Thee Complete List of All Sports Movies Rankedby 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
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.
Votes: 445,737 | Gross: $117.24M
Won 3 Oscars. Including Best Picture.
2. Raging Bull (1980)
R | 129 min | Biography, Drama, Sport
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.
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
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.
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
An exclusive golf course has to deal with a brash new member and a destructive dancing gopher.
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
A film following the lives of two inner-city Chicago boys who struggle to become college basketball players on the road to going professional.
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
An unknown comes out of seemingly nowhere to become a legendary player with almost divine talent.
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
A determined woman works with a hardened boxing trainer to become a professional.
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
Two British track athletes, one a determined Jew, and the other a devout Christian, compete in the 1924 Olympics.
Votes: 46,733 | Gross: $58.97M
Won 4 Oscar's including Best Picture
9. Slap Shot (1977)
R | 123 min | Comedy, Drama, Sport
A failing ice hockey team finds success with outrageously violent hockey goonery.
Votes: 30,972 | Gross: $28.00M
Old-time hockey like Eddie Shore
10. Friday Night Lights (2004)
PG-13 | 118 min | Action, Drama, Sport
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.
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
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: 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
The story of James Braddock, a supposedly washed-up boxer who came back to become a champion and an inspiration in the 1930s.
Votes: 161,423 | Gross: $61.65M
Nominated for 3 Oscars.
13. The Bad News Bears (1976)
PG | 102 min | Comedy, Drama, Family
An aging, down-on-his-luck ex-minor leaguer coaches a team of misfits in an ultra-competitive California little league.
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
A faded professional wrestler must retire, but finds his quest for a new life outside the ring a dispiriting struggle.
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
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: 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
Documentary about the pioneering 1970s Zephyr skating team.
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
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: 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
A documentary of the 1974 heavyweight championship bout in Zaire, "The Rumble in the Jungle," between champion George Foreman and underdog challenger Muhammad Ali.
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
A small-town boy obsessed with the Italian cycling team vies for the affections of a college girl.
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
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.
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.
Nominated for 1 Oscar.
22. The Big Lebowski (1998)
R | 117 min | Comedy, Crime
"The Dude" Lebowski, mistaken for a millionaire Lebowski, seeks restitution for his ruined rug and enlists his bowling buddies to help get it.
Votes: 626,183 | Gross: $17.50M
The Dude. That is all
23. 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: 212,134 | Gross: $153.95M
Won 1 Oscar. Best Actor in a Supporting Role Cuba Gooding Jr.
30 for 30 (2009– )
The Two Escobars
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.
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
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.
Votes: 312,928 | Gross: $75.61M
Nominated for 6 Oscars.
26. North Dallas Forty (1979)
R | 119 min | Comedy, Drama, Sport
A semi-fictional account of life as a professional (American-style) football player. Loosely based on the Dallas Cowboys team of the early 1970s.
Votes: 4,080 | Gross: $26.08M
Maybe the most realistic football movie ever
27. Seabiscuit (2003)
PG-13 | 140 min | Drama, History, Sport
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.
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.
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.
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe.
30. Creed (2015)
PG-13 | 133 min | Drama, Sport
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.
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
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.
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
A basketball player's father must try to convince him to go to a college so he can get a shorter sentence.
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
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: 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.
96% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes
35. Miracle (2004)
PG | 135 min | Biography, Drama, History
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.
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
Two sisters join the first female professional baseball league and struggle to help it succeed amidst their own growing rivalry.
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
The story of the controversial Brian Clough's 44-day reign as the coach of the English football club Leeds United.
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.
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.
Won 1 Oscar. Nominated for 2 others
40. 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: 10,600 | Gross: $22.36M
3 out of 4 stars-Roger Ebert
41. Heaven Can Wait (1978)
PG | 101 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
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.
Votes: 16,022 | Gross: $81.64M
Won 1 Oscar. Nominated for 8 more