Sports FIlms

Films.. since 1980 only.... Rocky Series and Raging Bull have been excluded from this list.. becuase of the dramatic value.
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1.
Above the Rim (1994)
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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. (96 mins.)
Director: Jeff Pollack
 
2.
The Great White Hype (1996)
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When the champ's promoter, Rev. Sultan, decides something new is needed to boost the marketability of the boxing matches... (91 mins.)
Director: Reginald Hudlin
 
3.
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
 
4.
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
 
5.
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
 
6.
The Fan (1996)
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An all star baseball player becomes the unhealthy focus of a down on his luck salesman. (116 mins.)
Director: Tony Scott
 
7.
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.)
 
8.
The Boxer (1997)
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Young Danny Flynn is released from prison after 14 years after "taking the rap" for the IRA and tries to rebuild his life in his old Belfast neighborhood. (113 mins.)
Director: Jim Sheridan
 
9.
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
 
10.
Blue Chips (1994)
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A college basketball coach is forced to break the rules in order to get the players he needs to stay competitive. (108 mins.)
 
11.
Sudden Death (1995)
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A former fireman takes on a group of terrorists holding the Vice President and others hostage during the seventh game of the NHL Stanley Cup finals. (111 mins.)
Director: Peter Hyams
 
12.
The Sandlot (1993)
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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.)
 
13.
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
 
14.
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
 
15.
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
 
16.
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
 
17.
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
 
18.
Happy Gilmore (1996)
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A rejected hockey player puts his skills to the golf course to save his grandmother's house. (92 mins.)
Director: Dennis Dugan
 
19.
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
 
20.
Rookie of the Year (1993)
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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
 
21.
Gladiator (1992)
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Tommy Riley has moved with his dad to Chicago from a 'nice place'. He keeps to himself, goes to school. However, after a street fight he is noticed and quickly falls into the world of illegal underground boxing - where punches can kill. (101 mins.)
 
22.
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
 
23.
Sunset Park (1996)
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A white school teacher takes over a talented, but undisciplined black high school basketball team and turns them into a winning team. (99 mins.)
Director: Steve Gomer
 
24.
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
 
25.
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
 
26.
Forget Paris (1995)
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Mickey Gordon is a basketball referee who travels to France to bury his father. Ellen Andrews, an American living in Paris... (101 mins.)
Director: Billy Crystal
 
27.
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.)
 
28.
The Mighty Ducks (1992)
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A self-centered lawyer is sentenced to community service coaching a rag tag youth hockey team. (100 mins.)
Director: Stephen Herek
 
29.
Mr. Baseball (1992)
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Jack Elliot, once a great baseball player, is forced to play in Japan where his brash, egotistical ways cause friction with his new teammates and friends. (108 mins.)
Director: Fred Schepisi
 
30.
Cool Runnings (1993)
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When a Jamaican sprinter is disqualified to the Olympic Games, he enlists the help of a dishonored coach to start the first Jamaican Bobsled Team. (98 mins.)
Director: Jon Turteltaub
 
31.
Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (2004)
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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.)
 
32.
The Longest Yard (2005)
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Prison inmates form a football team to challenge the prison guards. (113 mins.)
Director: Peter Segal
 
33.
The Replacements (2000)
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During a pro football strike, the owners hire substitute players. (118 mins.)
Director: Howard Deutch
 
34.
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
 
35.
Celtic Pride (1996)
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Two over-loyal Celtic fans kidnap their opponent's star player in order to guarantee their team the championship. (91 mins.)
Director: Tom DeCerchio