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The Best Sports Movies About Coaches

Updated December 9, 2020 5.2k votes 752 voters 86.1k views63 items

List RulesMovies must focus on the coaches of sports teams.

Dealing with the pressures of team management as a coach along with a little bit of off the field 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 include famous 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. Other great football and basketball coach movies are Remember the Titans and Coach Carter.

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? 

What are the best coaching movies? Take a look at this list and decide for yourself.

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  • Remember the Titans1
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    Remember the Titans

    Hayden Panettiere, Ryan Gosling

    Released2000

    Directed byBoaz Yakin

  • Hoosiers2
    147
    45

    Hoosiers

    Gene Hackman, Dennis Hopper

    Released1986

    Directed byDavid Anspaugh

  • Coach Carter3
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    Coach Carter

    Samuel L. Jackson, Channing Tatum

    Released2005

    Directed byThomas Carter

  • Cool Runnings4
    90
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    Cool Runnings

    John Candy, Malik Yoba

    Released1993

    Directed byJon Turteltaub

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  • The Bad News Bears5
    99
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    The Bad News Bears

    Tatum O'Neal, Jackie Earle Haley

    Released1976

    Directed byMichael Ritchie

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  • The Replacements6
    83
    37

    The Replacements

    Keanu Reeves, Gene Hackman

    Released2000

    Directed byHoward Deutch

  • A League of Their Own7
    102
    24

    A League of Their Own

    Madonna, Tom Hanks

    Released1992

    Directed byPenny Marshall

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    83
    19

    We Are Marshall

    Matthew McConaughey, Kate Mara

    Released2006

    Directed byJoseph McGinty Nichol

  • Any Given Sunday9
    81
    51

    Any Given Sunday

    Cameron Diaz, Al Pacino

    Released1999

    Directed byOliver Stone

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  • Radio10
    71
    36

    Radio

    Cuba Gooding Jr., Ed Harris

    Released2003

    Directed byMichael Tollin

  • The Mighty Ducks11
    75
    45

    The Mighty Ducks

    Emilio Estevez, Joss Ackland

    Released1992

    Directed byStephen Herek

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  • Miracle12
    114
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    Kurt Russell, Patricia Clarkson

    Released2004

    Directed byGavin O'Connor

  • Little Giants13
    57
    31

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    Alexa Vega, Rick Moranis

    Released1994

    Directed byDuwayne Dunham

  • D2: The Mighty Ducks14
    96
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    D2: The Mighty Ducks

    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Wayne Gretzky

    Released1994

    Directed bySam Weisman

  • Blue Chips15
    93
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    Blue Chips

    Shaquille O'Neal, Larry Bird

    Released1994

    Directed byWilliam Friedkin

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  • Hardball16
    31
    30

    Hardball

    Keanu Reeves, Diane Lane

    Released2001

    Directed byBrian Robbins

  • Friday Night Lights17
    81
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    Friday Night Lights

    Amber Heard, Connie Britton

    Released2004

    Directed byPeter Berg

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  • Wildcats18
    91
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    Wildcats

    Goldie Hawn, LL Cool J

    Released1986

    Directed byMichael Ritchie

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  • Glory Road19
    53
    60

    Glory Road

    Emily Deschanel, Jon Voight

    Released2006

    Directed byJames Gartner

  • Space Jam20
    47
    56

    Space Jam

    Michael Jordan, Bill Murray

    Released1996

    Directed byJoe Pytka

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    27
    44

    Win Win

    Paul Giamatti, Jeffrey Tambor

    Released2011

    Directed byThomas McCarthy

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  • Moneyball22
    32
    2

    Moneyball

    Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill

    Released2011

    Directed byBennett Miller

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  • The Color of Money23
    60
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    The Color of Money

    Tom Cruise, Paul Newman

    Released1986

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

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  • The Program24
    71
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    The Program

    Halle Berry, James Caan

    Released1993

    Directed byDavid S. Ward

  • Little Big League25
    75
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    Little Big League

    Jason Robards Jr., Jeff Garlin

    Released1994

    Directed byAndrew Scheinman

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