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The Best Movies About Underdogs

Updated November 30, 2020 6.9k votes 1.6k voters 149.7k 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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    October Sky

    Jake Gyllenhaal, Laura Dern
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    The Bad News Bears

    Tatum O'Neal, Jackie Earle Haley
    The Bad News Bears is a 1976 comedy film directed by Michael Ritchie. It stars Walter Matthau...  more

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    Ford v. Ferrari

    Christian Bale, Matt Damon
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    The Natural

    Kim Basinger, Robert Redford
    The Natural is a 1984 sports drama. It is a film adaptation of Bernard Malamud's 1952 baseball...  more

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    Diane Lane, John Malkovich
    Secretariat is a 2010 biographical sports drama film produced and released by Walt Disney...  more

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    The Longest Yard

    Adam Sandler, Courteney Cox
    The Longest Yard is a 2005 American sports comedy film, a remake of the 1974 film of the same...  more

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    Silver Linings Playbook

    Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro
    Silver Linings Playbook is a 2012 American romantic comedy-drama film written and directed by...  more

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    Breaking Away

    Dennis Quaid, Jackie Earle Haley
    Breaking Away is a 1979 American coming of age comedy-drama film that follows a group of four...  more

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    The Jackie Robinson Story

    Jackie Robinson, Ruby Dee
    The Jackie Robinson Story is a 1950 biographical film directed by Alfred E. Green and starring...  more

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    The Greatest Game Ever Played

    Shia LaBeouf, Peyton List
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    Star Wars

    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher
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    Little Miss Sunshine

    Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston
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    Hoop Dreams

    William Gates, Arthur Agee
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    Morgan Freeman, Matt Damon
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    Spare Parts

    Jamie Lee Curtis, Marisa Tomei
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    The Waterboy

    Adam Sandler, Kathy Bates
    The Waterboy is a 1998 American sports/comedy film directed by Frank Coraci, starring Adam...  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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    Glory Road

    Emily Deschanel, Jon Voight
    Glory Road is a 2006 American drama sports film directed by James Gartner, based on a true...  more
  • 44

    When We Were Kings

    George Foreman, B.B. King
    When We Were Kings is a 1996 documentary film directed by Leon Gast about the famous "Rumble...  more

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    The Hunger Games

    Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson
    The Hunger Games is a 2012 American dystopian science fiction adventure film directed by Gary...  more

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    Happy Gilmore

    Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller
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    Keanu Reeves, Diane Lane
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  • 48

    Herbie: Fully Loaded

    Lindsay Lohan, Anna Faris
    Herbie: Fully Loaded is a 2005 American comedy film directed by Angela Robinson and produced...  more
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    Ice Princess

    Hayden Panettiere, Michelle Trachtenberg
    Ice Princess is a 2005 American figure-skating film directed by Tim Fywell, written by Hadley...  more

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    Legally Blonde

    Reese Witherspoon, Luke Wilson
    Legally Blonde is a 2001 American comedy film directed by Robert Luketic, based on the novel...  more

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