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The Best Sports Movies Ever Made

Updated May 12, 2020 118.5k votes 7.1k voters 126.4k views172 items

List RulesMovies about sports teams or athletes

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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    The Sandlot is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Sports Movies Ever Made
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    The Sandlot

    James Earl Jones, Denis Leary

    Released1993

    Directed byDavid M. Evans

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    A League of Their Own is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Sports Movies Ever Made
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    A League of Their Own

    Madonna, Tom Hanks

    Released1992

    Directed byPenny Marshall

    A League of Their Own is a 1992 American comedy-drama film that tells a fictionalized account... more
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    Major League is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Sports Movies Ever Made
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    Major League

    Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger

    Released1989

    Directed byDavid S. Ward

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

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    The Karate Kid is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Sports Movies Ever Made
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    The Karate Kid

    Elisabeth Shue, Ralph Macchio

    Released1984

    Directed byJohn G. Avildsen

    The Karate Kid is a 1984 American martial arts romantic drama film directed by John G.... more
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    Caddyshack is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Sports Movies Ever Made
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    Caddyshack

    Bill Murray, Chevy Chase

    Released1980

    Directed byHarold Ramis

    Caddyshack is a 1980 American sports comedy film directed by Harold Ramis and written by Brian... more
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    Miracle is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Sports Movies Ever Made
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    Miracle

    Kurt Russell, Patricia Clarkson

    Released2004

    Directed byGavin O'Connor

    Miracle is a 2004 American sports docudrama about the United States men's hockey team, led by... more
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    Moneyball is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Sports Movies Ever Made
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    Moneyball

    Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill

    Released2011

    Directed byBennett Miller

    Moneyball is an American 2011 biographical sports drama film directed by Bennett Miller from a... more

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    Rudy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Sports Movies Ever Made
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    Rudy

    Vince Vaughn, Sean Astin

    Released1993

    Directed byDavid Anspaugh

    Rudy is a 1993 American sports film directed by David Anspaugh. It is an account of the life... more

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    Slap Shot is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Sports Movies Ever Made
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    Slap Shot

    Paul Newman, M. Emmet Walsh

    Released1977

    Directed byGeorge Roy Hill

    Slap Shot is a 1977 comedy film directed by George Roy Hill, written by Nancy Dowd and... more
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    Field of Dreams is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Sports Movies Ever Made
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    Field of Dreams

    Ben Affleck, Matt Damon

    Released1989

    Directed byPhil Alden Robinson

    Field of Dreams is a 1989 American fantasy-drama film directed by Phil Alden Robinson, who... more
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    Hoosiers is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Sports Movies Ever Made
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    Hoosiers

    Gene Hackman, Dennis Hopper

    Released1986

    Directed byDavid Anspaugh

    Hoosiers is a 1986 sports film directed by David Anspaugh. A coach with a checkered past (Gene... more
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    Rocky is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Sports Movies Ever Made
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    Rocky

    Sylvester Stallone, Joe Frazier

    Released1976

    Directed byJohn G. Avildsen

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

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    Bull Durham is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Sports Movies Ever Made
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    Bull Durham

    Kevin Costner, Susan Sarandon

    Released1988

    Directed byRon Shelton

    Bull Durham is a 1988 American romantic comedy sports film. It is partly based upon the minor... more

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    The Longest Yard is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Sports Movies Ever Made
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    The Longest Yard

    Burt Reynolds, Bernadette Peters

    Released1974

    Directed byRobert Aldrich

    The Longest Yard is a 1974 American sports comedy film directed by Robert Aldrich. Written by... more
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    The Natural is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Sports Movies Ever Made
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    The Natural

    Kim Basinger, Robert Redford

    Released1984

    Directed byBarry Levinson

    The Natural is a 1984 sports drama. It is a film adaptation of Bernard Malamud's 1952 baseball... more
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    The Bad News Bears is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Sports Movies Ever Made
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    The Bad News Bears

    Tatum O'Neal, Jackie Earle Haley

    Released1976

    Directed byMichael Ritchie

    The Bad News Bears is a 1976 comedy film directed by Michael Ritchie. It stars Walter Matthau... more
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    Friday Night Lights is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Sports Movies Ever Made
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    Friday Night Lights

    Amber Heard, Connie Britton

    Released2004

    Directed byPeter Berg

    Friday Night Lights is a 2004 sports drama film, directed by Peter Berg, which documents the... more

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    Remember the Titans is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Sports Movies Ever Made
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    Remember the Titans

    Hayden Panettiere, Ryan Gosling

    Released2000

    Directed byBoaz Yakin

    Remember the Titans is a 2000 American sports drama film produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and... more
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    Brian's Song is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Sports Movies Ever Made
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    Brian's Song

    Dick Butkus, James Caan

    Released1971

    Directed byBuzz Kulik

    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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    We Are Marshall is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Sports Movies Ever Made
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    We Are Marshall

    Matthew McConaughey, Kate Mara

    Released2006

    Directed byJoseph McGinty Nichol

    We Are Marshall is a 2006 American historical drama biopic film directed by McG. It depicts... more
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    The Rookie is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Sports Movies Ever Made
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    The Rookie

    Dennis Quaid, Brian Cox

    Released2002

    Directed byJohn Lee Hancock

    The Rookie is a 2002 sports drama film directed by John Lee Hancock and produced by Walt... more

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    Happy Gilmore is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Sports Movies Ever Made
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    Happy Gilmore

    Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller

    Released1996

    Directed byDennis Dugan

    Happy Gilmore is a 1996 sports comedy film directed by Dennis Dugan and produced by Robert... more
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    Rocky II is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Sports Movies Ever Made
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    Rocky II

    Sylvester Stallone, Burgess Meredith

    Released1979

    Directed bySylvester Stallone

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

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    Rocky IV is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Sports Movies Ever Made
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    Rocky IV

    Sylvester Stallone, James Brown

    Released1985

    Directed bySylvester Stallone

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

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    The Mighty Ducks is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Sports Movies Ever Made
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    The Mighty Ducks

    Emilio Estevez, Joss Ackland

    Released1992

    Directed byStephen Herek

    The Mighty Ducks is a 1992 American sports comedy film directed by Stephen Herek, starring... more
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