Thee Complete List of All Sports Movies Ranked

by hitherto92 | created - 29 Dec 2013 | updated - 5 months ago | Public

I was inspired to do this list because I saw another list on IMDB "The 100 Best Sports Movies" and it was awful. I was originally just gonna do a top 100, but toe surgery and possibly some OCD had me keep adding movies. This list was alot harder than I thought. How do you weigh drama vs comedy. The first few pages are most all the best all time movies ranked best 2 worst. The rest, I'm still adding movies and ranking as I go

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1. Rocky (1976)

PG | 120 min | Drama, Sport

70 Metascore

A small-time boxer gets a supremely rare chance to fight a heavy-weight champion in a bout in which he strives to go the distance for his self-respect.

Director: John G. Avildsen | Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers

Votes: 445,737 | Gross: $117.24M

Won 3 Oscars. Including Best Picture.

2. Raging Bull (1980)

R | 129 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

89 Metascore

The life of boxer Jake LaMotta, as the violence and temper that leads him to the top in the ring destroys his life outside of it.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Robert De Niro, Cathy Moriarty, Joe Pesci, Frank Vincent

Votes: 273,056 | Gross: $23.38M

Won 2 Oscars. Including Best Actor in a Leading Role Robert De Niro

3. Hoosiers (1986)

PG | 114 min | Drama, Sport

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: 38,017 | Gross: $28.61M

Nominated for 2 Oscars. Roger Ebert gave it 4 out of 4 stars. Maybe the best team sports movie. Gene Hackman was great as the coach and Denis Hopper plays a great drunk. "I'll make it."-Jimmy Chitwood

4. Caddyshack (1980)

R | 98 min | Comedy, Sport

48 Metascore

An exclusive golf course has to deal with a brash new member and a destructive dancing gopher.

Director: Harold Ramis | Stars: Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield, Bill Murray, Ted Knight

Votes: 92,055 | Gross: $39.85M

The most quoted sports movie ever. #71 on AFI's 100 Funniest American Movies Of All Time.

5. Hoop Dreams (1994)

PG-13 | 170 min | Documentary, Drama, Sport

98 Metascore

A film following the lives of two inner-city Chicago boys who struggle to become college basketball players on the road to going professional.

Director: Steve James | Stars: William Gates, Arthur Agee, Emma Gates, Curtis Gates

Votes: 21,490 | Gross: $7.83M

''Hoop Dreams has the form of a sports documentary, but along the way it becomes a revealing and heartbreaking story about life in America."-Roger Ebert who gave it 4 out of 4 stars

6. The Natural (1984)

PG | 138 min | Drama, Sport

61 Metascore

An unknown comes out of seemingly nowhere to become a legendary player with almost divine talent.

Director: Barry Levinson | Stars: Robert Redford, Robert Duvall, Glenn Close, Kim Basinger

Votes: 37,874 | Gross: $47.95M

Nominated for 4 Oscars. Always get chills watching end of this movie. Music is perfect

7. Million Dollar Baby (2004)

PG-13 | 132 min | Drama, Sport

86 Metascore

A determined woman works with a hardened boxing trainer to become a professional.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Hilary Swank, Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman, Jay Baruchel

Votes: 559,105 | Gross: $100.49M

Won 4 Oscars. Best Picture, Best Actress in a Leading Role, Best Director, Best Actor in a Supporting Role

8. Chariots of Fire (1981)

PG | 125 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

78 Metascore

Two British track athletes, one a determined Jew, and the other a devout Christian, compete in the 1924 Olympics.

Director: Hugh Hudson | Stars: Ben Cross, Ian Charleson, Nicholas Farrell, Nigel Havers

Votes: 46,733 | Gross: $58.97M

Won 4 Oscar's including Best Picture

9. Slap Shot (1977)

R | 123 min | Comedy, Drama, Sport

61 Metascore

A failing ice hockey team finds success with outrageously violent hockey goonery.

Director: George Roy Hill | Stars: Paul Newman, Michael Ontkean, Strother Martin, Jennifer Warren

Votes: 30,972 | Gross: $28.00M

Old-time hockey like Eddie Shore

10. Friday Night Lights (2004)

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

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: 52,294 | Gross: $61.19M

The book is a must read for any football fan

11. Field of Dreams (1989)

PG | 107 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

57 Metascore

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.

Director: Phil Alden Robinson | Stars: Kevin Costner, James Earl Jones, Ray Liotta, Amy Madigan

Votes: 95,843 | Gross: $64.43M

"If you build it, he will come." #39 on AFI's greatest movie quote's of all time

12. Cinderella Man (2005)

PG-13 | 144 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

69 Metascore

The story of James Braddock, a supposedly washed-up boxer who came back to become a champion and an inspiration in the 1930s.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Russell Crowe, Renée Zellweger, Craig Bierko, Paul Giamatti

Votes: 161,423 | Gross: $61.65M

Nominated for 3 Oscars.

13. The Bad News Bears (1976)

PG | 102 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

83 Metascore

An aging, down-on-his-luck ex-minor leaguer coaches a team of misfits in an ultra-competitive California little league.

Director: Michael Ritchie | Stars: Walter Matthau, Tatum O'Neal, Vic Morrow, Joyce Van Patten

Votes: 17,940 | Gross: $42.35M

Walter Matthau plays a great drunk. The kids are hilarious. Tatum O'Neil gives one of the best kid actor performances. And who didn't want to be Kelly Leak as a kid

14. The Wrestler (2008)

R | 109 min | Drama, Sport

81 Metascore

A faded professional wrestler must retire, but finds his quest for a new life outside the ring a dispiriting struggle.

Director: Darren Aronofsky | Stars: Mickey Rourke, Marisa Tomei, Evan Rachel Wood, Mark Margolis

Votes: 271,050 | Gross: $26.24M

Nominated for Oscar Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role Mickey Rourke

15. Bull Durham (1988)

R | 108 min | Comedy, Romance, Sport

73 Metascore

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.

Director: Ron Shelton | Stars: Kevin Costner, Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins, Trey Wilson

Votes: 41,090 | Gross: $50.89M

"A treasure of a movie because it knows so much about baseball and so little about love."-Roger Ebert who gave it 3.5 stars out of 4

16. Dogtown and Z-Boys (2001)

PG-13 | 91 min | Documentary, Sport

76 Metascore

Documentary about the pioneering 1970s Zephyr skating team.

Director: Stacy Peralta | Stars: Sean Penn, Jay Adams, Tony Alva, Jeff Ament

Votes: 11,153 | Gross: $1.29M

Even if you don't care about skateboarding, this is a thoroughly engrossing documentary. And maybe the best soundtrack ever. Also Sean Penn narrates

17. Major League (1989)

R | 107 min | Comedy, Sport

62 Metascore

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.

Director: David S. Ward | Stars: Tom Berenger, Charlie Sheen, Corbin Bernsen, Margaret Whitton

Votes: 54,109 | Gross: $49.80M

Just a fun movie and Bob Uecker was tremendous

18. When We Were Kings (1996)

PG | 88 min | Documentary, Sport

83 Metascore

A documentary of the 1974 heavyweight championship bout in Zaire, "The Rumble in the Jungle," between champion George Foreman and underdog challenger Muhammad Ali.

Director: Leon Gast | Stars: Muhammad Ali, George Foreman, Don King, James Brown

Votes: 13,420 | Gross: $2.67M

Great all access footage of Ali basically talkin trash on George Foreman for 90 mins, and its Awesome. Won Oscar Best Documentary

19. Breaking Away (1979)

PG | 101 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

91 Metascore

A small-town boy obsessed with the Italian cycling team vies for the affections of a college girl.

Director: Peter Yates | Stars: Dennis Christopher, Dennis Quaid, Daniel Stern, Jackie Earle Haley

Votes: 19,222 | Gross: $16.42M

Won 1 Oscar. You get sucked in rooting for these "Cutters"

20. The Fighter (I) (2010)

R | 116 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

79 Metascore

Based on the story of Micky Ward, a fledgling boxer who tries to escape the shadow of his more famous but troubled older boxing brother and get his own shot at greatness.

Director: David O. Russell | Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Melissa Leo

Votes: 304,569 | Gross: $93.62M

Won 2 Oscars.

21. The Longest Yard (1974)

R | 121 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

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.

Director: Robert Aldrich | Stars: Burt Reynolds, Eddie Albert, Ed Lauter, Michael Conrad

Votes: 14,471

Nominated for 1 Oscar.

22. The Big Lebowski (1998)

R | 117 min | Comedy, Crime

69 Metascore

"The Dude" Lebowski, mistaken for a millionaire Lebowski, seeks restitution for his ruined rug and enlists his bowling buddies to help get it.

Directors: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen | Stars: Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore, Steve Buscemi

Votes: 626,183 | Gross: $17.50M

The Dude. That is all

23. Jerry Maguire (1996)

R | 139 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

77 Metascore

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.

Director: Cameron Crowe | Stars: Tom Cruise, Cuba Gooding Jr., Renée Zellweger, Kelly Preston

Votes: 212,134 | Gross: $153.95M

Won 1 Oscar. Best Actor in a Supporting Role Cuba Gooding Jr.

24. 30 for 30 (2009– )
Episode: The Two Escobars (2010)

104 min | Documentary, Biography, History

The rise of Colombian soccer is attributed to the influx of drug money into the sport by Pablo Escobar and the other drug cartels. However, the team's swift decline after Escobar's death results in the murder of star player Andres Escobar.

Directors: Jeff Zimbalist, Michael Zimbalist | Stars: María Ester Escobar, Francisco Maturana, Alexis García V., Jaime Gaviria Gómez

Votes: 2,932

Maybe the best sports movie I've seen in recent years. Soccer plus Pablo Escobar, a must see.

25. Moneyball (2011)

PG-13 | 133 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

87 Metascore

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.

Director: Bennett Miller | Stars: Brad Pitt, Robin Wright, Jonah Hill, Philip Seymour Hoffman

Votes: 312,928 | Gross: $75.61M

Nominated for 6 Oscars.

26. North Dallas Forty (1979)

R | 119 min | Comedy, Drama, Sport

80 Metascore

A semi-fictional account of life as a professional (American-style) football player. Loosely based on the Dallas Cowboys team of the early 1970s.

Director: Ted Kotcheff | Stars: Nick Nolte, Charles Durning, Mac Davis, Dayle Haddon

Votes: 4,080 | Gross: $26.08M

Maybe the most realistic football movie ever

27. Seabiscuit (2003)

PG-13 | 140 min | Drama, History, Sport

72 Metascore

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.

Director: Gary Ross | Stars: Tobey Maguire, Jeff Bridges, Elizabeth Banks, Chris Cooper

Votes: 61,550 | Gross: $120.28M

Nominated for 7 Oscars.

28. Baseball (1994–2010)

TV-PG | 1,140 min | Documentary, History, Sport

A documentary on the history of the sport with major topics including Afro-American players, player/team owner relations and the resilience of the game.

Stars: John Chancellor, Daniel Okrent, Ossie Davis, Paul Roebling

Votes: 3,096

Won 1 Primetime Emmy. The complete history of Baseball. Ken Burns did a superb job with this

29. Brian's Song (1971 TV Movie)

G | 73 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

Based on the real-life relationship between teammates Brian Piccolo and Gale Sayers and the bond established when Piccolo discovers that he is dying.

Director: Buzz Kulik | Stars: James Caan, Billy Dee Williams, Jack Warden, Bernie Casey

Votes: 6,360

Nominated for 1 Golden Globe.

30. Creed (2015)

PG-13 | 133 min | Drama, Sport

82 Metascore

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.

Director: Ryan Coogler | Stars: Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, Tessa Thompson, Phylicia Rashad

Votes: 198,554 | Gross: $109.77M

That they made Rocky 7 into a good movie is inconceivable. Michael B. Jordan, my man Wallace from The Wire, is an actor whose talent We will be enjoying for years to come...if Hollywood allows it. Stallone nominated for an Oscar Best Supporting Actor.

31. The Blind Side (2009)

PG-13 | 129 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

53 Metascore

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.

Director: John Lee Hancock | Stars: Quinton Aaron, Sandra Bullock, Tim McGraw, Jae Head

Votes: 253,927 | Gross: $255.96M

Won 1 Oscar. Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role Sandra Bullock

32. He Got Game (1998)

R | 136 min | Drama, Sport

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: 39,528 | Gross: $21.55M

"Lee uses visual imagination to lift his material into the realms of hopes and dreams."-Roger Ebert-3.5 stars out of 4

33. Remember the Titans (2000)

PG | 113 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

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: 177,737 | Gross: $115.65M

"Has the outer form of a brave statement about the races in America, but the soul of a sports movie in which everything is settled by the obligatory last play in the last seconds of the championship game."-Roger Ebert

34. Horse Feathers (1932)

Not Rated | 68 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

Quincy Adams Wagstaff, the new president of Huxley University, accidentally hires bumblers Baravelli and Pinky to help his school win the big football game against the rival Darwin University.

Director: Norman Z. McLeod | Stars: Groucho Marx, Chico Marx, Harpo Marx, The Marx Brothers

Votes: 10,393

96% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes

35. Miracle (2004)

PG | 135 min | Biography, Drama, History

68 Metascore

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.

Director: Gavin O'Connor | Stars: Kurt Russell, Patricia Clarkson, Nathan West, Noah Emmerich

Votes: 41,439 | Gross: $64.38M

"You keep rooting for the team, mostly because director Gavin O'Connor cast real athletes instead of actors, a canny decision that pays major dividends when the big game is re-created."-Peter Travers Rolling Stone

36. A League of Their Own (1992)

PG | 128 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

67 Metascore

Two sisters join the first female professional baseball league and struggle to help it succeed amidst their own growing rivalry.

Director: Penny Marshall | Stars: Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, Lori Petty, Madonna

Votes: 80,299 | Gross: $107.53M

"There's no crying in baseball!" #54 on AFI's 100 GREATEST MOVIE QUOTES OF ALL TIME

37. The Damned United (2009)

R | 98 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

81 Metascore

The story of the controversial Brian Clough's 44-day reign as the coach of the English football club Leeds United.

Director: Tom Hooper | Stars: Colm Meaney, Henry Goodman, David Roper, Jimmy Reddington

Votes: 36,643 | Gross: $0.45M

3.5 stars out of 4-Roger Ebert. Micheal Sheen carries this entire movie.

38. The Pride of the Yankees (1942)

Approved | 128 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

The story of the life and career of famed baseball player Lou Gehrig.

Director: Sam Wood | Stars: Gary Cooper, Teresa Wright, Babe Ruth, Walter Brennan

Votes: 8,706

Won 1 Oscar. "Today, I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth." #38 on AFI'S LIST OF 100 GREATEST MOVIE QUOTES OF ALL TIME

39. Body and Soul (1947)

Approved | 104 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Sport

A talented boxer's young career hits difficult terrain when an unethical promoter takes interest in him.

Director: Robert Rossen | Stars: John Garfield, Lilli Palmer, Hazel Brooks, Anne Revere

Votes: 3,642

Won 1 Oscar. Nominated for 2 others

40. Blue Chips (1994)

PG-13 | 108 min | Drama, Sport

54 Metascore

A college basketball coach is forced to break the rules in order to get the players he needs to stay competitive.

Director: William Friedkin | Stars: Nick Nolte, Mary McDonnell, J.T. Walsh, Ed O'Neill

Votes: 10,600 | Gross: $22.36M

3 out of 4 stars-Roger Ebert

41. Heaven Can Wait (1978)

PG | 101 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

72 Metascore

A Los Angeles Rams quarterback, accidentally taken away from his body by an overanxious angel before he was meant to die, returns to life in the body of a recently murdered millionaire.

Directors: Warren Beatty, Buck Henry | Stars: Warren Beatty, James Mason, Julie Christie, Jack Warden

Votes: 16,022 | Gross: $81.64M

Won 1 Oscar. Nominated for 8 more

42. The Hurricane (1999)

R | 146 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

74 Metascore

The story of Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, a boxer wrongly imprisoned for murder, and the people who aided in his fight to prove his innocence.

Director: Norman Jewison | Stars: Denzel Washington, Vicellous Shannon, Deborah Kara Unger,