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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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1,157 476
Rocky is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Sports Movies
Rocky Sylvester Stallone, Joe Frazier, Burgess Meredith

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2
978 516
Remember the Titans is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Sports Movies
Remember the Titans Hayden Panettiere, Ryan Gosling, Denzel Washington

3
937 391
Field of Dreams is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Sports Movies
Field of Dreams Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Kevin Costner

4
1,033 344
Major League is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Sports Movies
Major League Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger, Rene Russo

5
808 422
Hoosiers is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Sports Movies
Hoosiers Gene Hackman, Dennis Hopper, Barbara Hershey

6
866 434
Rudy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Sports Movies
Rudy Vince Vaughn, Sean Astin, Jon Favreau filmography

7
809 340
Caddyshack is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Sports Movies
Caddyshack Bill Murray, Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield

8
911 254
The Sandlot is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Sports Movies
The Sandlot James Earl Jones, Denis Leary, Karen Allen

9
683 364
Bull Durham is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Sports Movies
Bull Durham Kevin Costner, Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins

10
672 318
Happy Gilmore is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Sports Movies
Happy Gilmore Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller, Julie Bowen

11
715 308
Moneyball is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Sports Movies
Moneyball Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, Robin Wright

12
760 358
Miracle is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Sports Movies
Miracle Kurt Russell, Patricia Clarkson, Ken Dryden

13
739 380
The Natural is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Sports Movies
The Natural Kim Basinger, Robert Redford, Robert Duvall

14
738 312
A League of Their Own is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Sports Movies
A League of Their Own Madonna, Tom Hanks, Rosie O'Donnell

15
689 393
The Blind Side is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Sports Movies
The Blind Side Sandra Bullock, Lily Collins, Kathy Bates

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16
519 263
Rocky II is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Sports Movies
Rocky II Sylvester Stallone, Burgess Meredith, Roberto Durán

17
419 319
Raging Bull is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Sports Movies
Raging Bull Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Martin Scorsese

18
559 245
The Longest Yard is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Sports Movies
The Longest Yard Burt Reynolds, Bernadette Peters, Ray Nitschke

19
473 270
Rocky IV is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Sports Movies
Rocky IV Sylvester Stallone, James Brown, Mr. T

20
460 269
Rocky III is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Sports Movies
Rocky III Sylvester Stallone, Hulk Hogan, Burgess Meredith

21
539 275
Slap Shot is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Sports Movies
Slap Shot Paul Newman, M. Emmet Walsh, Swoosie Kurtz

22
484 351
White Men Can't Jump is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Sports Movies
White Men Can't Jump Woody Harrelson, Wesley Snipes, Rosie Perez

23
535 360
Cool Runnings is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Sports Movies
Cool Runnings John Candy, Malik Yoba, Jay Brazeau

24
456 325
Million Dollar Baby is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Sports Movies
Million Dollar Baby Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman, Hilary Swank

25
410 296
42 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Sports Movies
42 Harrison Ford, Christopher Meloni, Nicole Beharie

26
434 269
Brian's Song is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Sports Movies
Brian's Song Dick Butkus, James Caan, Billy Dee Williams

27
417 353
Any Given Sunday is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Sports Movies
Any Given Sunday Cameron Diaz, Al Pacino, Jamie Foxx

28
426 230
Friday Night Lights is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Sports Movies
Friday Night Lights Amber Heard, Connie Britton, Tim McGraw

29
399 303
Jerry Maguire is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Sports Movies
Jerry Maguire Tom Cruise, Lucy Liu, Renée Zellweger

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30
444 240
Bad News Bears is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Sports Movies
Bad News Bears Billy Bob Thornton, Marcia Gay Harden, Greg Kinnear

31
421 279
Tin Cup is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Sports Movies
Tin Cup Kevin Costner, Rene Russo, Don Johnson

32
439 279
We Are Marshall is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Sports Movies
We Are Marshall Matthew McConaughey, Kate Mara, January Jones

33
367 276
Cinderella Man is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Sports Movies
Cinderella Man Russell Crowe, Renée Zellweger, Paul Giamatti

34
386 185
The Karate Kid is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Sports Movies
The Karate Kid Elisabeth Shue, Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita

35
351 236
Eight Men Out is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Sports Movies
Eight Men Out Charlie Sheen, Christopher Lloyd, John Cusack

36
393 212
The Replacements is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Sports Movies
The Replacements Keanu Reeves, Gene Hackman, Jon Favreau filmography

37
340 212
Invincible is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Sports Movies
Invincible Elizabeth Banks, Mark Wahlberg, Randy Couture

38
408 243
The Mighty Ducks is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Sports Movies
The Mighty Ducks Joshua Jackson, Emilio Estevez, Dan Tamberelli

39
374 367
Space Jam is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Sports Movies
Space Jam Michael Jordan, Bill Murray, Larry Bird

40
293 285
The Fighter is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Sports Movies
The Fighter Amy Adams, Christian Bale, Mark Wahlberg

41
306 202
The Rookie is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Sports Movies
The Rookie Dennis Quaid, Brian Cox, Rachel Griffiths

42
278 223
For Love of the Game is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Sports Movies
For Love of the Game Kevin Costner, Kelly Preston, J.K. Simmons

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329 313
The Wrestler is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Sports Movies
The Wrestler Evan Rachel Wood, Mickey Rourke, Marisa Tomei

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350 246
DodgeBall: A True Underdog Sto... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Sports Movies
DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story Ben Stiller, Chuck Norris, Vince Vaughn

45
250 250
Seabiscuit is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Sports Movies
Seabiscuit Elizabeth Banks, Jeff Bridges, Tobey Maguire

46
313 244
Kingpin is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Sports Movies
Kingpin Bill Murray, Woody Harrelson, Randy Quaid

47
259 121
The Waterboy is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Sports Movies
looksharp added The Waterboy Adam Sandler, Kathy Bates, Rob Schneider

48
284 198
Talladega Nights: The Ballad o... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Sports Movies
wiabux added Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby Amy Adams, Will Ferrell, Sacha Baron Cohen

49
239 258
The Pride of the Yankees is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Sports Movies
The Pride of the Yankees Babe Ruth, Gary Cooper, Bill Dickey

50
226 274
Glory Road is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Sports Movies
Glory Road Emily Deschanel, Jon Voight, Tatyana Ali