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The Best Sports Movies About Coaches 

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List Rules Movies must focus on the coaches of sports teams.

Dealing with the pressures of being a coach and thorw in a little bit of off the filed drama and you've got awesome movie plot: this coach movies list proves that. We're familiar with Space Jam and Rudy but nothing rings emotionally as deep as a the connection with a struggling coach looking to make bring out the best in people. Inspirational coaching movies and actors like Gene Hackman in Hoosiers and Football coach Al Pacino in Any Given Sunday make us feel like we are right there in the action.

We're looking to you sports jocks and movie buffs to build us an awesome list of great movies that feature the coach as the main character and let the world know which one rank the highest. So what are the best coach movies and the best coaching films? Add to this list to be entered to win Win Win on DVD

What are the best coaching movies? Take a look at this list and decide for yourself.
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Hayden Panettiere, Ryan Gosling, Denzel Washington

Released: 2000

Directed by: Boaz Yakin

Remember the Titans is a 2000 American sports drama film produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and directed by Boaz Yakin. The screenplay, written by Gregory Allen Howard, is based on the true story of ...more

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#810 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #358 of 599 The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made #74 of 125 Movies That Should Never Be Remade

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Gene Hackman, Dennis Hopper, Barbara Hershey

Released: 1986

Directed by: David Anspaugh

Hoosiers is a 1986 sports film written by Angelo Pizzo and directed by David Anspaugh. It tells the story of a small-town Indiana high school basketball team that wins the state championship. It ...more

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#647 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #106 of 710 The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Stars

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Channing Tatum, Samuel L. Jackson, Ashanti

Released: 2005

Directed by: Thomas Carter

Coach Carter is a 2005 American biographical sports drama film directed by Thomas Carter. It is based on a true story of Richmond High School basketball coach Ken Carter portrayed by Samuel L. ...more

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#29 of 722 The Best Black Movies Ever Made, Ranked #36 of 50 The Most Woke Movies of All Time

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Kurt Russell, Patricia Clarkson, Ken Dryden

Released: 2004

Directed by: Gavin O'Connor

Miracle is a 2004 American sports docudrama about the United States men's hockey team, led by head coach Herb Brooks, that won the gold medal in the 1980 Winter Olympics. The USA team's victory ...more

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#11 of 80 The Most Patriotic Movies of All Time #235 of 548 The Greatest Movies for Guys

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Tatum O'Neal, Jackie Earle Haley, Walter Matthau

Released: 1976

Directed by: Michael Ritchie

The Bad News Bears is a 1976 comedy film directed by Michael Ritchie. It stars Walter Matthau and Tatum O'Neal. The film was followed by two sequels, The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training in ...more

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#153 of 1,196 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time #75 of 591 The Best '70s Movies

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John Candy, Malik Yoba, Jay Brazeau

Released: 1993

Directed by: Jon Turteltaub

Cool Runnings is a 1993 American sports film directed by Jon Turteltaub, and starring Leon, Doug E. Doug, Rawle D. Lewis, Malik Yoba and John Candy. The film was released in the United States on ...more

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#92 of 624 The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies #75 of 722 The Best Black Movies Ever Made, Ranked

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Keanu Reeves, Gene Hackman, Jon Favreau filmography

Released: 2000

Directed by: Howard Deutch

The Replacements is a 2000 American sports comedy film directed by Howard Deutch. It stars Keanu Reeves, Gene Hackman, and Brooke Langton.

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#495 of 1,009 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films #328 of 1,196 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time

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Joshua Jackson, Emilio Estevez, Dan Tamberelli

Released: 1992

The Mighty Ducks is a 1992 American sports comedy film directed by Stephen Herek, starring Emilio Estevez. It was produced by Avnet–Kerner Productions and distributed by Walt Disney Pictures. It ...more

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Cameron Diaz, Al Pacino, Jamie Foxx

Released: 1999

Directed by: Oliver Stone

Any Given Sunday is a 1999 American drama film directed by Oliver Stone depicting a fictional professional American football team. The film features an ensemble cast, consisting of Al Pacino, ...more

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#199 of 265 The Best Ensemble Movies #42 of 179 The Best Sports Movies Ever Made #44 of 52 The 30+ Greatest Sports Drama Movies of All Time

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Cuba Gooding Jr., Ed Harris, Debra Winger

Released: 2003

Directed by: Michael Tollin

Radio is a 2003 film inspired by the 1996 Sports Illustrated article "Someone to Lean On" by Gary Smith. The article and the movie are based on the true story of T. L. Hanna High ...more

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#217 of 624 The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies #110 of 199 The Biggest Tearjerker Movies of All Time

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Amber Heard, Connie Britton, Tim McGraw

Released: 2004

Directed by: Peter Berg

Friday Night Lights is a 2004 sports drama film, directed by Peter Berg, which documents the coach and players of a high school football team and the Texas city of Odessa that supports and is ...more

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#212 of 292 The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry #368 of 548 The Greatest Movies for Guys

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carlybobarly added Madonna, Tom Hanks, Rosie O'Donnell

Released: 1992

Directed by: Penny Marshall

A League of Their Own is a 1992 American comedy-drama film that tells a fictionalized account of the real-life All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. Directed by Penny Marshall, the ...more

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#58 of 803 The Greatest Chick Flicks Ever Made #696 of 1,196 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time

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Vince Vaughn, Sean Astin, Jon Favreau filmography

Released: 1993

Directed by: David Anspaugh

Rudy is a 1993 American sports film directed by David Anspaugh. It is an account of the life of Daniel "Rudy" Ruettiger, who harbored dreams of playing football at the University of ...more

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wiabux added Matthew McConaughey, Kate Mara, January Jones

Released: 2006

Directed by: Joseph McGinty Nichol

We Are Marshall is a 2006 American historical drama biopic film directed by McG. It depicts the aftermath of the 1970 incident that 37 football players on the Marshall University Thundering Herd ...more

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#79 of 292 The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry #53 of 236 The Best Movies Based on True Stories #79 of 199 The Biggest Tearjerker Movies of All Time

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Alexa Vega, Rick Moranis, Ed O'Neill

Released: 1994

Directed by: Duwayne Dunham

Little Giants is a 1994 family sports comedy film, starring Rick Moranis and Ed O'Neill as brothers in a small Ohio town, coaching rival Pee-Wee Football teams.

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#103 of 493 The Funniest '90s Movies #223 of 317 The Best Movies for Kids

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Dennis Quaid, Brian Cox, Rachel Griffiths

Released: 2002

Directed by: John Lee Hancock

The Rookie is a 2002 sports drama film directed by John Lee Hancock and produced by Walt Disney Pictures. It is based on the true story of Jim Morris, who had a brief, but famous Major League ...more

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#1,279 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #16 of 52 The 30+ Greatest Sports Drama Movies of All Time

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Paul Giamatti, Jeffrey Tambor, Melanie Lynskey

Released: 2011

Directed by: Thomas McCarthy

Win Win is a 2011 comedy-drama directed and written by Thomas McCarthy. The main characters are played by Paul Giamatti, Alex Shaffer, Amy Ryan, Bobby Cannavale, Jeffrey Tambor, Burt Young and ...more
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Goldie Hawn, LL Cool J, Woody Harrelson

Released: 1986

Directed by: Michael Ritchie

Wildcats is a 1986 American sports comedy film directed by Michael Ritchie and is also the film debut of Wesley Snipes and Woody Harrelson.

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#416 of 624 The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies #1,386 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #826 of 1,196 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time

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wiabux added Emily Deschanel, Jon Voight, Tatyana Ali

Released: 2006

Directed by: James Gartner

Glory Road is a 2006 American drama sports film directed by James Gartner, based on a true story surrounding the events leading to the 1966 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship. Don ...more

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#219 of 722 The Best Black Movies Ever Made, Ranked #58 of 179 The Best Sports Movies Ever Made #46 of 52 The 30+ Greatest Sports Drama Movies of All Time

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Parker Posey, Elliott Gould, Eric Stoltz

Released: 1995

Directed by: Noah Baumbach

Kicking and Screaming is a 1995 film by Noah Baumbach about a group of college graduates who refuse to move on with their lives, each in his own peculiar way. The film stars Josh Hamilton, Chris ...more

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#946 of 1,196 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time #416 of 493 The Funniest '90s Movies

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Wayne Gretzky, Joshua Jackson

Released: 1994

Directed by: Sam Weisman

D2: The Mighty Ducks is a 1994 American sports comedy film directed by Sam Weisman. It is a sequel to the 1992 film The Mighty Ducks and produced by Walt Disney Pictures and Avnet–Kerner ...more

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#1,173 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #477 of 1,009 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films

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Shaquille O'Neal, Larry Bird, Kevin Garnett

Released: 1994

Directed by: William Friedkin

Blue Chips is a 1994 basketball drama film, directed by William Friedkin, written by Ron Shelton and starring Nick Nolte as a college coach and real-life basketball stars Shaquille O'Neal and ...more

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#80 of 179 The Best Sports Movies Ever Made #40 of 52 The 30+ Greatest Sports Drama Movies of All Time

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Billy Bob Thornton, Marcia Gay Harden, Greg Kinnear

Released: 2005

Directed by: Richard Linklater

Bad News Bears is the 2005 remake of the 1976 comedy film The Bad News Bears, produced by Paramount Pictures. It is directed by Richard Linklater and stars Billy Bob Thornton, Greg Kinnear, ...more

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#13 of 31 The Greatest Comedy Movie Remakes #29 of 90 The All-Time Best Baseball Films

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Keanu Reeves, Diane Lane, Michael B. Jordan

Released: 2001

Directed by: Brian Robbins

Hardball is a 2001 American dramedy film directed by Brian Robbins. It stars Keanu Reeves, Diane Lane and D. B. Sweeney. The screenplay by John Gatins is based on the book Hardball: A Season in ...more

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#209 of 292 The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry #176 of 179 The Best Sports Movies Ever Made

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Halle Berry, James Caan, Kristy Swanson

Released: 1993

Directed by: David S. Ward

The Program is a 1993 film starring James Caan, Halle Berry, Omar Epps, Craig Sheffer, Kristy Swanson, and Joey Lauren Adams. The film was directed by David S. Ward who has directed and written ...more