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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!
  • 1
    Rudy is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best College Sports Movies


    Vince Vaughn, Sean Astin


    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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  • 2
    We Are Marshall is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best College Sports Movies

    We Are Marshall

    Matthew McConaughey, Kate Mara


    Directed byJoseph McGinty Nichol

    We Are Marshall is a 2006 American historical drama biopic film directed by McG. It depicts... more on Wikipedia
  • 3
    The Junction Boys is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best College Sports Movies

    The Junction Boys

    Tom Berenger, Ryan Kwanten


    Directed byMike Robe

    The Junction Boys is a 2002 sports and drama film written and directed by Mike buy button
  • 4
    The Waterboy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best College Sports Movies

    The Waterboy

    Adam Sandler, Kathy Bates


    Directed byFrank Coraci

    The Waterboy is a 1998 American sports/comedy film directed by Frank Coraci, starring Adam... more on Wikipedia
  • 5
    Glory Road is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best College Sports Movies

    Glory Road

    Emily Deschanel, Jon Voight


    Directed byJames Gartner

    Glory Road is a 2006 American drama sports film directed by James Gartner, based on a true... more on Wikipedia
  • 6
    Coach Carter is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best College Sports Movies

    Coach Carter

    Samuel L. Jackson, Channing Tatum


    Directed byThomas Carter

    Coach Carter is a 2005 American biographical teen sports drama film directed by Thomas Carter,... more on Wikipedia

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  • 7
    Brian's Song is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best College Sports Movies

    Brian's Song

    Dick Butkus, James Caan


    Directed byBuzz Kulik

    Brian's Song is a 1971 ABC Movie of the Week that recounts the details of the life of Brian... more on Wikipedia

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  • 8
    Jerry Maguire is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best College Sports Movies

    Jerry Maguire

    Tom Cruise, Lucy Liu


    Directed byCameron Crowe

    Jerry Maguire is a 1996 American romantic comedy-drama sports film written, produced and... more on Wikipedia

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  • 9
    Blue Chips is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best College Sports Movies

    Blue Chips

    Shaquille O'Neal, Larry Bird


    Directed byWilliam Friedkin

    Blue Chips is a 1994 basketball drama film, directed by William Friedkin, written by Ron... more on Wikipedia

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  • 10
    The Express is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best College Sports Movies

    The Express

    Dennis Quaid, Nicole Beharie


    Directed byGary Fleder

    The Express is a 2008 American sports film produced by John Davis and directed by Gary Fleder.... more on Wikipedia
  • 11
    Necessary Roughness is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best College Sports Movies

    Necessary Roughness

    Jerry Rice, Dick Butkus


    Directed byStan Dragoti

    Necessary Roughness is a 1991 sports comedy film directed by Stan Dragoti in his final film.... more on Wikipedia

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  • 12
    The Program is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best College Sports Movies

    The Program

    Halle Berry, James Caan


    Directed byDavid S. Ward

    The Program is a 1993 film starring James Caan, Halle Berry, Omar Epps, Craig Sheffer, Kristy... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Bottom of the 9th is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best College Sports Movies

    Bottom of the 9th

    Joe Manganiello, Sofía Vergara


    Directed byRaymond De Felitta

    Bottom of the 9th is a 2019 American drama film, directed by Raymond De Felitta. A... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Everybody's All-American is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best College Sports Movies

    Everybody's All-American

    Jessica Lange, John Goodman


    Directed byTaylor Hackford

    Everybody's All-American is a 1988 motion picture directed by Taylor Hackford and based on the... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    Stomp the Yard is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best College Sports Movies

    Stomp the Yard

    Chris Brown, Meagan Good


    Directed bySylvain White

    Stomp the Yard is a 2007 drama and dance film produced by Rainforest Films and released... more on Wikipedia

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  • 16
    He Got Game is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best College Sports Movies

    He Got Game

    Michael Jordan, Shaquille O'Neal


    Directed bySpike Lee

    He Got Game is a 1998 American sports-drama film written and directed by Spike Lee. It stars... more on Wikipedia

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  • 17
    Johnny Be Good is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best College Sports Movies

    Johnny Be Good

    Robert Downey Jr., Uma Thurman


    Directed byBud S. Smith

    Johnny Be Good is a 1988 American comedy film directed by Bud Smith, starring Anthony Michael... more on Wikipedia

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  • 18
    Above the Rim is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best College Sports Movies

    Above the Rim

    Tupac Shakur, Bernie Mac


    Directed byJeff Pollack

    Above the Rim is a 1994 American drama directed by Jeff Pollack. The screenplay was written by... more on Wikipedia

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  • 19
    The Comebacks is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best College Sports Movies

    The Comebacks

    Bradley Cooper, Stacy Keibler


    Directed byTom Brady

    The Comebacks is a 2007 American satirical comedy film directed by Tom Brady. This film is a... more on Wikipedia
  • 20
    Summer Catch is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best College Sports Movies

    Summer Catch

    Jessica Biel, Brittany Murphy


    Directed byMichael Tollin

    Summer Catch is a 2001 romantic comedy film starring Freddie Prinze, Jr., Jessica Biel and... more on Wikipedia

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  • 21
    Two for the Money is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best College Sports Movies

    Two for the Money

    Al Pacino, Matthew McConaughey


    Directed byD. J. Caruso

    Two for the Money is a 2005 American drama-sports film directed by D. J. Caruso and starring... more on Wikipedia
  • 22
    One on One is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best College Sports Movies

    One on One

    Melanie Griffith, Annette O'Toole


    Directed byLamont Johnson

    One on One is a 1977 drama film starring Robby Benson and Annette O'Toole. It was written by... more on Wikipedia
  • 23
    Sunset Park is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best College Sports Movies

    Sunset Park

    Terrence Howard, Carol Kane


    Directed bySteve Gomer

    Sunset Park is a 1996 basketball film. It stars Rhea Perlman as the head coach of a high... more on Wikipedia
  • 24
    Stomp the Yard: Homecoming is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best College Sports Movies

    Stomp the Yard: Homecoming

    Keith David, Tika Sumpter


    Directed byRob Hardy

    Stomp the Yard: Homecoming is a 2010 drama film directed by Rob Hardy. It is the sequel to... more on Wikipedia
  • 25
    The Air Up There is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best College Sports Movies

    The Air Up There

    Kevin Bacon


    Directed byPaul Michael Glaser

    The Air Up There is a 1994 comedy film directed by Paul Michael Glaser and starring Kevin... more on Wikipedia
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