A non-sports fan's favourite sport films

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1.
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
 
2.
Waterboys (2001)
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In a Japanese high school, a class of adolescent geeks joins the new synchronized swimming teacher and takes up the challenge to take part in the competition, in spite of the mockeries of the "real sportsmen". (91 mins.)
Director: Shinobu Yaguchi
 
3.
Black Swan (2010)
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A committed dancer wins the lead role in a production of Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake" only to find herself struggling to maintain her sanity. (108 mins.)
 
4.
Rocky (1976)
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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. (120 mins.)
 
5.
Beautiful Boxer (2004)
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Bio-pic of transgender Muay Thai boxer Parinya Charoenphol who pursued the sport to pay for her sex change operation. (118 mins.)
 
6.
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
 
7.
Coach Carter (2005)
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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
 
8.
The Wrestler (2008)
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A faded professional wrestler must retire, but finds his quest for a new life outside the ring a dispiriting struggle. (109 mins.)
 
9.
Cinderella Man (2005)
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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.
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
 
11.
Against the Ropes (2004)
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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.)
 
12.
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
 
13.
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
 
14.
The Damned United (2009)
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The story of the controversial Brian Clough's 44-day reign as the coach of the English football club Leeds United. (98 mins.)
Director: Tom Hooper
 
15.
Gracie (2007)
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A teenager faces an uphill battle when she fights to give women the opportunity to play competitive soccer. (95 mins.)
 
16.
Breakfast with Scot (2007)
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The hockey career of former Toronto Maple Leaf Eric McNally, who was known as a tough enforcer, came to an end with a shoulder injury... (90 mins.)
Director: Laurie Lynd
 
17.
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.)
 
18.
Whip It (2009)
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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
 
19.
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
 
20.
The Legend of Bagger Vance (2000)
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A down-and-out golfer attempts to recover his game and his life with help from a mystical caddy. (126 mins.)
Director: Robert Redford
 
21.
Swimming Upstream (2003)
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The inspirational life story of Australian swimmer Tony Fingleton. (114 mins.)
Director: Russell Mulcahy
 
22.
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
 
23.
Pride (2007)
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The determined Jim Ellis starts a swim team for troubled teens at the Philadelphia Department of Recreation. (104 mins.)
Director: Sunu Gonera
 
24.
Lords of Dogtown (2005)
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The film follows the surf and skateboarding trends that originated in Venice, California during the 1970's. (107 mins.)
 
25.
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
 
26.
Billy Elliot (2000)
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A talented young boy becomes torn between his unexpected love of dance and the disintegration of his family. (110 mins.)
Director: Stephen Daldry
 
27.
You'll Get Over It (2002 TV Movie)
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When Vincent finds himself a victim of outing in his high school, he must accept to live with the drastic changes it provokes, and redefine his relationships with his friends and family. (86 mins.)
 
28.
The Greatest Game Ever Played (2005)
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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
 
29.
Seabiscuit (2003)
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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
 
30.
Secretariat (2010)
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Penny Chenery Tweedy and colleagues guide her long-shot but precocious stallion to set, in 1973, the unbeaten record for winning the Triple Crown. (123 mins.)
Director: Randall Wallace
 
31.
Resurrecting the Champ (2007)
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Up-and-coming sports reporter rescues a homeless man ("Champ") only to discover that he is, in fact, a boxing legend believed to have passed away. What begins as an opportunity to resurrect Champ's story and escape the shadow of his father's success becomes a personal journey as the ambitious reporter reexamines his own life and his relationship with his family. (112 mins.)
Director: Rod Lurie
 
32.
Hansie: A True Story (2008)
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"How do you start over once you have betrayed a nation's trust?" The news of Hansie Cronjé's involvement... (123 mins.)
 
33.
The Hurricane (1999)
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The story of Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, a boxer wrongly imprisoned for murder, and the people who aided in his fight to prove his innocence. (146 mins.)
Director: Norman Jewison
 
34.
He Got Game (1998)
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A basketball player's father must try to convince him to go to a college so he can get a shorter sentence. (136 mins.)
Director: Spike Lee
 
35.
Hoop Dreams (1994 Documentary)
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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
 
36.
O (2001)
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An update of Shakespeare's 'Othello' with a young cast, set in an upper class prep school, & centered around basketball player Odin. (95 mins.)
 
37.
The Replacements (2000)
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During a pro football strike, the owners hire substitute players. (118 mins.)
Director: Howard Deutch
 
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. (112 mins.)
Director: Gurinder Chadha
 
39.
Strictly Ballroom (1992)
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A maverick dancer risks his career by performing an unusual routine and sets out to succeed with a new partner. (94 mins.)
Director: Baz Luhrmann
 
40.
Breaking the Surface: The Greg Louganis Story (1997 TV Movie)
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Breaking the Surface is about the tough times Greg Louganis had on his way to becoming one of the world's top Olympic divers... (95 mins.)
 
41.
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
 
42.
42 (2013)
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The story of Jackie Robinson from his signing with the Brooklyn Dodgers organization in 1945 to his historic 1947 rookie season when he broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball. (128 mins.)
Director: Brian Helgeland
 
43.
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
 
44.
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
 
45.
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
 
46.
Win Win (2011)
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A struggling lawyer and volunteer wrestling coach's chicanery comes back to haunt him when the teenage grandson of the client he has double-crossed comes into his life. (106 mins.)
Director: Tom McCarthy
 
47.
Rush (2013)
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The merciless 1970s rivalry between Formula One rivals James Hunt and Niki Lauda. (123 mins.)
Director: Ron Howard
 
48.
The Broken Hearts Club: A Romantic Comedy (2000)
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In the palm-shaded oasis of West Hollywood, we meet Dennis, a promising photographer. As he prepares to celebrate his twenty-eighth birthday... (94 mins.)
Director: Greg Berlanti
 
49.
Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India (2001)
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The people of a small village in Victorian India stake their future on a game of cricket against their ruthless British rulers. (224 mins.)
 
50.
Foxcatcher (2014)
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Mark and Dave Schultz, U.S. Olympic Wrestling champions, join Team Foxcatcher led by multimillionaire John E. du Pont as they train for the 1988 games in Seoul - but John's emotional self-destruction threatens to consume them all. (134 mins.)
Director: Bennett Miller
 
51.
Boys (2014 TV Movie)
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A sexually awakening gay teen athlete finds himself in a budding relationship with his mutually attracted relay race teammate. (78 mins.)
Director: Mischa Kamp
 
52.
McFarland, USA (2015)
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Jim White moves his family after losing his last job as a football coach. He sees that some of the students are worth starting a cross-country team and turns seven students with no hope into one of the best cross-country teams. (129 mins.)
Director: Niki Caro
 
53.
My Brother... Nikhil (2005)
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Famous swimmer Nikhil Kapoor (Suri) deals with the repercussions of announcing the fact that he has HIV/AIDS. (120 mins.)
Director: Onir
 
54.
Trainwreck (2015)
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Having thought that monogamy was never possible, a commitment-phobic career woman may have to face her fears when she meets a good guy. (125 mins.)
Director: Judd Apatow
 
55.
Southpaw (2015)
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Boxer Billy Hope turns to trainer Tick Wills to help him get his life back on track after losing his wife in a tragic accident and his daughter to child protection services. (124 mins.)
Director: Antoine Fuqua
 
56.
Concussion (2015)
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In Pittsburgh, accomplished pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu uncovers the truth about brain damage in football players who suffer repeated concussions in the course of normal play. (123 mins.)
Director: Peter Landesman
 
57.
Creed (2015)
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The former World Heavyweight Champion Rocky Balboa serves as a trainer and mentor to Adonis Johnson, the son of his late friend and former rival Apollo Creed. (133 mins.)
Director: Ryan Coogler
 
58.
Race (2016)
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Jesse Owens' quest to become the greatest track and field athlete in history thrusts him onto the world stage of the 1936 Olympics, where he faces off against Adolf Hitler's vision of Aryan supremacy. (134 mins.)
Director: Stephen Hopkins
 
59.
Love & Basketball (2000)
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In 1981 in L.A., Monica moves in next door to Quincy. They're 11, and both want to play in the NBA, just like Quincy's dad... (124 mins.)
 
60.
Pawn Sacrifice (2014)
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Set during the Cold War, American chess prodigy Bobby Fischer finds himself caught between two superpowers and his own struggles as he challenges the Soviet Empire. (115 mins.)
Director: Edward Zwick
 
61.
Eddie the Eagle (2016)
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The story of Eddie Edwards, the notoriously tenacious British underdog ski jumper who charmed the world at the 1988 Winter Olympics. (106 mins.)
Director: Dexter Fletcher
 
62.
The Last Match (2013)
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Two teenage men fall in love, surrounded by the poverty and the marginalization of their country are forced to change their lives and take big risks. (94 mins.)
Director: Antonio Hens
 
63.
Land of Storms (2014)
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Best friends Szabolcs and Bernard are playing in the same German football team. After a lost game, Szabolcs... (105 mins.)
Director: Ádám Császi
 
64.
Barracuda (2016 Mini-Series)
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Danny Kelly is a talented swimmer attends a prestigious Melbourne private school on a sporting scholarship...