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The Most Inspirational Sports Movies

Updated June 22, 2020 51.1k votes 5.5k voters 232.2k views151 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.
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  • 1
    A League of Their Own is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Inspirational Sports Movies
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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
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    The Blind Side is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Inspirational Sports Movies
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    The Blind Side

    Sandra Bullock, Lily Collins

    Released2009

    Directed byJohn Lee Hancock

    The Blind Side is a 2009 American semi-biographical sports drama film. It was written and... more on Wikipedia
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    Rudy is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Inspirational Sports Movies
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    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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  • 4
    Miracle is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Inspirational Sports Movies
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    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
  • 5
    Remember the Titans is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Inspirational Sports Movies
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    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
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    Rocky is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Inspirational Sports Movies
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    Rocky

    Sylvester Stallone, Joe Frazier

    Released1976

    Directed byJohn G. Avildsen

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  • 7
    42 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Inspirational Sports Movies
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    42

    Harrison Ford, Christopher Meloni

    Released2013

    Directed byBrian Helgeland

    42 is a 2013 American biographical sports film written and directed by Brian Helgeland about... more on Wikipedia

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    Chariots of Fire is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Inspirational Sports Movies
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    Chariots of Fire

    Stephen Fry, Kenneth Branagh

    Released1981

    Directed byHugh Hudson

    Chariots of Fire is a 1981 British historical drama film. It tells the fact-based story of two... more on Wikipedia

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    We Are Marshall is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Inspirational Sports Movies
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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
  • 10
    The Sandlot is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Inspirational Sports Movies
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    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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    Friday Night Lights is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Inspirational Sports Movies
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    Friday Night Lights

    Amber Heard, Connie Britton

    Released2004

    Directed byPeter Berg

    Friday Night Lights is a 2004 sports drama film, directed by Peter Berg, which documents the... more on Wikipedia

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    Cool Runnings is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Inspirational Sports Movies
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    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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    Forrest Gump is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Inspirational Sports Movies
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    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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  • 14
    Rocky II is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Inspirational Sports Movies
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    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

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  • 15
    Secretariat is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Inspirational Sports Movies
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    Secretariat

    Diane Lane, John Malkovich

    Released2010

    Directed byRandall Wallace

    Secretariat is a 2010 biographical sports drama film produced and released by Walt Disney... more on Wikipedia

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    Rocky V is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Inspirational Sports Movies
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    Rocky V

    Sylvester Stallone, Burgess Meredith

    Released1990

    Directed byJohn G. Avildsen

    Rocky V is a 1990 American film. The fifth film in the Rocky series, written by and starring... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Prefontaine is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Inspirational Sports Movies
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    Prefontaine

    Jared Leto, Ed O'Neill

    Released1997

    Directed bySteve James

    Prefontaine is a 1997 American biographical film chronicling the life of the American... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    Soul Surfer is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Inspirational Sports Movies
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    Soul Surfer

    Carrie Underwood, Helen Hunt

    Released2011

    Directed bySean McNamara

    Soul Surfer is a 2011 American biopic drama film directed by Sean McNamara. It is a film... more on Wikipedia
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    The Natural is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Inspirational Sports Movies
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    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
  • 20
    Rush is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Inspirational Sports Movies
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    Rush

    U;Nee, Lee Min-woo

    Released1999

    Directed byLee Sang-in

    Rush is a 1999 drama film written and directed by Lee Sang-in.
  • 21
    Invincible is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Inspirational Sports Movies
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    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

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    Hoosiers is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Inspirational Sports Movies
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    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
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    Jerry Maguire is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Inspirational Sports Movies
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    Jerry Maguire

    Tom Cruise, Lucy Liu

    Released1996

    Directed byCameron Crowe

    Jerry Maguire is a 1996 American romantic comedy-drama sports film written, produced and... more on Wikipedia
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    Radio is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Inspirational Sports Movies
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    Radio

    Cuba Gooding Jr., Ed Harris

    Released2003

    Directed byMichael Tollin

    Radio is a 2003 film inspired by the 1996 Sports Illustrated article "Someone to Lean On" by... more on Wikipedia

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    Rocky III is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Inspirational Sports Movies
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    Rocky III

    Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire

    Released1982

    Directed bySylvester Stallone

    Rocky III is a 1982 American sports drama film directed by Sylvester Stallone, and the third... more on Wikipedia

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