Favorite Sports Moviesby shootemindaheadd | created - 29 Apr 2014 | updated - 01 May 2014 | Public
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1. The Natural (1984)
PG | 138 min | Drama, Sport
An unknown comes out of seemingly nowhere to become a legendary player with almost divine talent.
Votes: 37,036 | Gross: $47.95M
By a landslide my #1 sports movie of all-time! Still get chills every time I hear the music that plays when Roy Hobbs puts it in the lights!!!
2. Caddyshack (1980)
R | 98 min | Comedy, Sport
An exclusive golf course has to deal with a brash new member and a destructive dancing gopher.
Votes: 89,445 | Gross: $39.85M
Not only one of my favorite sports movies but one of my favorite comedies as well! Entertaining from the first scene to the last!
3. The Greatest Game Ever Played (2005)
PG | 120 min | Biography, Drama, History
In the 1913 US Open, 20-year-old Francis Ouimet played against his idol, 1900 US Open champion, Englishman Harry Vardon.
Votes: 24,178 | Gross: $15.33M
Probably the least well-known movie on my entire list. Another movie that gave me chills. Highly recommended if you enjoy golf.
4. Major League (1989)
R | 107 min | Comedy, Sport
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.
Votes: 53,007 | Gross: $49.80M
I live in NE Ohio so I am extremely biased to the Major League movies.
5. The Sandlot (1993)
PG | 101 min | Comedy, Drama, Family
In the summer of 1962, a new kid in town is taken under the wing of a young baseball prodigy and his rowdy team, resulting in many adventures.
Votes: 64,591 | Gross: $32.42M
If you grew up playing baseball and don't absolutley love this movie you either (A) aren't human (B) sucked at baseball.
6. Raging Bull (1980)
R | 129 min | Biography, Drama, Sport
Emotionally self-destructive boxer, Jake La Motta's journey through life, as the violence and temper that leads him to the top in the ring destroys his life outside it.
Votes: 261,955 | Gross: $23.38M
If you think you know somebody who is psychotic... watch Robert DeNiro's Oscar winning portrayal of Jake LaMotta and then reassess how crazy that person is.
7. Jerry Maguire (1996)
R | 139 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
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.
Votes: 207,540 | Gross: $153.95M
Not many movies have a single line that everybody knows. This is one of them due to an Oscar worthy performance from Cuba Gooding Jr. and a great look at a different side of professional sports.
8. Bull Durham (1988)
R | 108 min | Comedy, Romance, Sport
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.
Votes: 39,925 | Gross: $50.89M
Highly entertaining, highly accurate when it comes to baseball players supersitions, probably the ONLY watchable love story portion of ANY sports movie.
9. Happy Gilmore (1996)
PG-13 | 92 min | Comedy, Sport
A rejected hockey player puts his skills to the golf course to save his grandmother's house.
Votes: 169,277 | Gross: $38.62M
Everybody knows that Adam Sandler has two truly great movies and this is one of them. A hockey player turned golfer was a genious idea for a sports comedy!
10. Rocky (1976)
PG | 120 min | Drama, Sport
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.
Votes: 428,154 | Gross: $117.24M
Classic movie. Would probably be ranked much higher if it weren't on AMC every day.
11. Above the Rim (1994)
R | 96 min | Crime, Drama, Sport
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.
Votes: 11,708 | Gross: $16.04M
1st basketball movie to make the list. Follows a basketball prospect as he struggles to choose the right path to where he wants to be.
12. Any Given Sunday (1999)
R | 162 min | Drama, Sport
A behind-the-scenes look at the life-and-death struggles of modern-day gladiators and those who lead them.
Votes: 102,758 | Gross: $75.53M
Maybe Al Pacinos last great performance, great on-the-field action, capped off with one of the best pre-game speeches in any movie.
13. The Program (1993)
R | 112 min | Action, Drama, Sport
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.
Votes: 8,000 | Gross: $23.00M
The only thing I DON'T like about this movie is how much of a cry baby the QB acts.
14. A League of Their Own (1992)
PG | 128 min | Comedy, Drama, Family
Two sisters join the first female professional baseball league and struggle to help it succeed amidst their own growing rivalry.
Votes: 78,271 | Gross: $107.53M
Normally I wouldn't commend you watch a movie about women playing any sports, but Tom Hanks seems to pull it all together and make it extremely entertaining... plus it's from when Madonna was actually hot!
15. White Men Can't Jump (1992)
R | 115 min | Comedy, Drama, Sport
Black and white basketball hustlers join forces to double their chances of winning money on the street courts and in a basketball tournament.
Votes: 63,987 | Gross: $76.25M
Hilarious racial profiling with good basketball being played and people getting hustled... what's not to like?
16. He Got Game (1998)
R | 136 min | Drama, Sport
A basketball player's father must try to convince him to go to a college so he can get a shorter sentence.
Votes: 38,890 | Gross: $21.55M
Denzel brings a powerful performance (what else is new), Ray Allen before he joined the Miami Heat, and a very deep script.
17. 42 (2013)
PG-13 | 128 min | Biography, Drama, Sport
In 1947, Jackie Robinson becomes the first African-American to play in Major League Baseball in the modern era when he was signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers and faces considerable racism in the process.
Votes: 72,425 | Gross: $95.00M
A much better movie than I had expected. A premature ending prevents it from being higher on this list.
18. Blue Chips (1994)
PG-13 | 108 min | Drama, Sport
A college basketball coach is forced to break the rules in order to get the players he needs to stay competitive.
Votes: 10,311 | Gross: $22.36M
Lots of NBA star power, a hot-headed coach, and corruption!
19. Field of Dreams (1989)
PG | 107 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy
An Iowa corn farmer, hearing voices, interprets them as a command to build a baseball diamond in his fields; he does, and the 1919 Chicago White Sox come.
Votes: 93,511 | Gross: $64.43M
Slow at times, unrealistic, but what a fictitious story it is!
20. Rudy (1993)
PG | 114 min | Biography, Drama, Sport
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.
Votes: 46,580 | Gross: $22.75M
A great tale of hardwork and determination. Rudy cries a little bit too much for my taste but when you've tried and failed as much as he has without losing sight of your goals... some tears are going to be in order.
21. Mr. Baseball (1992)
PG-13 | 108 min | Comedy, Romance, Sport
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.
Votes: 8,731 | Gross: $20.88M
"Big hit... easy body!" Asians, baseball, and a mustache!!!
22. Remember the Titans (2000)
PG | 113 min | Biography, Drama, Sport
The true story of a newly appointed African-American coach and his high school team on their first season as a racially integrated unit.
Votes: 174,357 | Gross: $115.65M
A very very very good movie! Just hate that so many since seem to be just like it.
23. Tyson (1995 TV Movie)
Unrated | 104 min | Biography, Drama, Sport
The story of Mike Tyson. From his early days as a 12 year old amateur with a powerful punch, to the undisputed title of "Heavyweight Champion of the World", and ultimately to his conviction... See full summary »
HBO knocks it out of the park with this movie about Mike Tyson up until he was imprisoned for rape. Have hated Robin Givens ever since!
24. The Mighty Ducks (1992)
PG | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Family
A self-centered Minnesota lawyer is sentenced to community service coaching a rag tag youth hockey team.
Votes: 49,023 | Gross: $50.75M
Quack..... quack.... quack... quack.. quack. quack!
25. Slap Shot (1977)
R | 123 min | Comedy, Drama, Sport
A failing ice hockey team finds success using constant fighting and violence during games.
Votes: 30,393 | Gross: $28.00M
After watching this movie you will laugh your ass off at every minor league hockey game you ever go to again!