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The Best Sports Movies Ever Made

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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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  • 1
    A League of Their Own
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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 on Wikipedia
  • 2
    Rocky
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    1,400

    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 on Wikipedia

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  • 3
    The Sandlot
    1,938
    1,076

    The Sandlot

    James Earl Jones, Denis Leary

    Released1993

    Directed byDavid M. Evans

    The Sandlot, also known as The Sandlot Kids, is a 1993 American coming-of-age film Comedy... more on Wikipedia

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  • 4
    Major League
    1,860
    1,312

    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 on Wikipedia

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  • 5
    Field of Dreams
    1,745
    1,255

    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 on Wikipedia
  • 6
    Hoosiers
    1,698
    1,238

    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 on Wikipedia
  • 7
    Rudy
    1,711
    1,250

    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 on Wikipedia

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  • 8
    Remember the Titans
    1,884
    1,407

    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 on Wikipedia
  • 9
    Caddyshack
    1,557
    1,141

    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 on Wikipedia
  • 10
    Miracle
    1,412
    1,044

    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 on Wikipedia
  • 11
    The Natural
    1,276
    976

    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 on Wikipedia
  • 12
    Moneyball
    1,324
    999

    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 on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Bull Durham
    1,244
    970

    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 on Wikipedia

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  • 14
    Brian's Song
    806
    622

    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 on Wikipedia
  • 15
    Cool Runnings
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    640

    Cool Runnings

    John Candy, Malik Yoba

    Released1993

    Directed byJon Turteltaub

    Cool Runnings is a 1993 American sports film directed by Jon Turteltaub, and starring Leon,... more on Wikipedia

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  • 16
    Invincible
    693
    525

    Invincible

    Elizabeth Banks, Mark Wahlberg

    Released2006

    Directed byEricson Core

    Invincible is a 2006 sports film directed by Ericson Core set in 1976. It is based on the true... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Rocky II
    1,063
    826

    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 on Wikipedia
  • 18
    Forrest Gump
    643
    126

    Forrest Gump

    Tom Hanks, Sally Field

    Released1994

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

    Forrest Gump is a 1994 American epic romantic-comedy-drama film based on the 1986 novel of the... more on Wikipedia

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  • 19
    For Love of the Game
    567
    419

    For Love of the Game

    Kevin Costner, Kelly Preston

    Released1999

    Directed bySam Raimi

    For Love of the Game is a 1999 American drama sports film based on the novel of the same title... more on Wikipedia

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  • 20
    The Replacements
    690
    521

    The Replacements

    Keanu Reeves, Gene Hackman

    Released2000

    Directed byHoward Deutch

    The Replacements is a 2000 American sports comedy film directed by Howard Deutch. It stars... more on Wikipedia
  • 21
    The Bad News Bears
    524
    388

    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 on Wikipedia
  • 22
    Cinderella Man
    681
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    Cinderella Man

    Russell Crowe, Renée Zellweger

    Released2005

    Directed byRon Howard

    Cinderella Man is a 2005 American drama film by Ron Howard, titled after the nickname of... more on Wikipedia

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  • 23
    Tin Cup
    681
    509

    Tin Cup

    Kevin Costner, Rene Russo

    Released1996

    Directed byRon Shelton

    Tin Cup is a 1996 romantic comedy film co-written and directed by Ron Shelton, and starring... more on Wikipedia
  • 24
    We Are Marshall
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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 on Wikipedia
  • 25
    Bad News Bears
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    Bad News Bears

    Billy Bob Thornton, Marcia Gay Harden

    Released2005

    Directed byRichard Linklater

    Bad News Bears is the 2005 remake of the 1976 comedy film The Bad News Bears, produced by... more on Wikipedia