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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    Field of Dreams is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Inspirational Sports Movies


    Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Kevin Costner

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


    Elizabeth Banks, Mark Wahlberg, Randy Couture

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

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    Sylvester Stallone, Burgess Meredith, Roberto Durán

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

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    Kim Basinger, Robert Redford, Robert Duvall

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

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    Dennis Quaid, Brian Cox, Rachel Griffiths

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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


    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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    The Mighty Ducks is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Inspirational Sports Movies


    Joshua Jackson, Emilio Estevez, Dan Tamberelli

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    Friday Night Lights is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Inspirational Sports Movies


    Amber Heard, Connie Britton, Tim McGraw

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


    Burt Reynolds, Bernadette Peters, Ray Nitschke

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    42 is listed (or ranked) 25 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) 26 on the list The Most Inspirational Sports Movies

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    Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, Robin Wright

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


    Elizabeth Banks, Jeff Bridges, Tobey Maguire

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    Brian's Song is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Inspirational Sports Movies

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    Dick Butkus, James Caan, Billy Dee Williams

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    Bad News Bears is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Inspirational Sports Movies

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    Billy Bob Thornton, Marcia Gay Harden, Greg Kinnear

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    Rocky III is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Inspirational Sports Movies

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    Sylvester Stallone, Hulk Hogan, Burgess Meredith

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


    Amy Adams, Christian Bale, Mark Wahlberg

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    Radio is listed (or ranked) 32 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) 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


    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


    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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    Slap Shot is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Inspirational Sports Movies

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    Paul Newman, M. Emmet Walsh, Swoosie Kurtz

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    Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller, Julie Bowen

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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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    Mystery, Alaska is listed (or ranked) 45 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) 48 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) 49 on the list The Most Inspirational Sports Movies


    Evan Rachel Wood, Mickey Rourke, Marisa Tomei

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


    Dennis Quaid, Jackie Earle Haley, Daniel Stern

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