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The Best High School Sports Movies

Updated April 7, 2021 3.5k votes 678 voters 33.7k views65 items

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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    Remember the Titans

    Hayden Panettiere, Ryan Gosling
    Remember the Titans is a 2000 American sports drama film produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and...  more

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    Friday Night Lights

    Amber Heard, Connie Britton
    Friday Night Lights is a 2004 sports drama film, directed by Peter Berg, which documents the...  more

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    Hoosiers

    Gene Hackman, Dennis Hopper
    Hoosiers is a 1986 sports film directed by David Anspaugh. A coach with a checkered past (Gene...  more

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    The Blind Side

    Sandra Bullock, Lily Collins
    The Blind Side is a 2009 American semi-biographical sports drama film. It was written and...  more

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    Varsity Blues

    Ali Larter, Paul Walker
    Varsity Blues is a 1999 American coming-of-age sports comedy-drama film directed by Brian...  more

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    The Karate Kid

    Elisabeth Shue, Ralph Macchio
    The Karate Kid is a 1984 American martial arts romantic drama film directed by John G....  more

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    Coach Carter

    Samuel L. Jackson, Channing Tatum
    Coach Carter is a 2005 American biographical teen sports drama film directed by Thomas Carter,...  more

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    All the Right Moves

    Tom Cruise, Lea Thompson
    All the Right Moves is a 1983 drama film directed by Michael Chapman and starring Tom Cruise,...  more

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    Radio

    Cuba Gooding Jr., Ed Harris
    Radio is a 2003 film inspired by the 1996 Sports Illustrated article "Someone to Lean On" by...  more

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    When the Game Stands Tall

    Jim Caviezel, Laura Dern
    When the Game Stands Tall is a 2014 sports drama film. The film, which stars Jim Caviezel as...  more
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    Gridiron Gang

    Dwayne Johnson, Xzibit
    Gridiron Gang is a 2006 American sports drama film directed by Phil Joanou, and starring...  more

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    Bring It On

    Kirsten Dunst, Eliza Dushku
    Bring It On is a 2000 American teen comedy film that was directed by Peyton Reed and written...  more

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    Hoop Dreams

    William Gates, Arthur Agee
    Hoop Dreams is a 1994 American documentary film directed by Steve James and written by James...  more

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    Love & Basketball

    Tyra Banks, Gabrielle Union
    Love & Basketball is a 2000 American romantic drama film starring Omar Epps and Sanaa Lathan....  more

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    Bend It like Beckham

    Keira Knightley, Jonathan Rhys Meyers
    Bend It like Beckham is a 2002 British comedy-drama film starring Parminder Nagra, Keira...  more

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    Teen Wolf

    Michael J. Fox, Doug Savant
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    The Basketball Diaries

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Wahlberg
    The Basketball Diaries is a 1995 American drama film directed by Scott Kalvert, starring...  more

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    He Got Game

    Michael Jordan, Shaquille O'Neal
    He Got Game is a 1998 American sports-drama film written and directed by Spike Lee. It stars...  more

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    She's the Man

    Amanda Bynes, Channing Tatum
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    Finding Forrester

    Anna Paquin, Matt Damon
    Finding Forrester is a 2000 American drama film written by Mike Rich and directed by Gus Van...  more

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    Overcomer

    Alex Kendrick, Priscilla Shirer
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    Run the Race

    Mykelti Williamson, Frances Fisher
    Run the Race is a 2019 American sports film directed by Chris Dowling. Against the backdrop of...  more
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    The Way Back

    Ben Affleck, Al Madrigal
    The Way Back is an American sports drama film directed by Gavin O'Connor and written by Brad...  more

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    School Ties

    Ben Affleck, Matt Damon
    School Ties is a 1992 sports film directed by Robert Mandel starring Brendan Fraser, Matt...  more

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    The Ride

    Shane Graham, Ludacris
    The Ride is a 2018 sports movie directed by Alex Ranarivelo. A BMX champion overcomes his...  more