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The Best High School Sports Movies 

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Remember the good old days when life felt so innocent, and the future seemed wide open, waiting for you to step into it? The feelings of hundreds of people gathered together in a venue cheering on your team at the football game? The days when the only responsibilities you had were to wake up early, rush to get to school on time and cram for the next test? Our high school days have some of our fondest memories. It was a time when life felt so simple and so complex all at once.

So what are the best high school sports movies? The smell of popcorn and hot dogs, the sound of an excited crowd screaming at the top of their lungs, cheerleaders strutting out to the middle of the field in honor of their team and - oh the famous marching bands featuring the biggest nerd in school proudly playing his tuba all come to mind when we think about high school sports.

This list discusses the most popular high school sports movies, including The Blind Side, Hoosiers, The Basketball Diaries, and Remember the Titans, as well as some of the best cheerleading movies

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Hayden Panettiere, Ryan Gosling, Denzel Washington

Released: 2000

Directed by: Boaz Yakin

Remember the Titans is a 2000 American sports drama film produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and directed by Boaz Yakin. The screenplay, written by Gregory Allen Howard, is based on the true story of ...more

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Amber Heard, Connie Britton, Tim McGraw

Released: 2004

Directed by: Peter Berg

Friday Night Lights is a 2004 sports drama film, directed by Peter Berg, which documents the coach and players of a high school football team and the Texas city of Odessa that supports and is ...more

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#212 of 292 The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry #368 of 548 The Greatest Movies for Guys

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Gene Hackman, Dennis Hopper, Barbara Hershey

Released: 1986

Directed by: David Anspaugh

Hoosiers is a 1986 sports film written by Angelo Pizzo and directed by David Anspaugh. It tells the story of a small-town Indiana high school basketball team that wins the state championship. It ...more

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Ali Larter, Paul Walker, Amy Smart

Released: 1999

Directed by: Brian Robbins

Varsity Blues is a 1999 American coming-of-age sports comedy-drama film directed by Brian Robbins that follows a small-town high school football team and their overbearing coach through a ...more

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The Blind Side is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best High School Sports Movies
Sandra Bullock, Lily Collins, Kathy Bates

Released: 2009

Directed by: John Lee Hancock

The Blind Side is a 2009 American semi-biographical sports drama film. It was written and directed by John Lee Hancock, and based on the 2006 book The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game by Michael ...more

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Elisabeth Shue, Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita

Released: 1984

Directed by: John G. Avildsen

The Karate Kid is a 1984 American martial arts romantic drama film directed by John G. Avildsen and written by Robert Mark Kamen, starring Ralph Macchio, who was 22 years old during principal ...more

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Channing Tatum, Samuel L. Jackson, Ashanti

Released: 2005

Directed by: Thomas Carter

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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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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txmcvf added Jim Caviezel, Laura Dern, Michael Chiklis

Released: 2014

Directed by: Thomas Carter

When the Game Stands Tall is a 2014 sports drama film. The film, which stars Jim Caviezel as Coach Bob Ladouceur, Laura Dern as Bev Ladouceur, Michael Chiklis as assistant coach Terry Eidson and ...more
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Cuba Gooding Jr., Ed Harris, Debra Winger

Released: 2003

Directed by: Michael Tollin

Radio is a 2003 film inspired by the 1996 Sports Illustrated article "Someone to Lean On" by Gary Smith. The article and the movie are based on the true story of T. L. Hanna High ...more

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Dwayne Johnson, Xzibit, Jurnee Smollett

Released: 2006

Directed by: Phil Joanou

Gridiron Gang is a 2006 American sports drama film directed by Phil Joanou, and starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Xzibit, L. Scott Caldwell and Kevin Dunn. It is loosely based on the ...more

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All the Right Moves is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best High School Sports Movies
Tom Cruise, Lea Thompson, Craig T. Nelson

Released: 1983

Directed by: Michael Chapman

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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David Handman added Michael J. Fox, Doug Savant, James Hampton

Released: 1985

Directed by: Rod Daniel

Teen Wolf is a 1985 American fantasy comedy film released by Atlantic Releasing Corporation starring Michael J. Fox as Scott Howard, a high school student who discovers that his family has an ...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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Bring It On is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best High School Sports Movies
Kirsten Dunst, Eliza Dushku, Gabrielle Union

Released: 2000

Directed by: Peyton Reed

Bring It On is a 2000 American teen comedy film that was directed by Peyton Reed and written by Jessica Bendinger. It was followed by four direct-to-video sequels, none of which contain any of ...more

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Released: 1994

Directed by: Steve James

Hoop Dreams is a 1994 American documentary film directed by Steve James and written by James and Frederick Marx, with Kartemquin Films. It follows the story of two African-American high school ...more

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Anna Paquin, Matt Damon, Sean Connery

Released: 2000

Directed by: Gus Van Sant

Finding Forrester is a 2000 American drama film written by Mike Rich and directed by Gus Van Sant. An African-American teenager, Jamal Wallace, is invited to attend a prestigious private high ...more
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Amanda Bynes, Channing Tatum, Jessica Lucas

Released: 2006

Directed by: Andy Fickman

She's the Man is a 2006 American romantic comedy film directed by Andy Fickman, inspired by William Shakespeare's play Twelfth Night. The film stars Amanda Bynes, Channing Tatum, Laura Ramsey, ...more

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Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Brendan Fraser

Released: 1992

Directed by: Robert Mandel

School Ties is a 1992 sports film directed by Robert Mandel starring Brendan Fraser, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Chris O'Donnell, Cole Hauser, Randall Batinkoff, Andrew Lowery and Anthony Rapp. ...more

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Bend It like Beckham is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best High School Sports Movies
Keira Knightley, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Anupam Kher

Released: 2002

Directed by: Gurinder Chadha

Bend It like Beckham is a 2002 British comedy-drama film starring Parminder Nagra, Keira Knightley, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Anupam Kher, Shaznay Lewis and Archie Panjabi, first released in the ...more

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Run the Race is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best High School Sports Movies
Mykelti Williamson, Frances Fisher, Kristoffer Polaha

Released: 2019

Directed by: Chris Dowling

Run the Race is a 2019 American sports film directed by Chris Dowling. Against the backdrop of high school football and track, two brothers in a small Southern town face escalating problems with ...more
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Tyra Banks, Gabrielle Union, Sanaa Lathan

Released: 2000

Directed by: Gina Prince-Bythewood

Love & Basketball is a 2000 American romantic drama film starring Omar Epps and Sanaa Lathan. The film tells the story of Quincy McCall and Monica Wright, two next-door neighbors in Los ...more

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The Ride is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best High School Sports Movies
The Ride Shane Graham, Ludacris, Sasha Alexander

Released: 2019

Directed by: Alex Ranarivelo

The Ride is a 2018 sports movie directed by Alex Ranarivelo. A BMX champion overcomes his abusive childhood through the love and life lessons learned through his foster family.

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McFarland, USA is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best High School Sports Movies
lmjarl added Kevin Costner, Maria Bello, Morgan Saylor

Released: 2014

Directed by: Niki Caro

McFarland, USA is an American 2015 sports drama film directed by Niki Caro and produced by Walt Disney Pictures. Based on the true story of a 1987 cross country team from a predominantly ...more

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Overcomer is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best High School Sports Movies
Alex Kendrick, Priscilla Shirer, Ben Davies

Released: 2019

Directed by: Alex Kendrick

Overcomer is a 2019 American Christian drama film directed by Alex Kendrick. John Harrison (Alex Kendrick) is a high school basketball coach whose state championship dreams vanish when he ...more