The Best Sports Movies

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1.
Hoosiers (1986)
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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. (114 mins.)
Director: David Anspaugh
 
2.
Field of Dreams (1989)
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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.)
 
3.
Rocky (1976)
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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.)
 
4.
Bull Durham (1988)
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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
 
5.
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
 
6.
61* (2001 TV Movie)
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Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle race to break Babe Ruth's single-season home run record. (129 mins.)
Director: Billy Crystal
 
7.
Raging Bull (1980)
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An emotionally self-destructive boxer's journey through life, as the violence and temper that leads him to the top in the ring destroys his life outside it. (129 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
 
8.
When We Were Kings (1996 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A documentary of the 1974 heavyweight championship bout in Zaire, "The Rumble in the Jungle," between champion George Foreman and underdog challenger Muhammad Ali. (88 mins.)
Director: Leon Gast
 
9.
The Natural (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
An unknown comes out of seemingly nowhere to become a legendary player with almost divine talent. (138 mins.)
Director: Barry Levinson
 
10.
The Hustler (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
An up-and-coming pool player plays a long-time champion in a single high-stakes match. (134 mins.)
Director: Robert Rossen
 
11.
Caddyshack (1980)
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An exclusive golf course has to deal with a brash new member and a destructive dancing gopher. (98 mins.)
Director: Harold Ramis
 
12.
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
 
13.
The Longest Yard (1974)
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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. (121 mins.)
Director: Robert Aldrich
 
14.
Jerry Maguire (1996)
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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
 
15.
White Men Can't Jump (1992)
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Black and white basketball hustlers join forces to double their chances. (115 mins.)
Director: Ron Shelton
 
16.
Any Given Sunday (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A behind-the-scenes look at the life-and-death struggles of modern-day gladiators and those who lead them. (162 mins.)
Director: Oliver Stone
 
17.
Tin Cup (1996)
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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. (135 mins.)
Director: Ron Shelton
 
18.
Breaking Away (1979)
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A small-town boy obsessed with the Italian cycling team vies for the affections of a college girl. (101 mins.)
Director: Peter Yates
 
19.
Major League (1989)
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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. (107 mins.)
Director: David Ward
 
20.
Lucas (1986)
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A socially inept fourteen year old experiences heartbreak for the first time when his two best friends -- Cappie, an older-brother figure, and Maggie, the new girl with whom he is in love -- fall for each other. (100 mins.)
Director: David Seltzer
 
21.
Chariots of Fire (1981)
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Two British track athletes, one a determined Jew and the other a devout Christian, compete in the 1924 Olympics. (125 mins.)
Director: Hugh Hudson
 
22.
The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! (1988)
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Incompetent police detective Frank Drebin has to foil an attempt to assassinate Queen Elizabeth II. (85 mins.)
Director: David Zucker
“ Just for the hilarious baseball scene. ” - jwoehr
 
23.
The Fighter (2010)
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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. (116 mins.)
 
24.
Ali (2001)
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A biography of sports legend Muhammad Ali, focusing on his triumphs and controversies between 1964 and 1974. (157 mins.)
Director: Michael Mann
 
25.
Days of Thunder (1990)
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A young hot-shot stock car driver gets his chance to compete at the top level. (107 mins.)
Director: Tony Scott
 
26.
Brian's Song (1971 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Based on the real-life relationship between teammates Brian Piccolo and Gale Sayers and the bond established when Piccolo discovers that he is dying. (73 mins.)
Director: Buzz Kulik
 
27.
The Mighty Ducks (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A self-centered lawyer is sentenced to community service coaching a rag tag youth hockey team. (100 mins.)
Director: Stephen Herek
“ The sequels suck but this is probably the best family film about hockey. ” - jwoehr
 
28.
Game 6 (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Combining real and fictional events, Game 6 centers around the historic 1986 World Series and a day in the life of a playwright who skips opening night to watch the momentous game. (87 mins.)
Director: Michael Hoffman
 
29.
We Are Marshall (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
When a plane crash claims the lives of members of the Marshall University football team and some of its fans, the team's new coach and his surviving players try to keep the football program alive. (131 mins.)
Director: McG
 
30.
The Rookie (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A Texas baseball coach makes the major league after agreeing to try out if his high school team made the playoffs. (127 mins.)
 
31.
Fever Pitch (2005)
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Lindsay is stuck in the middle of her relationship with Ben and his passion for the Boston Red Sox. (104 mins.)
 
32.
A League of Their Own (1992)
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Two sisters join the first female professional baseball league and struggle to help it succeed amidst their own growing rivalry. (128 mins.)
Director: Penny Marshall
 
33.
Kingpin (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A star bowler whose career was prematurely "cut off" hopes to ride a new prodigy to success and riches. (113 mins.)
 
34.
The Big Lebowski (1998)
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"The Dude" Lebowski, mistaken for a millionaire Lebowski, seeks restitution for his ruined rug and enlists his bowling buddies to help get it. (117 mins.)
Director: Joel Coen
 
35.
Million Dollar Baby (2004)
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A determined woman works with a hardened boxing trainer to become a professional. (132 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
 
36.
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
 
37.
Point Break (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
An FBI agent goes undercover to catch a gang of surfers who may be bank robbers. (122 mins.)
Director: Kathryn Bigelow
“ It's an odd choice, but you do have football, skydiving and surfing. ” - jwoehr
 
38.
Bend It Like Beckham (2002)
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The daughter of orthodox Sikh rebels against her parents' traditionalism and joins a football team (soccer in America). (112 mins.)
Director: Gurinder Chadha
 
39.
Rudy (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
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. (114 mins.)
Director: David Anspaugh
 
40.
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
 
41.
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
 
42.
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
 
43.
The Karate Kid (1984)
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A martial arts master agrees to teach karate to a bullied teenager. (126 mins.)
 
44.
The Color of Money (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
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. (119 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
 
45.
Beyond the Mat (1999 Documentary)
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A heartfelt documentary focusing on the lives of professional wrestlers and how their sport is not fake. (102 mins.)
 
46.
Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
#1 NASCAR driver Ricky Bobby stays atop the heap thanks to a pact with his best friend and teammate, Cal Naughton, Jr. But when a French Formula One driver, makes his way up the ladder, Ricky Bobby's talent and devotion are put to the test. (108 mins.)
Director: Adam McKay
 
47.
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
 
48.
Invincible (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
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. (105 mins.)
Director: Ericson Core
 
49.
Whip It (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
In Bodeen, Texas, an indie-rock loving misfit finds a way of dealing with her small-town misery after she discovers a roller derby league in nearby Austin. (111 mins.)
Director: Drew Barrymore
 
50.
The Black Stallion (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
While traveling with his father, young Alec becomes fascinated by a mysterious Arabian stallion who... (118 mins.)
Director: Carroll Ballard
 
51.
Youngblood (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A skilled young hockey prospect hoping to attract the attention of professional scouts is pressured... (110 mins.)
Director: Peter Markle
 
52.
Rocky Balboa (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Thirty years after the ring of the first bell, Rocky Balboa comes out of retirement and dons his gloves for his final fight; against the reigning heavyweight champ Mason 'The Line' Dixon. (102 mins.)
 
53.
The Bad News Bears (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
An aging, down-on-his-luck ex-minor leaguer coaches a team of misfits in an ultra-competitive California little league. (102 mins.)
Director: Michael Ritchie