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The Best Sports Romance Movies 

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Updated February 14, 2020 1.1k votes 391 voters 31.7k views 23 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. 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.

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Love & Basketball is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Sports Romance Movies
Tyra Banks, Gabrielle Union, Sanaa Lathan

Released: 2000

Directed by: Gina Prince-Bythewood

Love & Basketball is a 2000 American romantic drama film starring Omar Epps and Sanaa Lathan. The film tells the story of Quincy McCall and Monica Wright, two next-door neighbors in Los ...more

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Wimbledon is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Sports Romance Movies
Kirsten Dunst, James McAvoy, Paul Bettany

Released: 2004

Directed by: Richard Loncraine

Wimbledon is a 2004 romantic comedy film directed by Richard Loncraine. The film centers on a washed-up tennis pro named Peter Colt and an up-and-coming tennis star named Lizzie Bradbury during ...more
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The Cutting Edge is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Sports Romance Movies
Terry O'Quinn, Moira Kelly, D. B. Sweeney

Released: 1992

Directed by: Paul Michael Glaser

The Cutting Edge is a 1992 romantic comedy film directed by Paul Michael Glaser and written by Tony Gilroy. The plot is about a very rich, spoiled figure skater who is paired with a has-been ice ...more

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Bring It On is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Sports Romance Movies
Kirsten Dunst, Eliza Dushku, Gabrielle Union

Released: 2000

Directed by: Peyton Reed

Bring It On is a 2000 American teen comedy film that was directed by Peyton Reed and written by Jessica Bendinger. It was followed by four direct-to-video sequels, none of which contain any of ...more

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42 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Sports Romance Movies
Harrison Ford, Christopher Meloni, Nicole Beharie

Released: 2013

Directed by: Brian Helgeland

42 is a 2013 American biographical sports film written and directed by Brian Helgeland about the racial integration of American professional baseball by player Jackie Robinson, who wore jersey ...more

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Bend It like Beckham is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Sports Romance Movies
Keira Knightley, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Anupam Kher

Released: 2002

Directed by: Gurinder Chadha

Bend It like Beckham is a 2002 British comedy-drama film starring Parminder Nagra, Keira Knightley, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Anupam Kher, Shaznay Lewis and Archie Panjabi, first released in the ...more

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The Karate Kid is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Sports Romance Movies
Elisabeth Shue, Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita

Released: 1984

Directed by: John G. Avildsen

The Karate Kid is a 1984 American martial arts romantic drama film directed by John G. Avildsen and written by Robert Mark Kamen, starring Ralph Macchio, who was 22 years old during principal ...more

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Jerry Maguire is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Sports Romance Movies
Tom Cruise, Lucy Liu, Renée Zellweger

Released: 1996

Directed by: Cameron Crowe

Jerry Maguire is a 1996 American romantic comedy-drama sports film written, produced and directed by Cameron Crowe, and stars Tom Cruise, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Renée Zellweger. It was ...more

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Summer Catch is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Sports Romance Movies
Jessica Biel, Brittany Murphy, Freddie Prinze

Released: 2001

Directed by: Michael Tollin

Summer Catch is a 2001 romantic comedy film starring Freddie Prinze, Jr., Jessica Biel and Matthew Lillard. The film was directed by Mike Tollin, marking his feature film directorial debut. The ...more

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Bull Durham is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Sports Romance Movies
Kevin Costner, Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins

Released: 1988

Directed by: Ron Shelton

Bull Durham is a 1988 American romantic comedy sports film. It is partly based upon the minor league experiences of writer/director Ron Shelton and depicts the players and fans of the Durham ...more

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Cinderella Man is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Sports Romance Movies
Russell Crowe, Renée Zellweger, Paul Giamatti

Released: 2005

Directed by: Ron Howard

Cinderella Man is a 2005 American drama film by Ron Howard, titled after the nickname of heavyweight boxing champion James J. Braddock and inspired by his life story. The film was produced by ...more

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Olympic Dreams is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Sports Romance Movies
Alexi Pappas, Nick Kroll, Gus Kenworthy

Released: 2020

Directed by: Jeremy Teicher

Olympic dreams is a 2020 American comedy directed by Jeremy Teicher. A young cross-country skier bonds with a volunteer doctor after her competition ends.
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Varsity Blues is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Sports Romance Movies
Ali Larter, Paul Walker, Amy Smart

Released: 1999

Directed by: Brian Robbins

Varsity Blues is a 1999 American coming-of-age sports comedy-drama film directed by Brian Robbins that follows a small-town high school football team and their overbearing coach through a ...more

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Fever Pitch is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Sports Romance Movies
Drew Barrymore, Jimmy Fallon, Stephen King

Released: 2005

Directed by: Peter Farrelly, Bobby Farrelly

Fever Pitch is a 2005 Farrelly brothers romantic comedy film starring Drew Barrymore and Jimmy Fallon. It is a remake of a 1997 British film of the same name. Both films are loosely based on the ...more

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Tin Cup is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Sports Romance Movies
Kevin Costner, Rene Russo, Don Johnson

Released: 1996

Directed by: Ron Shelton

Tin Cup is a 1996 romantic comedy film co-written and directed by Ron Shelton, and starring Kevin Costner and Rene Russo with Cheech Marin and Don Johnson in major supporting roles.

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Days of Thunder is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Sports Romance Movies
Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Robert Duvall

Released: 1990

Directed by: Tony Scott

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Major League is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Sports Romance Movies
Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger, Rene Russo

Released: 1989

Directed by: David S. Ward

Major League is a 1989 American sports comedy film written and directed by David S. Ward, starring Tom Berenger, Charlie Sheen, Dennis Haysbert, Wesley Snipes, James Gammon, Bob Uecker and ...more

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The Wrestler is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Sports Romance Movies
Evan Rachel Wood, Mickey Rourke, Marisa Tomei

Released: 2008

Directed by: Darren Aronofsky

The Wrestler is a 2008 American sports drama film directed by Darren Aronofsky, written by Robert D. Siegel, and starring Mickey Rourke, Marisa Tomei, and Evan Rachel Wood. Production began in ...more

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Bottom of the 9th is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Sports Romance Movies
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Released: 2019

Directed by: Raymond De Felitta

Bottom of the 9th is a 2019 American drama film, directed by Raymond De Felitta. A once-aspiring baseball player (Joe Manganiello) returns to his Bronx neighborhood after serving 17 years in
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Lucas is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Sports Romance Movies
Charlie Sheen, Winona Ryder, Corey Haim

Released: 1986

Directed by: David Seltzer

Lucas is a 1986 American teen tragicomedy film directed by David Seltzer and starring Corey Haim, Kerri Green, Charlie Sheen and Courtney Thorne-Smith. The film was Winona Ryder's screen debut.

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Mr. Baseball is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Sports Romance Movies
Mr. Baseball Tom Selleck, Ken Takakura, Aya Takanashi
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Match Point is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Sports Romance Movies
Scarlett Johansson, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Emily Mortimer

Released: 2005

Directed by: Woody Allen

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Run Fatboy Run is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Sports Romance Movies
Thandie Newton, Hank Azaria, David Schwimmer

Released: 2007

Directed by: David Schwimmer

Run Fatboy Run is a 2007 British-American comedy film directed by David Schwimmer, written by Michael Ian Black and Simon Pegg, and starring Pegg, Dylan Moran, Thandie Newton, Harish Patel, ...more