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List Rules 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 Madonna, Tom Hanks, Rosie O'Donnell

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1,151 1,226
Rocky is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Inspirational Sports Movies
Rocky Sylvester Stallone, Joe Frazier, Burgess Meredith

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1,217 213
Forrest Gump is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Inspirational Sports Movies
Forrest Gump Tom Hanks, Kurt Russell, Sally Field

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1,112 1,128
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Remember the Titans Hayden Panettiere, Ryan Gosling, Denzel Washington

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1,076 1,062
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Rudy Vince Vaughn, Sean Astin, Jon Favreau filmography

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708 748
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Field of Dreams Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Kevin Costner

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718 698
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Hoosiers Gene Hackman, Dennis Hopper, Barbara Hershey

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824 599
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The Blind Side Sandra Bullock, Lily Collins, Kathy Bates

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690 598
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Miracle Kurt Russell, Patricia Clarkson, Ken Dryden

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598 643
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The Karate Kid Elisabeth Shue, Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita

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597 537
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We Are Marshall Matthew McConaughey, Kate Mara, January Jones

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578 457
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The Sandlot James Earl Jones, Denis Leary, Karen Allen

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424 440
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Cinderella Man Russell Crowe, Renée Zellweger, Paul Giamatti

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486 368
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Rocky II Sylvester Stallone, Burgess Meredith, Roberto Durán

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399 402
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The Rookie Dennis Quaid, Brian Cox, Rachel Griffiths

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451 392
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Invincible Elizabeth Banks, Mark Wahlberg, Randy Couture

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425 480
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The Natural Kim Basinger, Robert Redford, Robert Duvall

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446 351
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Coach Carter Channing Tatum, Samuel L. Jackson, Ashanti

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444 346
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Cool Runnings John Candy, Malik Yoba, Jay Brazeau

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347 348
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Major League Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger, Rene Russo

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393 310
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The Mighty Ducks Joshua Jackson, Emilio Estevez, Dan Tamberelli

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403 314
Rocky IV is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Inspirational Sports Movies
Rocky IV Sylvester Stallone, James Brown, Mr. T

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280 164
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Million Dollar Baby Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman, Hilary Swank

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356 237
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Friday Night Lights Amber Heard, Connie Britton, Tim McGraw

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324 239
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Moneyball Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, Robin Wright

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306 223
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Seabiscuit Elizabeth Banks, Jeff Bridges, Tobey Maguire

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336 252
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The Longest Yard Burt Reynolds, Bernadette Peters, Ray Nitschke

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249 267
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Bull Durham Kevin Costner, Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins

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312 126
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johnnybunn added 42 Harrison Ford, Christopher Meloni, Nicole Beharie

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224 190
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The Fighter Amy Adams, Christian Bale, Mark Wahlberg

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266 181
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Warrior Jennifer Morrison, Tom Hardy, Nick Nolte

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246 266
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Bad News Bears Billy Bob Thornton, Marcia Gay Harden, Greg Kinnear

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229 195
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Chariots of Fire Stephen Fry, Kenneth Branagh, Ian Holm

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258 119
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WarrenMitchell added Rocky III Sylvester Stallone, Hulk Hogan, Burgess Meredith

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279 129
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Brian's Song Dick Butkus, James Caan, Billy Dee Williams

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282 182
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Radio Cuba Gooding Jr., Ed Harris, Debra Winger

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225 142
Happy Gilmore is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Inspirational Sports Movies
Happy Gilmore Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller, Julie Bowen

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237 183
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Rocky Balboa Sylvester Stallone, Milo Ventimiglia, Talia Shire

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233 161
Jerry Maguire is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Inspirational Sports Movies
Jerry Maguire Tom Cruise, Lucy Liu, Renée Zellweger

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193 137
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For Love of the Game Kevin Costner, Kelly Preston, J.K. Simmons

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172 175
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Slap Shot Paul Newman, M. Emmet Walsh, Swoosie Kurtz

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189 181
The Pride of the Yankees is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Inspirational Sports Movies
The Pride of the Yankees Babe Ruth, Gary Cooper, Bill Dickey

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192 152
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Glory Road Emily Deschanel, Jon Voight, Tatyana Ali

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147 224
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Bend It like Beckham Keira Knightley, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Anupam Kher

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125 115
Raging Bull is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Inspirational Sports Movies
Raging Bull Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Martin Scorsese

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144 148
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Ali Will Smith, Jamie Foxx, Jada Pinkett Smith

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138 88
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johnnybunn added Secretariat Diane Lane, John Malkovich, James Cromwell

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146 113
Caddyshack is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Inspirational Sports Movies
Caddyshack Bill Murray, Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield

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140 151
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Mystery, Alaska Russell Crowe, Mike Myers, Burt Reynolds

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152 120
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Invictus Morgan Freeman, Matt Damon, Langley Kirkwood