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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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1,209 510
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
1,039 557
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
985 419
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
1,089 365
Major League is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Sports Movies
Major League Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger, Rene Russo

5
843 451
Hoosiers is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Sports Movies
Hoosiers Gene Hackman, Dennis Hopper, Barbara Hershey

6
913 462
Rudy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Sports Movies
Rudy Vince Vaughn, Sean Astin, Jon Favreau filmography

7
851 366
Caddyshack is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Sports Movies
Caddyshack Bill Murray, Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield

8
970 271
The Sandlot is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Sports Movies
The Sandlot James Earl Jones, Denis Leary, Karen Allen

9
719 385
Bull Durham is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Sports Movies
Bull Durham Kevin Costner, Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins

10
804 377
Miracle is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Sports Movies
Miracle Kurt Russell, Patricia Clarkson, Ken Dryden

11
758 332
Moneyball is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Sports Movies
Moneyball Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, Robin Wright

12
716 348
Happy Gilmore is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Sports Movies
Happy Gilmore Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller, Julie Bowen

13
775 394
The Natural is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Sports Movies
The Natural Kim Basinger, Robert Redford, Robert Duvall

14
780 330
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
721 421
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
552 278
Rocky II is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Sports Movies
Rocky II Sylvester Stallone, Burgess Meredith, Roberto Durán

17
437 337
Raging Bull is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Sports Movies
Raging Bull Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Martin Scorsese

18
581 263
The Longest Yard is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Sports Movies
The Longest Yard Burt Reynolds, Bernadette Peters, Ray Nitschke

19
496 287
Rocky IV is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Sports Movies
Rocky IV Sylvester Stallone, James Brown, Mr. T

20
569 286
Slap Shot is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Sports Movies
Slap Shot Paul Newman, M. Emmet Walsh, Swoosie Kurtz

21
482 287
Rocky III is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Sports Movies
Rocky III Sylvester Stallone, Hulk Hogan, Burgess Meredith

22
512 364
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
561 375
Cool Runnings is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Sports Movies
Cool Runnings John Candy, Malik Yoba, Jay Brazeau

24
479 342
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
435 309
42 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Sports Movies
42 Harrison Ford, Christopher Meloni, Nicole Beharie

26
453 282
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
453 244
Friday Night Lights is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Sports Movies
Friday Night Lights Amber Heard, Connie Britton, Tim McGraw

28
442 366
Any Given Sunday is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Sports Movies
Any Given Sunday Cameron Diaz, Al Pacino, Jamie Foxx

29
420 318
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
464 258
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
459 292
We Are Marshall is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Sports Movies
We Are Marshall Matthew McConaughey, Kate Mara, January Jones

32
435 294
Tin Cup is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Sports Movies
Tin Cup Kevin Costner, Rene Russo, Don Johnson

33
384 290
Cinderella Man is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Sports Movies
Cinderella Man Russell Crowe, Renée Zellweger, Paul Giamatti

34
410 199
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
367 246
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
368 221
Invincible is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Sports Movies
Invincible Elizabeth Banks, Mark Wahlberg, Randy Couture

37
415 222
The Replacements is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Sports Movies
The Replacements Keanu Reeves, Gene Hackman, Jon Favreau filmography

38
439 255
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
397 386
Space Jam is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Sports Movies
Space Jam Michael Jordan, Bill Murray, Larry Bird

40
330 209
The Rookie is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Sports Movies
The Rookie Dennis Quaid, Brian Cox, Rachel Griffiths

41
308 298
The Fighter is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Sports Movies
The Fighter Amy Adams, Christian Bale, Mark Wahlberg

42
295 231
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
339 322
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
369 255
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
263 261
Seabiscuit is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Sports Movies
Seabiscuit Elizabeth Banks, Jeff Bridges, Tobey Maguire

46
281 130
The Waterboy is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Sports Movies
looksharp added The Waterboy Adam Sandler, Kathy Bates, Rob Schneider

47
326 255
Kingpin is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Sports Movies
Kingpin Bill Murray, Woody Harrelson, Randy Quaid

48
297 214
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
249 267
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
242 284
Glory Road is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Sports Movies
Glory Road Emily Deschanel, Jon Voight, Tatyana Ali