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The Best Athlete Biopics

Updated June 22, 2018 2.5k votes 185 voters 6.7k views38 items

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There are many biopics that have been made about athletes and the world of sports. What are the best sports biopic movies? This list includes titles such as A League of their Own, Chariots of Fire, Brian’s Song and Cinderella Man. Men and women have voted on the films below to rank the best sports biopics.

Movies have the ability to make us feel. They make us want to believe, be inspired, and live vicariously through the stories we see on screen. Sports have the ability to to the same and often we are enchanted about the lives of our sports heroes. Movies that tell the story of Ernie James, Jake Lamotta, Muhammed Ali, and James Braddock are all incredibly fascinating, tumultuous, and inspiring.

It is with a peek into the lives of these individuals that we can understand their motives and drives that helped them become the greatest of their time. By understanding sport’s greatest, we will hopefully take some of that inspiration into our own lives. These movies vary in their genre but they all equally fascinating.

Vote up the greatest sports biopic movies ever made below or add on you think is great that isn't already on the list.
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  • Moneyball1
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    Moneyball

    Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill

    Released2011

    Directed byBennett Miller

    Billy Bean
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  • A League of Their Own2
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    A League of Their Own

    Madonna, Tom Hanks

    Released1992

    Directed byPenny Marshall

    All American Professional Girls Baseball League
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  • Cinderella Man3
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    Cinderella Man

    Russell Crowe, Renée Zellweger

    Released2005

    Directed byRon Howard

    Jmaes J. Braddock
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  • Raging Bull4
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    Raging Bull

    Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci

    Released1980

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

    Jake LaMotta 
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  • 425
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    Chadwick Boseman, Nicole Beharie

    Released2013

    Directed byBrian Helgeland

    Jackie Robinson
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  • Invictus6
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    Invictus

    Morgan Freeman, Matt Damon

    Released2009

    Directed byClint Eastwood

    Francois Pienaar
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  • Brian's Song7
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    Brian's Song

    Dick Butkus, James Caan

    Released1971

    Directed byBuzz Kulik

    Brian Piccolo and Gale Sayers 
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  • Chariots of Fire8
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    Chariots of Fire

    Stephen Fry, Kenneth Branagh

    Released1981

    Directed byHugh Hudson

    Harold Abrahams
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  • The Blind Side9
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    The Blind Side

    Sandra Bullock, Lily Collins

    Released2009

    Directed byJohn Lee Hancock

    Michael Oher
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  • I, Tonya10
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    I, Tonya

    Margot Robbie, Caitlin Carver

    Released2017

    Directed byCraig Gillespie

    Tonya Harding

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  • Seabiscuit11
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    Seabiscuit

    Elizabeth Banks, Jeff Bridges

    Released2003

    Directed byGary Ross

    Red Pollard and seabiscuit
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  • 61*12
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    Anthony Michael Hall, Thomas Jane

    Released2001

    Directed byBilly Crystal

    Roger Marris
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  • Invincible13
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    Invincible

    Elizabeth Banks, Mark Wahlberg

    Released2006

    Directed byEricson Core

    Vince Papale
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  • The Hurricane14
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    The Hurricane

    Denzel Washington, Liev Schreiber

    Released1999

    Directed byNorman Jewison

    Rubin Carter
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  • Secretariat15
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    Secretariat

    Diane Lane, John Malkovich

    Released2010

    Directed byRandall Wallace

    Penny Chenery and Secreteriat
    Secretariat is a 2010 biographical sports drama film produced and released by Walt Disney...  more

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  • The Rookie16
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    The Rookie

    Dennis Quaid, Brian Cox

    Released2002

    Directed byJohn Lee Hancock

    Jim Morris
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  • The Fighter17
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    The Fighter

    Amy Adams, Christian Bale

    Released2010

    Directed byDavid O. Russell

     Micky Ward
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  • Miracle18
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    Miracle

    Kurt Russell, Patricia Clarkson

    Released2004

    Directed byGavin O'Connor

    Herb Brooks
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  • Rocky Marciano19
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    Rocky Marciano

    Jon Favreau filmography, George C. Scott

    Released1999

    Directed byCharles Winkler

    Rocky Marciano
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  • The Babe20
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    The Babe

    John Goodman, James Cromwell

    Released1992

    Directed byArthur Hiller

    Babe Ruth
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  • Remember the Titans21
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    Remember the Titans

    Hayden Panettiere, Ryan Gosling

    Released2000

    Directed byBoaz Yakin

    Herman Boone
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  • Rush22
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    Rush

    Chris Hemsworth, Daniel Brühl

    Released2013

    Directed byRon Howard

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  • The Pride of the Yankees23
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    The Pride of the Yankees

    Babe Ruth, Gary Cooper

    Released1942

    Directed bySam Wood

    Lou Gehrig
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  • The Basketball Diaries24
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    The Basketball Diaries

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Wahlberg

    Released1995

    Directed byScott Kalvert

    Jim Carroll
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  • Rudy25
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    Rudy

    Vince Vaughn, Sean Astin

    Released1993

    Directed byDavid Anspaugh

    Daniel "Rudy" Ruettiger
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