The Least Inspiring Sports Movies Films

The Least Inspiring Sports Movies

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List Criteria: Vote up for the LEAST inspiring movie; vote down for movies you did find inspiring

The least inspiring sports movies might entertain, but they don't necessarily inspire. Sure, watching a cute movie about a golden retriever that can shoot hoops is fun - but does that mean everyone's suddenly going to hit the park for a pick up game? No. Unless you're a golden retriever. Maybe then. From 'Air Bud' to 'Rocky V,' this is a list of football, baseball, hockey and other sports-related movies that, for whatever reason, just don't push the right buttons. If you see a sports film listed that you did, in fact, find inspirational, vote it down. But if you agree that a particular sports movie on this list is ridiculously uninspiring, vote it up. And if you know of a really uninspiring sports movie that isn't on the list, add it!

The most inspirational sports movies of all-time can make sports fans (or almost anyone for that matter) feel energized and motivated. We're talking films like the original 'Rocky' and 'Hoosiers.' They can make us shed tears, too ("Rudy! Rudy! Rudy!") Sadly, this list doesn't include those kinds of movies. No, this list includes some serious stinkers. Did anyone honestly think the football movie 'Johnny Be Good' was, in fact, good? Yes, many loved 'The Bad News Bears' but what about 'The Bad News Bears Go to Japan?' Forgettable, not inspirational in the least - and downright pointless, really.

Among the least inspirational sports films: remakes and sequels. The first two 'Mighty Ducks' movies were pretty great, but 'D3: The Mighty Ducks' fell far short. Same with the remakes of 'The Longest Yard' and 'Rollerball.' Sometimes it's best to leave a good thing alone. Also, if you want to watch a movie about a kangaroo that can box (1978's 'Matilda') or a mule that can kick a football (1976's 'Gus'), fine. Just don't expect it to inspire.


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    Juwanna Mann

    Lil' Kim, Vivica A. Fox, Vlade Divac

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  2. 2
    + 101
    - 37
    Rollerball

    P!nk, Rebecca Romijn, LL Cool J

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  3. 3
    + 71
    - 30
    Ed

    Jim Caviezel, Matt LeBlanc, Tommy Lasorda

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  4. 4
    + 93
    - 48
    Major League: Back to the Minors

    Dennis Haysbert, Walton Goggins, Scott Bakula

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  5. 5
    + 70
    - 33
    Ladybugs

    Rodney Dangerfield, Tommy Lasorda, Jonathan Brandis

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  6. 6
    + 70
    - 34
    Slam Dunk Ernest

    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jim Varney, Jay Brazeau

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  7. 7
    + 73
    - 37
    Angels in the Endzone

    Christopher Lloyd, Matthew Lawrence, David Gallagher

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  8. 8
    + 94
    - 53
    Air Bud

    Mark Jackson, Kevin Zegers, Michael Jeter

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  9. 9
    + 56
    - 25
    Eddie

    Donald Trump, Dennis Rodman, Whoopi Goldberg

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  10. 10
    + 69
    - 36
    Racing Stripes

    Hayden Panettiere, Snoop Dogg, Mandy Moore

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  11. 11
    + 68
    - 36
    The Bad News Bears Go to Japan

    Tony Curtis, Jackie Earle Haley, Regis Philbin

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  12. 12
    + 73
    - 40
    Caddyshack II

    Chevy Chase, Dan Aykroyd, Randy Quaid

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  13. 13
    + 73
    - 41
    Mr. 3000

    Carmen Electra, Jay Leno, Angela Bassett

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  14. 14
    + 47
    - 21

    Kevin Moore, Noel John Cunningham, Xavier Rodrigo

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  15. 15
    + 48
    - 25
    The Main Event

    Barbra Streisand, Ryan O'Neal, Rory Calhoun

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  16. 16
    + 48
    - 28
    The Scout

    Brendan Fraser, J.K. Simmons, Tony Bennett

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  17. 17
    + 57
    - 37
    Ready to Rumble

    Rose McGowan, Randy Savage, Bill Goldberg

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  18. 18
    + 41
    - 24
    Gus

    Johnny Unitas, Dick Butkus, Ed Asner

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  19. 19
    + 45
    - 29
    Slap Shot 2: Breaking the Ice

    Gary Busey, Chris Chelios, Stephen Baldwin

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  20. 20
    + 60
    - 43
    D3: The Mighty Ducks

    Joshua Jackson, Emilio Estevez, Kenan Thompson

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    + 41
    - 27

    Robert Mitchum, Elliott Gould, Lionel Stander

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  22. 22
    + 43
    - 30
    The Fan

    Robert De Niro, Jack Black, Ellen Barkin

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  23. 23
    + 41
    - 30
    Johnny Be Good

    Robert Downey Jr., Uma Thurman, Jennifer Tilly

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  24. 24
    + 46
    - 36
    Little Big League

    Jason Robards Jr., Jeff Garlin, Jonathan Silverman

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    + 20
    - 12

    added by wiabux
    Brenda Song, Jimmy Kimmel, Jonathan Lipnicki

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  26. 26
    + 54
    - 46
    Rocky V

    Sylvester Stallone, Burgess Meredith, Dolph Lundren

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    + 43
    - 38
    8 Seconds

    Renée Zellweger, Luke Perry, Stephen Baldwin

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  28. 28
    + 17
    - 13
    The Game Plan

    added by wiabux
    Dwayne Johnson, Ashley Tisdale, Roselyn Sánchez

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  29. 29
    + 15
    - 11
    The Air Up There

    added by wiabux
    Kevin Bacon

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  30. 30
    + 18
    - 15
    Fever Pitch

    added by wiabux
    Drew Barrymore, Jimmy Fallon, Stephen King

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  31. 31
    + 43
    - 42
    Necessary Roughness

    Jerry Rice, Dick Butkus, Kathy Ireland

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  32. 32
    + 13
    - 11
    The Cutting Edge: Going for the Gold

    added by WarrenMitchell
    Christine Lakin, Oksana Baiul, Christy Carlson Romano

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    + 3
    - 1
    Slap Shot 3: The Junior League

    added by AndrewWilkerson
    Leslie Nielsen, Mark Messier, Doug Gilmour

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  34. 34
    + 3
    - 2
    The Benchwarmers

    added by jess-hart
    James Earl Jones, David Spade, Rob Schneider

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  35. 35
    + 62
    - 66
    Rookie of the Year

    Gary Busey, John Candy, Dan Hedaya

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  36. 36
    + 58
    - 63
    The Longest Yard

    Adam Sandler, Courteney Cox, Chris Rock

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  37. 37
    + 2
    - 2
    Little Giants

    added by jess-hart
    Alexa Vega, Rick Moranis, Ed O'Neill

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  38. 38
    + 2
    - 2
    Kicking & Screaming

    added by jess-hart
    Will Ferrell, Robert Duvall, Mike Ditka

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  39. 39
    + 1
    - 1
    Artie Lange's Beer League

    added by jess-hart
    Tina Fey, Artie Lange, Ralph Macchio

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  40. 40
    + 34
    - 38
    The Legend of Bagger Vance

    Charlize Theron, Will Smith, Matt Damon

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  41. 41
    + 0
    - 1
    Backfield in Motion

    added by jess-hart
    Ilona Staller

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  42. 42
    + 32
    - 38
    The Cutting Edge

    Terry O'Quinn, Moira Kelly, D. B. Sweeney

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  43. 43
    + 0
    - 2
    Quarterback Princess

    added by jess-hart
    Helen Hunt, Tim Robbins, Don Murray

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  44. 44
    + 1
    - 4
    Semi-Pro

    added by jess-hart
    Will Ferrell, Kristen Wiig, Woody Harrelson

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  45. 45
    + 0
    - 3
    Major League II

    added by jess-hart
    Charlie Sheen, Jay Leno, Tom Berenger

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  46. 46
    + 17
    - 24
    Tin Cup

    added by Dismalhead
    Kevin Costner, Rene Russo, Don Johnson

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  47. 47
    + 2
    - 7
    Slap Shot

    added by AndrewWilkerson
    Paul Newman, M. Emmet Walsh, Swoosie Kurtz

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  48. 48
    + 0
    - 4
    Kingpin

    added by jess-hart
    Bill Murray, Woody Harrelson, Randy Quaid

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  49. 49
    + 18
    - 40
    Field of Dreams

    added by Dismalhead
    Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Kevin Costner

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  50. 50
    + 33
    - 66
    The Replacements

    Keanu Reeves, Gene Hackman, Jon Favreau filmography

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