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The Most Inspirational Sports Movies

Updated April 7, 2021 48.1k votes 5.9k voters 234.8k 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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    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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  • 3

    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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  • 4

    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
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    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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    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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  • 7

    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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  • 8


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

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  • 9

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

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  • 11

    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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  • 13

    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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  • 14

    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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  • 15

    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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    The Replacements

    Keanu Reeves, Gene Hackman
    The Replacements is a 2000 American sports comedy film directed by Howard Deutch. It stars...  more

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    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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  • 18

    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
  • 19

    Little Giants

    Alexa Vega, Rick Moranis
    Little Giants is a 1994 family sports comedy film, starring Rick Moranis and Ed O'Neill as...  more

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    Tin Cup

    Kevin Costner, Rene Russo
    Tin Cup is a 1996 romantic comedy film co-written and directed by Ron Shelton, and starring...  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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  • 22

    Draft Day

    Jennifer Garner, Kevin Costner
    Draft Day is a 2014 American sports drama film directed by Ivan Reitman and starring Kevin...  more
  • 23

    The Karate Kid

    Jackie Chan, Taraji P. Henson
    The Karate Kid is a 2010 Chinese-American martial arts drama film directed by Harald Zwart. It...  more

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    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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    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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