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The Most Inspirational Sports Movies

Updated June 22, 2020 52.6k votes 5.6k voters 232.4k 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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    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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    For Love of the Game is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Inspirational Sports Movies
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    For Love of the Game

    Kevin Costner, Kelly Preston

    Released1999

    Directed bySam Raimi

    For Love of the Game is a 1999 American drama sports film based on the novel of the same title... more on Wikipedia
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    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
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    The Karate Kid is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Inspirational Sports Movies
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    The Karate Kid

    Elisabeth Shue, Ralph Macchio

    Released1984

    Directed byJohn G. Avildsen

    The Karate Kid is a 1984 American martial arts romantic drama film directed by John G.... more on Wikipedia
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    Moneyball is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Inspirational Sports Movies
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    Moneyball

    Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill

    Released2011

    Directed byBennett Miller

    Moneyball is an American 2011 biographical sports drama film directed by Bennett Miller from a... more on Wikipedia

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    Coach Carter is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Inspirational Sports Movies
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    Coach Carter

    Samuel L. Jackson, Channing Tatum

    Released2005

    Directed byThomas Carter

    Coach Carter is a 2005 American biographical teen sports drama film directed by Thomas Carter,... more on Wikipedia
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    The Longest Yard is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Inspirational Sports Movies
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    The Longest Yard

    Burt Reynolds, Bernadette Peters

    Released1974

    Directed byRobert Aldrich

    The Longest Yard is a 1974 American sports comedy film directed by Robert Aldrich. Written by... more on Wikipedia

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    Forrest Gump is listed (or ranked) 9 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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    Major League is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Inspirational Sports Movies
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    Major League

    Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger

    Released1989

    Directed byDavid S. Ward

    Major League is a 1989 American sports comedy film written and directed by David S. Ward,... more on Wikipedia

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    Million Dollar Baby is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Inspirational Sports Movies
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    Million Dollar Baby

    Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman

    Released2004

    Directed byClint Eastwood

    Million Dollar Baby is a 2004 American sports drama film directed, co-produced and scored by... more on Wikipedia

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    42 is listed (or ranked) 12 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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    Any Given Sunday is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Inspirational Sports Movies
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    Any Given Sunday

    Cameron Diaz, Al Pacino

    Released1999

    Directed byOliver Stone

    Any Given Sunday is a 1999 American drama film directed by Oliver Stone depicting a fictional... more on Wikipedia

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    #57 of 172 The Best Sports Movies Ever Made#198 of 261 The Best Ensemble Movies

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    Varsity Blues is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Inspirational Sports Movies
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    Varsity Blues

    Ali Larter, Paul Walker

    Released1999

    Directed byBrian Robbins

    Varsity Blues is a 1999 American coming-of-age sports comedy-drama film directed by Brian... more on Wikipedia
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    Prefontaine is listed (or ranked) 15 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
  • 16
    We Are Marshall is listed (or ranked) 16 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
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    Rocky III is listed (or ranked) 17 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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    Rudy is listed (or ranked) 18 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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    Rocky V is listed (or ranked) 19 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
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    When We Were Kings is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Inspirational Sports Movies
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    When We Were Kings

    George Foreman, B.B. King

    Released1996

    Directed byLeon Gast

    When We Were Kings is a 1996 documentary film directed by Leon Gast about the famous "Rumble... more on Wikipedia
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    Soul Surfer is listed (or ranked) 21 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 Replacements is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Inspirational Sports Movies
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    The Replacements

    Keanu Reeves, Gene Hackman

    Released2000

    Directed byHoward Deutch

    The Replacements is a 2000 American sports comedy film directed by Howard Deutch. It stars... more on Wikipedia
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    Rush is listed (or ranked) 23 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.
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    The Black Stallion is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Inspirational Sports Movies
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    The Black Stallion

    Mickey Rooney, Teri Garr

    Released1979

    Directed byCarroll Ballard

    The Black Stallion is a 1979 American film based on the 1941 classic children's novel The... more on Wikipedia

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    Jerry Maguire is listed (or ranked) 25 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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