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The Best Sports Movies Ever Made

Updated January 22, 2021 119.4k votes 7.7k voters 130.2k views204 items

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Here is the ultimate list of the best sports movies ever made. Most guys, even some girls can't resist a tale about mostly make believe athletes. Sports may be the overarching theme in these movies, but that doesn't mean that there's anything deeper beneath the surface. These movies allow us guys to connect with our inner emotions through hidden love stories, tales of adversity, humor and ultimately the triumph of the human spirit.

At the heart of the best sports movies is relationships between the characters. Some of the best sports films like Rocky, Raging Bull and the Blind Side have either been nominated and/or won multiple Academy Awards. Others like Brian's Song, Hoosiers and Field of Dreams often times will cause viewers to feel triumphant with the characters, if they don't shed a tear as well.

But people can't resist an amazingly funny sports film. You can point to classics like Major League, Caddyshack, Bad News Bears and White Men Can't Jump as the best sports comedies.

Anyone can contribute to this list of the best sports movies, which makes this ranking an accurate, real-time reflection of the crowd's collective opinion. Rank your favorites or add whatever sports movie you see missing.

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    A League of Their Own

    Madonna, Tom Hanks
    A League of Their Own is a 1992 American comedy-drama film that tells a fictionalized account...  more

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    Rocky

    Sylvester Stallone, Joe Frazier
    Rocky is a 1976 American sports drama film directed by John G. Avildsen. A small-time boxer...  more

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    Remember the Titans

    Hayden Panettiere, Ryan Gosling
    Remember the Titans is a 2000 American sports drama film produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and...  more

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    The Sandlot

    James Earl Jones, Denis Leary
    The Sandlot, also known as The Sandlot Kids, is a 1993 American coming-of-age film Comedy...  more

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    Hoosiers

    Gene Hackman, Dennis Hopper
    Hoosiers is a 1986 sports film directed by David Anspaugh. A coach with a checkered past (Gene...  more

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    Field of Dreams

    Ben Affleck, Matt Damon
    Field of Dreams is a 1989 American fantasy-drama film directed by Phil Alden Robinson, who...  more

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    Rudy

    Vince Vaughn, Sean Astin
    Rudy is a 1993 American sports film directed by David Anspaugh. It is an account of the life...  more

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    Major League

    Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger
    Major League is a 1989 American sports comedy film written and directed by David S. Ward,...  more

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    Caddyshack

    Bill Murray, Chevy Chase
    Caddyshack is a 1980 American sports comedy film directed by Harold Ramis and written by Brian...  more

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    Miracle

    Kurt Russell, Patricia Clarkson
    Miracle is a 2004 American sports docudrama about the United States men's hockey team, led by...  more

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    Moneyball

    Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill
    Moneyball is an American 2011 biographical sports drama film directed by Bennett Miller from a...  more

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    Jerry Maguire

    Tom Cruise, Lucy Liu
    Jerry Maguire is a 1996 American romantic comedy-drama sports film written, produced and...  more

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    Bull Durham

    Kevin Costner, Susan Sarandon
    Bull Durham is a 1988 American romantic comedy sports film. It is partly based upon the minor...  more

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    For Love of the Game

    Kevin Costner, Kelly Preston
    For Love of the Game is a 1999 American drama sports film based on the novel of the same title...  more
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    The Blind Side

    Sandra Bullock, Lily Collins
    The Blind Side is a 2009 American semi-biographical sports drama film. It was written and...  more

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    Rocky II

    Sylvester Stallone, Burgess Meredith
    Rocky II is a 1979 American sports drama film directed by Sylvester Stallone, and the second...  more

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    Cool Runnings

    John Candy, Malik Yoba
    Cool Runnings is a 1993 American sports film directed by Jon Turteltaub, and starring Leon,...  more

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    42

    Chadwick Boseman, Nicole Beharie
    42 is a 2013 American biographical sports film directed by Brian Helgeland. The powerful story...  more

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    Rocky III

    Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire
    Rocky III is a 1982 American sports drama film directed by Sylvester Stallone, and the third...  more

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    Happy Gilmore

    Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller
    Happy Gilmore is a 1996 sports comedy film directed by Dennis Dugan and produced by Robert...  more

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    Raging Bull

    Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci
    Raging Bull is a 1980 American biographical black-and-white sports drama film directed by...  more

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    The Longest Yard

    Burt Reynolds, Bernadette Peters
    The Longest Yard is a 1974 American sports comedy film directed by Robert Aldrich. Written by...  more

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    The Karate Kid

    Elisabeth Shue, Ralph Macchio
    The Karate Kid is a 1984 American martial arts romantic drama film directed by John G....  more

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    Rocky IV

    Sylvester Stallone, James Brown
    Rocky IV is a 1985 American sports film written and directed by Sylvester Stallone, who also...  more

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    Brian's Song

    Dick Butkus, James Caan
    Brian's Song is a 1971 ABC Movie of the Week that recounts the details of the life of Brian...  more

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