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The Best Sports Romance Movies

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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.

Which sports love story is your favorite? Give the best unconventional sports films a thumbs up.

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    Love & Basketball is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Sports Romance Movies
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    Love & Basketball

    Tyra Banks, Gabrielle Union

    Released2000

    Directed byGina Prince-Bythewood

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    Wimbledon is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Sports Romance Movies
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    Wimbledon

    Kirsten Dunst, James McAvoy

    Released2004

    Directed byRichard Loncraine

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    The Cutting Edge is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Sports Romance Movies
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    The Cutting Edge

    Terry O'Quinn, Moira Kelly

    Released1992

    Directed byPaul Michael Glaser

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    Bend It like Beckham is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Sports Romance Movies
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    Bend It like Beckham

    Keira Knightley, Jonathan Rhys Meyers

    Released2002

    Directed byGurinder Chadha

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    Bring It On is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Sports Romance Movies
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    Bring It On

    Kirsten Dunst, Eliza Dushku

    Released2000

    Directed byPeyton Reed

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    The Karate Kid is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Sports Romance Movies
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    The Karate Kid

    Elisabeth Shue, Ralph Macchio

    Released1984

    Directed byJohn G. Avildsen

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    42 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Sports Romance Movies
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    42

    Harrison Ford, Christopher Meloni

    Released2013

    Directed byBrian Helgeland

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    Summer Catch is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Sports Romance Movies
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    Summer Catch

    Jessica Biel, Brittany Murphy

    Released2001

    Directed byMichael Tollin

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    Jerry Maguire is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Sports Romance Movies
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    Jerry Maguire

    Tom Cruise, Lucy Liu

    Released1996

    Directed byCameron Crowe

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    Cinderella Man is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Sports Romance Movies
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    Cinderella Man

    Russell Crowe, Renée Zellweger

    Released2005

    Directed byRon Howard

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    Bull Durham is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Sports Romance Movies
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    Bull Durham

    Kevin Costner, Susan Sarandon

    Released1988

    Directed byRon Shelton

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    Olympic Dreams is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Sports Romance Movies
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    Olympic Dreams

    Alexi Pappas, Nick Kroll

    Released2020

    Directed byJeremy Teicher

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    Varsity Blues is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Sports Romance Movies
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    Varsity Blues

    Ali Larter, Paul Walker

    Released1999

    Directed byBrian Robbins

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    Fever Pitch is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Sports Romance Movies
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    Fever Pitch

    Drew Barrymore, Jimmy Fallon

    Released2005

    Directed byPeter Farrelly, Bobby Farrelly

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    Days of Thunder is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Sports Romance Movies
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    Days of Thunder

    Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman

    Released1990

    Directed byTony Scott

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    Tin Cup is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Sports Romance Movies
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    Tin Cup

    Kevin Costner, Rene Russo

    Released1996

    Directed byRon Shelton

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    Lucas is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Sports Romance Movies
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    Lucas

    Charlie Sheen, Winona Ryder

    Released1986

    Directed byDavid Seltzer

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    Major League is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Sports Romance Movies
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    Major League

    Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger

    Released1989

    Directed byDavid S. Ward

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    The Wrestler is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Sports Romance Movies
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    The Wrestler

    Evan Rachel Wood, Mickey Rourke

    Released2008

    Directed byDarren Aronofsky

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    Bottom of the 9th is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Sports Romance Movies
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    Bottom of the 9th

    Joe Manganiello, Sofía Vergara

    Released2019

    Directed byRaymond De Felitta

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    Run Fatboy Run is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Sports Romance Movies
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    Run Fatboy Run

    Thandie Newton, Hank Azaria

    Released2007

    Directed byDavid Schwimmer

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    Mr. Baseball is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Sports Romance Movies
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    Mr. Baseball

    Tom Selleck, Ken Takakura
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    Match Point is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Sports Romance Movies
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    Match Point

    Scarlett Johansson, Jonathan Rhys Meyers

    Released2005

    Directed byWoody Allen

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