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The Most Inspirational Sports Movies

Updated June 22, 2020 51.3k 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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    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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    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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    42 is listed (or ranked) 6 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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    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
  • 8
    Million Dollar Baby is listed (or ranked) 8 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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  • 9
    Seabiscuit is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Inspirational Sports Movies
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    Seabiscuit

    Elizabeth Banks, Jeff Bridges

    Released2003

    Directed byGary Ross

    Seabiscuit is a 2003 American biographical sports psychological-drama thriller film based on... more on Wikipedia

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    Rocky IV is listed (or ranked) 10 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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    Major League is listed (or ranked) 11 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
  • 12
    Radio is listed (or ranked) 12 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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    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
    The Rookie is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Inspirational Sports Movies
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    The Rookie

    Dennis Quaid, Brian Cox

    Released2002

    Directed byJohn Lee Hancock

    The Rookie is a 2002 sports drama film directed by John Lee Hancock and produced by Walt... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    Secretariat is listed (or ranked) 16 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) 17 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
  • 18
    Side Out is listed (or ranked) 18 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
  • 19
    Cool Runnings is listed (or ranked) 19 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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  • 20
    Soul Surfer is listed (or ranked) 20 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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    Rush is listed (or ranked) 21 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.
  • 22
    Rocky III is listed (or ranked) 22 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
  • 23
    Any Given Sunday is listed (or ranked) 23 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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    When We Were Kings is listed (or ranked) 24 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
  • 25
    Field of Dreams is listed (or ranked) 25 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

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