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The Most Inspirational Sports Movies

Updated June 22, 2020 52.3k 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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  • 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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    Hoosiers is listed (or ranked) 4 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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    Rocky is listed (or ranked) 5 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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    For Love of the Game is listed (or ranked) 6 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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    Rocky II is listed (or ranked) 7 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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    Rocky IV is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Inspirational Sports Movies
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    Rocky IV

    Sylvester Stallone, James Brown

    Released1985

    Directed bySylvester Stallone

    Rocky IV is a 1985 American sports film written and directed by Sylvester Stallone, who also... more on Wikipedia

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    Remember the Titans is listed (or ranked) 9 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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  • 10
    Field of Dreams is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Inspirational Sports Movies
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    Field of Dreams

    Ben Affleck, Matt Damon

    Released1989

    Directed byPhil Alden Robinson

    Field of Dreams is a 1989 American fantasy-drama film directed by Phil Alden Robinson, who... more on Wikipedia
  • 11
    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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    Forrest Gump is listed (or ranked) 12 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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    Miracle is listed (or ranked) 13 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
  • 14
    Prefontaine is listed (or ranked) 14 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
  • 15
    Side Out is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Inspirational Sports Movies
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    Side Out

    Kathy Ireland, Courtney Thorne-Smith

    Released1990

    Directed byPeter Israelson

    Side Out is a 1990 film about a beach volleyball competition, featuring C. Thomas Howell,... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    42 is listed (or ranked) 16 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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    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
  • 18
    The Sandlot is listed (or ranked) 18 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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    Any Given Sunday is listed (or ranked) 19 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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    Rocky V is listed (or ranked) 20 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) 21 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) 22 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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    Secretariat is listed (or ranked) 23 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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    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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    Tin Cup is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Inspirational Sports Movies
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    Tin Cup

    Kevin Costner, Rene Russo

    Released1996

    Directed byRon Shelton

    Tin Cup is a 1996 romantic comedy film co-written and directed by Ron Shelton, and starring... more on Wikipedia
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