's girlfriend.

Director: Ron Shelton | Stars: Kevin Costner, Rene Russo, Don Johnson, Cheech Marin

Votes: 40,800 | Gross: $53.85M

20. Vision Quest (1985)

R | 107 min | Drama, Romance, Sport

6.5
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A high school wrestler in Spokane, Washington has trouble focusing on his training regimen when a beautiful young drifter takes up temporary residence at his home.

Director: Harold Becker | Stars: Matthew Modine, Linda Fiorentino, Michael Schoeffling, Ronny Cox

Votes: 6,757 | Gross: $12.90M

21. Invictus (2009)

PG-13 | 134 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.4
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74 Metascore

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.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Morgan Freeman, Matt Damon, Tony Kgoroge, Patrick Mofokeng

Votes: 134,574 | Gross: $37.49M

22. Youngblood (1986)

R | 110 min | Drama, Romance, Sport

6.1
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A skilled young hockey prospect hoping to attract the attention of professional scouts is pressured to show that he can fight if challenged during his stay in a Canadian minor hockey town. ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Markle | Stars: Rob Lowe, Cynthia Gibb, Patrick Swayze, Ed Lauter

Votes: 10,596 | Gross: $15.45M

23. For Love of the Game (1999)

PG-13 | 137 min | Drama, Romance, Sport

6.6
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43 Metascore

A washed up pitcher flashes through his career.

Director: Sam Raimi | Stars: Kevin Costner, Kelly Preston, John C. Reilly, Jena Malone

Votes: 27,952 | Gross: $35.17M

24. Bull Durham (1988)

R | 108 min | Comedy, Romance, Sport

7.1
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73 Metascore

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.

Director: Ron Shelton | Stars: Kevin Costner, Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins, Trey Wilson

Votes: 40,098 | Gross: $50.89M

25. The Rookie (2002)

G | 127 min | Drama, Family, Sport

7.0
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72 Metascore

A Texas baseball coach makes the major league after agreeing to try out if his high school team made the playoffs.

Director: John Lee Hancock | Stars: Dennis Quaid, J.D. Evermore, Rachel Griffiths, Jay Hernandez

Votes: 28,484 | Gross: $75.60M

26. The Program (1993)

R | 112 min | Action, Drama, Sport

6.4
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Several players from different backgrounds try to cope with the pressures of playing football at a major university. Each deals with the pressure differently, some turn to drinking, others to drugs, and some to studying.

Director: David S. Ward | Stars: James Caan, Halle Berry, Omar Epps, Craig Sheffer

Votes: 8,023 | Gross: $23.00M

27. The Bad News Bears (1976)

PG | 102 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

7.3
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83 Metascore

An aging, down-on-his-luck ex-minor leaguer coaches a team of misfits in an ultra-competitive California little league.

Director: Michael Ritchie | Stars: Walter Matthau, Tatum O'Neal, Vic Morrow, Joyce Van Patten

Votes: 17,661 | Gross: $42.35M

28. A League of Their Own (1992)

PG | 128 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

7.2
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67 Metascore

Two sisters join the first female professional baseball league and struggle to help it succeed amidst their own growing rivalry.

Director: Penny Marshall | Stars: Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, Lori Petty, Madonna

Votes: 78,622 | Gross: $107.53M

29. The Sandlot (1993)

PG | 101 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

7.8
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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.

Director: David Mickey Evans | Stars: Tom Guiry, Mike Vitar, Art LaFleur, Patrick Renna

Votes: 64,915 | Gross: $32.42M

30. Friday Night Lights (2004)

PG-13 | 118 min | Action, Drama, Sport

7.3
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70 Metascore

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.

Director: Peter Berg | Stars: Billy Bob Thornton, Jay Hernandez, Derek Luke, Lucas Black

Votes: 51,298 | Gross: $61.19M

31. Mystery, Alaska (1999)

R | 119 min | Comedy, Drama, Sport

6.7
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49 Metascore

This comedy is about the residents of a small town who get over-excited when their hockey team gets chosen to host a televised event

Director: Jay Roach | Stars: Russell Crowe, Burt Reynolds, Hank Azaria, Mary McCormack

Votes: 23,361 | Gross: $8.89M

32. The Longest Yard (1974)

R | 121 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.1
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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.

Director: Robert Aldrich | Stars: Burt Reynolds, Eddie Albert, Ed Lauter, Michael Conrad

Votes: 14,253

33. Slap Shot (1977)

R | 123 min | Comedy, Drama, Sport

7.4
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61 Metascore

A failing ice hockey team finds success using constant fighting and violence during games.

Director: George Roy Hill | Stars: Paul Newman, Michael Ontkean, Strother Martin, Jennifer Warren

Votes: 30,537 | Gross: $28.00M

34. The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh (1979)

PG | 102 min | Comedy, Sport

5.1
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40 Metascore

The Pittsburgh basketball team is hopeless. Maybe with the aid of an astrologer, and some new astrologically compatible players, they can become winners.

Director: Gilbert Moses | Stars: Julius Erving, Jonathan Winters, Meadowlark Lemon, Jack Kehoe

Votes: 833

35. All the Right Moves (1983)

R | 91 min | Drama, Romance, Sport

5.9
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62 Metascore

A high school football player desperate for a scholarship and his headstrong coach clash in a dying Pennsylvania steel town.

Director: Michael Chapman | Stars: Tom Cruise, Lea Thompson, Craig T. Nelson, Charles Cioffi

Votes: 13,436 | Gross: $17.23M

36. Rocky IV (1985)

PG | 91 min | Drama, Sport

6.8
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42 Metascore

After iron man Drago, a highly intimidating 6-foot-5, 261-pound Soviet athlete, kills Apollo Creed in an exhibition match, Rocky comes to the heart of Russia for 15 pile-driving boxing rounds of revenge.

Director: Sylvester Stallone | Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers

Votes: 152,948 | Gross: $127.87M

37. Varsity Blues (1999)

R | 106 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.4
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50 Metascore

A back-up quarterback is chosen to lead a Texas football team to victory after the star quarterback is injured.

Director: Brian Robbins | Stars: James Van Der Beek, Jon Voight, Paul Walker, Ron Lester

Votes: 37,570 | Gross: $52.89M

38. Any Given Sunday (1999)

R | 162 min | Drama, Sport

6.8
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52 Metascore

A behind-the-scenes look at the life-and-death struggles of modern-day gladiators and those who lead them.

Director: Oliver Stone | Stars: Al Pacino, Dennis Quaid, Cameron Diaz, James Woods

Votes: 103,087 | Gross: $75.53M

39. Bang the Drum Slowly (1973)

PG | 96 min | Drama, Sport

7.0
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The story of the friendship between a star pitcher, wise to the world, and a half-wit catcher, as they cope with the catcher's terminal illness through a baseball season.

Director: John D. Hancock | Stars: Michael Moriarty, Robert De Niro, Vincent Gardenia, Phil Foster

Votes: 4,782

40. Invincible (2006)

PG | 105 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

7.1
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63 Metascore

Based on the story of Vince Papale, a 30-year-old bartender from South Philadelphia who overcame long odds to play for the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles in 1976.

Director: Ericson Core | Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Greg Kinnear, Elizabeth Banks, Kevin Conway

Votes: 57,123 | Gross: $57.79M

41. Jerry Maguire (1996)

R | 139 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.3
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77 Metascore

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 agent with the only athlete who stays with him and his former secretary.

Director: Cameron Crowe | Stars: Tom Cruise, Cuba Gooding Jr., Renée Zellweger, Kelly Preston

Votes: 208,501 | Gross: $153.95M

42. Redbelt (2008)

R | 99 min | Drama, Sport

6.8
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69 Metascore

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.

Director: David Mamet | Stars: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Tim Allen, Emily Mortimer, Max Martini

Votes: 19,314 | Gross: $2.34M

43. The Karate Kid (1984)

PG | 126 min | Action, Drama, Family

7.2
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59 Metascore

A martial arts master agrees to teach karate to a bullied teenager.

Director: John G. Avildsen | Stars: Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita, Elisabeth Shue, Martin Kove

Votes: 145,161 | Gross: $90.82M

44. Caddyshack (1980)

R | 98 min | Comedy, Sport

7.3
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48 Metascore

An exclusive golf course has to deal with a brash new member and a destructive dancing gopher.

Director: Harold Ramis | Stars: Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield, Bill Murray, Ted Knight

Votes: 90,087 | Gross: $39.85M

45. Million Dollar Baby (2004)

PG-13 | 132 min | Drama, Sport

8.1
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86 Metascore

A determined woman works with a hardened boxing trainer to become a professional.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Hilary Swank, Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman, Jay Baruchel

Votes: 543,264 | Gross: $100.49M

46. Major League (1989)

R | 107 min | Comedy, Sport

7.2
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62 Metascore

The new owner of the Cleveland Indians puts together a purposely horrible team so they'll lose and she can move the team. But when the plot is uncovered, they start winning just to spite her.

Director: David S. Ward | Stars: Tom Berenger, Charlie Sheen, Corbin Bernsen, Margaret Whitton

Votes: 53,191 | Gross: $49.80M

47. The Color of Money (1986)

R | 119 min | Drama, Sport

7.0
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77 Metascore

Fast Eddie Felson teaches a cocky but immensely talented protégé the ropes of pool hustling, which in turn inspires him to make an unlikely comeback.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Paul Newman, Tom Cruise, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Helen Shaver

Votes: 63,723 | Gross: $52.29M

48. Above the Rim (1994)

R | 96 min | Crime, Drama, Sport

6.6
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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.

Director: Jeff Pollack | Stars: Duane Martin, Tupac Shakur, Leon, David Bailey

Votes: 11,762 | Gross: $16.04M

49. The Express (2008)

PG | 130 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

7.3
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58 Metascore

A drama based on the life of college football hero Ernie Davis, the first African-American to win the Heisman Trophy.

Director: Gary Fleder | Stars: Rob Brown, Dennis Quaid, Clancy Brown, Darrin Dewitt Henson

Votes: 17,854 | Gross: $9.59M

50. The Fighter (I) (2010)

R | 116 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

7.8
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79 Metascore

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.

Director: David O. Russell | Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Melissa Leo

Votes: 300,309 | Gross: $93.62M