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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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1,196 491
Rocky is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Sports Movies
Rocky Sylvester Stallone, Joe Frazier, Burgess Meredith

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2
1,011 543
Remember the Titans is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Sports Movies
Remember the Titans Hayden Panettiere, Ryan Gosling, Denzel Washington

3
964 413
Field of Dreams is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Sports Movies
Field of Dreams Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Kevin Costner

4
1,074 355
Major League is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Sports Movies
Major League Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger, Rene Russo

5
825 442
Hoosiers is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Sports Movies
Hoosiers Gene Hackman, Dennis Hopper, Barbara Hershey

6
895 452
Rudy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Sports Movies
Rudy Vince Vaughn, Sean Astin, Jon Favreau filmography

7
836 359
Caddyshack is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Sports Movies
Caddyshack Bill Murray, Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield

8
945 264
The Sandlot is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Sports Movies
The Sandlot James Earl Jones, Denis Leary, Karen Allen

9
709 377
Bull Durham is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Sports Movies
Bull Durham Kevin Costner, Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins

10
787 368
Miracle is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Sports Movies
Miracle Kurt Russell, Patricia Clarkson, Ken Dryden

11
701 337
Happy Gilmore is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Sports Movies
Happy Gilmore Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller, Julie Bowen

12
745 324
Moneyball is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Sports Movies
Moneyball Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, Robin Wright

13
762 389
The Natural is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Sports Movies
The Natural Kim Basinger, Robert Redford, Robert Duvall

14
766 324
A League of Their Own is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Sports Movies
A League of Their Own Madonna, Tom Hanks, Rosie O'Donnell

15
710 411
The Blind Side is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Sports Movies
The Blind Side Sandra Bullock, Lily Collins, Kathy Bates

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16
544 269
Rocky II is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Sports Movies
Rocky II Sylvester Stallone, Burgess Meredith, Roberto Durán

17
432 329
Raging Bull is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Sports Movies
Raging Bull Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Martin Scorsese

18
491 279
Rocky IV is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Sports Movies
Rocky IV Sylvester Stallone, James Brown, Mr. T

19
575 256
The Longest Yard is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Sports Movies
The Longest Yard Burt Reynolds, Bernadette Peters, Ray Nitschke

20
479 277
Rocky III is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Sports Movies
Rocky III Sylvester Stallone, Hulk Hogan, Burgess Meredith

21
558 280
Slap Shot is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Sports Movies
Slap Shot Paul Newman, M. Emmet Walsh, Swoosie Kurtz

22
503 357
White Men Can't Jump is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Sports Movies
White Men Can't Jump Woody Harrelson, Wesley Snipes, Rosie Perez

23
554 370
Cool Runnings is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Sports Movies
Cool Runnings John Candy, Malik Yoba, Jay Brazeau

24
476 334
Million Dollar Baby is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Sports Movies
Million Dollar Baby Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman, Hilary Swank

25
427 303
42 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Sports Movies
42 Harrison Ford, Christopher Meloni, Nicole Beharie

26
448 275
Brian's Song is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Sports Movies
Brian's Song Dick Butkus, James Caan, Billy Dee Williams

27
435 361
Any Given Sunday is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Sports Movies
Any Given Sunday Cameron Diaz, Al Pacino, Jamie Foxx

28
444 240
Friday Night Lights is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Sports Movies
Friday Night Lights Amber Heard, Connie Britton, Tim McGraw

29
413 313
Jerry Maguire is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Sports Movies
Jerry Maguire Tom Cruise, Lucy Liu, Renée Zellweger

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30
458 250
Bad News Bears is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Sports Movies
Bad News Bears Billy Bob Thornton, Marcia Gay Harden, Greg Kinnear

31
430 288
Tin Cup is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Sports Movies
Tin Cup Kevin Costner, Rene Russo, Don Johnson

32
382 283
Cinderella Man is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Sports Movies
Cinderella Man Russell Crowe, Renée Zellweger, Paul Giamatti

33
450 286
We Are Marshall is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Sports Movies
We Are Marshall Matthew McConaughey, Kate Mara, January Jones

34
404 193
The Karate Kid is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Sports Movies
The Karate Kid Elisabeth Shue, Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita

35
364 242
Eight Men Out is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Sports Movies
Eight Men Out Charlie Sheen, Christopher Lloyd, John Cusack

36
360 216
Invincible is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Sports Movies
Invincible Elizabeth Banks, Mark Wahlberg, Randy Couture

37
406 219
The Replacements is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Sports Movies
The Replacements Keanu Reeves, Gene Hackman, Jon Favreau filmography

38
428 251
The Mighty Ducks is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Sports Movies
The Mighty Ducks Joshua Jackson, Emilio Estevez, Dan Tamberelli

39
388 380
Space Jam is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Sports Movies
Space Jam Michael Jordan, Bill Murray, Larry Bird

40
306 292
The Fighter is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Sports Movies
The Fighter Amy Adams, Christian Bale, Mark Wahlberg

41
321 208
The Rookie is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Sports Movies
The Rookie Dennis Quaid, Brian Cox, Rachel Griffiths

42
290 227
For Love of the Game is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Sports Movies
For Love of the Game Kevin Costner, Kelly Preston, J.K. Simmons

43
338 317
The Wrestler is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Sports Movies
The Wrestler Evan Rachel Wood, Mickey Rourke, Marisa Tomei

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44
361 254
DodgeBall: A True Underdog Sto... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Sports Movies
DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story Ben Stiller, Chuck Norris, Vince Vaughn

45
260 255
Seabiscuit is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Sports Movies
Seabiscuit Elizabeth Banks, Jeff Bridges, Tobey Maguire

46
274 128
The Waterboy is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Sports Movies
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47
323 251
Kingpin is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Sports Movies
Kingpin Bill Murray, Woody Harrelson, Randy Quaid

48
291 209
Talladega Nights: The Ballad o... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Sports Movies
wiabux added Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby Amy Adams, Will Ferrell, Sacha Baron Cohen

49
247 263
The Pride of the Yankees is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Sports Movies
The Pride of the Yankees Babe Ruth, Gary Cooper, Bill Dickey

50
236 280
Glory Road is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Sports Movies
Glory Road Emily Deschanel, Jon Voight, Tatyana Ali