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The Best Movies About Underdogs

Updated November 30, 2020 7.6k votes 1.6k voters 151.4k views101 items

List RulesVote up the best movies that inspire you to go up against the odds.

There’s nothing more inspirational than a movie about an underdog who is victorious despite all the odds stacked against them. Viewers love films that highlight a noteworthy person’s triumphs – stories like this give us hope and make us want to fight to the end! These kinds of inspirational stories make amazing movies, but what are the best movies about underdogs? Vote up the best films below and see where your favorites rank. Then go check out TV shows about underdogs and other loveable losers.
The movies on this list tell the stories of an underdog in one way or another. Many of these films were actually based on true events that forever changed our perspectives and left us feeling inspired. Others are completely fictional in nature but inspire viewers nonetheless.
This list features the best movies about underdogs including, Hoosiers, Cinderella Man, Million Dollar Baby, Rudy, Miracle, The Jackie Robinson Story, Friday Night Lights, Remember the Titans, and Rocky. Vote up the best underdog films or add one you love that isn't already on the list!

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    Sylvester Stallone, Joe Frazier

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    Rocky is a 1976 American sports drama film directed by John G. Avildsen. A small-time boxer...  more

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    Vince Vaughn, Sean Astin
    Rudy is a 1993 American sports film directed by David Anspaugh. It is an account of the life...  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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    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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    Jennifer Morrison, Tom Hardy
    Warrior is a 2011 American sports drama film directed by Gavin O'Connor and starring Tom Hardy...  more

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    Kurt Russell, Patricia Clarkson
    Miracle is a 2004 American sports docudrama about the United States men's hockey team, led by...  more

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    Cinderella Man

    Russell Crowe, Renée Zellweger
    Cinderella Man is a 2005 American drama film by Ron Howard, titled after the nickname of...  more

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    Rocky IV

    Sylvester Stallone, James Brown
    Rocky IV is a 1985 American sports film written and directed by Sylvester Stallone, who also...  more

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    Cool Runnings

    John Candy, Malik Yoba
    Cool Runnings is a 1993 American sports film directed by Jon Turteltaub, and starring Leon,...  more

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    Elizabeth Banks, Mark Wahlberg
    Invincible is a 2006 sports film directed by Ericson Core set in 1976. It is based on the true...  more

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    8 Mile

    Eminem, Kim Basinger
    8 Mile is a 2002 American hip-hop biopic film written by Scott Silver, directed by Curtis...  more

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    Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau
    Braveheart is a 1995 epic historical medieval war drama film directed by and starring Mel...  more

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    Million Dollar Baby

    Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman
    Million Dollar Baby is a 2004 American sports drama film directed, co-produced and scored by...  more

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    Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill
    Moneyball is an American 2011 biographical sports drama film directed by Bennett Miller from a...  more

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    McFarland, USA

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

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    The Mighty Ducks

    Emilio Estevez, Joshua Jackson
    The Mighty Ducks is a 1992 American sports comedy film directed by Stephen Herek, starring...  more

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    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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    Elizabeth Banks, Jeff Bridges
    Seabiscuit is a 2003 American biographical sports psychological-drama thriller film based on...  more

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    The Rookie

    Dennis Quaid, Brian Cox
    The Rookie is a 2002 sports drama film directed by John Lee Hancock and produced by Walt...  more

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    Slumdog Millionaire

    Dev Patel, Anil Kapoor
    Slumdog Millionaire is a 2009 British drama film directed by Danny Boyle Jamal Malik, a young...  more

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    The Fighter

    Amy Adams, Christian Bale
    The Fighter is a 2010 American biographical sports drama film directed by David O. Russell....  more

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    Real Steel

    Hugh Jackman, Evangeline Lilly
    Real Steel is a 2011 film directed by Shawn Levy....  more

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    DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story

    Ben Stiller, Chuck Norris
    DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story, commonly referred to as DodgeBall, is a 2004 American sports...  more

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    Major League

    Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger
    Major League is a 1989 American sports comedy film written and directed by David S. Ward,...  more

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    A League of Their Own

    Madonna, Tom Hanks
    A League of Their Own is a 1992 American comedy-drama film that tells a fictionalized account...  more

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