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The Best High School Sports Movies

Updated January 22, 2021 3.5k votes 668 voters 33.0k views63 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

    Released2000

    Directed byBoaz Yakin

    Remember the Titans is a 2000 American sports drama film produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and...  more

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  • Friday Night Lights2
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    Friday Night Lights

    Amber Heard, Connie Britton

    Released2004

    Directed byPeter Berg

    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

    Released1986

    Directed byDavid Anspaugh

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    The Blind Side

    Sandra Bullock, Lily Collins

    Released2009

    Directed byJohn Lee Hancock

    The Blind Side is a 2009 American semi-biographical sports drama film. It was written and...  more

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  • Varsity Blues5
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    Varsity Blues

    Ali Larter, Paul Walker

    Released1999

    Directed byBrian Robbins

    Varsity Blues is a 1999 American coming-of-age sports comedy-drama film directed by Brian...  more

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  • The Karate Kid6
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    The Karate Kid

    Elisabeth Shue, Ralph Macchio

    Released1984

    Directed byJohn G. Avildsen

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    Coach Carter

    Samuel L. Jackson, Channing Tatum

    Released2005

    Directed byThomas Carter

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

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  • All the Right Moves8
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    All the Right Moves

    Tom Cruise, Lea Thompson

    Released1983

    Directed byMichael Chapman

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

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  • When the Game Stands Tall9
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    When the Game Stands Tall

    Jim Caviezel, Laura Dern

    Released2014

    Directed byThomas Carter

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

    Cuba Gooding Jr., Ed Harris

    Released2003

    Directed byMichael Tollin

    Radio is a 2003 film inspired by the 1996 Sports Illustrated article "Someone to Lean On" by...  more
  • Gridiron Gang11
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    Gridiron Gang

    Dwayne Johnson, Xzibit

    Released2006

    Directed byPhil Joanou

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

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  • Bring It On12
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    Bring It On

    Kirsten Dunst, Eliza Dushku

    Released2000

    Directed byPeyton Reed

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  • Hoop Dreams13
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    Hoop Dreams

    William Gates, Arthur Agee

    Released1994

    Directed bySteve James

    Hoop Dreams is a 1994 American documentary film directed by Steve James and written by James...  more

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  • Love & Basketball14
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    Love & Basketball

    Tyra Banks, Gabrielle Union

    Released2000

    Directed byGina Prince-Bythewood

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  • Bend It like Beckham15
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    Bend It like Beckham

    Keira Knightley, Jonathan Rhys Meyers

    Released2002

    Directed byGurinder Chadha

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    The Basketball Diaries

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Wahlberg

    Released1995

    Directed byScott Kalvert

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    Teen Wolf

    Michael J. Fox, Doug Savant

    Released1985

    Directed byRod Daniel

    Teen Wolf is a 1985 American fantasy comedy film released by Atlantic Releasing Corporation...  more

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  • He Got Game18
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    He Got Game

    Michael Jordan, Shaquille O'Neal

    Released1998

    Directed bySpike Lee

    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 Man19
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    She's the Man

    Amanda Bynes, Channing Tatum

    Released2006

    Directed byAndy Fickman

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  • Finding Forrester20
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    Finding Forrester

    Anna Paquin, Matt Damon

    Released2000

    Directed byGus Van Sant

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  • Run the Race21
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    Run the Race

    Mykelti Williamson, Frances Fisher

    Released2019

    Directed byChris Dowling

    Run the Race is a 2019 American sports film directed by Chris Dowling. Against the backdrop of...  more
  • Overcomer22
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    Overcomer

    Alex Kendrick, Priscilla Shirer

    Released2019

    Directed byAlex Kendrick

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  • The Way Back23
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    The Way Back

    Ben Affleck, Al Madrigal

    Released2020

    Directed byGavin O'Connor

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

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  • School Ties24
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    School Ties

    Ben Affleck, Matt Damon

    Released1992

    Directed byRobert Mandel

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

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  • McFarland, USA25
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    McFarland, USA

    Kevin Costner, Maria Bello

    Released2014

    Directed byNiki Caro

    McFarland, USA is an American 2015 sports drama film directed by Niki Caro and produced by...  more

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