Sports Movies in My Collection

This list contains all the sports related movies in my DVD collection and includes my personal take on each movie.
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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
“ The original and still classic with Burt Reynolds in the lead. This film came out when I was 10 so it was a few years before I watched the uncut and unedited for broadcast version but have loved it from the beginning. ” - kenneth-baran
The Longest Yard (2005)
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Prison inmates form a football team to challenge the prison guards. (113 mins.)
Director: Peter Segal
“ Adam Sandler takes a shot at the Burt Reynolds comedy. Well done remake showcases some retired NFL players along with a few other performers not known for movies. Adam does a good job of not being a smart alec in this understated role, at least for him. ” - kenneth-baran
Remember the Titans (2000)
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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
“ One of the best films period, this movie covers my favorite sport during a very tumultuous time in our history. With Denzel Washington in the lead this fine movie will move anyone who watches it. ” - kenneth-baran
Friday Night Lights (2004)
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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
“ Having grown up in Texas I can attest to the way football is held as a religion by many in this state. This movie follows one of the premier high school football teams in the state on their trek to try and win the state championship. Honest and brutal at times, I really enjoy the fact that there is no Hollywood ending only a real ending to a real story. ” - kenneth-baran
Invincible (2006)
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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
“ Philadelphia Eagles head coach holds an open tryout to try to get his rebuilding program in shape for the coming season. Based on a true story this film is well done. ” - kenneth-baran
Any Given Sunday (1999)
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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
“ Oliver Stone takes a shot at football when he helms this movie about an NFL team and a player that believes his own publicity. Enjoyable movie showcasing the brutality of the sport along with the behind the scenes goings on. ” - kenneth-baran
Varsity Blues (1999)
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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
“ Set in Texas and partially filmed in my home town of Taylor, TX, this movie depicts a coaches drive to win it all no matter the cost to his players. Does a good job of showcasing how even some parents get caught up in the drive to win at all costs. ” - kenneth-baran
Gridiron Gang (2006)
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Teenagers at a juvenile detention center, under the leadership of their counselor, gain self-esteem by playing football together. (125 mins.)
Director: Phil Joanou
“ Football movie based on the true story about how a coach takes the young men in his juvenile dention facility and turns them into a football team. Instilling in his players the concept of team play and thinking of something other than yourself. Sadly this program is coming to an end due to facility changes in the CA juvenile detention program. ” - kenneth-baran
The Express (2008)
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A drama based on the life of college football hero Ernie Davis, the first African-American to win the Heisman Trophy. (130 mins.)
Director: Gary Fleder
“ As a fan of the sport, a fan of the University of Texas Longhorns football team this movie gave me pause. On the one hand the director took dramatic license and changed how some of the story actually played out but on the other hand it reflects the way things were during the 1950's for African Americans. Depicts the first African American Heisman Trophy winner and the trials and tribulations he had to deal with. ” - kenneth-baran
We Are Marshall (2006)
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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
“ Based on the true story of the Marshall football team that was almost completely whiped out in a tragic airplane crash. This film starring Matthew Mcconaughey in the role of the new head coach charged with bringing the program literally back from the dead. Emotional film that will make you respect the Marshall football program for the grit it took to return to football 1 year after the tragedy that befell the program. ” - kenneth-baran
The Program (1993)
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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. (112 mins.)
Director: David S. Ward
“ James Caan stars as the headcoach of a college football team and what is the reality behind the push to win it all. A behind the scenes look at the worst kept secret in NCAA football, alumni paying players, programs focused more on winning a NC than on educating the players makes for an interesting film. ” - kenneth-baran
Rudy (1993)
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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. (114 mins.)
Director: David Anspaugh
“ Awe inspiring film that will rank among anyones classic list this film has it all, miracles, never say never mentality and the overall winner agains all odds. The best part? It's based on the true story depicted in the film, get some hankies as even a grown man will get a little teary eyed while watching this movie. ” - kenneth-baran
The Blind Side (2009)
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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.)
“ Sandra Bullock won an Oscar for her portrayal as the stop mother of a young man who had been virtually homeless before she takes him in and gives him the stability having a home provides. Never mind anything about race relations or the color of the skin of either side of this story, look at the basic story line in which a mother takes in a young man and raises him like one of her own. The best true story turned film I've seen in a while. ” - kenneth-baran
Leatherheads (2008)
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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
“ George Clooney stars in a football film set during the infancy of pro-football. Watching this film and the uniforms worn by the players will give you pause when you realize their helmets were leather? Is basically a comedy film but overall a good watch. ” - kenneth-baran
Radio (2003)
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The story of a high school coach and the developmentally challenged man who he took under his wing. (109 mins.)
Director: Michael Tollin
“ Not as much a sports movie as it is a drama this films backdrop is a high school football coach and the young man he becomes a surrogate for. Cuba Gooding Jr should have won an Academy Award for this role. Inspired by a true story, well worth watching. ” - kenneth-baran
The Waterboy (1998)
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A waterboy for a college football team discovers he has a unique tackling ability and becomes a member of the team. (90 mins.)
Director: Frank Coraci
“ Now for some good old fashioned comedy, this is among my favorite laugh out loud movies with football as the central character that this film uses to tell the story. Adam Sandler plays a halfwit who is the waterboy for a college football program but gets fired, he then seeks out and finds a waterboy position at South Central Louisiana State University which has not won a game in many years. Laughs galore and a fair story too will make this a must need for any movie buffs collection. ” - kenneth-baran
The Comebacks (2007)
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A comedy that spoofs the inspirational sports movies, The Comebacks tells the story of an out-of-luck coach, Lambeau Fields, who takes a rag-tag bunch of college misfits and drives them towards the football championships. In the process, this life-long loser discovers that he is a winner after all by redeeming himself, saving his relationship with his family and friends, and finding that there is indeed, no "I" in "team"! (84 mins.)
Director: Tom Brady
“ This movie is a comedy film that picks on a lot of popular movies from the football genre. Not a lot I can say about this film, it's funny, it's sophomoric and it will make you laugh at times. ” - kenneth-baran
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 agent with the only athlete who stays with him and his former secretary. (139 mins.)
Director: Cameron Crowe
“ Show me the money is probably one of the most well known movie quotes and Cuba Gooding Jr rightfully received the Best Supporting Oscar for his portrayal of an NFL player seeking a better contract via his agent who just lost his job at a high powered firm. ” - kenneth-baran
The Replacements (2000)
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During a pro football strike, the owners hire substitute players. (118 mins.)
Director: Howard Deutch
“ Inspired by the 1987 NFL player strike and the league's attempt at field "scabs" for replacements on the field this comedy movie does not disappoint. Keanu Reeves stars as a hasbeen QB who blew it in the Sugar Bowl and is now cleaning the hulls of boats for wealthy individuals. What happens when he and his new teammates are given a shot at playing for an NFL team? Well watch and see as this film entertains. ” - kenneth-baran
The Game Plan (2007)
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An NFL quarterback living the bachelor lifestyle discovers that he has an 8-year-old daughter from a previous relationship. (110 mins.)
Director: Andy Fickman
“ Dwayne Johnson who uses "The Rock" for the last time, stars as NFL QB and MVP Joe Kingman. Kingman finds out he has a daughter and has to learn to care about something besides himself in this Disney comedy that is family friendly as well. ” - kenneth-baran
Two for the Money (2005)
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After suffering a career-ending knee injury, a former college football star aligns himself with one of the most renowned touts in the sports-gambling business. (122 mins.)
Director: D.J. Caruso
“ A $2 billion industry known as sports gambling is shown in a film that showcases Al Pacino and Matthew McConaughey in the world of sports wagering. Enjoyable film with a great story line and an interesting view of what goes on in the big gambling houses of the sports world. ” - kenneth-baran
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
“ Clint Eastwood directs and stars in a film about female boxers and the sport that is dominated by men. Very interesting film showcases how hard it is to overcome the opinion of the trainer who does not think women can box and reluctantly takes the role of trainer for a woman boxer. ” - kenneth-baran
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
“ Inspiring true story of how a boxer goes from the promise of what his future in boxing could be to just trying to survive and keep his family together. Watch the true story of how Jim Braddock went from begging for work to defeating then world champion Max Baer. ” - kenneth-baran
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.)
“ True story of Irish Mickey Ward who has to overcome the influence of his family and win it all. Great boxing film showcasing the talents of Christian Bale and Mark Wahlberg as brothers Mickey & Dickey Ward. ” - kenneth-baran
Miracle (2004)
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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. (135 mins.)
Director: Gavin O'Connor
“ Kurt Russell plays coach Herb Brooks who coached Team USA to the Gold in the 1980 winter Olympics. Watch an entirely amatuer hockey team take on and defeat the USSR's hockey team which was a formidible force and the hands on favorite to win gold. Great inspiring film and overcoming the odds story line will make you want to cheer for the guys too. ” - kenneth-baran
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
“ Funny movie showcasing one man's shot at winning the biggest race of his career after he has a wreck and loses his wife and best friend. Shake and Bake your way through a hilarious film with lots of good laughs and plenty to take away from this film. I cannot get enough of this movie and watch it frequently. ” - kenneth-baran
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
“ Tom Cruise takes the wheel in a drama about racing and America's number 1 spectator sport. Was clearly the inspiration for Talladega Nights and is well done. Watch Robert Duval in a supporting role doing what he does best, stealing the film from Cruise and Nicole Kidman. ” - kenneth-baran
Kingpin (1996)
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A star bowler whose career was prematurely "cut off" hopes to ride a new prodigy to success and riches. (113 mins.)
“ OK so maybe bowling is not a sport that most people get into, that's fine, just watch Woody Harrelson and Randy Quaid then laugh out loud. Really just a comedy with bowling as a backdrop but it is funny. ” - kenneth-baran
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
“ The original and still best in a movie series about the goings on in Major League baseball. When the owner dies and his widow takes over she decides she hates Cleveland and wants to move the team to Florida, only catch is she has to get attendance to go way down, her solution? Get a team of has-beens and never-beens to field a team so bad they cannot win but they of course have a different idea. ” - kenneth-baran
The Rookie (2002)
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A Texas baseball coach makes the major league after agreeing to try out if his high school team made the playoffs. (127 mins.)
“ Based on the true story of Jim Morris a high school baseball coach who gets a 2nd chance to play in the big leagues. Awe inspiring movie about the rise to the elite that Jim Morris reaches. Filmed mostly in and around my home town of Taylor, TX this is a great film for the entire family. ” - kenneth-baran
Moneyball (2011)
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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
“ Brad Pitt plays the manager of the Oakland A's baseball team that just got raided by the rest of the league after making it to the playoffs and now he has to rebuild his team with the smallest budget in major league baseball. Now comes a computer nerd with a love of baseball and a program that could change the game. ” - kenneth-baran
The Final Season (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Kent Stock disrupts his life to become coach of the Norway High School baseball team and try to lead them to victory. (119 mins.)
“ High school baseball team that has produced numerous state titles and sent a lot of players to bigger and better things is about to be merged with another high school. The parents are not happy and unwilling to let this merger happen, the school board fires the coach and hires a former assistant they think will cause the program to fail and thus convince the parents that a merger would be the best for all. ” - kenneth-baran
Mr 3000 (2004)
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Aging baseball star who goes by the nickname, Mr. 3000, finds out many years after retirement that he didn't quite reach 3,000 hits. Now at age 47 he's back to try and reach that goal. (104 mins.)
“ The late Bernie Mack stars in a comedy film about a baseball player who is trying to get into the major league hall of fame however when an audit is made of his records it is determined that he only had 2997 hits. Now he has to return to the team he left abruptly several years ago and try to get back into the swing of things and earn those remaining 3 hits. ” - kenneth-baran
The Bad News Bears (1976)
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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
“ Walter Matthau plays an intoxicated coach of a childrens baseball team and how they came together as a team. This classic stands the test of time and the sequels and remake don't come close. ” - kenneth-baran
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
“ Kevin Costner and Tim Robbins star in a baseball movie showcasing minor league baseball and the fans of the sport. This modern classic will make you laugh and remind you that Kevin Costner once ruled the box office and with good reason. ” - kenneth-baran
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
“ Billy Crystal directed this made for TV movie for HBO that tells the story of the chase to break the record set by Babe Ruth by hitting more than 61 homeruns in a single season. Well done docudrama will entertain and inform. ” - kenneth-baran
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
“ Gene Hackman plays a burned out basketball coach who after a stint in the military is given another chance to coach. This time he coaches a high school team in small town Indiana. Very well done David and Goliath tale about how a small town team faces and beats the giants of the state in a state championship. ” - kenneth-baran
Glory Road (2006)
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In 1966, Texas Western coach Don Haskins led the first all-black starting line-up for a college basketball team to the NCAA national championship. (118 mins.)
Director: James Gartner
“ Depicts the true story of Texas Western University (now The University of Texas at El Paso) as they recruit African American players to west Texas and turn them into a national title winning program despite the inherent racism of the day and many other odds that have to be overcome. ” - kenneth-baran
Coach Carter (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Controversy surrounds high school basketball coach Ken Carter after he benches his entire team for breaking their academic contract with him. (136 mins.)
Director: Thomas Carter
“ Samuel L. Jackson plays the title character in this fact based film about a high school basketball team that learns a lesson about what is important. Watch as the parents fight him as he tries to get their sons to get an education as well as win games and possibly titles. ” - kenneth-baran
Semi-Pro (2008)
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Jackie Moon, the owner-coach-player of the American Basketball Association's Flint Michigan Tropics, rallies his teammates to make their NBA dreams come true. (91 mins.)
Director: Kent Alterman
“ Will Ferrell takes on the basketball genre with this comedy gem about a 1970's era professional basketball team. Great soundtrack and funny storyline combine to entertain you with this fictional look at a time when there were 2 professional basketball leagues. ” - kenneth-baran
Draft Day (2014)
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At the NFL Draft, general manager Sonny Weaver has the opportunity to rebuild his team when he trades for the number one pick. He must decide what he's willing to sacrifice on a life-changing day for a few hundred young men with NFL dreams. (110 mins.)
Director: Ivan Reitman
When the Game Stands Tall (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
The journey of legendary football coach Bob Ladouceur, who took the De La Salle High School Spartans from obscurity to a 151-game winning streak that shattered all records for any American sport. (115 mins.)
Director: Thomas Carter
My All-American (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Freddie Steinmark, an underdog on the gridiron, faces the toughest challenge of his life after leading his team to a championship season. (118 mins.)
Director: Angelo Pizzo
Million Dollar Arm (2014)
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A sports agent stages an unconventional recruitment strategy to get talented Indian cricket players to play Major League Baseball. (124 mins.)
Director: Craig Gillespie