The Most Inspirational Sports Movies Films

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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    Tom Hanks, Kurt Russell, Sally Field

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    the people's #1 & most listed
    Sylvester Stallone, Joe Frazier, Burgess Meredith

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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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    The Blind Side is listed (or ranked) 6 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) 7 on the list The Most Inspirational Sports Movies


    Gene Hackman, Dennis Hopper, Barbara Hershey

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    Field of Dreams is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Inspirational Sports Movies


    Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Kevin Costner

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

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    James Earl Jones, Denis Leary, Karen Allen

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


    Russell Crowe, Renée Zellweger, Paul Giamatti

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


    Elizabeth Banks, Mark Wahlberg, Randy Couture

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


    Dennis Quaid, Brian Cox, Rachel Griffiths

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

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    Kim Basinger, Robert Redford, Robert Duvall

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


    John Candy, Malik Yoba, Jay Brazeau

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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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    Sylvester Stallone, James Brown, Mr. T

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    Friday Night Lights is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Inspirational Sports Movies


    Amber Heard, Connie Britton, Tim McGraw

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    The Mighty Ducks is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Inspirational Sports Movies


    Joshua Jackson, Emilio Estevez, Dan Tamberelli

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    42 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Inspirational Sports Movies

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    Harrison Ford, Christopher Meloni, Nicole Beharie

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


    Burt Reynolds, Bernadette Peters, Ray Nitschke

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

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    Amy Adams, Christian Bale, Mark Wahlberg

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


    Elizabeth Banks, Jeff Bridges, Tobey Maguire

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    Rocky III is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Inspirational Sports Movies

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    Sylvester Stallone, Hulk Hogan, Burgess Meredith

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

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    Dick Butkus, James Caan, Billy Dee Williams

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


    Cuba Gooding Jr., Ed Harris, Debra Winger

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    Bad News Bears is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Inspirational Sports Movies

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    Billy Bob Thornton, Marcia Gay Harden, Greg Kinnear

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    Bull Durham is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Inspirational Sports Movies

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    Kevin Costner, Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins

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    Warrior is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Inspirational Sports Movies

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    Jennifer Morrison, Tom Hardy, Nick Nolte

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    Chariots of Fire is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Inspirational Sports Movies

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    Stephen Fry, Kenneth Branagh, Ian Holm

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    Million Dollar Baby is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Inspirational Sports Movies

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    Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman, Hilary Swank

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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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    Babe Ruth, Gary Cooper, Bill Dickey

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    Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller, Julie Bowen

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    Slap Shot is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Inspirational Sports Movies

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    Paul Newman, M. Emmet Walsh, Swoosie Kurtz

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    For Love of the Game is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Inspirational Sports Movies


    Kevin Costner, Kelly Preston, J.K. Simmons

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    Tom Cruise, Lucy Liu, Renée Zellweger

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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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    Secretariat is listed (or ranked) 45 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) 46 on the list The Most Inspirational Sports Movies


    Russell Crowe, Mike Myers, Burt Reynolds

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    Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Martin Scorsese

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    Bill Murray, Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield

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    Ali is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Inspirational Sports Movies


    Will Smith, Jamie Foxx, Jada Pinkett Smith

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


    Evan Rachel Wood, Mickey Rourke, Marisa Tomei

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