The Most Inspirational Sports Movies

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List Criteria: Movies must feature sports and inspiration

From football movies to baseball films, these are the most inspirational sports movies of all time. This list of the best sports films has been chosen by the wisdom of the crowd, which means anyone can vote up their favorite inspirational sports movies.

What are the most inspirational sports movies? You can pick from favorites like Rudy and The Natural and vote for the best inspirational sports film. You can even add your own list of the best sports movies to these rankings. Whether you're a film geek, a sports fan, or a little bit of both, this list is a winning play when it comes to finding the best movies about sports.
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    A League of Their Own is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Inspirational Sports Movies


    Madonna, Tom Hanks, Rosie O'Donnell

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    Sylvester Stallone, Joe Frazier, Burgess Meredith

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    Tom Hanks, Kurt Russell, Sally Field

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    Remember the Titans is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Inspirational Sports Movies


    Hayden Panettiere, Ryan Gosling, Denzel Washington

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    Rudy is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Inspirational Sports Movies


    Vince Vaughn, Sean Astin, Jon Favreau filmography

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    Field of Dreams is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Inspirational Sports Movies


    Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Kevin Costner

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    The Blind Side is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Inspirational Sports Movies

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    Sandra Bullock, Lily Collins, Kathy Bates

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    Hoosiers is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Inspirational Sports Movies


    Gene Hackman, Dennis Hopper, Barbara Hershey

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    Miracle is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Inspirational Sports Movies


    Kurt Russell, Patricia Clarkson, Ken Dryden

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    We Are Marshall is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Inspirational Sports Movies


    Matthew McConaughey, Kate Mara, January Jones

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    The Karate Kid is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Inspirational Sports Movies

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    Elisabeth Shue, Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita

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    Cinderella Man is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Inspirational Sports Movies

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    Russell Crowe, Renée Zellweger, Paul Giamatti

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    The Sandlot is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Inspirational Sports Movies


    James Earl Jones, Denis Leary, Karen Allen

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    Rocky II is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Inspirational Sports Movies


    Sylvester Stallone, Burgess Meredith, Roberto Durán

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    Cool Runnings is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Inspirational Sports Movies


    John Candy, Malik Yoba, Jay Brazeau

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    Invincible is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Inspirational Sports Movies


    Elizabeth Banks, Mark Wahlberg, Randy Couture

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    The Rookie is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Inspirational Sports Movies


    Dennis Quaid, Brian Cox, Rachel Griffiths

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    The Natural is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Inspirational Sports Movies

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    Kim Basinger, Robert Redford, Robert Duvall

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    Coach Carter is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Inspirational Sports Movies

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    Channing Tatum, Samuel L. Jackson, Ashanti

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    Major League is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Inspirational Sports Movies

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    Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger, Rene Russo

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    The Mighty Ducks is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Inspirational Sports Movies

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    Joshua Jackson, Emilio Estevez, Dan Tamberelli

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    Sylvester Stallone, James Brown, Mr. T

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    The Longest Yard is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Inspirational Sports Movies


    Burt Reynolds, Bernadette Peters, Ray Nitschke

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    Friday Night Lights is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Inspirational Sports Movies


    Amber Heard, Connie Britton, Tim McGraw

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    Moneyball is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Inspirational Sports Movies


    Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, Robin Wright

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    42 is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Inspirational Sports Movies

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    Harrison Ford, Christopher Meloni, Nicole Beharie

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    Seabiscuit is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Inspirational Sports Movies

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    Elizabeth Banks, Jeff Bridges, Tobey Maguire

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    The Fighter is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Inspirational Sports Movies

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    Amy Adams, Christian Bale, Mark Wahlberg

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    Million Dollar Baby is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Inspirational Sports Movies


    Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman, Hilary Swank

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    Brian's Song is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Inspirational Sports Movies


    Dick Butkus, James Caan, Billy Dee Williams

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    Rocky III is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Inspirational Sports Movies

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    Sylvester Stallone, Hulk Hogan, Burgess Meredith

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    Warrior is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Inspirational Sports Movies


    Jennifer Morrison, Tom Hardy, Nick Nolte

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    Chariots of Fire is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Inspirational Sports Movies


    Stephen Fry, Kenneth Branagh, Ian Holm

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    Bad News Bears is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Inspirational Sports Movies

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    Billy Bob Thornton, Marcia Gay Harden, Greg Kinnear

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    Radio is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Inspirational Sports Movies

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    Cuba Gooding Jr., Ed Harris, Debra Winger

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    Bull Durham is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Inspirational Sports Movies

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    Kevin Costner, Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins

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    Rocky Balboa is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Inspirational Sports Movies


    Sylvester Stallone, Milo Ventimiglia, Talia Shire

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    Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller, Julie Bowen

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    Tom Cruise, Lucy Liu, Renée Zellweger

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    Babe Ruth, Gary Cooper, Bill Dickey

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    Slap Shot is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Inspirational Sports Movies


    Paul Newman, M. Emmet Walsh, Swoosie Kurtz

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    For Love of the Game is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Inspirational Sports Movies


    Kevin Costner, Kelly Preston, J.K. Simmons

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    Glory Road is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Inspirational Sports Movies


    Emily Deschanel, Jon Voight, Tatyana Ali

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    Bend It like Beckham is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Inspirational Sports Movies

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    Keira Knightley, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Anupam Kher

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    Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Martin Scorsese

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    Ali is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Inspirational Sports Movies


    Will Smith, Jamie Foxx, Jada Pinkett Smith

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    Bill Murray, Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield

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    Secretariat is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Inspirational Sports Movies

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    Diane Lane, John Malkovich, James Cromwell

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    Mystery, Alaska is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Inspirational Sports Movies


    Russell Crowe, Mike Myers, Burt Reynolds

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    Invictus is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Inspirational Sports Movies


    Morgan Freeman, Matt Damon, Langley Kirkwood

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