High school sports movies

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1. Teen Wolf (1985)

PG | 91 min | Comedy, Fantasy

6.0
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25 Metascore

An ordinary high school student discovers that his family has an unusual pedigree when he finds himself turning into a werewolf.

Director: Rod Daniel | Stars: Michael J. Fox, James Hampton, Susan Ursitti, Jerry Levine

Votes: 38,712 | Gross: $33.09M

2. Hoosiers (1986)

PG | 114 min | Drama, Sport

7.6
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76 Metascore

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.

Director: David Anspaugh | Stars: Gene Hackman, Barbara Hershey, Dennis Hopper, Sheb Wooley

Votes: 37,300 | Gross: $28.61M

3. Finding Forrester (2000)

PG-13 | 136 min | Drama

7.3
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62 Metascore

A young writing prodigy finds a mentor in a reclusive author.

Director: Gus Van Sant | Stars: Sean Connery, Rob Brown, F. Murray Abraham, Anna Paquin

Votes: 76,464 | Gross: $51.80M

4. Go Tigers! (2001)

R | 103 min | Documentary, Sport

7.4
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69 Metascore

"Go Tigers!" is a rare behind-the-scenes chronicling of a remarkable season for the Massillon Tigers high school football team, played out in a small rustbelt town that draws its identity ... See full summary »

Director: Kenneth A. Carlson | Stars: Dave Irwin, Ellery Moore, Joe Paterno, Danny Studer

Votes: 769 | Gross: $0.15M

5. Friday Night Lights (2004)

PG-13 | 118 min | Action, Drama, Sport

7.3
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70 Metascore

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.

Director: Peter Berg | Stars: Billy Bob Thornton, Jay Hernandez, Derek Luke, Lucas Black

Votes: 51,283 | Gross: $61.19M

6. Coach Carter (2005)

PG-13 | 136 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

7.3
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57 Metascore

Controversy surrounds high school basketball coach Ken Carter after he benches his entire team for breaking their academic contract with him.

Director: Thomas Carter | Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, Rick Gonzalez, Robert Ri'chard, Rob Brown

Votes: 103,082 | Gross: $67.26M

7. The Basketball Diaries (1995)

R | 102 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.3
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46 Metascore

A teenager finds his dreams of becoming a basketball star threatened after he free falls into the harrowing world of drug addiction.

Director: Scott Kalvert | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Lorraine Bracco, Marilyn Sokol, James Madio

Votes: 88,373 | Gross: $2.42M

8. Remember the Titans (2000)

PG | 113 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

7.8
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48 Metascore

The true story of a newly appointed African-American coach and his high school team on their first season as a racially integrated unit.

Director: Boaz Yakin | Stars: Denzel Washington, Will Patton, Wood Harris, Ryan Hurst

Votes: 175,030 | Gross: $115.65M

9. He Got Game (1998)

R | 136 min | Drama, Sport

6.9
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63 Metascore

A basketball player's father must try to convince him to go to a college so he can get a shorter sentence.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Denzel Washington, Milla Jovovich, Ray Allen, Rosario Dawson

Votes: 38,991 | Gross: $21.55M

10. Hellfighters (2007)

87 min | Documentary, Sport

6.4
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In their third season, the Harlem Hellfighters try to prove that they deserve to become Harlem's high school football team. But it's a struggle every yard of the way for Duke Fergerson, a ... See full summary »

Director: Jon Frankel

Votes: 25

11. America Brown (2004)

Not Rated | 88 min | Drama

6.3
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A coming-of-age drama that centers on a young quarterback from West Texas, a priest in New York, and the two women in their lives.

Director: Paul Black | Stars: Ryan Kwanten, Hill Harper, Natasha Lyonne, √Člodie Bouchez

Votes: 246

12. Varsity Blues (1999)

R | 106 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.4
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50 Metascore

A back-up quarterback is chosen to lead a Texas football team to victory after the star quarterback is injured.

Director: Brian Robbins | Stars: James Van Der Beek, Jon Voight, Paul Walker, Ron Lester

Votes: 37,557 | Gross: $52.89M

13. All the Right Moves (1983)

R | 91 min | Drama, Romance, Sport

5.9
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62 Metascore

A high school football player desperate for a scholarship and his headstrong coach clash in a dying Pennsylvania steel town.

Director: Michael Chapman | Stars: Tom Cruise, Lea Thompson, Craig T. Nelson, Charles Cioffi

Votes: 13,431 | Gross: $17.23M

14. The Slaughter Rule (2002)

R | 112 min | Drama, Sport

6.0
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65 Metascore

A young man finds solace with a young woman, his mother, and a high-school football coach who recruits him to quarterback a six-man team.

Directors: Alex Smith, Andrew J. Smith | Stars: Ryan Gosling, David Morse, Clea DuVall, David Cale

Votes: 2,128 | Gross: $0.01M

15. The Best of Times (1986)

PG-13 | 104 min | Comedy, Drama, Sport

6.0
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A small-town loser determines to have one more shot at the big time by winning a football game.

Director: Roger Spottiswoode | Stars: Robin Williams, Kurt Russell, Pamela Reed, Holly Palance

Votes: 5,655 | Gross: $7.79M

16. Fordson: Faith, Fasting, Football (2011)

Not Rated | 92 min | Documentary, History, News

7.2
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57 Metascore

'Fordson' follows a high school football team from Dearborn, Michigan as it prepares for its big cross-town rivalry game during the last ten days of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. The ... See full summary »

Director: Rashid Ghazi | Stars: Mustapha Bazzi, Fouad Zaban

Votes: 91

17. Above the Rim (1994)

R | 96 min | Crime, Drama, Sport

6.6
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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.

Director: Jeff Pollack | Stars: Duane Martin, Tupac Shakur, Leon, David Bailey

Votes: 11,758 | Gross: $16.04M

18. Hurricane Season (2009)

PG-13 | 102 min | Drama, Sport

6.7
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A year after Hurricane Katrina, Al Collins, a high school basketball coach in Marrero, Louisiana, assembles a team of players who had previously attended five different schools before the ... See full summary »

Director: Tim Story | Stars: Forest Whitaker, Isaiah Washington, Shad Moss, China Anne McClain

Votes: 2,286

19. Through the Fire (2005)

103 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

7.3
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65 Metascore

"Through the Fire" chronicles the journey of Coney Island basketball star, Sebastian Telfair, from famed Lincoln High School straight to the NBA.

Directors: Alistair Christopher, Jonathan Hock | Stars: Sebastian Telfair, Rick Pitino, Asher Beard, Nyan Boateng

Votes: 636 | Gross: $0.03M

20. Wildcats (1986)

R | 106 min | Comedy, Sport

5.9
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A rookie high school football coach has a harder time than she expected trying to whip her tough inner city team into shape.

Director: Michael Ritchie | Stars: Goldie Hawn, Swoosie Kurtz, Robyn Lively, Brandy Gold

Votes: 10,435 | Gross: $26.29M

21. The Final Season (2007)

PG | 119 min | Drama, Sport

6.7
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43 Metascore

Kent Stock disrupts his life to become coach of the Norway High School baseball team and try to lead them to victory.

Director: David Mickey Evans | Stars: Sean Astin, Powers Boothe, Rachael Leigh Cook, Jesse Henecke

Votes: 2,277 | Gross: $1.16M