Sports Movie Rankings

A sports movie obviously revolves around a game of some type, whether the protagonist is a player, coach, agent, owner or spectator. Because sports are, by nature, so hilarious, this genre more often than not overlaps with the comedy genre.
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1.
Caddyshack (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
An exclusive golf course has to deal with a brash new member and a destructive dancing gopher. (98 mins.)
Director: Harold Ramis
“ "We win! You lose!"

Let's face it. Sports are hilarious and go hand-in-hand with comedy. That's why the best comedy ever is also the best sports movie ever. It doesn't get any funnier than golf, especially when you have superstars like Chevy Chase, Bill Murray and Rodney Dangerfield taking it so seriously. This movie is outrageous, a sign of the times, and a classic in every respect. ” - ctwill02-352-732724
 
2.
Happy Gilmore (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A rejected hockey player puts his skills to the golf course to save his grandmother's house. (92 mins.)
Director: Dennis Dugan
“ It just doesn't get much funnier than golf. Adam Sandler's best movie was the one that saw him pick up the club to earn money for his grandma and becoming the biggest name in the sport for his radical style. The ensuing culture clash with golf's elite, Shooter McGavin, is one not to be missed. ” - ctwill02-352-732724
 
3.
The Sandlot (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A new kid in town is taken under the wing of a young baseball prodigy and his team in this coming of age movie set in the summer of 1962. Together, they get themselves into many adventures involving rival teams, lifeguards, and a vicious dog. (101 mins.)
“ "You're killin' me, Smalls!"

One of the things that makes baseball so funny is how serious its participants treat it, none more so than the kids who idolize the game. That's what you have here in a comedy that is just as much about life in the 60s as it is the game of baseball. This is a lovable movie that will crack you up and warm your heart at the same time. ” - ctwill02-352-732724
 
4.
The Longest Yard (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Prison inmates form a football team to challenge the prison guards. (113 mins.)
Director: Peter Segal
“ "Who gives a *beep*

Yes, the remake is way better than the original. Adam Sandler knows how to create the modern comedy: get together a bunch of famous athletes and put them in testosterone-filled situations. You can't lose when his version of WWF unfolds on the screen scene after scene. Consider it a polishing of The Waterboy if you want, but this movie is a classic. ” - ctwill02-352-732724
 
5.
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.)
“ "I can buy my way out of anything!"

Golf is about the only sport more humorous than bowling. The gambling circuit of bowling is a riot and introduces us to two outrageous characters played by Woody Harrelson and Bill Murray. Their clash at the end of the movie is one of my all-time favorite moments in cinema history. ” - ctwill02-352-732724
 
6.
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.)
“ The best (serious) sports movie has to go to the movie that painted boxing in all its glory. Club fighter Rocky gets a crack at the big time, and we go on the journey with him, unsure that it will pay off but willing to stick it out to find out. Rocky running up the steps in Philadelphia is one of those iconic moments in cinema that everyone knows about and for good reason. So enduring is this film that a statue of the fictional Rocky was erected there in his honor. ” - ctwill02-352-732724
 
7.
Rocky IV (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
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. (91 mins.)
“ "I must break you."

Yes, it's probably the most absurd of the Rocky sequels, but it's also ridiculously entertaining. The fight with Drago is easily the best in the series, and the music is 80s magic. ” - ctwill02-352-732724
 
8.
A League of Their Own (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
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
“ "There's no crying in baseball!"

In all of baseball's storied history, the best movie about the sport is the one chronicling the women's league formed during World War II. There is some great story-telling here, but the best part is its portrayal of sibling rivalry. ” - ctwill02-352-732724
 
9.
Little Giants (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Misfits form their own opposing team to an elite peewee football team, coached by the elite team coach's brother. (107 mins.)
Director: Duwayne Dunham
 
10.
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
 
11.
D2: The Mighty Ducks (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Gordon Bombay is forced to withdraw from the minor hockey league with a knee injury. Much to his surprise... (106 mins.)
Director: Sam Weisman
 
12.
Rocky III (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
After winning the ultimate title and being the world champion, Rocky falls into a hole and finds himself picked up by a former enemy. (99 mins.)
“ "My prediction? Pain."

The set of Rocky movies following the originally are almost all equally good. But, while II and IV had pretty intriguing story lines, this one was all about the fights themselves. It also had the music. "Eye of the Tiger" is probably the best sports song ever made. ” - ctwill02-352-732724
 
13.
The Karate Kid (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A handyman/martial arts master agrees to teach a bullied boy karate and shows him that there is more to the martial art than fighting. (126 mins.)
“ "Wax on, wax off."

The whole movie might not be the most mind-blowing thing you've ever seen, but that one iconic moment when Mr. Miagi unveils to Daniel just how much he has learned without even knowing it gives me cold chills every time I see it. Yeah, it's an 80s film all the way, but it is one of the best ones made during that time. ” - ctwill02-352-732724
 
14.
Rocky II (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
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. (119 mins.)
“ "Yo, Adrian, I did it!"

It's safe to say that the original fight left fans wanting more. Rocky II delivers the rematch everybody wanted to see, but the effect isn't quite the same this time around, at least at first. At the final bell, you realize that the payback has all been worth it just to hear that line. ” - ctwill02-352-732724
 
15.
Hoosiers (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
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
“ It's so much more than just another David vs. Goliath story. When those kids walk into that arena, you really get the feeling of just how big things have gotten. ” - ctwill02-352-732724
 
16.
Rookie of the Year (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
When an accident miraculously gives a boy an incredibly powerful pitching arm, he becomes a major league pitcher for the Chicago Cubs. (103 mins.)
Director: Daniel Stern
 
17.
Raging Bull (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
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
“ This movie gets so much praise from critics that it's difficult to add anything new to the conversation. Everybody knows Jake LaMotta was a jerk, and that's part of the problem with this film. Who really cares when a guy like that takes a beating or is asked to take a dive? Still, this is a solid depiction of what boxing was like in that era, and I admit that I enjoyed the fight scenes as baffling as many of them were. ” - ctwill02-352-732724
 
18.
Varsity Blues (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A back-up quarterback is chosen to lead a Texas football team to victory after the star quarterback is injured. (106 mins.)
Director: Brian Robbins
“ "I don't want your life!"

Small-town football is pretty funny to me, but this movie manages to suck you in to how dramatic it can be. I thought everyone in it did an excellent job, and it seems to be a true depiction of life in these small towns where football is everything. ” - ctwill02-352-732724
 
19.
Miracle (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
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
“ "Not this game. Not tonight."

Even if you don't like hockey, this is a really inspiring sports movie. It moves quickly and never feels like a two-hour effort as you're constantly looking forward to the big showdown between the US and Russia. ” - ctwill02-352-732724
 
20.
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.)
“ "If you build it, he will come."

As boring as I find baseball to be, baseball movies can really get the best of your emotions. Even if you don't have a deep-seeded love for the game, the characters in this movie make you feel it as you feel for them. ” - ctwill02-352-732724
 
21.
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
 
22.
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
“ Watching kids defy authority and speak like adults is something you can't help but laugh about. That's practically every scene in this movie, which is just classic 70s fun. ” - ctwill02-352-732724
 
23.
Angels in the Outfield (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
When a boy prays for a chance to have a family if the California Angels win the pennant, angels are assigned to make that possible. (102 mins.)
Director: William Dear
 
24.
Space Jam (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Michael Jordan agrees to help the Looney Tunes play a basketball game vs. alien slavers to determine their freedom. (88 mins.)
Director: Joe Pytka
 
25.
Major League (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
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
“ The baseball classic is a pretty dated movie now. Most of the things that are still funny about it are the things that would be funny in any era; that is, the language and the violence. Other parts make little sense, such as why the owner of the team still wants them to lose when they are playing for the pennant. But I still enjoy seeing Wild Thing come out wearing those goofy glasses as the crowd sings him into the game. ” - ctwill02-352-732724
 
26.
Warrior (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
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. (140 mins.)
Director: Gavin O'Connor
 
27.
Ali (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A biography of sports legend Muhammad Ali, focusing on his triumphs and controversies between 1964 and 1974. (157 mins.)
Director: Michael Mann
 
28.
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.)
 
29.
BASEketball (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Two childhood friends are pro athletes of a national sport called BASEketball, a hybrid of baseball and basketball, and must deal with a greedy businessman scheming against their team. (103 mins.)
Director: David Zucker
 
30.
Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
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. (92 mins.)
 
31.
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
 
32.
The Karate Kid, Part II (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Daniel accompanies his mentor to Okinawa who is off to see his dying father and confront his old rival, while Daniel inadvertently makes an enemy of his own. (113 mins.)
 
33.
The Fighter (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
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.)
“ This movie, while still quite good, disappointed me. The Micky Ward I know fought so many great fights not seen in this film. Where were the battles with Emmanuel Augustus and Arturo Gatti? That's what I signed up to see. ” - ctwill02-352-732724
 
34.
The Longest Yard (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
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
 
35.
The Wrestler (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A faded professional wrestler must retire, but finds his quest for a new life outside the ring a dispiriting struggle. (109 mins.)
 
36.
White Men Can't Jump (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Black and white basketball hustlers join forces to double their chances. (115 mins.)
Director: Ron Shelton
 
37.
Major League II (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
The Indians are now a World Series contender. But last year's hunger is now replaced with complacency, and bad decisions by the new owner threaten to tear the team apart. (105 mins.)
Director: David S. Ward
“ They returned almost the full roster, but things just aren't as good the second time around. The return of Wild Thing is the highlight of the film but comes at the climax, just in time to save the series but not the movie series. ” - ctwill02-352-732724
 
38.
Ready to Rumble (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
Two slacker wrestling fans are devastated by the ousting of their favorite character by an unscrupulous promoter. (107 mins.)
Director: Brian Robbins
 
39.
The Benchwarmers (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
A trio of guys try and make up for missed opportunities in childhood by forming a three-player baseball team to compete against standard children baseball squads. (80 mins.)
Director: Dennis Dugan
“ It wasn't as funny as I was hoping, but it does have its charming moments. Honestly, this is the best Rob Schneider-led film I've ever seen. ” - ctwill02-352-732724
 
40.
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
 
41.
Moneyball (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
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. (133 mins.)
Director: Bennett Miller
 
42.
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
“ I grew up watching this one from time to time, so I obviously remembered it being better than it really is. Still, it is entertaining, and that's saying something for a movie about figure skating. ” - ctwill02-352-732724
 
43.
Days of Thunder (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
A young hot-shot stock car driver gets his chance to compete at the top level. (107 mins.)
Director: Tony Scott
“ "I'm more afraid of being nothing than I am of being hurt."

I freely admit that I don't understand nor do I want to understand NASCAR, so this movie was mostly lost on me. The inside jokes didn't work, and the feeling of danger was never there for me. It's Tom Cruise, so it's passable, but it's nowhere near a great movie. ” - ctwill02-352-732724
 
44.
Here Comes the Boom (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A high school biology teacher looks to become a successful mixed-martial arts fighter in an effort to raise money to prevent extra-curricular activities from being axed at his cash-strapped school. (105 mins.)
Director: Frank Coraci
“ It wasn't as exciting as I'd expect an MMA movie to be nor as funny as a Kevin James movie should be. For such a touching premise, the effort just didn't seem to be there for this one. ” - ctwill02-352-732724
 
45.
The Blind Side (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
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. (129 mins.)
 
46.
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
 
47.
Against the Ropes (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
A fictional story inspired by North America's most famous female boxing promoter, Jackie Kallen. Her struggle to survive and succeed in a male dominated sport. (110 mins.)
“ This is a boxing movie that just doesn't cut it for me. I knew about Jackie Callan from her time managing one of my favorite fighters ever, James Toney, but I had no idea she was this awful of a person. ” - ctwill02-352-732724
 
48.
Rocky V (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  
Reluctantly retired from boxing and back from riches to rags, Rocky takes on a new protege who betrays him; As the champ's son must adjust to his family's new life after bankruptcy. (104 mins.)
“ Here's the movie they say ruined Rocky. And they're right. Coming off such a high as Rocky IV, this movie got a little too realistic for a series that had mostly ditched realism. Rocky is advised not to fight anymore due to his deteriorating health, but he's in financial ruin. So many boxers suffer this fight, but why did it have to happen to our hero? ” - ctwill02-352-732724
 
49.
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
“ It's difficult for me to explain just how much I despise this movie. For one, Denzel Washington is horrible in almost every role he has ever played. He plays the same character in everything, and it gets old. Second, nothing surprising whatsoever happens the entire movie. It uses every sports cliche imaginable. ” - ctwill02-352-732724
 
50.
The Karate Kid, Part III (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.0/10 X  
Ostracised villain John Kreese attempts to gain revenge on Daniel and Miyagi, with the help of a Vietnam War comrade, the wealthy owner of a toxic waste disposal business. (112 mins.)
 
51.
Leatherheads (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
In 1925, an enterprising pro football player convinces America's too-good-to-be-true college football hero to play for his team and keep the league from going under. (114 mins.)
Director: George Clooney
 
52.
Blue Crush (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
As a hard-core surfer girl prepares for a big competition, she finds herself falling for a football player. (104 mins.)
Director: John Stockwell