Sports Movies The Best Sports Thriller Movies, Ranked  

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Sports movies are inherently exciting, but when you add an element of danger they become white knuckle thrillers. The top sports thriller movies combine the rush of competition with suspense and intrigue. This is a list of the best sports thriller movies, including everything from Point Break to Days of Thunder to Never Back Down.

What films will you find on this list of the best sports thriller movies? Steve Carell and Channing Tatum star in Foxcatcher, a 2014 film about a millionaire who invested in an elite wrestling team, with tragic results. The plot is based on the real-life story of John E. du Pont and Olympic wrestlers Dave and Mark Schultz. Director Tony Scott explores the dangerous obsession of one baseball enthusiast in his 1996 movie The Fan. Other good sports thrillers featured on this list include Premium Rush, Two for the Money, and Heart Like a Wheel.

Which of these thriller movies about sports is your favorite? Vote the best films up to the top of the list, and get in on the conversation in the comments section.

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Point Break is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Sports Thriller Movies, Ranked
Keanu Reeves, Gary Busey, Patrick Swayze Point Break is a 1991 American action crime film directed by Kathryn Bigelow, starring Patrick Swayze, Keanu Reeves, Lori Petty and Gary Busey. The title refers to the surfing term point break, ...more

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Warrior is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Sports Thriller Movies, Ranked
Jennifer Morrison, Tom Hardy, Nick Nolte Warrior is a 2011 American sports drama film directed by Gavin O'Connor and starring Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton as two estranged brothers whose entrance into a mixed martial arts tournament ...more

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The Wrestler is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Sports Thriller Movies, Ranked
Evan Rachel Wood, Mickey Rourke, Marisa Tomei 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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Foxcatcher is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Sports Thriller Movies, Ranked
Sienna Miller, Channing Tatum, Steve Carell Foxcatcher is a 2014 American biographical true crime drama film produced and directed by Bennett Miller. Written by E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman, the film stars Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, ...more

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The Fighter is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Sports Thriller Movies, Ranked
Amy Adams, Christian Bale, Mark Wahlberg The Fighter is a 2010 biographical sports drama film directed by David O. Russell, and starring Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Amy Adams and Melissa Leo. The film centers on the life of ...more

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Never Back Down is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Sports Thriller Movies, Ranked
Amber Heard, Djimon Hounsou, Evan Peters Never Back Down is a 2008 martial arts film starring Sean Faris, Amber Heard, Cam Gigandet, and Djimon Hounsou. It was theatrically released on March 14, 2008. The film's tagline is "Win or ...more

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Death Race is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Sports Thriller Movies, Ranked
Jason Statham, Tyrese Gibson, Natalie Martinez Death Race is a 2008 American science fiction action thriller film produced, written, and directed by Paul W. S. Anderson and starring Jason Statham. Though referred to as a remake of the 1975 ...more

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Days of Thunder is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Sports Thriller Movies, Ranked
Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Robert Duvall Days of Thunder is a 1990 American auto racing film released by Paramount Pictures, produced by Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer and directed by Tony Scott. The cast includes Tom Cruise, Nicole ...more

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Kickboxer is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Sports Thriller Movies, Ranked
Jean-Claude Van Damme, Lau Kar-wing, Haskell V. Anderson III Kickboxer is a 1989 American martial arts film produced and directed by Mark DiSalle, and co-directed by David Worth. The film stars Jean-Claude Van Damme and former world kickboxing champion ...more

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Southpaw is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Sports Thriller Movies, Ranked
Rachel McAdams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Naomie Harris Southpaw is a 2015 American sports drama film directed by Antoine Fuqua. A champion boxer (Jake Gyllenhaal) fights to get his daughter back as well as revive his professional career, after a ...more

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Blue Chips is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Sports Thriller Movies, Ranked
Shaquille O'Neal, Larry Bird, Kevin Garnett Blue Chips is a 1994 basketball drama film, directed by William Friedkin, written by Ron Shelton and starring Nick Nolte as a college coach and real-life basketball stars Shaquille O'Neal and ...more

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Airborne is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Sports Thriller Movies, Ranked
Jack Black, Seth Green, Alanna Ubach Airborne is a 1993 American comedy-drama film centered on inline skating, starring Shane McDermott, Seth Green, Brittney Powell, Chris Conrad, Jacob Vargas and a then-unknown Jack Black.

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The Harder They Fall is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Sports Thriller Movies, Ranked
Humphrey Bogart, Rod Steiger, Jersey Joe Walcott The Harder They Fall is a 1956 film noir directed by Mark Robson, featuring Humphrey Bogart in his last film. It was written by Philip Yordan and based on the 1947 novel of the same name by Budd ...more

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Night and the City is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Sports Thriller Movies, Ranked
Robert De Niro, Jessica Lange, Eli Wallach Night and the City is a 1992 remake of the 1950 film noir of the same name, itself an adaptation of Gerald Kersh's novel of the same name. The film stars Robert De Niro and Jessica Lange and is ...more

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Heart Like a Wheel is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Sports Thriller Movies, Ranked
Tiffany Brissette, Beau Bridges, Bonnie Bedelia Heart Like a Wheel is a 1983 biographical film directed by Jonathan Kaplan and based on the life of drag racing driver Shirley Muldowney. It stars Bonnie Bedelia as Muldowney, and Beau Bridges ...more

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Two for the Money is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Sports Thriller Movies, Ranked
Al Pacino, Matthew McConaughey, Rene Russo Two for the Money is a 2005 American drama-sports film directed by D. J. Caruso and starring Al Pacino, Matthew McConaughey, Rene Russo, Armand Assante and Carly Pope. The film is about the ...more

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Match Point is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Sports Thriller Movies, Ranked
Scarlett Johansson, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Emily Mortimer Match Point is a 2005 drama film written and directed by Woody Allen which stars Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Scarlett Johansson, Emily Mortimer, Matthew Goode, Brian Cox, and Penelope Wilton. Rhys ...more

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The Fan is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Sports Thriller Movies, Ranked
Robert De Niro, Jack Black, Ellen Barkin The Fan is a 1996 American thriller film directed by Tony Scott, and starring Robert De Niro and Wesley Snipes. The film is based on the novel of the same name by Peter Abrahams. The Fan is a ...more

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Rush is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Sports Thriller Movies, Ranked
U;Nee, Lee Min-woo, Kim Seung-hyun Rush is a 1999 drama film written and directed by Lee Sang-in.

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Premium Rush is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Sports Thriller Movies, Ranked
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jamie Chung, Dania Ramirez Premium Rush is a 2012 American action-thriller film directed by David Koepp and written by Koepp and John Kamps. The film stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Shannon, Dania Ramirez and Jamie ...more

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The Recruiter is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Sports Thriller Movies, Ranked
Viktor Sukhorukov, Olga Landina, Eduard Tabishev Shiza a.k.a. Schizo is a 2004 Russian language film directed by Gulshat Omarova. The film was in the official selection from Kazakhstan for the 77th Academy Awards. It was also screened in the ...more

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Fast Track: No Limits is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Sports Thriller Movies, Ranked
Fast Track: No Limits Erin Cahill, Maurice Roeves, Andrew Walker Fast Track: No Limits is a 2008 independent film directed by Axel Sand. The film was written and produced by Lee Goldberg who is known for his work on Diagnosis: Murder and Monk, and was as a ...more