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The Best College Sports Movies  

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Remember the good old days when life felt so hopeful, and the future seemed wide open for you to choose whatever you wanted to be in life, just waiting for you to step into it? The feelings of hundreds of people gathered together to scream and cheer for the best college football team? The days when the only responsibilities you had were to rush to get to class right in the nick of time, party hard on the weekends and pull an all-nighter for the next exam? Our college years hold some of our best memories.

So what are the best college sports movies out there? The smell of popcorn and beer, the sound of an excited crowd yelling as loud as they can, half-dressed men who have painted their chests to proudly display their college colors, the cheerleaders performing at the half-time show, a nervous coach pacing back and forth and muttering words underneath his breath – these all come to mind when we think about college sports.

 This list discusses the most popular college sports movies, including Rudy, We Are Marshall, Bluechips, and The Comebacks. Vote for your favorite today!
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Vince Vaughn, Sean Astin, Jon Favreau filmography
Rudy is a 1993 American sports film directed by David Anspaugh. It is an account of the life of Daniel "Rudy" Ruettiger, who harbored dreams of playing football at the University of ...more

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#97 of 630 The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies #24 of 291 The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cryfeaturing Things About The Real Rudy That The 'Rudy' Movie Purposely Misrepresents

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Matthew McConaughey, Kate Mara, January Jones
We Are Marshall is a 2006 American historical drama biopic film directed by McG. It depicts the aftermath of the 1970 incident that 37 football players on the Marshall University Thundering Herd ...more

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#79 of 291 The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry #750 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #80 of 198 The Biggest Tearjerker Movies of All Time

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Adam Sandler, Kathy Bates, Rob Schneider
The Waterboy is a 1998 American sports/comedy film directed by Frank Coraci, starring Adam Sandler, Kathy Bates, Fairuza Balk, Henry Winkler, Jerry Reed, Larry Gilliard, Jr., Blake Clark, Peter ...more

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#57 of 630 The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Moviesfeaturing The Most Hilarious Quotes From 'The Waterboy'listed on The Highest Grossing 90s Movies

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Channing Tatum, Samuel L. Jackson, Ashanti
Coach Carter is a 2005 American biographical sports drama film directed by Thomas Carter. It is based on a true story of Richmond High School basketball coach Ken Carter portrayed by Samuel L. ...more

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#29 of 719 The Best Black Movies Ever Made, Ranked #53 of 180 The Best Sports Movies Ever Made #6 of 40 The 30+ Greatest Sports Drama Movies of All Time

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Dick Butkus, James Caan, Billy Dee Williams
Brian's Song is a 1971 ABC Movie of the Week that recounts the details of the life of Brian Piccolo, a Wake Forest University football player stricken with terminal cancer after turning pro, ...more

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#10 of 291 The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry #228 of 719 The Best Black Movies Ever Made, Ranked #45 of 198 The Biggest Tearjerker Movies of All Time

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Emily Deschanel, Jon Voight, Tatyana Ali
Glory Road is a 2006 American drama sports film directed by James Gartner, based on a true story surrounding the events leading to the 1966 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship. Don ...more

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#219 of 719 The Best Black Movies Ever Made, Ranked #137 of 139 The Best Disney Live-Action Movies #58 of 180 The Best Sports Movies Ever Made

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Shaquille O'Neal, Larry Bird, Kevin Garnett
Blue Chips is a 1994 basketball drama film, directed by William Friedkin, written by Ron Shelton and starring Nick Nolte as a college coach and real-life basketball stars Shaquille O'Neal and ...more

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#79 of 180 The Best Sports Movies Ever Made #40 of 40 The 30+ Greatest Sports Drama Movies of All Time #22 of 42 The Best Sports Movies About Coaches

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Elizabeth Banks, Mark Wahlberg, Randy Couture
Invincible is a 2006 sports film directed by Ericson Core set in 1976. It is based on the true story of Vince Papale, who played for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1976 to 1978. Mark Wahlberg ...more

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#94 of 239 The Best Movies Based on True Stories #29 of 241 The Most Inspirational Movies Ever #102 of 139 The Best Disney Live-Action Movies

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Halle Berry, James Caan, Kristy Swanson
The Program is a 1993 film starring James Caan, Halle Berry, Omar Epps, Craig Sheffer, Kristy Swanson, and Joey Lauren Adams. The film was directed by David S. Ward who has directed and written ...more

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#87 of 180 The Best Sports Movies Ever Made #18 of 58 The Best Football Movies Ever #26 of 42 The Best Sports Movies About Coaches

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Jerry Maguire is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best College Sports Movies
Tom Cruise, Lucy Liu, Renée Zellweger
Jerry Maguire is a 1996 American romantic comedy-drama sports film written, produced and directed by Cameron Crowe, and stars Tom Cruise, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Renée Zellweger. It was ...more

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#362 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #317 of 1,204 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Timelisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Dennis Quaid, Nicole Beharie, Clancy Brown
The Express is a 2008 American sports film produced by John Davis and directed by Gary Fleder. The storyline was conceived from a screenplay written by Charles Leavitt from a book titled Ernie ...more
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Jerry Rice, Dick Butkus, Kathy Ireland
Necessary Roughness is a 1991 sports comedy film directed by Stan Dragoti in his final film. The film stars Scott Bakula, Héctor Elizondo, Robert Loggia, and Harley Jane Kozak. Co-stars ...more

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#1,040 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #174 of 493 The Funniest '90s Movies #68 of 180 The Best Sports Movies Ever Made

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Tom Cruise, Lea Thompson, Craig T. Nelson
All the Right Moves is a 1983 drama film directed by Michael Chapman and starring Tom Cruise, Craig T. Nelson, Lea Thompson, Chris Penn, and Gary Graham. It was filmed on location during WPIAL ...more

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#317 of 575 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked #32 of 42 The All-Time Best Tom Cruise Movies #112 of 180 The Best Sports Movies Ever Made

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Jessica Lange, John Goodman, Dennis Quaid
Everybody's All-American is a 1988 motion picture directed by Taylor Hackford and based on the novel Everybody's All-American by longtime Sports Illustrated contributor Frank Deford. The film ...more
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Tom Berenger, Ryan Kwanten, Nick Tate
The Junction Boys is a 2002 sports and drama film written and directed by Mike Robe.
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Bottom of the 9th is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best College Sports Movies
Joe Manganiello, Sofía Vergara, Michael Rispoli
Bottom of the 9th is a 2019 American drama film, directed by Raymond De Felitta. A once-aspiring baseball player (Joe Manganiello) returns to his Bronx neighborhood after serving 17 years in
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Chris Brown, Meagan Good, Shaffer Smith
Stomp the Yard is a 2007 drama and dance film produced by Rainforest Films and released through Sony Pictures' Screen Gems division on January 12, 2007. Directed by Sylvain White, Stomp the Yard ...more

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#168 of 719 The Best Black Movies Ever Made, Ranked #16 of 100 The Best Dance Movies Ever Made #14 of 32 30+ Great Teen Drama Movies About Dancing

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Robert Downey Jr., Uma Thurman, Jennifer Tilly
Johnny Be Good is a 1988 American comedy film directed by Bud Smith, starring Anthony Michael Hall as the main character, Johnny Walker. The film also features Robert Downey Jr., Steve James, ...more

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#406 of 575 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked #19 of 27 The Best Brat Pack Movies #44 of 58 The Best Football Movies Ever

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Jessica Biel, Brittany Murphy, Freddie Prinze
Summer Catch is a 2001 romantic comedy film starring Freddie Prinze, Jr., Jessica Biel and Matthew Lillard. The film was directed by Mike Tollin, marking his feature film directorial debut. The ...more

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#206 of 250 The Best Teen Romance Movies #67 of 119 The Best College Movies Ever #30 of 30 Great Movies Set Along the Coast

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Michael Jordan, Shaquille O'Neal, Milla Jovovich
He Got Game is a 1998 American sports-drama film written and directed by Spike Lee. It stars Denzel Washington as Jake Shuttlesworth, a prison inmate convicted for an act against his wife. He is ...more

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#72 of 719 The Best Black Movies Ever Made, Ranked #244 of 304 The Greatest Soundtracks of All Timelisted on Movies Set in Brooklyn

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Bradley Cooper, Stacy Keibler, Dennis Rodman
The Comebacks is a 2007 American satirical comedy film directed by Tom Brady. This film is a parody of the clichés and plots of the sports film genre. In the UK, Greece, Finland, ...more

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#158 of 180 The Best Sports Movies Ever Made #29 of 31 The Funniest Comedy Movies About Sports #45 of 58 The Best Football Movies Ever

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Tupac Shakur, Bernie Mac, Marlon Wayans
Above the Rim is a 1994 American drama directed by Jeff Pollack. The screenplay was written by Pollack and screenwriter Barry Michael Cooper, from a story by Pollack and Benny Medina. Starring ...more

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#102 of 719 The Best Black Movies Ever Made, Ranked #305 of 319 Movies with the Best Soundtracks #18 of 35 30+ Great Movies About Urban Teens

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Al Pacino, Matthew McConaughey, Rene Russo
Two for the Money is a 2005 American drama-sports film directed by D. J. Caruso and starring Al Pacino, Matthew McConaughey, Rene Russo, Armand Assante and Carly Pope. The film is about the ...more
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Keanu Reeves, Diane Lane, Michael B. Jordan
Hardball is a 2001 American dramedy film directed by Brian Robbins. It stars Keanu Reeves, Diane Lane and D. B. Sweeney. The screenplay by John Gatins is based on the book Hardball: A Season in ...more

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#209 of 291 The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry #381 of 719 The Best Black Movies Ever Made, Ranked #179 of 180 The Best Sports Movies Ever Made

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clash1977 added Melanie Griffith, Annette O'Toole, Robby Benson
One on One is a 1977 drama film starring Robby Benson and Annette O'Toole. It was written by Benson and Jerry Segal, and shot on location in 1976 at Colorado State University. The film features ...more