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The Best Sports Romance Movies

Updated March 16, 2021 1.5k votes 459 voters 37.1k views57 items

When the thrill of competition is combined with an emotional love story, great filmmaking can be achieved. The best romantic sports movies feature rivals fighting for first place in life and in love, be it a basketball film or a baseball love story. This is a list of the top cinematic sports love stories including everything from The Karate Kid to Cinderella Man to Run Fatboy Run.

What films will you find on this list of athlete romance movies? Tom Cruise makes a few appearances here. In 1990's Days of Thunder, he and Nicole Kidman fell in love on screen and off, while Jerry Maguire finds him telling a sports story from the agency side. Varsity Blues is a good sports movie that finds a starting quarterback dealing with newfound attention from pretty cheerleaders. Other good movies featured on this best athlete love stories movies list include Bull Durham, Major League, and Bring It On.

Vote up your favorite romantic sports movies so the best one reaches the top of the list.

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    Love & Basketball

    Tyra Banks, Gabrielle Union

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    Wimbledon

    Kirsten Dunst, James McAvoy
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    The Cutting Edge

    Terry O'Quinn, Moira Kelly

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    Chadwick Boseman, Nicole Beharie

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    #153 of 666 The Best Black Movies Ever Made, Ranked#10 of 85 The Greatest African American Biopics

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    Bend It like Beckham

    Keira Knightley, Jonathan Rhys Meyers

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    Bring It On

    Kirsten Dunst, Eliza Dushku

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    The Karate Kid

    Elisabeth Shue, Ralph Macchio

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    Jerry Maguire

    Tom Cruise, Lucy Liu

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    Summer Catch

    Jessica Biel, Brittany Murphy

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    #39 of 112 The All-Time Best Baseball Films#31 of 31 Great Movies Set Along the Coast

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    Cinderella Man

    Russell Crowe, Renée Zellweger

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    Varsity Blues

    Ali Larter, Paul Walker

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    The Wrestler

    Evan Rachel Wood, Mickey Rourke

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    Bull Durham

    Kevin Costner, Susan Sarandon

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    Fever Pitch

    Drew Barrymore, Jimmy Fallon

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    She's the Man

    Amanda Bynes, Channing Tatum

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    Tin Cup

    Kevin Costner, Rene Russo

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    #172 of 252 The Funniest '90s Movies#18 of 34 The Funniest Movies About Sports

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    Days of Thunder

    Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman

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    Major League

    Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger

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    Lucas

    Charlie Sheen, Winona Ryder

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    #60 of 116 The Funniest Movies About High School#60 of 76 The Best Football Movies Ever

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    High School Musical

    Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale

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    For Love of the Game

    Kevin Costner, Kelly Preston
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    Bottom of the 9th

    Joe Manganiello, Sofía Vergara
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    Run Fatboy Run

    Thandie Newton, Hank Azaria
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    Mr. Baseball

    Tom Selleck, Ken Takakura
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    A League of Their Own

    Madonna, Tom Hanks

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