The Best College Sports Movies 

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Updated September 23, 2019 1.7k votes 236 voters 14.1k views 25 items

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

Released: 1993

Directed by: David Anspaugh

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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Matthew McConaughey, Kate Mara, January Jones

Released: 2006

Directed by: Joseph McGinty Nichol

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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Adam Sandler, Kathy Bates, Rob Schneider

Released: 1998

Directed by: Frank Coraci

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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Samuel L. Jackson, Channing Tatum, Ashanti

Released: 2005

Directed by: Thomas Carter

Coach Carter is a 2005 American biographical teen sports drama film directed by Thomas Carter, based on the true story of the Richmond High School basketball coach Ken Carter. Controversy ...more

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Dick Butkus, James Caan, Billy Dee Williams

Released: 1971

Directed by: Buzz Kulik

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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Emily Deschanel, Jon Voight, Tatyana Ali

Released: 2006

Directed by: James Gartner

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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Shaquille O'Neal, Larry Bird, Kevin Garnett

Released: 1994

Directed by: William Friedkin

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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Jerry Maguire is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best College Sports Movies
Tom Cruise, Lucy Liu, Renée Zellweger

Released: 1996

Directed by: Cameron Crowe

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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Jerry Rice, Dick Butkus, Kathy Ireland

Released: 1991

Directed by: Stan Dragoti

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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Halle Berry, James Caan, Kristy Swanson

Released: 1993

Directed by: David S. Ward

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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Dennis Quaid, Nicole Beharie, Clancy Brown

Released: 2008

Directed by: Gary Fleder

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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Jessica Lange, John Goodman, Dennis Quaid

Released: 1988

Directed by: Taylor Hackford

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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Joe Manganiello, Sofía Vergara, Michael Rispoli

Released: 2019

Directed by: Raymond De Felitta

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Chris Brown, Meagan Good, Shaffer Smith

Released: 2007

Directed by: Sylvain White

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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Robert Downey Jr., Uma Thurman, Jennifer Tilly

Released: 1988

Directed by: Bud S. Smith

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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Michael Jordan, Shaquille O'Neal, Milla Jovovich

Released: 1998

Directed by: Spike Lee

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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Tom Berenger, Ryan Kwanten, Nick Tate

Released: 2002

Directed by: Mike Robe

The Junction Boys is a 2002 sports and drama film written and directed by Mike Robe.
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Jessica Biel, Brittany Murphy, Freddie Prinze

Released: 2001

Directed by: Michael Tollin

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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Bradley Cooper, Stacy Keibler, Dennis Rodman

Released: 2007

Directed by: Tom Brady

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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Al Pacino, Matthew McConaughey, Rene Russo

Released: 2005

Directed by: D. J. Caruso

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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Tupac Shakur, Bernie Mac, Marlon Wayans

Released: 1994

Directed by: Jeff Pollack

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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Released: 1977

Directed by: Lamont Johnson

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
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Kevin Bacon

Released: 1994

Directed by: Paul Michael Glaser

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Terrence Howard, Carol Kane, Rhea Perlman

Released: 1996

Directed by: Steve Gomer

Sunset Park is a 1996 basketball film. It stars Rhea Perlman as the head coach of a high school boys' basketball team from the Sunset Park neighborhood in New York City. The film also stars ...more
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Keith David, Tika Sumpter, Jasmine Guy

Released: 2010

Directed by: Rob Hardy

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