film The Least Inspiring Sports Movies  

Blake Edwards
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List Rules 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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Rollerball P!nk, Rebecca Romijn, LL Cool J

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Ed Jim Caviezel, Matt LeBlanc, Tommy Lasorda

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Air Bud Mark Jackson, Kevin Zegers, Michael Jeter

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Slam Dunk Ernest Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jim Varney, Jay Brazeau

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Major League: Back to the Minors Dennis Haysbert, Walton Goggins, Scott Bakula

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Angels in the Endzone Christopher Lloyd, Matthew Lawrence, David Gallagher

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Eddie Donald Trump, Dennis Rodman, Whoopi Goldberg

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Racing Stripes Hayden Panettiere, Snoop Dogg, Mandy Moore

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Here Come the Tigers is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Least Inspiring Sports Movies
Here Come the Tigers Kevin Moore, Noel John Cunningham, Xavier Rodrigo

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Ladybugs Rodney Dangerfield, Tommy Lasorda, Jonathan Brandis

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Caddyshack II Chevy Chase, Dan Aykroyd, Randy Quaid

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The Main Event Barbra Streisand, Ryan O'Neal, Rory Calhoun

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The Bad News Bears Go to Japan Tony Curtis, Jackie Earle Haley, Regis Philbin

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Mr. 3000 Carmen Electra, Jay Leno, Angela Bassett

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Ready to Rumble Rose McGowan, Randy Savage, Bill Goldberg

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The Scout Brendan Fraser, J.K. Simmons, Tony Bennett

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Matilda is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Least Inspiring Sports Movies
Matilda Robert Mitchum, Elliott Gould, Lionel Stander

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Gus Johnny Unitas, Dick Butkus, Ed Asner

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Slap Shot 2: Breaking the Ice Gary Busey, Chris Chelios, Stephen Baldwin

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Johnny Be Good Robert Downey Jr., Uma Thurman, Jennifer Tilly

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The Fan Robert De Niro, Jack Black, Ellen Barkin

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D3: The Mighty Ducks Joshua Jackson, Emilio Estevez, Kenan Thompson

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Rocky V Sylvester Stallone, Burgess Meredith, Dolph Lundren

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Like Mike is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Least Inspiring Sports Movies
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8 Seconds Renée Zellweger, Luke Perry, Stephen Baldwin

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Backfield in Motion Ilona Staller

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The Cutting Edge: Going for the Gold Christine Lakin, Oksana Baiul, Christy Carlson Romano

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The Air Up There Kevin Bacon

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The Benchwarmers James Earl Jones, David Spade, Rob Schneider

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The Game Plan Dwayne Johnson, Ashley Tisdale, Roselyn Sánchez

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Little Big League Jason Robards Jr., Jeff Garlin, Jonathan Silverman

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Kicking & Screaming Will Ferrell, Robert Duvall, Mike Ditka

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Slap Shot 3: The Junior League Leslie Nielsen, Mark Messier, Doug Gilmour

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Fever Pitch Drew Barrymore, Jimmy Fallon, Stephen King

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Artie Lange's Beer League Tina Fey, Artie Lange, Ralph Macchio

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The Cutting Edge Terry O'Quinn, Moira Kelly, D. B. Sweeney

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Quarterback Princess Helen Hunt, Tim Robbins, Don Murray

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Necessary Roughness Jerry Rice, Dick Butkus, Kathy Ireland

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The Legend of Bagger Vance Charlize Theron, Will Smith, Matt Damon

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Rudy Vince Vaughn, Sean Astin, Jon Favreau filmography

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Rookie of the Year Gary Busey, John Candy, Dan Hedaya

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The Longest Yard Adam Sandler, Courteney Cox, Chris Rock

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Little Giants Alexa Vega, Rick Moranis, Ed O'Neill

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Semi-Pro Will Ferrell, Kristen Wiig, Woody Harrelson

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Tin Cup Kevin Costner, Rene Russo, Don Johnson

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Major League II Charlie Sheen, Jay Leno, Tom Berenger

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Kingpin Bill Murray, Woody Harrelson, Randy Quaid

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Space Jam Michael Jordan, Bill Murray, Larry Bird

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