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The Most Inspirational Sports Movies

Updated April 7, 2021 47.9k votes 5.9k voters 235.0k views152 items

List RulesMovies must feature sports and inspiration

From football movies to baseball films, these are the most inspirational sports movies of all time. This list of the best sports films has been chosen by the wisdom of the crowd, which means anyone can vote up their favorite inspirational sports movies.

What are the most inspirational sports movies? You can pick from favorites like Rudy and The Natural and vote for the best inspirational sports film. You can even add your own list of the best sports movies to these rankings. Whether you're a film geek, a sports fan, or a little bit of both, this list is a winning play when it comes to finding the best movies about sports.
  • 1

    A League of Their Own

    Madonna, Tom Hanks
    A League of Their Own is a 1992 American comedy-drama film that tells a fictionalized account...  more

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  • 2

    The Natural

    Kim Basinger, Robert Redford
    The Natural is a 1984 sports drama. It is a film adaptation of Bernard Malamud's 1952 baseball...  more

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  • 3

    Bull Durham

    Kevin Costner, Susan Sarandon
    Bull Durham is a 1988 American romantic comedy sports film. It is partly based upon the minor...  more

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  • 4

    The Karate Kid

    Elisabeth Shue, Ralph Macchio
    The Karate Kid is a 1984 American martial arts romantic drama film directed by John G....  more

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  • 5

    Jerry Maguire

    Tom Cruise, Lucy Liu
    Jerry Maguire is a 1996 American romantic comedy-drama sports film written, produced and...  more

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  • 6


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

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  • 7

    For Love of the Game

    Kevin Costner, Kelly Preston
    For Love of the Game is a 1999 American drama sports film based on the novel of the same title...  more
  • 8

    Slap Shot

    Paul Newman, M. Emmet Walsh
    Slap Shot is a 1977 comedy film directed by George Roy Hill, written by Nancy Dowd and...  more

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  • 9


    Vince Vaughn, Sean Astin
    Rudy is a 1993 American sports film directed by David Anspaugh. It is an account of the life...  more

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  • 10

    The Wrestler

    Evan Rachel Wood, Mickey Rourke
    The Wrestler is a 2008 American sports drama film directed by Darren Aronofsky, written by...  more

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  • 11


    Chadwick Boseman, Nicole Beharie
    42 is a 2013 American biographical sports film directed by Brian Helgeland. The powerful story...  more

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  • 12

    The Rookie

    Dennis Quaid, Brian Cox
    The Rookie is a 2002 sports drama film directed by John Lee Hancock and produced by Walt...  more

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    Any Given Sunday

    Cameron Diaz, Al Pacino
    Any Given Sunday is a 1999 American drama film directed by Oliver Stone depicting a fictional...  more

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  • 14


    Diane Lane, John Malkovich
    Secretariat is a 2010 biographical sports drama film produced and released by Walt Disney...  more

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  • 15

    Coach Carter

    Samuel L. Jackson, Channing Tatum
    Coach Carter is a 2005 American biographical teen sports drama film directed by Thomas Carter,...  more

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    Soul Surfer

    Carrie Underwood, Helen Hunt
    Soul Surfer is a 2011 American biopic drama film directed by Sean McNamara. It is a film...  more

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    Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill
    Moneyball is an American 2011 biographical sports drama film directed by Bennett Miller from a...  more

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  • 18


    Kurt Russell, Patricia Clarkson
    Miracle is a 2004 American sports docudrama about the United States men's hockey team, led by...  more

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  • 19

    McFarland, USA

    Kevin Costner, Maria Bello
    McFarland, USA is an American 2015 sports drama film directed by Niki Caro and produced by...  more

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    Morgan Freeman, Matt Damon
    "From director Clint Eastwood, “Invictus” tells the inspiring true story of how Nelson Mandela...  more

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  • 21

    The Pride of the Yankees

    Babe Ruth, Gary Cooper
    The Pride of the Yankees is a 1942 American film directed by Sam Wood and starring Gary...  more
  • 22

    Angels in the Outfield

    Matthew McConaughey, Joseph Gordon-Levitt
    Angels in the Outfield is a 1994 remake of the 1951 film of the same name. The film stars...  more

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  • 23

    Rocky Balboa

    Sylvester Stallone, Milo Ventimiglia
    Rocky Balboa is the sixth installment in the Rocky franchise, written, directed by, and...  more

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  • 24

    Remember the Titans

    Hayden Panettiere, Ryan Gosling
    Remember the Titans is a 2000 American sports drama film produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and...  more

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  • 25

    The Legend of Bagger Vance

    Charlize Theron, Will Smith
    The Legend of Bagger Vance is a 2000 American sports drama directed by Robert Redford and...  more