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The Best Sports Movies About Coaches

Updated September 14, 2020 3.4k votes 734 voters 85.3k views43 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 Titans is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Sports Movies About Coaches
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    Remember the Titans

    Hayden Panettiere, Ryan Gosling

    Released2000

    Directed byBoaz Yakin

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    Hoosiers is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Sports Movies About Coaches
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    Hoosiers

    Gene Hackman, Dennis Hopper

    Released1986

    Directed byDavid Anspaugh

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    Coach Carter is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Sports Movies About Coaches
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    Coach Carter

    Samuel L. Jackson, Channing Tatum

    Released2005

    Directed byThomas Carter

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    Cool Runnings is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Sports Movies About Coaches
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    Cool Runnings

    John Candy, Malik Yoba

    Released1993

    Directed byJon Turteltaub

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    The Bad News Bears is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Sports Movies About Coaches
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    The Bad News Bears

    Tatum O'Neal, Jackie Earle Haley

    Released1976

    Directed byMichael Ritchie

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    Kicking and Screaming is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Sports Movies About Coaches
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    Kicking and Screaming

    Parker Posey, Elliott Gould

    Released1995

    Directed byNoah Baumbach

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    The Replacements is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Sports Movies About Coaches
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    The Replacements

    Keanu Reeves, Gene Hackman

    Released2000

    Directed byHoward Deutch

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    A League of Their Own is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Sports Movies About Coaches
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    A League of Their Own

    Madonna, Tom Hanks

    Released1992

    Directed byPenny Marshall

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    We Are Marshall is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Sports Movies About Coaches
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    We Are Marshall

    Matthew McConaughey, Kate Mara

    Released2006

    Directed byJoseph McGinty Nichol

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    Any Given Sunday is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Sports Movies About Coaches
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    Any Given Sunday

    Cameron Diaz, Al Pacino

    Released1999

    Directed byOliver Stone

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    The Mighty Ducks is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Sports Movies About Coaches
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    The Mighty Ducks

    Emilio Estevez, Joss Ackland

    Released1992

    Directed byStephen Herek

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    Radio is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Sports Movies About Coaches
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    Radio

    Cuba Gooding Jr., Ed Harris

    Released2003

    Directed byMichael Tollin

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    Rudy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Sports Movies About Coaches
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    Rudy

    Vince Vaughn, Sean Astin

    Released1993

    Directed byDavid Anspaugh

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    Miracle is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Sports Movies About Coaches
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    Miracle

    Kurt Russell, Patricia Clarkson

    Released2004

    Directed byGavin O'Connor

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    Little Giants is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Sports Movies About Coaches
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    Little Giants

    Alexa Vega, Rick Moranis

    Released1994

    Directed byDuwayne Dunham

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    D2: The Mighty Ducks is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Sports Movies About Coaches
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    D2: The Mighty Ducks

    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Wayne Gretzky

    Released1994

    Directed bySam Weisman

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    Blue Chips is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Sports Movies About Coaches
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    Blue Chips

    Shaquille O'Neal, Larry Bird

    Released1994

    Directed byWilliam Friedkin

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    Wildcats is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Sports Movies About Coaches
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    Wildcats

    Goldie Hawn, LL Cool J

    Released1986

    Directed byMichael Ritchie

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    Hardball is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Sports Movies About Coaches
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    Hardball

    Keanu Reeves, Diane Lane

    Released2001

    Directed byBrian Robbins

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    Friday Night Lights is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Sports Movies About Coaches
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    Friday Night Lights

    Amber Heard, Connie Britton

    Released2004

    Directed byPeter Berg

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    Moneyball is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Sports Movies About Coaches
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    Moneyball

    Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill

    Released2011

    Directed byBennett Miller

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    Glory Road is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Sports Movies About Coaches
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    Glory Road

    Emily Deschanel, Jon Voight

    Released2006

    Directed byJames Gartner

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    Win Win is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Sports Movies About Coaches
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    Win Win

    Paul Giamatti, Jeffrey Tambor

    Released2011

    Directed byThomas McCarthy

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    The Color of Money is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Sports Movies About Coaches
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    The Color of Money

    Tom Cruise, Paul Newman

    Released1986

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

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    Space Jam is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Sports Movies About Coaches
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    Space Jam

    Michael Jordan, Bill Murray

    Released1996

    Directed byJoe Pytka

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