The Best Sports Movies

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List Criteria: Movies about sports teams or athletes

Here is the ultimate list of the best sports movies ever made. Most guys, even some girls can't resist a tale about mostly make believe athletes. Sports may be the overarching theme in these movies, but that doesn't mean that there's anything deeper beneath the surface. These movies allow us guys to connect with our inner emotions through hidden love stories, tales of adversity, humor and ultimately the triumph of the human spirit.

At the heart of the best sports movies is relationships between the characters. Some of the best sports films like Rocky, Raging Bull and the Blind Side have either been nominated and/or won multiple Academy Awards. Others like Brian's Song, Hoosiers and Field of Dreams often times will cause viewers to feel triumphant with the characters, if they don't shed a tear as well.

But people can't resist an amazingly funny sports film. You can point to classics like Major League, Caddyshack, Bad News Bears and White Men Can't Jump as the best sports comedies.

Anyone can contribute to this list of the best sports movies, which makes this ranking an accurate, real-time reflection of the crowd's collective opinion. Rank your favorites or add whatever sports movie you see missing.
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    Sylvester Stallone, Joe Frazier, Burgess Meredith

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    most listed
    Hayden Panettiere, Ryan Gosling, Denzel Washington

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    Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Kevin Costner

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    Vince Vaughn, Sean Astin, Jon Favreau filmography

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    Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger, Rene Russo

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    Gene Hackman, Dennis Hopper, Barbara Hershey

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    Bill Murray, Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield

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    James Earl Jones, Denis Leary, Karen Allen

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    Kim Basinger, Robert Redford, Robert Duvall

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    Kevin Costner, Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins

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    Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, Robin Wright

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    Kurt Russell, Patricia Clarkson, Ken Dryden

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    Sandra Bullock, Lily Collins, Kathy Bates

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    Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller, Julie Bowen

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    Madonna, Tom Hanks, Rosie O'Donnell

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    Sylvester Stallone, Burgess Meredith, Roberto Durán

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    Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Martin Scorsese

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    Sylvester Stallone, James Brown, Mr. T

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    Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman, Hilary Swank

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    Burt Reynolds, Bernadette Peters, Ray Nitschke

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    Woody Harrelson, Wesley Snipes, Rosie Perez

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    Paul Newman, M. Emmet Walsh, Swoosie Kurtz

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    John Candy, Malik Yoba, Jay Brazeau

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    Harrison Ford, Christopher Meloni, Nicole Beharie

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    Cameron Diaz, Al Pacino, Jamie Foxx

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    Dick Butkus, James Caan, Billy Dee Williams

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    Russell Crowe, Renée Zellweger, Paul Giamatti

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    Matthew McConaughey, Kate Mara, January Jones

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    Billy Bob Thornton, Marcia Gay Harden, Greg Kinnear

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    Amber Heard, Connie Britton, Tim McGraw

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    Tom Cruise, Lucy Liu, Renée Zellweger

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    Charlie Sheen, Christopher Lloyd, John Cusack

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    Kevin Costner, Rene Russo, Don Johnson

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    Amy Adams, Christian Bale, Mark Wahlberg

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    Elizabeth Banks, Mark Wahlberg, Randy Couture

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    Keanu Reeves, Gene Hackman, Jon Favreau filmography

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    Joshua Jackson, Emilio Estevez, Dan Tamberelli

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    Kevin Costner, Kelly Preston, J.K. Simmons

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    Dennis Quaid, Brian Cox, Rachel Griffiths

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    Elisabeth Shue, Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita

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    Michael Jordan, Bill Murray, Larry Bird

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    Evan Rachel Wood, Mickey Rourke, Marisa Tomei

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    Elizabeth Banks, Jeff Bridges, Tobey Maguire

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    Emily Deschanel, Jon Voight, Tatyana Ali

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    Ben Stiller, Chuck Norris, Vince Vaughn

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Babe Ruth, Gary Cooper, Bill Dickey

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    Bill Murray, Woody Harrelson, Randy Quaid

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    Adam Sandler, Kathy Bates, Rob Schneider

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    Amy Adams, Will Ferrell, Sacha Baron Cohen

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